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Old 19-10-2020, 11:30 AM   #11
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I keep forgetting about the reflectors - yes, check these.

I am very tempted by LEDs. They're expensive and an acquired taste but the extra light and reducing load on the wiring probably outweighs the aesthetics for me

I've not seen a full kit for beetles so you'd probably have to cobble something together to mount them. It looks like LR defender headlamp rings could work, but I'm a long way from worrying about lighting on my car
I’m still not convinced by these LED lamp units, they just don’t suit classic cars. I’ve not experienced the light output personally but I expect the quality of these units are pretty poor & likely to have origins in China. I’m also not convinced by these LED replacement bulbs, yes they’re bright but their design will not provide the same light output as the halogen equivalent. My friend fitted some in his 1302 and they’re bright, but the beam pattern just isn’t right.
I expect sometime in the near future LED bulbs will perform in the same way as halogen bulbs do but until then, I’m sticking with Osram Night Breakers.

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I’m still not convinced by these LED lamp units, they just don’t suit classic cars. I’ve not experienced the light output personally but I expect the quality of these units are pretty poor & likely to have origins in China. I’m also not convinced by these LED replacement bulbs, yes they’re bright but their design will not provide the same light output as the halogen equivalent. My friend fitted some in his 1302 and they’re bright, but the beam pattern just isn’t right.
I expect sometime in the near future LED bulbs will perform in the same way as halogen bulbs do but until then, I’m sticking with Osram Night Breakers.

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I agree LED bulbs are not a solution. There's no way they can be made to have the same output as a halogen so if they work in VW lights it'd be a miracle.

The generic 7" LED headlights are going to be a bit of a gamble. They need to be E marked to be legal which rules out most of the cheapest ones. You have to pay £300 to get a set with any sort of guarantee they'll work (e.g. a UK seller). I'm not too bothered about the aesthetics, but I've never really had a problem with the VW factory headlights.
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Found these online, not cheap but look good (there is probably a UK / Euro version of this as these are in the US)

https://vintagecarleds.com/shop/7-in...te-7-inch-kit/
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Thanks for the tips everyone, reflectors and voltage were good, so went for the Osram 150% and what a difference! Cheers 🍻
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Iím still not convinced by these LED lamp units, they just donít suit classic cars. Iíve not experienced the light output personally but I expect the quality of these units are pretty poor & likely to have origins in China. Iím also not convinced by these LED replacement bulbs, yes theyíre bright but their design will not provide the same light output as the halogen equivalent. My friend fitted some in his 1302 and theyíre bright, but the beam pattern just isnít right.
I expect sometime in the near future LED bulbs will perform in the same way as halogen bulbs do but until then, Iím sticking with Osram Night Breakers.

Phil
You have to do your research with both LED headlights and replacement bulbs. There are good quality ones that have better than standard beam patterns and great output. Watts, Lumens and Luminescence are all very different from each other and are used to confuse people as you can have a large Luminescence number yet shit Lumens etc etc.
I'm going with regulation approved LED headlights that have a great output and are only a few bucks more expensive than new reflectors or re-silvered OEM ones. Yes I have to figure out a mounting and adjusting mechanism but the mounting rings from a Jeep or Landcruiser 75 will work as the LED headlight is a direct replacement for such vehicles.
Either way it should be an interesting little project
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Thanks for the tips everyone, reflectors and voltage were good, so went for the Osram 150% and what a difference! Cheers 🍻
Great choice, and you retain the classic look too
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