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Old 10th December 2006, 05:46   #1
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Question Do we need to change the Halogen headlights often ?

I've read that all halogen headlights gradually lose brightness, they should be replaced in pairs and changed out at regular maintenance intervals, just like wiper blades. Is that true ?

And why they need to be changed ?

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Nope, you dont, unless you blow a headlight or it goes Kaput, you should be okay.
Not the same can be said about the headlamp glass and reflector which may lose their sheen with time due to environmental damages.
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Halogens rarely go kaput. has not happened to me so far.
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18 months or so, still running strong on my bro's Alto !! No probs as yet. Touchwood !!!
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Old 10th December 2006, 23:39   #5
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There is no need to change halogen lamps often.
BTW Which halogen lamps are you using in which car ??

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Another rumour.................
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I've read that all halogen headlights gradually lose brightness, they should be replaced in pairs and changed out at regular maintenance intervals, just like wiper blades. Is that true ?

And why they need to be changed ?

As stated by other BHPians,there is no need to change halogens unless they go "phut".Reflectors lose their shine particularly if 100/90W bulbs or higher are used and that too if driving with lights on is extensive.

One more thing...if the halogen's beam is very dull(say like a 15W bulb) , do not immediately change the bulb.It is just likely that the earthing for the bulb is not OK.

By the way,I tried Bosch wiper blades and am thoroughly disappointed with its performance and rubber quality...the blades have lost performance in just one monsoon..all earlier blades used to last two monsoons without fuss.
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As stated by other BHPians,there is no need to change halogens unless they go "phut".Reflectors lose their shine particularly if 100/90W bulbs or higher are used and that too if driving with lights on is extensive.
How long will the new reflectors last with 100/90W halogens? Is there anything that can be done to extend the life? I have seen cars with a smoky reflectors. Why does this happen?
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My indica reflectors lasted for around 3 years, but after that due to an accident both headlights got changed. Current ones are going strong for more than a year. I have always used 100/90W and earlier I was using 130/110W(Older reflectors).
My friend on his indigo petrol had a different experience. He got 100/90W for his indigo, and near the edges of the assembly(not the main reflector) there was some discoloration. But apart from that no problems.
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