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Old 08-03-2004, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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bulbs? that is all?

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If I'm not mistaken (I'm trying to remember), H1 bulbs are generally used for fog lights, less bright but more focused. H7's are used as fogs in some cars, but usually are for high/low beams. Most 3-series bmws use the 9005 and 9006 for high beams and low beams (respectively). As for which is brighter, probably the H7, but that may not be the only thing you should look at, depending on your application.

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yeah its just with different headlights that i was looking itno buying some say need h1 bulbs for both some say need h7 bulbs for both!

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yeah its just with different headlights that i was looking itno buying some say need h1 bulbs for both some say need h7 bulbs for both!

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You mean a replacement headlight kit, or an HID upgrade kit, or what?
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Although I have heard H1 is brighter, I have never understood why. Both are generally 55W, have the same amp draw, and therefore should produce the same lumens.
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Although I have heard H1 is brighter, I have never understood why. Both are generally 55W, have the same amp draw, and therefore should produce the same lumens.
I was googling around for bulbs the other day and found H1 bulbs only come in 55w, while H7 bulbs come in 55w and 80w variations. Could that have anything to do with it?
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I was googling around for bulbs the other day and found H1 bulbs only come in 55w, while H7 bulbs come in 55w and 80w variations. Could that have anything to do with it?
logic would say yes.
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It may not be the bulbs, as H1s are used in the BMW fogs I think and 9006s are NA spec headlights. Its the Euro spec Ellipsoids that can use H1 and H7 bulbs. So I think it is the type of light fixture that helps to make the bulb brighter.
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