Automotive H2 halogen bulbs.

irsa76

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I recently accquired a couple of pairs of vintage Cibie aux lights, a pair of 175 Ceasar spot lights and a pair of Oscar Plus driving lights. These old Cibie take H2 bulbs, which are pretty much impossible to get hold of. I was able to get my hands on some blue tinted, "for ultra white output", 55w bulbs off ebay however I'm expecting them to last as long as the 80/130w H4 bulbs I've used in the past, ie not long. Curious if any of the reputable brands still make this obsolete bulb or will have have to continue to roll the dice when I find a suitable vehicle to fit them on?
As much as I love Cibie, I doubt they'll do much on the cars I've got with Bi-xenon and LED lights, '08 Citroen C5 and a '22 Outlander for those interested.
 

Alaric Darconville

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I was able to get my hands on some blue tinted, "for ultra white output", 55w bulbs off ebay
But... WHY?
We've said over and over, time and again, that those blue-tinted "ultrawhite" bulbs are a scam. The blue tinting removes useful light and leaves behind light that is harder for us to process.

H2 bulbs have been de-listed from UN Regulation 37, so there's only a replacement market, not a new lamp market (new cars not being made to use the H2). Just stick with standard (but not "long life") H2s from Flösser, Philips, Narva, and Osram. Avoid overwattage bulbs, which have poorer focus and add way too much heat.
 

-Virgil-

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I recently accquired a couple of pairs of vintage Cibie aux lights, a pair of 175 Ceasar spot lights and a pair of Oscar Plus driving lights. These old Cibie take H2 bulbs, which are pretty much impossible to get hold of.

Says...who? How do you figure they're impossible to find when this is available here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and plus all of this?

I was able to get my hands on some blue tinted, "for ultra white output"

Total waste of money, at best. At worst (and quite often) they explode inside the lamp, ruining it.
 
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