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RE: Phil Payne & Lights Q?

Various rumblings recently here on the list have it that wicked
(technical term) high power bulbs will melt either the electrical socket
or the reflector, can't remember which. Do you have any troubles with
China Syndrome? I presume (how silly of me, I know) that relays
ameliorate (sp?) this to a certain extent, but how much? Are the Yurro
parts *that* much better that the 'murican ones?


Ian Duff, 1990 Coupe quattro 20v, Red/Black

Home: New Bedford, MA, USA
Work: Charter Systems, Inc., Waltham, MA, USA

>From: 	quk@sievers.com[SMTP:quk@sievers.com]
>Sent: 	Saturday, 31 August, 1996 04:28 PM
>To: 	quattro@coimbra.ans.net
>Subject: 	Phil Payne & Lights Q?
>In message <960831130330_102621.2256_GHS52-1@CompuServe.COM> colin
>cohen writes:
>> Phil Payne asked about euro lights:
>> Phil, I have done these conversions in the US on 3 models, a 4K, 5K
>>and pre A6
>> 100.
>> All I can say is that you have to do it. The fact that every single
>>memeber of
>> the list has not, convinces me that they feed these yanks carrots or
>> with their milk because our Audi standard pre 1994 lights in the US are the
>> worst I have seen outside of the Eastern European vehicles and China
>>of course.
>> Also do yourself a favor and fit relays for each of the brights and
>>low beams,
>> ie: 4 of them. Then upgrade to 130W H4s and you have real light.
>I think you misunderstood my messages.  I was expressing the same
>incredulity that you express.  I currently ride behind 2 x 170/100 watt
>H4 mains and 2 x 100 watt H1 auxiliaries - 540 watts total vs. the
>nominal 2 x 65/55 and 2 x 55 total of 240 watts.  Plus the Euro
>reflectors are better.
>It's not a free ride.  High-power bulbs don't last anything like as
>as stock bulbs, and very few outlets sell them.  I have to order the
>170/100 H4s in boxes of ten from Ring - I can get Elta 100 watt H1s by
>special order from a local dealer.
>If anyone in the UK is interested, I carry spare bulbs in the car at
>Area E and Area K meetings.  170/100 H4s are GBP8 plus carriage, 100
>are GBP6.  UK quattro Club Members seem to like leaving evening
>_after_ me.
>It's a different world at night with reasonable illumination.  You can
>see things like wildlife, courting couples, passing aircraft, the road,
> Phil Payne
> phil@sievers.com
> Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club