Upgraded my headlight bulbs using ones ordered from NewMiniStuff.com (thanks Mike).
Whole job took me less than 5 minutes (and I was being careful, because my MINI is only 6 weeks old). Upgraded light output is significant - well worth the £'s and as a nice side benefit, I've now got the 'old' bulbs as spares in the neat plastic case that the new bulbs came it. Bonus !
I replaced the orange front and rear indicators (plus side repeaters) with bulbs from mikeythemini as I'd chosen the cost option of having white glass on the car.....result is great. I've been thinking about the headlamp bulb replacement....is it worth it? ...and is it easy to do as I cut my hand up whilst fiddling with the rear indicators? Bit of a DIY deathtrap, that's me!!!
Very much worth upgrading the headlight bulbs if your drive in the dark at all .... ! The OEM headlight bulbs are just rubbish - honestly don't know how BMW / MINI got away with them.
The upgrade is very easy to do, though I do admit it helps if you have small or medium sized hands (i.e. not massive plates of meat). There is a black plastic panel on the back of the headlight units which unclips and then comes off completely. You then need to reach inside the back of the headlight, pop off the connector from the back of the original bulb (it just pulls off), undo the spring clip (pretty obvious when you're doing the job), and remove the old bulb. As per Haynes manual, re-assembly is the reverse of the above instructions, except put the new bulbs back in. Definitely only a "1 spanner" difficulty level
You do need to be very careful not to touch the glass of the headlight bulb with your bare hands, or the oil on your skin will damage the bulb. If you do touch it accidentally, you need to clean it with a lint free tissue and some alcohol.
I for one highly recommend the upgrade. Can't imagine how you'd cut yourself doing the headlight bulbs, and for less than 20 quid, it is really a must have upgrade.
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