Yellow bulbs...

Anything about BXs
User avatar
Philip Chidlow
Over 2k
Posts: 11592
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:08 pm
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
x 22

Yellow bulbs...

Post by Philip Chidlow »

Anyone had experience of these?

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/370850367345" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
• 1992 Citroen BX TZD Turbo Hurricane
• 2006 Xsara Picasso 1.6 16v

User avatar
Paul296
Over 2k
Posts: 3483
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:39 pm
Location: Newark Nottinghamshire
My Cars: Citroen BX 17 TZD Hurricane
Citroen BX 17 TGD

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by Paul296 »

Yes, I've put yellow bulbs in my headlights. They're just like normal bulbs except they're yellow. :shock:

User avatar
Philip Chidlow
Over 2k
Posts: 11592
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:08 pm
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
x 22

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by Philip Chidlow »

The make of bulb you muppet.

:wink: :)
• 1992 Citroen BX TZD Turbo Hurricane
• 2006 Xsara Picasso 1.6 16v

User avatar
Paul296
Over 2k
Posts: 3483
Joined: Wed Nov 03, 2010 10:39 pm
Location: Newark Nottinghamshire
My Cars: Citroen BX 17 TZD Hurricane
Citroen BX 17 TGD

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by Paul296 »

Oh yeah :shock: Image :D

mds141
Over 2k
Posts: 5274
Joined: Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:26 am
Location: Lancaster
x 6

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by mds141 »

I bought mine off eBay.de. Decent quality. Lasted two challenges.
Mark Smith

Is it just me or is everything shit?

1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.

User avatar
mat_fenwick
Moderator
Posts: 7310
Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:08 pm
Location: North Wales
x 16

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by mat_fenwick »

Mark, do you mean they only lasted for the two Challenges before they failed, or are they still working?

I'd be suspicious of the eBay link, for the main reason they are claiming 100 watts output with 55 watts input! Wattage is power consumed, and doesn't necessarily have a direct relationship to output. See if you can get an output figure in lumens for proper comparison purposes.
Image

1993 1.9 TZD Turbo Estate
1996 3.9 V8 Discovery
1993 VW LT35 campervan
1985 Hyundai Stellar V8
2016 Hyundai iLoad

Mothman

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by Mothman »

Some yellow bulbs are better than others.
I have the original type [non h4] on Sophie and they aint very bright at night. Better H4s on the rest but again, they are not as bright as white light jobbies.

Andy

User avatar
Philip Chidlow
Over 2k
Posts: 11592
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:08 pm
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
x 22

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by Philip Chidlow »

This has been debated ad nauseam, I know, but I personally wouldn't use yellow for main or dipped but I would for fog lights as in my experience they get through fog quite well.
For heads, I'm going for Philips X-treme Vision as they're ones I've used before and with some beefed up wiring - courtesy of Phil B - and a pair of BNIB headlight units should be OK.
• 1992 Citroen BX TZD Turbo Hurricane
• 2006 Xsara Picasso 1.6 16v

User avatar
Philip Chidlow
Over 2k
Posts: 11592
Joined: Fri Oct 07, 2005 1:08 pm
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
x 22

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by Philip Chidlow »

Paul296 wrote:Oh yeah :shock: Image :D
Like it. :) Sorry, I know you're not a Muppet. That's Phil Boxall's claim to fame (AKA Kermit of course).
• 1992 Citroen BX TZD Turbo Hurricane
• 2006 Xsara Picasso 1.6 16v

mds141
Over 2k
Posts: 5274
Joined: Sat Jul 31, 2010 1:26 am
Location: Lancaster
x 6

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by mds141 »

@Mat. Sorry, slightly ambiguous wording there. The yellow bulbs have been in since May 2011 and have endured both challenges and around 5,000 miles in total. One blew in May of this year so two years ain't bad.
Mark Smith

Is it just me or is everything shit?

1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.

User avatar
citsncycles
Over 2k
Posts: 3224
Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 9:14 pm
Location: Dursley, Gloucestershire

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by citsncycles »

Timex had yellow covers over the bulbs when I got it - I removed them as I don't like them, and one had cracked, presumably due to the heat.

I'd guess than any yellow bulbs would be better than covers.
Mike Sims
BX 19RD Estate Mk1 - Timex!
BX 4X4 Estate - Oh god, I've done it again!
BX 17RD MK1 - it called to me!
BX14 TGE, - SOLD
XM Turbo SD,GS Club Estate,Visa 17D Leader,HY Pickup,Dyane Nomad,Dyane 6,2CV AZL,Falcon S,Trabant P50,3x Land Rovers (88" series 1,109" series 2a FFR,series 2a Marshall ambulance),DKW F7, Lambretta LD150 x 1.5,Mobylette SP93,Ural Cossack,Ural M63,CZ 250 Sport,Honda Varadero 125,lots of bicycles & tricycles including (but not only) Sunbeams,Higgins & Bates!

KevR
1K Away
Posts: 1767
Joined: Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:46 pm
Location: Normandy
My Cars: It's all in my signature
x 4

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by KevR »

mds141 wrote:@Mat. Sorry, slightly ambiguous wording there. The yellow bulbs have been in since May 2011 and have endured both challenges and around 5,000 miles in total. One blew in May of this year so two years ain't bad.
I fitted a pair of yellow H4s in the grey one when I got it seven or so years and 80,000 miles ago - they're still fine. I use Osram super-bright bulbs in the motorbike, but the BX doesn't go fast enough to need laser-bright lights anyway.
1990 BX TZD Estate ('the grey one', 1991 BX TZD Estate ('the white one'), 1982 2CV6 Charleston (in bits), 1972 AZU Serie B (2CV van), 1974 HY72 Camper, 1990 Land Rover 110 diesel LWB, 1957 Mobylette AV76, 1992 Ducati 400SS, 1966 VW Beetle, 1990 Mazda MX-5, 1996 Peugeot 106D, 1974 JCB 2D MkII, 1997 BMW R1100RS, 1987 Suzuki GSX-R1100, 1978 Honda CX500A, 1965 Motobecane Cady, 1988 Honda Bros/Africa Twin, 1963 Massey Ferguson 825, and a lot of bicycles!

User avatar
MULLEY
Over 2k
Posts: 8406
Joined: Thu Jun 22, 2006 11:10 pm
Location: Derbyshire
x 8

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by MULLEY »

I think my osram nightbreaker plus one's are approx 3 years old now.
2002 C5 2.0 HDI Estate - Jasmine - Now SORN
2011 Mini Cooper D Clubman - SOLD
2016 Mercedes A180D Sport - Auto refinement
1992 TZD Turbo - Bluebell - My daily
1991 Gti 16V - Blaze - crash damaged, will get repaired.
1990 Gti 8Valve SOLD - looks like it's been scrapped
2002 Mini Cooper S - SOLD - i miss this car
1992 TXD - Scrapped in March 2014
1988 CX 25 GTI Turbo2 - SORN
1996 - AX Memphis 1.5D - Dream - SORN

I'm not just a username, i'm also called Matthew.

User avatar
mat_fenwick
Moderator
Posts: 7310
Joined: Tue Sep 20, 2005 4:08 pm
Location: North Wales
x 16

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by mat_fenwick »

If my bulbs lasted 5000 miles I'd be changing them every 3 months! But that can be a trade off with higher output bulbs of the same wattage. I'd still expect a longer life than that so perhaps you were just unlucky?
Image

1993 1.9 TZD Turbo Estate
1996 3.9 V8 Discovery
1993 VW LT35 campervan
1985 Hyundai Stellar V8
2016 Hyundai iLoad

User avatar
electrokid
1K Away
Posts: 1764
Joined: Fri May 09, 2008 2:14 pm
Location: Woking

Re: Yellow bulbs...

Post by electrokid »

but I would for fog lights as in my experience they get through fog quite well.
Driving in thick fog at night needs some kind of balance between illuminating the road ahead and not illuminating the fog immediately in front which blocks visibility: hence the reason why foglights are mounted as low as possible and (should !) have a very 'flat' beam. Also the amount of light produced by foglights can be too much or too little (particularly if they are 'cheapies' and produce too much light upwards) - there were some experiments in the 1960s with variable brightness control of foglights. I had variable brightness foglights on my 1950 Morris Minor but only found that to be useful on a couple of occasions in pea-soupers on dark nights. Hard to know whether the yellowness of the light or the reduced light output (or both :shock: ) makes yellow foglights that little bit better.
1992 BX19 TGD estate 228K Rusty - SORNed
2002 C5 HDi SX estate