[x-type] 130 Watt H1 headlight bulbs sold by JagXP, safe?

JaguarXP.com’s ad says:

‘‘These are true 130 Watt headlights bulbs. Conventional headlights
are 55-65 Watts. Only by upgrading the wattage can headlight
actually become brighter’’

I always had great dealings with this and all other Jaguar
specialty stores, but 130 watt ! I wonder if this is a 65 Watt,
and 130 watt is the output (These bulbs don’t mention ‘‘xenon’’)

I would like the whitest xenon gas filled H1 bulb, approx 5000-
6000K, without blinding traffic, and I am leery of 100 watt bulbs.
(I don’t have HID lights, and I don’t want to upgrade or add
wiring…)

Has anyone tried these or similar headlight bulbs higher than 55
watts without having problems?

http://jaguarxp.com/jagxp/Jaguar%20XK8%20XKR/exterior/Headlights-
upgrades.htm–
2003 X-TYPE SPORT 3.0
Chicago Suburbs / Illinois, United States
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In reply to a message from Jim :slight_smile: sent Sun 30 Apr 2006:

I’ve been looking into the upgrade of my normal 55w bulbs to the
one you mention. The only problem is that they are illegal in most
states and by next year, 2007, they will be illegal in all states.
Reason for that being is that they blind on coming traffic and if
you still decide to get them, I�m sure you’ll attract the police at
night since you’ll stand out like a sore thumb!

I don’t know how the European countries laws are on this…might
want to look into it before spending the money…–
Speed_racer
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In reply to a message from Speed_racer sent Sun 30 Apr 2006:

These bulbs are illegal in the UK, and probably most of Europe.
They will require over double the normal current, so you’ll almost
certainly need to upgrade the fuses to handle this, and then don’t
be surprised if you overload the cabling system and set the car on
fire. Of course, the nice blaze will enable you to see more
clearly.–
An 'ome ain’t an 'ome without a Gnome
Devon, United Kingdom
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In reply to a message from Gnomeface sent Sun 30 Apr 2006:

Ha Ha.Nice one.–
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fire. Of course, the nice blaze will enable you to see more
clearly.


BuckMR2, X Type 3.0 Sport, Manual
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In reply to a message from Jim :slight_smile: sent Sun 30 Apr 2006:

I think there was a previous posting which referred to plastic
headlight lens. Apparently there is a good chance of melting these
if you use too high wattage!!

No experience just quoting from memory. Also I recently scraped my
headlight glass(!) on a convenient wall - I suppose I really mean
inconvenient. The lens is badly scratched and awaiting
replacement - certainly seems like plastic or some such.

Bernard–
The original message included these comments:

‘‘These are true 130 Watt headlights bulbs. Conventional headlights
are 55-65 Watts. Only by upgrading the wattage can headlight
actually become brighter’’


bernard x
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In reply to a message from Bernard Dillon sent Mon 1 May 2006:

i wouldnt do it…stick to 55W–
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In reply to a message from CARZ sent Tue 2 May 2006:

There was a guy in the States, now very sadly departed, who used to
produce a lighting upgrade loom for Porsche 944’s.

His view was that a small drop in voltage (bearing in mind you only
start with 12v) equates to a fairly significant drop in light
output. On 20 year old cars where terminals become furred up, and
wires oxidise, replacing the loom with a more efficient set up made
a big difference even with standard bulbs. The larger loom (and it
was large) also allowed the use of 100w bulbs [for off road and
sporting purposes ;-)].

Noting the gauge of wire designed specifically to handle 100w bulbs
I certainly wouldn’t risk putting 100w bulbs on a conventional loom.

The same guy also had a picture of someone frying an egg on an
upturned 100w headlamp so the concern of melting your plastic
lenses is very real.–
John Sims, '03 3.0ltr Sport, Essex, England
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