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Adding high performance halogen bulbs to your Volkswagen

Adding higher output aftermarket headlight bulbs to your Volkswagen will result in a different colour output and additional light but there is a tradeoff and this is the lifetime of the globe.

Based on data from the respective manufacturers the light output (measured in lumens) and lifespan (measured at 13.2v) is summerised below for H7 .

1500 lumens, 330/550 hours

Power Saving – up to 20% power saving
(Philips EcoVision)
1500 lumens, -/- hours

Long Life
(Osram Light@Day, Philips NightGuide DoubleLife, Philips EcoVision, Philips Longer Life)
1500 lumens, 450/930 hours

Plus 30 – up to 30% more light
(CPI BrightLight, Sylvania Xtravision, Narva Rangepower,Tungsram High Output, Philips Premium)
1500 lumens, x hours

Plus 50 – Up to 50% more light and 20m longer beam
(CPI Super Bright Light, Philips Vision Plus, Osram Silverstar, Narva Rangepower+50, Tungsram Megalicht)
1500 lumens, 150/220 hours (1580)

Plus 80  – Up to 80% more light and 25m longer beam
(Philips X-tremePower):
1500 lumens, 100/200 hours, 3400°K (1620)

Plus 90 – Up to 90% more light, 10% whiter light and 35m longer beam
(Osram Night Breaker, Narva Blue Power):
1500 lumens, 100/200 hours, 3750°K (1620)

Blue coated – up to 20% more light then standard with bluish-white light
(CPI Bright Light Blue, Osram Cool Blue, Narva Rangepower Blue, Philips BlueVision, Philips CrystalVision Ultra , Tungsram Super Blue, Tungsram EuroBlue, Sylvania Silverstar or Silverstar Ultra, PIAA, Hoen, Nokya, Polarg)
1500 lumens, 100/200 hours, 4000°K

Philips CrystalVision
1500 lumens, 100/200 hours, 5000°K

Higher wattage – 65 watts (no issues with the extra heat or load as it’s only 10 watts over stock)
Osram Rallye +65 (manufacturer part number: CP64217)
2100 lumens, x/500 hours, 3200°K

Lumens – this is the light output as measured by the manufacturer. This should not be used to measure the performance of a bulb as the filament design denotes the performance, the light output from many of the different types is around the same but the headlight performance and appearance of the bulbs differs vastly from long life to standard to high output.

  • long life bulbs have larger filaments that burns cooler, this reduces the beam focus which shortens the throw of the light and creates a browner light colour.
  • high output bulbs have smaller filaments that burn hotter, this tightens the beam focus which lengthens the throw of the light and creates a whiter light colour.

Hours – denoted as B3/TC. B3 is the average lifespan and TC is the point at which 63.2 percent of bulbs have failed.

Colour – measured in Kelvins. Further explination etc to follow.


  • The figures may be a composite where there are multiple brands and types listed in a category, if  one manufacturer differs greatly they will be listed separately and where figures are not available or are not accurate this will be noted by the manufacturers name being in italics.

Osram-Sylvania, Philips-Narva, Tungsram-GE

7 comments to Adding high performance halogen bulbs to your Volkswagen

  • LiFers

    This article is full of inaccuracies.
    1) You’ve written that all the lumen outputs are the same, this is wrong. For instance the Plus 80s should be around 2000 lumen (I’m holding the packet for a Narva H4 in my hand).

    2) You say “Lumens… should not be used to measure the performance of a bulb”
    This is inaccurate. Lumens measure the light output of the bulb. Kelvin measures the colour temperature. The lenses in your headlights determine the throw of the light, regardless (to a high degree) of the shape of the filament of the bulb. Performance should be judged directly on lumen output (the higher the brighter) and kelvin (the higher the cooler/bluer, the lower the warmer/oranger).

    3) You say “browner light colour”. Noone uses ‘brown’ to describe warm light. It’s orange.

    4) You say “Whiter light”. No such thing as Whiter light. White is white, but its temperature varies massively on the kelvin scale. Warm white is no “whiter” than cool white, it’s warmer.

    • Maverick

      1) As clearly stated these outputs are for H7 bulbs as commonly used by Volkswagen. H4 bulbs are completely different and have a higher output. The lumens of each bulb have been determined by checking the manufacturer specifications and are correct.
      2) This article discusses using high performance halogen bulbs as a replacement for standard bulbs in reflector housing, there are no lenses in reflector housings and the filament of the bulb plays a much bigger part in the usable light output.
      3) Noted and this will be changed when there is the explanation about the kelvin scale added, for the meantime “browner light colour” is clearly understood whilst not technically correct.
      4) See 3 above again this is clearly understood whilst not technically correct.

  • @Maverick, regarding points 3 and 4 raised by LiFers, he makes a valid point.

    I suggest that you update your articles to be more technically correct. I’m sure everyone would rather read correct articles rather than your personal standard of “good enough” journalism. Otherwise, nice site with useful info, keep up the great work!

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