FAQs

Fitting

How easy is it to install upgrade bulbs?

Very easy. All our bulbs are just straight replacements for your existing bulbs. For example, if your dipped beam headlights are H7 then any H7 replacement will work. You can even upgrade from Halogen to LED or Xenon HID as long as it's the same application.

Will upgrade bulbs fit my vehicle?

If your car, LCV or motorbike was manufactured after 1980, it's almost certain there will be xenon replacements available. You can find the bulbs for your vehicle in our extensive database by using our use our car bulb finder.

Do I need to modify my car in any way to use these bulbs?

No. Halogen, LED and HID conversion kits work on the same power ratings as your existing bulbs so will require no modifications. The only exception is the off-road high wattage bulbs which may require you to change the fuse rating from 7.5 Amp to around 15 Amp.

Some vehicle's might require different bulb holders due to their design however there is no way to tell until you try to fit the replacement bulbs.

Can car bulbs damage plastic headlight lenses?

No. These bulbs have a greater light intensity not heat intensity. This gives the benefit of increased visibility and overall vision. The temperature shown on these bulbs refers to colour temperature not heat.

All bulbs have UV protection for use with plastic lenses so they are perfectly safe.

What do I do if my vehicle is not on your list?

New vehicles with different trim levels are introduced to the market on a regular basis and although we endeavour to keep up, sometimes one gets through the net. If your vehicle is not listed in our database, please contact us with the details and we'll get back to you with the available bulbs. We will also update our database accordingly.

Halogen

What are xenon upgrade bulbs?

A Xenon upgrade bulb is a halogen bulb that has been filled with extra Xenon gas. This extra Xenon gas, combined with sophisticated filament technology gives a greater light output. Xenon replacement bulbs come in two main styles; those geared towards styling (with the blue tint), and those designed specifically for maximum light output. Bulbs with a blue coating will naturally emit less light than the equivalent bulb without a blue coating. Because of this, maximum vision bulbs can reach up to 150% improved vision, whereas the blue coated styling bulbs can reach up to 50% improved vision depending on the thickness of the coating.

Are replacement bulbs legal?

Yes (unless otherwise stated).

Xenon filled halogen bulbs or other replacement bulbs found on this website are rated at the same wattage as your existing bulbs and are fully e-marked.

If you use your vehicle for off road, display or racing, higher wattage bulbs are available.

Higher wattage bulbs are also not road legal. We therefore sell LED bulbs, HID kits and high wattage bulbs as 'off-road use only'.

LED

Are LED car bulbs legal?

LED bulbs are road legal in the UK only if your vehicle's headlights were purpose built for LED's.

Upgrading the technology from Halogen to LED is technically not road legal as they cannot be E-marked.

How long do LED car bulbs last?

LED bulbs are designed to last anywhere between 1 - 4 years depending on the bulb type and the manufacturer.

We've discussed about how long LED bulbs should last where there is much more information.

Xenon

Are HID Conversion Kits Legal?

Unfortunately, HID conversion kits are not road legal.

No aftermarket HID kit is strictly road legal as you are changing the lighting system (from halogen to gas discharge) in your car and for this reason the bulbs cannot be E marked which is a legal requirement. You also won't have the self leveling and washer systems installed which is also a legal requirement for HID. Without these installed, the kit would be an MOT failure.

How do I install an HID kit?

The HID kits that we have in stock are a simple plug & play system and come with straight-forward instructions. The simplicity allows drivers to remove the HID bulbs before an MOT or when they have been off-roading.

The only real effort would be accessing your vehicle's headlights and the difficulty depends completely on the manufacturer.

Are xenon replacement bulbs the same as the ones you see in some high-end cars with blue tinted lights?

No. These are known as HID (High Intensity Discharge) systems which use Xenon Gas. HID light output is typically 3 to 4 times more intense than a halogen bulb, with less heat and power consumption. HID requires an electronic control gear and starter to momentarily apply high voltage to a capsule of inert gases (including xenon) creating an intense arc of brilliant white light. A 35W HID system produces a light closer to natural sunlight, compared to a 55w halogen. A quality retrofit HID system typically costs around £60-£80.

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