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Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by paulsutt on Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:58 am

As with many others on here...my headlights are terrible!.very dim.

Now I've done lots of reading on here but I'm still confused!

Which is the best legal way to upgrade these to headlights that are bright?

Is it HID or bulb upgrade?

Any help with specific models etc would be much appreciated.

Many thanks
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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by Paulmold on Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:28 am

Personally I'd recommend upgrade to Osram Nightbreakers. I don't know what bulbs the Talbot takes but the Nightbreakers are available in H1,  H4 or H7

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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by paulsutt on Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:11 am

Thanks Paul, I think they are H4... I've heard of these before so I'm going to go with this option and order some.
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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by -mojo- on Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:09 am

They (or one of the Philips Extreme products) will almost certainly help, but you really need to find out ~why~ the existing lights are dim. One common reason on vans of that age is that the reflectors have corroded and, if that's the case, there is no real substitute for buying new lens/reflector assemblies - if you can find them.
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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by paulsutt on Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:34 am

Totally agree...I think that's almost definitely the case. I've ordered a new set of LHD assemblies with the deflectors.
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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by -mojo- on Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:55 am

One other thing that may be worth doing is to get a voltmeter and test what voltage you are seeing at the headlamps when on main and dipped beam, compared to battery voltage - you may find that it is significantly lower, for a variety of reasons.

If it is - and you are not concerned about originality - it may be worth putting in a separate extra mini-loom just for the headlights, with the existing feeds to the lights operating 2 relays and the supply to the lamps coming direct from the battery (with an appropriate fuse, of course). This is essentially what the retro-fit lighting loom for the VW T4 does, for example.
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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by dbroada on Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:57 pm

-mojo- wrote:This is essentially what the retro-fit lighting loom for the VW T4 does, for example.
and the basis of many T2 & T3 (T25) recommended modifications all over the net

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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by wakaday on Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:08 pm

T4 Headlights are also known for poor light output. I have upgraded the loom and gone with a pair of Phillips exteme Bulbs. The difference is amazing. I had Night breakers on my last T4 but these Phillips are even brighter.
If your reflectors are good then its well worth going for it.
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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by Dutto on Wed Nov 25, 2015 11:55 pm

Hi there,

I bought a pair of OSRAM Night Breakers back in 2013 similar to these ...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EPLCO3G?keywords=osram%20headlight%20bulbs&qid=1448456003&ref_=sr_1_5&sr=8-5

... when I changed the headlights from plastic to glass.

They have made a great difference to being able to see where I am going ... Whistle1 Whistle1 Whistle1

... and as I don't get "flashed" by oncoming traffic (here and in France) they must be properly set up. allthumbz allthumbz allthumbz

Best regards,
drinksallround

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Re: Upgrading Talbot Headlights

Post by Dave 418 on Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:30 am

think_smiley_46 When we had Seval vans and Iveco Trucks at the roadside we had the problem of poor headlight output. As mentioned the modification of adding relays was tried first. Added to this it was found the earth point for the front of the vehicle was on the front cross member under the radiator. After six months from new this was badly corroded. Cleaning the terminals  and surrounding metal made a noticeable difference.
One of the vans was always reluctant to start on cold mornings until the earths were cleaned up.
I cant remember the T4 lights being any different to the Transit I swapped from. I will have to do some sussing and boggling about this if we do swap vans next year. studying
Any lights must be better than BSA B40, army issue, 6volt candle powered lights. The beasts didn't go fast enough to need proper lights I suppose. uncertain

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