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@Paul_Djust bought some Phillips bulbs like yours. Which way is the best orientation? I guess the blade should be vertical, so light is spread over a wide pattern, but they have the LEDs either side of a circuit board that’s visible through a notch in the side of the plastic case. I’m not sure if the notch should point up, or down. 

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Yep, the blade just needs to be as vertical as possible so the leds are facing left/right rather than up/down. 
 

As far as I’m aware the leds are perfectly central, so it doesn’t matter which side is ‘top’, if that  makes sense. 

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Hi Everyone!

Came back from a track day, it was late and raining. Totally agree with that the stock headlights need to be upgraded.

Could I please get a few pointers before I commit to trying to give this a go myself.

Just reviewing this topic and watching a few YouTube Videos - thank you!

* Does any HB3 bulb work?

I saw @Paul_D and few other people use the Philips https://www.amazon.com.au/Philips-Ultinon-Pro9000-Headlight-Bulb/dp/B08N56NL1M/ref=sr_1_1?crid=227XI3TQ1X8ZQ&keywords=philips%2Bhb3%2Bpro&qid=1650176703&sprefix=philips%2Bhb3%2Bpro%2Caps%2C290&sr=8-1&th=1#customerReviews

Would any others work too? I see these ones with alot of positive reviews.

https://www.amazon.com.au/BEAMTECH-Headlight-8000Lumens-Extremely-Conversion/dp/B06XHD4HV3/ref=sr_1_12?crid=39UE1FZSHBMKA&keywords=hb3+led&qid=1650177155&sprefix=hb3+le%2Caps%2C270&sr=8-12

https://www.amazon.com.au/Fahren-9005-HB3-H10-Headlights/dp/B07NPMMNR3/ref=sr_1_10?crid=2FQK7UWWHMIAX&keywords=hb3&qid=1650176045&sprefix=hb3%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-10

https://www.amazon.com.au/AUXITO-Upgraded-Headlight-Brighter-Headlamp/dp/B09STGM7KV/ref=sr_1_19?crid=2FQK7UWWHMIAX&keywords=hb3&qid=1650177035&sprefix=hb3%2Caps%2C249&sr=8-19

* Do they need to have a controller or decoder to avoid errors?

* Need to purchase a new dust caps? About 85mm?

* Is recommended to change the Hi Beam too?

With the install 

* Should I remove the front wheels for easier panel access?

* Should the car be jacked up?

* Does the car battery need to be undone?

* The bulb needs to be aligned to an straight angle at 3 and 9 o'çlock? 

* Are they just a simple plug and play?

* The new Dust caps just goes enclose on top of the new LED?

* Any additional tools I would need?

Appreciate all the pointers and any feedback is welcomed if I'm completely wrong. Thanks. 🙂

Cheers,

JT

 

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* Do they need to have a controller or decoder to avoid errors?

The Philips ones don't have any external boxes or controllers. And no error codes. I'm not sure about other ones you've mentioned.

* Need to purchase a new dust caps? About 85mm?

 Yes, 85mm. Like these: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/203635542633?epid=2185819412&_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item2f699fca69:g:OpQAAOSwxk5iRYH-&amdata=enc%3AAQAGAAAA8CQlwOIiNuimTQ1W0QD2MwFsLqbK%2B23VWccm7vhf5vXZGX%2F0sV69%2BO5nB4UM1sDx76M%2Fuw%2Bw%2FPbbuREh5IygElkMkYo%2BUbqs5P558GGgNfsHMyTPzB4Z08RMIssDlWB%2BlDzp4K16CaGbHMO9xR3uFDhLXy5ZCKcEIUJIAWKbRVbU9O6iGm6qxQrEV9TI5ClQsMTaZd9QmXuLJWgTP%2BBoqex50oXe2%2BoFZQWb3mvT9WK04Ba%2B2U8iyw9f4pW%2FbmkwaQgcDzw89k5fC1GUxrIbNhDHPVvbBSK%2FsvDV%2BxYv4iOJlaYZtrFvxMhYu0DJCRGGLA%3D%3D|tkp%3ABFBM3KP58oZg

* Is recommended to change the Hi Beam too?

That's personal preference. I didn't bother. The main beam is a different type of light (reflector type) so I don't know how well the LED would work in that. 

With the install 

* Should I remove the front wheels for easier panel access?

I did, yes. It just made life easier.

* Should the car be jacked up?

You could see what access is like by just jacking up and turning the wheel. If it's still difficult, then just take the wheel off.

* Does the car battery need to be undone?

No. You'll just be unplugging the connector. 

* The bulb needs to be aligned to an straight angle at 3 and 9 o'çlock? 

The bulb should be aligned so that the light comes out of it at 6 and 9. i.e. light goes out sideways, not up and down. 

* Are they just a simple plug and play?

Yes, except for the fact that I needed to adjust the bulb so that it was aligned as above. It's designed to do this. There are instructions with it.

* The new Dust caps just goes enclose on top of the new LED?

Yes.

* Any additional tools I would need?

No, I don't think so.

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Just like to thank everyone for all the posts in this thread, I changed my bulbs tonight and its made a big difference. Haven't had a chance to test on the road yet but it certainly looks the business in the garage!

 

 

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