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2020/06/24 05:35:54 (permalink)

Headlight Bulb recommendations?

My recently acquired 996.2 C2 Cab doesn’t have the Litronic Xenon lights. Does anyone have any recommendations for plug and play  replacement Xenon style brighter bulbs, that don’t cause any bulb failure warning Lights etc.?
 
many thanks Chris 

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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/06/24 10:36:55 (permalink)

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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/06/24 13:10:26 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby andywill 2020/06/24 13:38:16
I spent a £££ on a xenon conversion kit from D911 only to find they were rubbish and hardly better than the standard bulbs. Ended up trying a couple of LED bulbs for the dipped beam and they were much better and still held a good beam pattern so hopefully no dazzle, no-one has been flashing me at least! I think because dipped beam is projector lenses it helps. Don't think LED's will be so effective on my 944 lights though...

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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/06/24 14:04:13 (permalink)
Thanks Phil
 
Out of interest can you remember the details of the LED bulbs you used? Presume they were plug and play and didn’t give you any bulb failure warnings etc. ?
 
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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/06/24 15:20:42 (permalink)
I think the pre-facelift halogen lights are reflector lenses.  I have a feeling that on some LEDs you can adjust for the focal length of the reflector, so that might also be worth bearing in mind.

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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/06/25 10:12:03 (permalink)
Hi Chris,
I can't find details from my purchase history sorry, but I'm sure they were an ebay purchase, nothing amazing, just searched 996 LED lights or something. I've never had issues with 'faulty lights' messages with either the LED's or Xenon replacments. They were plug and play, but weren't a brilliant fit, so I used tape around the rim to 'seal' the units again. It was a year or so ago, and things move quickly in this market, so there may be a better option now... If you find something, please do let me know! 
My car is a 2002 post facelift I think i.e. clear indicator lenses...

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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/06/30 09:53:45 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby andywill 2020/06/30 13:05:16
I'd greatly recommend Philips Ultinon LED's. I fitted these in my 2004 996 C4S cabrio and they are equivalent, if not better than the factory litronics I had in my 2004 986. Also unlike a lot of the Chinese crap LED's the Philips ones position the LED in the same place as a h7 bulb filament so you still get a perfect beam pattern so not blinding on coming traffic.
 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/...D=W3T9E8QRSB712RD0FGA9
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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/07/01 05:45:26 (permalink)
Thanks - found these and some similar ones on the web. One question - how do they fit? The two prongs that go into the H7 base seem to be on a lead and the LED bulb on a separate mounting - which I can’t obviously see where that goes unless it screws into the projector light hole? Many thanks 

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2003 986 Boxster S Gen 2
2004 996.2 Carrera 2
1989 944 2.7 LUX (Resto. Project)
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Re: Headlight Bulb recommendations? 2020/07/01 10:59:09 (permalink)
If they are the same as the Philips ones I had you do have to modify the bulb holder slightly, this is only a small plastic part and is pretty cheap to replace if you just wanted to buy backups should you want to go back to bulbs but if you are happy LED's realistically will last longer than the car, plus you can go to Porsche and buy parts for your 1959 Porsche tractor (point is Porsche made a big thing of supporting parts for every vehicle they have ever made).
This link does a pretty good explanation of what needs doing if your bulbs are like the Philips I have.
http://mapw.co.uk/996blog/2019/03/03/996-led-h7-headlight-bulb-upgrade/
 
Just beware of your clearance at the back, you mention having similar LED's but not the same. My LED's with the fans on the back allow maybe a 1mm gap to the cap on the headlights rear. the lead is just loose in the housing however.
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