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MC84



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 HT Chawton White
Headlamp bulb upgrade suggestions please

Hi, my 2001 TD5 has candles for bulbs. Although I would like to go down LED route I feel I have to spend my cash on more urgent Landy parts.

Are there any recommendations simply for a bulb upgrade?

Thanks in advance Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Mike

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Bluest



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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 XS CSW Java Black

I recently did the tried and tested relay loom/crystal lamps/Nightbreaker bulb combo. Night and day difference over the standard lights. You can do the whole lot for easily less than 100. 2007 110 TDCi Station Wagon XS

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United Kingdom 1999 Defender 110 Td5 SW Caledonian Blue

I have just crystal lamps/Nightbreaker bulb combo and certainly a clear difference. 1999 Defender TD5 110

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Philips Extreme Vison bulbs, in combination with Crystal Clear Headlamp and relay loom - a huge difference compared to standard setup... Thumbs Up Cheers, Vincent
1959 Polynorm 1/4 Ton Trailer, Olive Drab Green (sold)
1970 M416 Military Trailer (Camping Trailer Conversion), Epsom Green (sold)
1975 Series III 88 V6, Light Green (sadly sold)
1996 Defender 110 CSW 300 Tdi, Epsom Green (sold)
2000 Freelander 1 TD4 3-drs, Silver (sold)
2006 Freelander 1 TD4 5-drs Facelift Automatic, Tonga Green

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United Kingdom 2007 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 SW Stornoway Grey

^^^^ This, but I'm looking to go LED shortly. Diu Vivo Magna Britannia!

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England 2007 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 HT Tonga Green

These ...

http://fourby.co.uk/epages/950004277.sf/en...ucts/LEDH4

LED performance without the LED cost.
Did mine , did a couple of mates too, bloody brilliant! Thumbs Up Guns and Landrovers .... anything else is irrelevant.

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^ but not street legal... Shocked Cheers, Vincent
1959 Polynorm 1/4 Ton Trailer, Olive Drab Green (sold)
1970 M416 Military Trailer (Camping Trailer Conversion), Epsom Green (sold)
1975 Series III 88 V6, Light Green (sadly sold)
1996 Defender 110 CSW 300 Tdi, Epsom Green (sold)
2000 Freelander 1 TD4 3-drs, Silver (sold)
2006 Freelander 1 TD4 5-drs Facelift Automatic, Tonga Green

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England 2007 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 HT Tonga Green

Grey area, but Who cares??

No different to numerous other motors with led headlights, passes the mot without any issues, and not even road policing officers are aware of them being legit or not [I've checked] Guns and Landrovers .... anything else is irrelevant.

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MC84



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 HT Chawton White

Thanks for all the input, I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks again.... Thumbs Up Mike

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MC84



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 HT Chawton White

I went for the Philips and they have made a big difference. I didn't change the lamp unit just the bulbs, I'll wait and see what Santa brings! Mike

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Canada 2000 Defender 110 Td5 XS CSW Epsom Green

If have not already I highly recommend you add a wiring loom with relays to the light switch. Brand name like Boomslang is expensive but this will mae your lights brighter and allow the switch to last much, much longer. As for bulbs I have no prefence, what ever is on sale, usually Osram... 2010 Range Rover MkIII Autobiography Super Charged (Beast)
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2000 Defender 110 CSW TD5 (CTX)
1992 Range Rover Classic (Lizzy)
1972 Series III 300 Tdi (Stanwood)

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MC84



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 HT Chawton White

I had assumed they were on a relay, so they are not? I was also going to check the voltage at the bulb. I'm guessing there is a bit of a drop. So a relay loom would overcome this I'm thinking?

Thanks for the advice, I'm on it!!! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Mike

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Canada 2000 Defender 110 Td5 XS CSW Epsom Green

The switch is not. Full voltage goes through it and burns it out (literally). The additional loom corrects this and adds a low and high beam relay with ceramic plugs to the lights allowing higher wattage (if you like) and takes the voltage away from the switch. It is basically plug and play. This is the one I installed over a year ago. These are cheap but I put a few in a few different Defenders and these work great.

http://www.ebay.ca/itm/H4-9003-Headlight-R...amp;_uhb=1 2010 Range Rover MkIII Autobiography Super Charged (Beast)
2003 Range Rover Mk III (Desmond FitzWilliam)
2000 Defender 110 CSW TD5 (CTX)
1992 Range Rover Classic (Lizzy)
1972 Series III 300 Tdi (Stanwood)

Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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MC84



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 HT Chawton White

Thanks for the loom advice. I'll think that will have to go on the list. Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Mike

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MC84



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United Kingdom 2001 Defender 90 Td5 HT Chawton White

Just as a belated update I fitted an ungraded loom last year and am now getting about 14v at the "bulb" end when on and loaded. In the last couple of weeks I have fitted Wipac Crystal headlamps and Ring Xeon 150+ bulbs and what a difference it makes! I can now see I have the headlights on as before you really couldn't tell.

I'm sure good LED headlamps will be the way to go once funds permit. Mike

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