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Old 12-06-18, 01:24 AM   #1
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Hi folks,

The right H7 bulb on my 1996 306XR died a few months ago and I've been reluctant to change it. I was wondering If I can put something stronger in there.

I was thinking of Xenons but it seems it would require retrofitting a power supply and cables. Then I thought Halogen might just do the job but I can't find any specific information for how should I approach it.

Do I need any retrofitting for halogen or I can just replace the bulbs? If so, what kind of bulbs I should look for? I'm pretty sure the current ones are H7 but I can't confirm right now. What about LEDs?

Any suggestions?
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Take your old bulb to your local motor factor and ask for a replacement, it's probably a halogen anyway, but it won't hurt to tell them you want a halogen. They are direct replacements for tungsten bulbs, no special fitting required.
If you lights are properly adjusted they will be all you need. No need to enter the brightest lights arms race.

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Note, 99% sure it'll be h4 bulbs for a 96 306. Osram Nightbreakers are my current favourite. Straight swop.
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Yep as above...and they give a nice white light.....and if adjusted correctly they dont blind other road users
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Take your old bulb to your local motor factor and ask for a replacement, it's probably a halogen anyway, but it won't hurt to tell them you want a halogen. They are direct replacements for tungsten bulbs, no special fitting required.
If your lights are properly adjusted they will be all you need. No need to enter the brightest lights arms race.

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Note, 99% sure it'll be h4 bulbs for a 96 306. Osram Nightbreakers are my current favorite. Straight swap.


These are the bulbs in the right headlight. The right one is H7 (the dead one) for the low beams. Not sure what the left one is but it's for the high beams. I have one more bulb in the left headlight but it's tiny.

The strange thing is that I think I have only one bulb in the right headlight. Probably an H4 acting as both high and low beams. And it's much more complicated to reach so I haven't checked.

How can I put halogens in that case? Buy one H4 and one H7 halogen and figure out how to get to the right headlight.

Or just buy one H7 just like the dead one and drive like that?

Edit: I took a few more shots...



You can see how close that thing is to the headlight so I'm not sure If I can pull the bulb out or whether I'll add the new one in.




These are how the low beams look and you can see the second section of the right headlight, for the high beams. There is no such section in the left headlight.




And these are the high beams.

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Old 14-06-18, 04:41 AM   #6
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The left bulb in the picture is an H1

The tiny bulb you mention is likely for parking light/sidelight, most likely a T10/W5W (glass socket) or a Ba9S (metal socket)

Looks like your car has had one of the light assemblies replaced by one from a later year model. Not all that familiar with the 306, but the 206 started out with H4 lights and a few years in changed to clear optics with 2x H7 bulbs. H1+H7 is the same combo my moms Polo from 2001 had.
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The left bulb in the picture is an H1

The tiny bulb you mention is likely for parking light/sidelight, most likely a T10/W5W (glass socket) or a Ba9S (metal socket)

Looks like your car has had one of the light assemblies replaced by one from a later year model. Not all that familiar with the 306, but the 206 started out with H4 lights and a few years in changed to clear optics with 2x H7 bulbs. H1+H7 is the same combo my moms Polo from 2001 had.
Oh, I see... That could be useful!

What about the left headlight. Do you think that's stock as well? I have another a bit zoomed out photo If it would help.

It doesn't look like I'll be able to replace the bulb without disassembling stuff. I'm going to try sometime this weekend but If that's the case I won't bother.
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