Euro Headlight bulbs

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Wed Dec 12 11:59:07 PST 2007

You’re correct, Henry.

Higher wattage usually implies shorter bulb life than is that of the  
design wattage bulb. But both are prone to a higher infant mortality  
rate in their early life.

What special tools do you feel that you need for distributor removal  
and replacement?


On Dec 12, 2007, at 9:56 AM, Henry A Harper III wrote:

>> One of the bulbs in my Euro headlights has lost its low beam. I
>> checked the
>> wires and fuses and all is otherwise well. Before I go to the  
>> trouble of
>> getting into the driver side headlamp I would like to upgrade the  
>> bulb
>> wattage in both.  Does anyone have a source/recommendation for a  
>> higher
>> wattage longer-lasting bulb for '91 200 20V Euro headlamps ??
> It's my understanding that you can have higher wattage OR longer  
> life, but
> not both. I've used normal-wattage Sylvania/Osram H4s in two cars with
> eurolights for over ten years and have had only one failure to  
> date. That
> seems pretty good to me.
> Henry
> 1991 200 quattro, 123k?, pump->rack hose & bomb in, not quite  
> enough tools
> for distributor
> 1988 GTI 16v, 258k
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