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VF SV6 2013 SEDAN COMMODORE POOR LIGHTS

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by wobbles123, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. wobbles123

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    I was travelling last night on a dirt road and the lighting on both high and low beam leave something to be desired.
    Can anyone suggest a bulb replacement....not fancy LED bulbs that will interfere with the electronics....but ordinary plug in bulbs....maybe there is a solution these days with LED's that do not interfere with the electronics....the VY commodore had high and low beam together with a separate high beam high beam light ....and were simply brilliant....do not want to install a separate bar light....any suggestions ??????
     
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    Maybe it's the aiming of the lights? I drive 50% of the time in the dark and have always thought my lights were excellent.
     
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    The lights on my MY14 Redline are very good too.
    Assuming there were no other issues, like aim, as saroadie said, a faulty alternator, battery, dirty headlight lenses or covers etc. I'd try good quality bulbs (Phillips?) at the same wattage as stock. Or maybe up the high beam wattage to the next available wattage.
     
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    I agree, the lights are poor!
    The lights in my VU ute were much better.
    Phillips globes are an easy upgade though.
     
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    I did the phillips crystal 4300 on my low beams and it made a world of difference.
    The lows are a real b!tch to get to through the wheel well so I took off the front bar to do it instead.
    Parkers and high beams are much easier but if you are going to do the lows.I recommend do it all in one shot.
    From memory the phillips crystals were about $120 from autobarn.
     
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    I bought HIDs for both Low and High beam from a guy from eBay thats been around for ages. The ballasts are built into the dust cover. $149 for the lows and $169 for the highs I think they were. His user name is soarer95 or 95soarer. 6000k and they are sensational.

    At a minimum, upgrade the high beams, they take a few seconds to warm up but give much better light coverage than standardbulbs
     
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    yeah they are pretty terrible, was driving the other night and wife told me to put the high beams on.. and i said they were. :(

    i have low hids, and high leds on order, should be in this week.
    i had low leds in my ve and they were great, but didn't like having to mod the dust cap.
     
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    I bought low beam from this seller as well, been in the car for 2 years now and so far so good. Changing the bulb though is a PAIN !!!
     
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    The good thing is that HIDs generally have a long life, so once you install them, hopefully you don't have to change them, unlike halogens. I run with my headlights on anytime I am driving more than 5 mins, so my daily 1hour 15 min commute to work and then home again I have the HIDs on at all times. So far 50,000kms with no problems. My HSV has nearly 90,000km on the clock and it still have the same HIDs from the same seller in it.
     
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    I can vouch for Voodoo. I've got HID low and highs and I love them. I've had them in for almost a year and about 40,000kms. I do a lot of late night country roads driving and they're absolutely fantastic.

    I only wish the highs were a bit faster to heat up to their max output.
     
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    I have a 120w lightbar on my VF, so that helps with the warm up time
     
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    To the guys who upgraded their low beams to the HID all-in-one solution with replacement dust cap; did you need to re-align your headlights afterwards to avoid flashing oncoming drivers in normal driving conditions?
    Anyone done any towing with the low-beam HID’s and find they were flashing oncoming drivers?
     
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    I've towed once at night and I found that it barely affected it although I only towed a few hundred kg. I did however realign my lows lower than factory in the first place cause I knew I'd be towing at some point.
     
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    I'm not a fan of the projector low beam headlights either.
    I upgraded mine to Philips X-treme Vision Plus +130%, bought though eBay, made good improvement, also have adjusted headlights slightly, I find that manufactures always have the light beam adjusted too low for out of town driving.
     
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    If your just towing a light trailer it won't make a difference. It's when you go over about a 1 tonne trailer and you notice the back end squatting down your lights will be pointing upwards.
     
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    Thanks guys. The cost of upgrading to the HID’s from that Aussie eBay seller is about the same as upgrading to brighter/whiter Philips or Osram Halogens. If the HID’s really do last more than a couple of years of daily use, then they’re a better choice I think, as the ‘whiter’ Halogens usually don’t last more than 12 to 18 months of daily use, and the HID’s indisputably wash the road with more light if they’re a good quality unit.
     
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    Best place to buy globes if you're not going HID is when Repco have half price glove weekends, or powerbulbs.com. They usually free post Philips stuff from England and good prices.
     
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    Got HID low beams in all of my utes, the Redline blew a bulb after 4 years and 55000k's.
    Contacted the eBay seller, replacement bulb was $32 including postage.

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    I have HID's in low beam and last weekend drove on a dark country road and the light output was excellent with a good beam throw, most of the times didn't need the high beam (which is still standard halogen). Will be replacing the high beam with LED's soon.
    Haven't adjusted the low beam as they came at the same level as factory halogen (I did a before and after marking in my garage).
     
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