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  1. #1
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    Tripod headlights - recomnedations

    I fancy fitting these, but unsure if the PL700s
    https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/product/7--p...-reproduction/

    are worth twice the price of the P700s.
    https://www.s-v-c.co.uk/product/7--tripod-lens-halogen/

    Both run H4 bulbs. Have been told beam quality is slightly better on the PLs vs Ps, and ofcourse you get to have a shield and Lucas insignia.
    But unless the beam quality is significantly better I am not entirely convinced.

    Looking for recommendations, one way or the other.
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    120% increase. Thats a huge difference.

    100% more light would double that of the other offered alternative.
    It just does....

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    Kevin,

    Looking into the differences understanding is that the PL700 is a more directional beam and are made either for left and right hand drive cars. You can pick up left hand drive PL700 a lot cheaper but the beam would be incorrect for the U.K.

    The P700 is none directional and center focused so either high or low beam . The coverage would be cut off to the kerb side.

    The 120% is down to the bulb . I would look to fit LED bulbs now. Having them on my day driver they are so much better . The light is a cleaner white light. I am not sure on the MOT side as I know fitting Xenon hights you need head light adjustment .

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    Hi Kevin,

    I run the PL700s with PIAA bulbs (can't remember which ones, not anything fancy) and they're great. Proper beam pattern etc.

    Biggest improvement, however, was fitting relays in the lighting circuit.

    Have a look here - http://www.madelectrical.com/electri...adlights.shtml

    The readings I got before and after fitting relays was almost identical to this article. The difference between before and after was incredible.

    Sean
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    Hi Sean,

    Do you recall which PIAA bulbs you fitted as there are so many?

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    Hi Jon,

    It was such a long time ago, I don't know for sure. Looking at their website the "Extreme White" sounds familiar - but I may have read that on some toothpaste or something recently LOL

    By far the biggest improvement was the relays though. I fitted the PIAA bulbs first which was a slight improvement, then the relays... big improvement.

    Sean
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    Useful information - thanks all.
    Looks like I'll be indulging the OCD and I'm putting PL700s on my Christmas list.
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    If you get in quick Kev there are a pair of original PL700 on Ebay. Good value at £2200 + £15 p&p.

    Baz

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    Thanks mate, I know I'm a bit anal with OCD, but that's bit out my league.....
    Last edited by KevinW; 22-11-19 at 05:29 PM.
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