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Bulb Change For Osram Nightbreakers

Discussion in 'Leon Mk2 (2006-2012)' started by Masterkm, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Masterkm

    Masterkm My Leon 'Alyssa'

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    So i decided to go for a full change on the H1, H7 and H3 Nightbreaker Plus with Phillips 501 Blue Vision Bulbs.

    The problem is, how does the connector on the back of the dipped beam bulb amd others come off? Is it a hard pull because i was pulling it and it doesnt seem to want to come off.

    Any help on all the changes on how to will be much appreciated

    Thanks
     
  2. Redemption

    Redemption Active Member

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  3. Masterkm

    Masterkm My Leon 'Alyssa'

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    It says you pull on the connector but how hard because i was literally tugging on it and it wasnt coming off the bulb
     
  4. Redemption

    Redemption Active Member

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    Not changed mine so wouldn't like to say. Hopefully someone else will chime in and reply.
     
  5. TimSawf

    TimSawf Active Member

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    The electrical connectors should just pull off. From memory, the dipped beam (inner) is a double plastic connector and the main beam (outer) is a single spade connector. I've changed both and they just pulled straight off.
     
  6. Masterkm

    Masterkm My Leon 'Alyssa'

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    I think im guna have to pull even harder then lol will give it a try and update during the weekend. Thanks for the advice
     
  7. AndyG_TSi

    AndyG_TSi Active Member

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    Changed my headlight bulbs last night. 10 Min job.

    Went for halfords extreme brilliance bulbs. There on a bogof offer so was £24.99 for a pair of H7 bulbs.

    These bulbs are fantastic. Clear white light much brighter than standard and you can see further. I swear by these.

    Will swap out the main beam bulbs and fog bulbs next.
     
  8. Masterkm

    Masterkm My Leon 'Alyssa'

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    My H7 osram nightbreaker plus bulbs were £13.90 a pair from ebay.
    H1 were the same price, H3 were £14 i think and the 501's were £4

    Btw, did u pull hard on the connector to release it from the bulb?
     
  9. Redemption

    Redemption Active Member

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    Had all my bulbs (apart from the fogs) changed to Osrams today. Bribed my mechanic mate with a box of biscuits to change them for me... :D
     
  10. Masterkm

    Masterkm My Leon 'Alyssa'

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    Lol did you see how he did them?
     
  11. Redemption

    Redemption Active Member

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    Nah, left him to it whilst I stayed in the warm...lol. He said the main beam ones were the trickiest and he had to use a mirror to see them properly.

    If it helps, your service book/manual should show you how to change them. Has diagrams in mine with a description on what to do. :)
     
  12. Masterkm

    Masterkm My Leon 'Alyssa'

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    Yh took a look through the manual but it just say remove/disconnect but not how or in a specific way. Hoping some1 can give me an insight lol
     
  13. Redemption

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    Mentions unclipping and twisting in my manual. I probably should have made an effort and watched for future reference...lol.
     
  14. TimSawf

    TimSawf Active Member

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    There is no secret or special knack to it. There is a spade connector block on the back of the bulb that just pulls straight off, no clips or anything else holding it in place. Then there is a sprung wire clip holding the bulb in place.

    If the connector won't come off, try tilting the connector from side to side or up and down in case it's corroded or stuck in some way.
     
  15. Dabbalz

    Dabbalz Active Member

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    Me too, I've gone for the Ultra brilliance, (up to 120% brighter) in the Jag.
    Had the Extreme brilliance (up to 90% brighter) in the Cupra.

    I hate blue bulbs, they are dangerously dim (my personal opinion) unless you go HID but I wouldn't unless it was a headlight unit designed for HID's.

    They're well easy to fit, dunno about in your car but the MK4 ibiza cupra 20VT is clips that unlatch to get the bulb out, the wire connectors if i remember right just pulled off and can be a bit of a pain if they've not been touched for a while. It was a while ago so I could be a little off with it.
     
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  16. Masterkm

    Masterkm My Leon 'Alyssa'

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    Is it best to get the bulb out first and then pull off the connector?
     
  17. kazand

    kazand Is powered by Medtronics

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    changed dipped and main on our fl FR was fairly easy although connecters were fkn tight even though car only a few months old. iirc the cable went through the spring clip so you have to take connector off first. used GF's make up mirror at one stage.....
     
  18. Timthebrief

    Timthebrief Barmy Army sleeper cell

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    Replaced my Nightbreakers recently. On the dipped bulb unit unclip the wire retainer and pull the whole bub unit back out of the hole, then remove the electrical connector and fit it onto the new bulb and reverse the process.

    Easier than the sidelights which can be Bu66ers to undo from their connector!
     
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    Just pull really hard! I find it's easier to remove the connector then the bulb, else you have to hold the both the bulb and the wire when removing. If it's still held in with the clip then you just need to hold one. Again, just pull bloody hard! But watch your knuckles when it comes off! :)
     
  20. spud31

    spud31 Rail Zip User

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    just fitted nightbreaker plus to my mk4 ibiza wow these are superb
     

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