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Lighting replacement and upgrades

HELLA’s lighting range – Standard, Performance, Design, Long Life and Xenon – feature icons and QR codes to give additional information on service life or light colour, as well as showing the correct applications and vehicle types. Its Standard bulb is aimed at the driver who values safety at affordable pricing; ideal for customers with family cars, for instance. These halogen bulbs are available for nearly all types, including H1, H4, H7, H11, H15, as well as the up-and-coming H18 and H19 versions.

Performance bulbs are available as Performance +60% or +120%, providing 25 or 50 metres more visibility where needed, with references H1, H4 and H7.

For the professional driver, Hella recommends workshops suggest HELLA’s Long Life range, as it has an extended lifespan, lasting up to three times longer than is required by ECE regulations, which reduces the need for maintenance. These bulbs are available in H1, H4, H7 and H11.

White Light combines style and comfort, with up to 30% more light than a standard halogen lamp and last up to 300 hours. The White Light range is available in H1, H4 and H7.

HELLA’s Xenon range provides a like-for-like substitution.

Beware of LED replacement bulbs…

The problem with using LED replacements for traditional halogen bulb applications is that, unlike the upgrade examples mentioned, LED bulbs do not currently qualify for R37 approval and therefore carry no ‘E’ mark, making them illegal for road use.

When it comes to actual LED headlights, as it presently stands, the only viable option should they need to be replaced, is to change the entire unit, rather than an individual light source.

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