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Old 10-21-2009, 03:27 PM   #1
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Question Replacing headlight bulbs?

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Just my second post and already my first (maybe dumb) question.

I want to replace my stock headlight bulbs with brighter ones. I already bought a pair of those Silverstar bulbs that I use in my other car and wanted to put them into my 2005 TJ, but how do I replace them?

I took a look at the manual which just says "Look at the repair manual" for replacing any bulbs. So I got a copy of it (whopping 2,436 pages!), but there are no instructions on how to replace the bulbs in the headlights
It just says "The headlamps are sealed beam units. Each unit contains a high and low beam filament."
Since I was curious I followed the instructions how to remove the headlamp; I didn't disconnect it from the harness to take a closer look, but it looks like there is really no way to get the bulbs out.

So does that mean that I cannot replace just the bulbs but have to swap out the entire thing? And if so, do they come with different bulbs installed or are all that poor?

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IPF housings and Fatboy lamps are the way to go. But I also run the silverstars and they are heads and tails better than the factory lamp.
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:02 PM   #4
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Thank you guys, I think that I have to get two new headlamps then... I just can't believe that I can replace any bulb but not the most important ones... but well, "It's a Jeep thing", isn't it? ;-)

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Old 10-22-2009, 08:03 AM   #5
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I have IPF housings running H4 bulbs and they help immensely. However, my other vehicles all have HID's so I'm swapping the H4's with 55w HID bulbs at 5000k. They'll still have the hi and lo beams. With a new wiring harness, I'm sure I'll be quite happy.

Supplemental lighting is available with my IPF driving lights and Hella fogs.
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Old 10-22-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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Sealed beam lights are not just Jeeps. There are not many vehicles with them. Most are older cars. You can pickup the sealed beam lights at any local auto parts store.

Your owners manual will tell you how to replace the bulb and the correct type. (why would you figure you could just install bulbs from another vehicle?)
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Sealed beam lights are not just Jeeps. There are not many vehicles with them. Most are older cars.
Thanks for the info. As this is my first non-japanese car as well, and maybe they are not common in Japan, I never have seen one before.

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You can pickup the sealed beam lights at any local auto parts store.
This may be true in the US, but in Europe/Austria there are not so many auto part stores and even less that have "exotic" parts like this in stock (some even can and will not order them).

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Your owners manual will tell you how to replace the bulb and the correct type. (why would you figure you could just install bulbs from another vehicle?)
See above... I am used to simply purchase regular H4 bulbs off the store (those are available at almost every hardware store and gas station as well!) and put them into the headlights.
The manual just stated "To replace the bulbs, take your car to your dealer/authorized repair facility or look at the repair manual".

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Old 10-23-2009, 05:37 AM   #8
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Sorry, I did not realize where you were.
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IPF should be available over there. So if you want better lighting, get the IPF e-code lamp housings and a set of H4 bulbs and you'll be good to go.
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All TJs over here have stock H4 lights. Sounds like it´s different in the US. What kind of lights do you have?
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I just can't believe that I can replace any bulb but not the most important ones...
The sealed beam headlights are just a big sealed bulb without a housing.
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Don't worry, I actually missed to mention that I was NOT from the US; I would guess there are not that much non-US members here anyway...
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Old 10-23-2009, 12:55 PM   #13
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Yep, thanks, I figured out now ;-)
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I have additional lamps (just like those mounted on your bumber), but they are linked to the high beam only. Unfortunately, we are not allowed to add random lamps by law...
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Nicolas-Eric, are you saying that you actually can replace just the headlight bulbs in your TJ? I would have to replace te entire headlight on my TJ... that's what's called "sealed beam".
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Buy some Osram Nightbreaker H4´s instead of the Osram Silverstar H4´s that you have now. They´re way brighter.

You can replace the bulbs without removing teh whole light.

- remove the connector at the rear of the light
- remove the rubber thing at the rear
- the H4 bulb is kept by only one small metal clamp, remove this clamp
- replace the bulb and reassemble everything

Take care not to tough the glass in front of the bulbs. Better use gloves or a blanket.
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Yes I can raplace only the bulb.
All over Europe we have H4 bulbs in the TJs. That are other lights than in the US.


And:
One pair of extra high beams is allowed all over Europe. Then you have four high beams at the same time incl. the stock ones in the headlight.
But you have to turn them off on oncoming traffic.
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Here´s a pic where you can see the connector and rubbe hing behind that teh H4 bulb is attached with a small metal clamp.

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Thank you, glad to hear, I will have another look at it tomorow
I guess I shouldn't have gotten the US repair manual then

As for the high beam: I have the two extra lamps mentioned and they are linked only to the high beam already, making a total of four high beams at the same time. My extras are set to highlight more in front of the car, though. Still have to turn all high beam off on oncoming traffic, no doubt.
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Thank you very much

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Here´s a pic where you can see the connector and rubbe hing behind that teh H4 bulb is attached with a small metal clamp.

Good grief Nico! What a cluster of.................wiring!
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If you want... I have a German 2003 FSM...

But you are allowed to use fog lights on oncoming traffic.
Here´s a pic where you ca see how much better the light is with some Hella fog lights:
http://runicon.de/ftp/licht.gif

Btw. these are the best H4 bulbs you can find for the European headlights:
eBay Österreich: OSRAM H4 60/55W NIGHTBREAKER NIGHT BREAKER +90% 2-Stk! (Artikel 360198296425 endet 24.10.09 18:48:26 MESZ)
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Good grief Nico! What a cluster of.................wiring!
That´s no cluster. You would agree when you see all the wires on my relais and fuses...
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Since my Jeep is lifted, my headlights always seem to go right in peoples eyes, in head on traffic and in their review mirrors, I always get flashed for brights when I don't have them on. I think this is the only reason I don't buy new lights.
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The headlights have do be in a certain angle. With a lift that will change. Can´t you adjust your lights?
We have electric headlamp beam height control ober here.
We also have a manual height control at our lights to adjust them.
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Since my Jeep is lifted, my headlights always seem to go right in peoples eyes, in head on traffic and in their review mirrors, I always get flashed for brights when I don't have them on. I think this is the only reason I don't buy new lights.
You should align them, then. It is obvious that, with a lift, the light pattern will be different and you will ned to adjust the headlights.
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Laziness is a big factor here

Haha just kidding

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