What`s the Difference between PIAA Si-Tech and Hella Cleantech Wiper Blades?

2019-12-06 13:06:55 by Daniel Charlesworth

Choosing the right wiper blades for your vehicle can mean the difference between a smudgy windshield and clear visibility. No matter how bright your headlamps are, if you’ve got inferior wiper blades, you’re compromising your safety. With so many wiper blades to pick from, it’s hard to know which are the best. In this article, we’ll compare two options—the PIAA Si-Tech and Hella Cleantech wiper blades—and help you choose the blades that fit your needs.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace Car Headlights?

2019-07-30 15:41:51 by Daniel Charlesworth

When a car headlight goes out, it can be a big inconvenience. Not only do you have to worry about the possibility of getting a ticket, you also have to think about the cost of replacing your headlight. Many drivers head straight to their local mechanic and pay an exorbitant fee to have their headlights replaced.  But replacing your car headlights doesn’t have to be expensive.

Read on to learn the real cost of replacing car headlights.

How Long Should Headlights Last?

2019-07-11 12:52:34 by Daniel Charlesworth

Replacing headlight bulbs can be annoying and expensive, even if you do it yourself. Short-lived bulbs that burn out too soon are frustrating for drivers and a waste of money. But most drivers aren’t sure how long their headlights should really last. That’s because the answer depends on many factors.

Read on to find out how long you should expect your headlight bulbs to last.

Where Can The C5W Bulb Be Used?

2019-06-17 09:51:20 by Emma Samardzija


With all the different types of car bulbs out there, it can be confusing to try and figure out where each bulb goes. One individual car can have dozens of lights - from the headlights, to indicators, to tail lights. So, where does the C5W bulb fit in? 

Read on to learn more about the C5W bulb and its uses.
 

How To Install Philips LEDs In Your Vehicle

2019-06-03 15:51:33 by Emma Samardzija


Installing new bulbs in your vehicle can be tricky. Every make, model, and manufacturer has a different method, which can vary in difficulty. We know that if you're a first-timer, or even a seasoned pro, replacing your halogen bulbs with LED can be a daunting prospect.

To help make things easier, we've compiled a list of six popular vehicles - Audi A1, BMW 1-Series, BMW 3-Series, BMW X1, Citroen DS3, and Dacia Duster - and put together a step-by-step guide for installing Philips LED headlight bulbs. These guides should help you see the process of replacing a bulb and how simple it can be to do.

Please remember that this is a guide only. If you're struggling to replace your bulbs, take your vehicle to a local auto-electrician who will be able to help you.

What`s The Difference Between PIAA Hyper Arros 5000K & Philips DiamondVision?

2019-05-22 10:27:30 by Emma Samardzija


We know that the world of bulbs is a tricky one to navigate. When you see two ranges that offer similar benefits, which is the right one to choose? Today, we're going to take a look at PIAA Hyper Arros 5000K and pit it against Philips DiamondVision. Who will win in the Battle of the Bulbs?

Take a look at the table below, which compares the main features of each range:

  PIAA Hyper Arros 5000K

Philips DiamondVision

Colour temperature Up to 5000K 5000K
Brightness Up to 120% extra than standard Standard
Road legal No No

 

What`s The Difference Between Philips WhiteVision Ultra & OSRAM Cool Blue Intense?

2019-03-18 09:38:45 by Emma Samardzija


You might have heard of the new iteration of Philips' bestselling styling range, the WhiteVision Ultra. But, how does it compare against OSRAM's leading styling bulbs - the Cool Blue Intense? 

To help get us started, the table below shows a brief comparative overview of the main features of the Philips WhiteVision Ultra and OSRAM Cool Blue Intense:

  Philips WhiteVision Ultra OSRAM Cool Blue Intense
Colour temperature 4200K 4200K
Extra light on the road 60% 20%
Road legal Yes Yes

Keep reading to find out which range comes out on top in the Battle of the Bulbs...
 

What Is A CANbus Canceller/Resistor?

2019-02-20 09:13:10 by Emma Samardzija


What Is A Canbus Canceller/Resistor?

If you've been looking into purchasing an LED bulb, you might have noticed the terms 'CANbus control unit', 'canbus canceller', or even 'resistor' or 'adapter'. But what does this mean?

To put it simply, a CANbus control unit is a small cable and adapter system, which is installed in between the wiring of your vehicle and the LED bulb. Because LED car bulbs use a lower wattage than other bulbs, the CANbus canceller helps to increase the current safely and without damaging the bulb. This will ensure that your vehicle doesn't bring up any error messages and the LED can work as expected.

Want to know more? Let's take a deeper dive into the world of all things CANbus...
 

Introducing Philips X-tremeUltinon gen2 LED

2019-01-22 09:12:34 by Emma Samardzija


Since releasing their revolutionary X-tremeUltinon range, Philips have dominated the world of LED automotive lighting. Now they’re revisiting and refining their approach to LED headlight bulbs with this new update: the Philips X-tremeUltinon gen2 LED.

With the original Philips X-tremeUltinon series having already outstripped its competition in terms of brightness and style, the question is raised: how does the X-tremeUltinon gen2 compare?
 

Here's a quick guide through the key differences of the two ranges:

  Philips X-tremeUltinon Philips X-tremeUltinon gen2
Extra light output Up to 200% brighter Up to 250% brighter
Colour temperature 6500K 5800K
Road legal No No

As you can see, light output is the main area in which the Philips X-tremeUltinon gen2 LED bulbs improve on their predecessor. Colour temperature remains high, with only a slight decrease on the first generation of the X-tremeUltinon. Now that we know what makes this range different from the last, let's take a more in-depth look at the unique benefits.
 

 

What`s The Difference Between Philips WhiteVision Ultra & Philips WhiteVision?

2018-10-22 09:36:04 by Emma Samardzija


Since the arrival of Philips' exciting new WhiteVision Ultra range, some important questions have been raised. What are the differences between Philips WhiteVision Ultra and Philips WhiteVision? Which is the best bulb for me?

You're in luck. Here at PowerBulbs, it's our job to guide you lovely lot through the murky waters of automotive lighting. Join us as we venture forth into the Battle of the Bulbs!

Here's a quick glance over the main features on offer from both the Philips WhiteVision and WhiteVision Ultra ranges:

  Philips WhiteVision Ultra Philips WhiteVision
Colour temperature Up to 4200K Up to 3700K
Light on the road 60% extra light output 60% extra light output
Lifetime Up to 200 hours Up to 450 hours
Road legal Yes Yes

 

Introducing Philips WhiteVision Ultra

2018-10-11 11:18:28 by Emma Samardzija


Introducing Philips WhiteVision Ultra

As well as being the newest halogen in the Philips catalogue, the Philips WhiteVision Ultra is their whitest road legal bulb. Is all the fuss worth it, though? 

Join us as we go through the features and benefits of this brand new range.
 

What`s The Difference Between OSRAM Xenarc Night Breaker Laser & Philips Xenon X-treme Vision gen2?

2018-10-02 15:23:41 by Emma Samardzija


The new OSRAM Xenarc Night Breaker Laser has already made the world a little brighter for our customers. Now that we've welcomed this terrific Maximum Performance xenon HID bulb into the PowerBulbs family, we thought we'd better test its chops with a little friendly competition...

The contender? The bestselling Philips Xenon X-treme Vision gen2 range!

Let's see what these bulbs are made of in another Battle of the Bulbs. We'll get started by inspecting the key features and differences between each range, which you can see in the table below:
 

  OSRAM Xenarc Night Breaker Laser Philips Xenon X-treme Vision gen2
Extra brightness Up to 200% Up to 150%
Light on the road Up to 250m  - 
Color temperature  -  4800K
Road legal Yes Yes

From the table above, it seems that the OSRAM Xenarc Night Breaker Laser may just have the edge in terms of extra light output. The long-standing praise for the Philips Xenon X-treme Vision gen2, however, is also an important point to consider. As always, the devil's in the detials, so let's move in for closer inspection.
 

Introducing OSRAM Xenarc Night Breaker Laser

2018-09-20 10:33:00 by Emma Samardzija


What with the recent flurry of new releases from automotive lighting favourites, OSRAM, there’s never been a better time to upgrade your vehicle’s headlight bulbs. With so many great choices on offer, however, it’s easy to get lost as to which bulb has most benefit to you. Let’s take a moment then to explore the details of OSRAM’s tremendous new xenon HID offering: the Xenarc Night Breaker Laser.

As with the extremely popular Night Breaker Laser halogen series, the purpose of this xenon HID range is to provide the most intense, wide-spread light projection as possible.

Need convincing? Just take a look at some of the superb qualities on offer from the OSRAM Xenarc Night Breaker Laser outlined below.