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Discussion in 'Leon Mk3 (2012-2020)' started by Mr Pig, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    Thinking of swapping the standard H8 fog light bulbs for LED H8/H11 bulbs. Looking on the bay of e the Osram and Phillips bulbs are expensive. Like £70 a pair. The no-mark ones...aren't.

    Is it worth buying the branded jobs? Are the cheapo ones rubbish?

    Fang queue :0)
     
  2. Jaco2k

    Jaco2k AWD FTW

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    Speaking of experience when trying to do the same on the wife's Ibiza: get the branded ones.

    I went through 3 different sets from eBay before I found some that wouldn't have massive glare.

    The cost ended up being the same as if I had bought a proper brand one.
     
  3. Jaco2k

    Jaco2k AWD FTW

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    Adding here also that the first set I got were brighter and had a longer reach than the car's own full beam, which is also LED, but the factory one.
    They were that much bright and blinding.
     
  4. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    I notice that even the Osram or Phillips ones are not CANBUS compliant though? What the heck??
     
  5. Jaco2k

    Jaco2k AWD FTW

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    That is a good thing - "Canbus" friendly bulbs usually add questionable quality resistors that lead to premature failure and increase by a lot the temperature.
    Just do it the right way and simply code the bulb type to "LED" after you put them in.
     
  6. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    No idea how to do that. I assume it has to be a dealer or someone else with the same access?
     
  7. Jaco2k

    Jaco2k AWD FTW

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    Anyone with VCDS or OBDeleven can do it quick and easy, likely for a couple of beer tokens ;)
     
  8. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    I don't know anyone locally. I should buy one of these gadgets. We now have two Leons and two Ibizas in the family!
     
  9. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    Looked on eBay, you can buy a plug-in thing for about £70. That it? I assume it works with your phone?
     
  10. Jaco2k

    Jaco2k AWD FTW

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    Yes - get the OBDeleven.
    It quickly pays for itself when you start coding changes ;)

    Get the Pro version but you don't really need credits if you are willing to get your hands dirty and make the code changes yourself.

    It needs an Android phone, but a iOS supporting version is in the works.
     
  11. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    Why the Pro version? Are these things hard to use?
     
  12. Jaco2k

    Jaco2k AWD FTW

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    Pro version allows doing coding yourself without the built in Apps, that are limited, although can make changes with one tap for a few credits.

    Hard to use? Depends on how technically minded you are and able to follow guides.
    OBDeleven is way easier than VCDS, for sure.

    Just go to YouTube and search OBDeleven and you can see a ton of videos.
     
  13. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    Cool. Thank you :0)
     
  14. KXL

    KXL KXL

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    Out of curiosity, how often did you really have to use the front fogs for fog? I think I only used mine twice in 4 years. Plus they only made the sides a bit brighter, but I did find the cornering function annoying especially since the headlights were blue-ish LED/Bi-Xenon and the cornering fogs came on as yellow halogens. Instead I just turned them off via Carrista on the Ibiza. On the Leon Pre-FL, they were off by default anyway.
     
  15. The Daily Meme

    The Daily Meme Waiting...

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    I've used 20Twenty bulbs in my car and have zero complaints. Are you sure you need H8/H11? Putting the reg in says the bulbs are H3
     
  16. Seriously?

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    Another vote for the Twenty20 leds from Autobulbsdirect.
    Replaced the standard 'glow-worm' reversing light on the Leon with one of these.
     
  17. Mr Pig

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    For actual fog? In the last thirty years, maybe three times!

    When I do use them is driving on the back roads as they light up the verges a bit. Nothing great but hey, more light can't hurt. If I could swap them for driving lights I would.
     
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  18. Rockbox

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    I've replaced my reversing light with a led bulb from Autobuldsdirect a lot better.

    As for fog lights I was thinking about changing my fog light bulbs because as said above you need them to light up the verges as the led headlights that are supposed to do that are crap.
     
  19. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Active Member

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    Almost every car I've bought in the last thirty years has had worse headlights than the car before. Even high beam on the Leon is poor. High beam used to light up the world like a nuclear blast! Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration but I agree, lights today are not very good.
     
  20. LR231998

    LR231998 Alor Blue 290 Cupra

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    Branded ones all the way no doubt. As above you’ll spend more on crap ones trying to find ones that work long enough/ are actually any good. Plus the hassle of changing the fogs over and over
     

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