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Old 05-12-2000, 09:17 AM   #1
Jason
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Angry Hella Optilux burned in one night~!

After a week of waiting for those suckers, they finally showed up. I got the Optilux H1 55w, 9005 100w and h3 100w.

Yesterday, I noticed the driver side of the headlight was much dimmer than the passenger. I took the driver side H1 out and found out it was almost blacken completely. The bulb was still light, but the coating was burned.

Now, I was positive that I did not have oil on the glass since I wore gloves while put on the bulbs.

I already e-mail Hella for warranty inquiry, but nothing back yet. Anyone else have such bad luck like me?
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Old 05-12-2000, 09:58 AM   #2
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AGH!!! I almost ordered all four for my RS a couple days ago. Hmm...now I'm not sure what to think. I here bad things about PIAA and now HELLA. My hopes for better bulbs are dwindling
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Old 05-12-2000, 10:05 AM   #3
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There have been many threads recently about replacement bulbs with only positive comments about Hella (unlike the PIAAs which got many bad reviews). I installed mine a few days ago and I have not had any problems. My guess is that you got a bad bulb and that it should be covered.

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Old 05-12-2000, 10:15 AM   #4
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I recommend the Hella yellow star H3's for the fog lights. get them in 85W. they work the nuts in bad weather and they dont burn your reflectors.
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Old 05-12-2000, 11:40 AM   #5
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I'll probably lose my "specialist" title for this, but what's the 9005 for?

I thought the Subie used H4 for headlights, H3 for fogs, and 194 for parking... I don't have my owner's manual handy. Be gentle with me.

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Old 05-12-2000, 01:20 PM   #6
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The 9005 is the high beam bulb for the 2K Accord style headlights. Guess these aren't for an RS?
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Old 05-12-2000, 01:31 PM   #7
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If I'm not mistaken (which I probably am ) Jason has the twin headlight conversion.
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Old 05-12-2000, 03:37 PM   #8
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I have 2K Legacy, H1 is low beam, 9005 is high beam, h3 is fog light.
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Old 05-12-2000, 07:03 PM   #9
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Doctore Moo... you are right H4s for the driving lights and I believe H3s for the fogs although I do not have firsthand experience with the fogs yet.
8Complex... Install is _super_ easy, it takes less than 3 minutes to do one light .

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Old 05-13-2000, 12:44 AM   #10
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YOU'LL lose your specialist title? Dude, I don't have a clue about replacing these bulbs. Every car I've ever owned you go to the store and see a great big glass rectangle and you buy it to light up the road. It was almost a magical thing. Now with all these uhhhhh, new lights... I haven't a clue.
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Old 05-13-2000, 07:52 PM   #11
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I've been recommended to the German-made Narva Rangepower high-efficiency bulb, over Hella and PIAA. They are suppose to give about 30 percent more light at 75 meters distance from the car. I just bought them hope to find out Real soon.
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Old 05-13-2000, 11:04 PM   #12
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BoomerRS, oh yeah, but at least I could touch the lights that I was used to putting in.
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Old 05-14-2000, 06:31 AM   #13
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My left PIAA superwhite headlight burnt out last night.Didn't last too long, about 3 months or so....
So Hella's don't last, too?
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Old 05-14-2000, 09:01 AM   #14
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I had Narva's in my Legacy last year and they burned out with in a few weeks, very disappointing. Now i am using the PIAA's and have been for almosta year and no probelms yet.

I think that no matter what we buy there is always going to be a few bad bulbs in the batch. And there will be alot of good bulbs in the batch.. There is just no way to know. But Hella is the only company on the market with a warrenty atleast.

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Old 05-14-2000, 01:29 PM   #15
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At how many watts were your Narva Rangepowers?
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Old 05-14-2000, 03:27 PM   #16
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Stock wattage. When i purchased them there was only one option.

I am running higher wattage PIAA's with new relays and beefed up wires.. And burnt reflectors in the fogs.. But oh well..
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Old 05-16-2000, 09:13 PM   #17
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According to Daniel Stern (Lighting FAQ) the Hella Xenon Optilux series are the same junk being peddled by other manufacturers. Seems Hella couldn't ignore what he calls the posuer market. But that is what he says, I've no proof of that.

I have the Hella H4+30 in stock wattage in my car and I have had no problems.
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Old 05-17-2000, 05:48 PM   #18
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Hi all,
I just gotta set of the Hella optilux H3'z and haven't had a problem yet and for 31.50 a set who cares. Only one problem....the place i got them from doesn't stock 9003'z for some reasion, they have all the others.
Strange

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