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    JW Speaker 7" round Evo-3 for non-Jeeps!

    Hi Virgil, I've heard back from JW Speaker on the DRL/Turn Signal amperage and circuitry questions raised in Post #7 -- i.e.,.. Here's the email response from JW Speaker (sorry about the numbering -- something happened to the formatting when I cut & pasted...): Hello xxxx, I can answer...
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    JW Speaker 7" round Evo-3 for non-Jeeps!

    Oh no! I installed a whole suite of Optronics LEDs on my ancient utility trailer this summer -- is the whole lineup Not Recommended? What the are issues -- optical performance, durability, both? Very sad to hear this... Virgil, this is great! I had no idea this entire product category...
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    JW Speaker 7" round Evo-3 for non-Jeeps!

    Thank you very much, Virgil! (As always, very helpful and educational!) 1) I've sent an email to JW Speaker, asking about the amperage and DRL/Turn inputs (didn't manage to get through via phone -- they're very busy!), and will report back in this thread when/if I hear back. 2) That's...
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    JW Speaker 7" round Evo-3 for non-Jeeps!

    Hello Virgil, Alaric (Happy New Year!).... =) If I may, 3 questions about the JW Speaker 8700 EVO 3: A) The EVO 3 is advertised as a "Heavy Duty Truck Headlight" -- is that simply marketing, or is there something about this lamp that makes it ill-suited for use in a passenger car? (E.g...
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    DRL-1 with 2000 BMW Z3 (amber bulbs)?

    Hello Virgil, Hello Alaric, Glad you're both doing well -- and if you won't mind some avoided-accident detail in this completely unrelated (Z3 / DRL-1) thread, and on the off chance the account might someday help encourage others to heed the great advice given on this forum, here's what...
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    DRL-1 with 2000 BMW Z3 (amber bulbs)?

    Hi Virgil, Thank you very much. I'll purchase a DRL-1 module from Daniel Stern (if he's still selling them), and will pick up the Honda bulbs you've recommended and set them aside as spares. On a completely different note: I've not posted since 2017, and have been meaning to...
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    DRL-1 with 2000 BMW Z3 (amber bulbs)?

    Hello -- a question for the experts here (thank you in advance): I'd like to use DRLs with a 2000 BMW Z3; would there be any trouble employing a DRL-1 module on that car? The signal bulbs are amber (i.e., amber 21/5W bulbs in a clear housing), should that be a consideration. If there's an...
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    Best H7 bulb for vision?

    Hi Virgil, I'm sure you've made this more than clear in a previous post somewhere, but my Search results have only confused me: how would you rate the above-linked +130 Philips Xtreme Vision H7, relative to the Osram Rallye 65w H7, in terms of [A] overall lighting performance, and [B]...
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    Best H7 bulb for vision?

    Thanks very much, Virgil (and hope you had a great Christmas & New Year's)! - C
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    Best H7 bulb for vision?

    I was about to put my order in for a replacement set of Osram Rallye 65w H7 bulbs, but then saw: Would you know if the RacingVision and Rallye bulbs have similar design lifespans? If they've comparable longevity, I'll follow your guidance and look for some RacingVisions (the Osram Rallye 65w...
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    Halogen H18 and H19

    Actually, I'm not sure at all whether they're on the way out -- but there's suddenly a decided "wave" of light to the left above the cutoff that wasn't there previously (an oncoming car even flashed its headlights at me, which has never happened before), so that can't be good! I'll go order and...
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    Halogen H18 and H19

    Interesting (and in an unfortunate way). If you were in my shoes, would you go ahead and replace the bulbs now (especially as the car's parked outdoors, and it's only going to get colder over the next several months)? I was going to wait until the bulbs burned out, but if this means the...
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    Halogen H18 and H19

    Hi Virgil, Thank you for the fast reply! I guess I'll stick with the Osram Rallye for now (beyond the availability issues, I'll have trouble removing and modifying the headlamp these days). =) Silly naive question: is it possible for beam focus to degrade as a bulb ages? (e.g., There's no...
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    Halogen H18 and H19

    Hello Virgil, Alaric, Just wondering: have either of you seen the H18 available for sale anywhere? (And is it truly a drop-in replacement for the H7?) My Golf's Osram Rallye 65w H7 will likely (judging by hours of operation) be burning out reasonably soon, and I'd like to try the H18 if you...
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    Halogen H18 and H19

    Thank you very much, Virgil and Alaric (and to SubLGT, for bringing up the topic!), I had no idea just how important beam focus can be. Looks like an H18 is in my VW's future.... =) Cheers - C P.S. -- Just out of curiosity: With a more poorly-focused but still decent bulb (e.g., Osram 65w...
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    Halogen H18 and H19

    Thank you for the information, Virgil. Quick question: If the H18 does turn out to be a direct drop-in replacement for the H7, would you choose it over the Osram Rallye 65w H7? (I've installed the latter in my 2000 VW Golf (on your recommendation) and have been delighted with it; just...
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    Philips 1156 LED ok for Stop or Turn signals in 2000 VW Golf?

    Virgil and GePa, Thank you very much, both of you! There's clearly much more to this than I had any idea about. =) Virgil, I'm filing away all the (much-appreciated) info you've sent, in case I someday wish to go farther down this route -- but as you've predicted, I think I'll leave well...
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    Philips 1156 LED ok for Stop or Turn signals in 2000 VW Golf?

    Quick question (thank you in advance!): In a recent thread, Alaric and Virgil mentioned a Philips 1156 LED replacement: Q: Although designed for back-up lights, would the above LED also work well in a stop or turn application? The car in question is a 2000 VW Golf (Mk IV), which...
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    Adding DRLs...yes/no?

    Re: HIR1 - Still a good idea? Thank you for the reply -- much appreciated! There are actually two cars involved here: a friend's 2000 BMW Z3, and my own 1968 MGB. On the Z3, there's no obvious place to mount a properly-spaced pair of Hella or Philips LED DRLs (the under-bumper air intake's...
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    Adding DRLs...yes/no?

    2 1/2 years is a short time, product development wise, but have there been any developments since May 2011 that might affect your assessment of DRLs? (In particular, are the LED fitments on the latest cars (OEM or perhaps things like the new Philips "LED Daytime" strips) any more effective than...
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