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Old 02-13-2005, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default Hella Optilux H1 Bulb Review.... Worst Bulb Ever!

I just received a set of Hella Optilux 100W H1s that I ordered sight unseen last week. They were going to be an upgrade to 100W on my Hella FF1000 driving lights. There was no picture on the site I ordered from and they were an impulse buy. Now I wish I had done just a little research because these are blue coated crap.

I should have known better having been to the Stern lighting site and all but I really thought Hella wouldn't put out bulbs that were this poor. It is the typical story with blue bulbs. They might have the same reflective range as my old 55W bulbs but they don't illuminate non-reflective surfaces nearly as well. Maybe that is why you have to look close at the bottom of the package to even see the Hella brand name.

So now I have just the standard 100W H1s on order for less than half the price. The biggest pain in the butt is that you have to take the lights completely off the car to do the change and then go through the aiming process again.

Oh well...lesson learned. If anyone else is thinking of buying any bulbs in this line, don't. Unless what people see coming toward you is more important than what you can see.

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Old 02-14-2005, 12:39 AM   #2
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tip: if your hella bracket has the foam rubber pad between it and the light (mine did, if not, it comes with the stamped steel ff1000 bracket), re-aiming is very easy since you will have clear indentations in th foam rubber to guide you back to the good aim spot.

Optilux is NOT the good stuff. That's the junk they sell to compete with all the "tuner" crap they sell in the backs of magazines and parts stores.
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Old 02-14-2005, 04:02 AM   #3
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No foam rubber on my brackets. I think that was part of the Prodrive kit. It was the only thing that made that kit any better than the Hella box I got at Advanced Auto Parts for $69.99 + brackets for $45.00 from rallylights.com. From what I understand the $250 Pdrive kit didn't even come with the relay, but just raw wires.

My biggest problem with aiming is the up and down plane. I had to bend the brackets to adjust the beam and that isn't very precise. When I put the next set of bulbs in I'm going to try shimming the bottom screws with washers between the bracket and the fog light bucket (mine need to come up a bit). For side to side, I snug the allen bolt and put the lights on the car. I then get them where I want them and hope they don't move as I take the lights back off and tighten the bolt. I wish there was a way to do it without taking the lights off and on.

You are so right about Optilux. I'm surprised that rallylights carries them.

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Old 02-14-2005, 05:52 AM   #4
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When I had my WRX, i found that the best way to do it was get the allen bolt kind of snug (just tight enough to hold it still and still loose enough that you can move it with your hands). Then go out to a dark parking lot with your screwdriver, flashlight, and allen key and go at it... move the light to where it needs to be then carefully remove the assembly and totally snug the allen down.

You are right about the Prodrive lighting kit - I was one of the suckers that bought it long ago - and then found out that for half the price, I could get the actual hella kit complete with fused relay, wiring harness, stone covers (which don't really fit in the space anyway) and the extra 100w bulbs that the prodrive comes with. The prodrive kit literally was a pair of lights, a pair of 100w bulbs, 4 cable-end crimps, two rubber grommets, and some wire and instructions - this was all in a plastic bag in a plain cardboard box with some white prodrive-logo shipping tape around it. Basically no value-added.

The foam rubber pad did come with the prodrive kit, but that also comes with the stamped-steel mounting brackets as I mentioned.

re: optilux; I think Rallylights just carries them because they carry the entire Hella line.
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Old 02-14-2005, 01:23 PM   #5
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Optilux is NOT the good stuff. That's the junk they sell to compete with all the "tuner" crap they sell in the backs of magazines and parts stores.
ditto...while the optilux lights are pretty much the same as the hella equivilents ...the bulbs that are sold as optiulux, are "tuner" bulbs... (i like how that term stuck ) i had a set some time ago, and yeah they were standard hella bulbs with a light purple/ blue caoting... i didnt keep them for long, and actually have about 3 or 4 in my tool box for emergency replacements...
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Yes perhaps I used the term "junk" too loosely since the stuff is really just about the same quality-of-manufacture as the normal Hella stuff.

In "junk" I was referring more to their functional quality and a tinted blue bulb is just not helpful.
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