Physically? Yes. An H7 is an H7.
Legally? Depending on where you are, unlikely. In the EU, definitely not.
A 100w bulb will not be e-Marked.
Reliably? Possibly, possibly not. The wiring may well not like it,
melting the switch, relays or wires.
What Adrian says. You can if you shop on line buy a couple of 90% brighter
H7s for not a huge amount of dosh.
or ebay item 110299896298
That way you'd be legal. I've not tried them but I'm told they're the dogs
That is a "standard" 55W bulb made by OSRAM, I don't expect it to be any
brighter with the same filament based
technology. My question was about a 100W bulb mounted into a receptacle designed
for a 55W, I fear the risk of melting
down the wiring caused by more intense current.
It could be a bit brighter, due to different gas or various other small
design improvements, but you're right that it'll never be a big
As I said in the original reply - not legally. There is a requirement for
the bulb to be e-marked, and you will not find e-marked bulbs of more
than 55w. You will find 80w and 100w bulbs, and the chance of having a
problem is slim - but, tbh, I'd just go straight to aftermarket HIDs
these days - they're typically 35w, but much brighter.
Is it an s1 or s2 Xsara? Either way, I'd have expected it to be relayed,
so it should be capable of coping with the extra current. I'd be very
wary of doing it on an s2, because of the multiplexing. But then, I'd be
very wary of an s2 Xsara anyway because of the multiplexing...
No it isn't. It's an Osram Nightbreaker which claims to put out 90% more
light than a standard H7. It has the advantage of not being illegal, not
taking any more current and therefore won't melt your wiring and thus
answering your question. It should be almost twice as bright as a standard
H7 and so would be about as bright as a 100W H7.
I repeat I haven't tried them yet but I am (fairly) reliably informed via a
motorcycle newsgroup that they do work.
Does it also claim to solve poverty, famine & war?
I'd love to see them compared - properly, scientifically, in a controlled
environment - to a brand new brand name "normal" Halogen equivalent -
bulbs get old before they die, and the light output diminishes as they
Your point being? I would have thought the ASA would come down on them
sharpish if they weren't as claimed.
True but if they start out as twice as bright by the time they die they
should still be better than a normal bulb of the same age. Like I said, I've
not tried them but they struck me as being a better solution for the OP than
sticking in 100W bulbs which are illegal in many EU countries and stand a
chance of frying the wiring loom. Some interesting reading here
http://www.fordmondeo.org/forum/showtopic.php?tid/758457/tp/4/ once you
ignore the "I've got to have them cos they're so cool" merchants.
Although it sounds good all the way to the end. The last paragraph
seriously lets the guy down as not knowing his subject:
BOTTOM LINE: The laws of physics are the laws of physics. They don't
bend even for the highest-paid advertising agency.
There is no way to get "85 watts of light for 55 watts of electricity."
Tinted bulbs aren't better.
'and I will make it a felony to drink small beer.'
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