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Best upgraded halogen bulbs for GTI S Trim?

millsaps24

New member
Location
New Orleans
Car(s)
2020 GTI
I have found the stock halogen bulbs on my 2020 GTI "S" to be lacking in brightness in addition to providing a very odd looking contrast between the fog lights and led DRLs running beneath them. Unfortunately it appears that even buying the $900 Autobahn/SE headlight housings isn't a plug and play and simple coding but would appear to require custom wiring which I am not comfortable with. Has any one found a good halogen bulb replacement that improves visibility and color/appearance?
 

Kdubya

Ready to race!
Location
Florida
Car(s)
2017 GTI
De auto key leds- lifetime warranty and nice and bright AF
 

McBrian

New member
Location
So Cal
Car(s)
'16 Golf 4D 5MT
If you want to stick with halogen the Osram Night Breaker Laser lamps (left) are not bad. Right is the silver star for comparison but it was old.
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RMinNJ

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Location
NJ
Car(s)
2018 GTI S
Yeah I just put the night breakers in mine.. its a modest to good improvement over stock but they will never be white like leds.
Halogens at least are simple.
 

mrmattolsen

Autocross Champion
Location
Jacksonville, FL
Car(s)
2015 GTI DSG
+1 for the Osram Night Breakers. About as good as you can get for a halogen bulb of this type. Personally, I think the warmer light of the halogens provides better visibility at night and reflects off surfaces better compared to cooler temperature lighting like LEDs. I'll even find myself comparing the light output on the road next to more expensive cars with LED headlamps and if the road is dark or wet, you hardly see any of their light reflected off the road whereas I still have pretty good visibility. It's hard to think how not being able to see the road in front of you isn't sort of dangerous...
 

millsaps24

New member
Location
New Orleans
Car(s)
2020 GTI
Ended up going with the SilverStar Ultras. I didn't really notice a difference in bulb color over stock but the output is definitely better. Was just looking for a halogen upgrade until I could convenience myself to spend the money on the OSRAM/VW LED fixtures. Putting an LED H7 bulb in a reflector headlight just doesn't sit well with me.
 
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