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Old 25 May 2009, 08:48 PM
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Hi,

When I got my car, there where a pack of what look like rainbow coloured headlight bulbs in the glove box. I changed them over and they looked really fab! They have a rainbow effect to the light, and are very bright compared to standard bulbs.

Now the problem is one of the bulbs blew a few months ago, so now have one standard and one rainbow bulb in, and cannot find ANYONE that does these bulbs! I typed in the numbers on the bulb, and its come up with Japanese websites, so not very helpful there!

I am trying to download a piccy of the bulb, but having a few probs. They have a hologram/rainbow coloured tinted at the base of the bulb, then half way up, its a blue tint and then at the tip of the bulb its painted silver.

Any ideas where I can get same or similar? Also after side lights that have the same glow!

Cheers guys!!

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Old 25 May 2009, 08:55 PM
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They'll be on the shelf, next to the Tartan Paint.



Sorry Em, couldn't resist.
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Is that in the same isle as the Elbow Grease??!!
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yes and the grinding sparks & sky hooks.
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Theres these on ebay:

Subaru FORESTER IMPREZA ALL WEATHER RAINBOW Car Bulbs on eBay, also Bulbs Lenses, Lights Lighting Accessories, Car Tuning Styling, Cars, Parts Vehicles (end time 17-Jun-09 21:18:23 BST)

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Thanks S600B, I have a watch on them!
I was just wondering if there was a company that done them? I couldn't find any in Halfords, I was in there getting blades anyway, so thought I'd have a butchers!
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When you googled them, did you try the 'translate this page', that Google sometimes has ?
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probably no longer available off the shelf as they're a nicking as far a plod are concerned.
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Nate - Tried to translate, but really wasn't that helpful!

Mneame - I'm sure the ones on Ebay say they are road legal?! Silly question, but why are they illegal?
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because 99% sure the law states that the only colour light that can be emited from the front of a car can be white. Adidas and milamber would be able to shed more light. b-bom tisch
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They need to be 'E' marked or they are not legal in this country Em. From the advert they DO appear to be legal bulbs

Given that they throw out different colour light I am a bit sceptical about this claim. Depends if the light is "white" though.

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Can you not have yellow too? off to read the link now. maybe should have read it first

Yep as i thought. white or yellow.

Many moons ago when i had my mk2 XR2 i had an all weather bulb fitted to that, this gave a yellow/purple tinge to the light. These we purchased from halfords so would hope they were legal.

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White with a tinge of colour must be ok as you see plenty of Beemers etc with the blue/white bright headlights. So long as it's got a genuine E mark & not got "not for road use" on it then it should comply.
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HID's are a little different

see here
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Well I have asked the seller if they are legal. I thought as long as it had the E mark, it was ok?
The one thats in now, passed the MOT, and they have a bright white light, with rainbow effect around the edges, if that makes sense?

I managed to upload a pic of the bulb in question:

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Found these not quite the same but similar.

Subaru FORESTER IMPREZA ALL WEATHER RAINBOW Car Bulbs on eBay, also Bulbs Lenses, Lights Lighting Accessories, Car Tuning Styling, Cars, Parts Vehicles (end time 17-Jun-09 21:18:23 BST)
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Originally Posted by FLAT ERIC View Post
White with a tinge of colour must be ok as you see plenty of Beemers etc with the blue/white bright headlights. So long as it's got a genuine E mark & not got "not for road use" on it then it should comply.
I recently read up on bulbs cos I'm looking at a HID upgrade for my new bike. Apparently the blue tint on cars with HID set up is from the lense the light shines through and not the bulb itself. HID bulbs are generally quite white light. Something to do with the light being refracted through the round magnifying lense or something? A lot of the bulbs that try to immitate this just have blue tint to the bulb casing and say they are a certain colour temp e.g. 4000k etc and that's why a lot of these are not as legal as they could be and look pretty poo a lot of the time. What do you expect for 9.99 for a pair on ebay? Although they may have the E mark, they can still look very falsely blue sometimes and you risk being pulled and not in a nice way.
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don't think you need to have the 'E' mark,
but if they don't you have to be able to prove
that they would conform to the same requirements

You can buy bulbs in store that are illegal for road use,
they should be marked as such..
same applies to 'show' plates etc.

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