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How To: Replacing Headlight Bulb in a Mk7 Golf

How To: Replacing Headlight Bulb in a Mk7 Golf

Philips has produced a number of useful step-by-step lighting fitment guides. In the first of the series, the lighting specialist walks us through the process on a VW Golf Mk7.

When it comes to changing headlights, cars vary hugely in complexity. For some vehicles, it’s relatively simple to open the bonnet and get to the back of the headlight, remove the old bulb and replace it with a new one. On others, it can be an altogether more fiddly and time-consuming process. To help technicians out, Philips has produced a number of useful step-by-step lighting fitment guides. In the first of the series, the lighting specialist walks us through the process on a VW Golf VII.

The Philips Automotive Lighting Europe YouTube Channel offers a range of both technical instructional videos and short product information films to make it easier for workshop technicians to change the bulbs on the most popular cars on the road. The range of bulbs on offer from the company is comprehensive and, as well as a full selection of replacement and upgrade Halogen and HID Xenon replacement bulbs, it also includes LED lighting options for various vehicle applications.

You also need the right tools for changing the bulb, so Philips offers a handy bulb fitting kit that includes Magill scissors that enable mechanics to reach into the tight areas of a vehicle to twist the bulbs out without getting their hands dirty. Also included is a flexible moveable mirror that allows you to see the hard to reach areas.

Volkswagen Golf VII – step-by- step guide

First, open the hood and secure it. Use the torx screwdriver to unscrew the three screws on the metal retainer bar, and then use the screwdriver to unscrew the four screws of the plastic cover of the cooling system. Now remove the ventilation grill.

The next task is to unscrew the headlight unit. Use a bigger diameter for the two screws on the back, and unplug the connector from the headlight unit. To replace the right side bulb, turn the wheel to the left, unscrew the mud guard, lift it up, and then use the socket wrench to unscrew the remaining screws at the back of the headlamp. Gently pull the headlight unit out, before removing the cover by turning it anti-clockwise. Turn the socket holder anti-clockwise to remove the bulb, and then pull the bulb out from the socket holder. Plug the new bulb into the socket holder, put it back inside the headlight in its original position, and then replace the cover. Gently replace the headlight unit and screw into place.

Repeat the procedure for the other headlight, and then reattach the ventilation grill and screw it in. Do the same for the metal retainer. Finally, close the hood.

Trip the Light Fantastic: Different Types of Bulbs and their Purpose

Trip the Light Fantastic: Different Types of Bulbs and their Purpose

Lumileds, the name behind the Philips Automotive Lighting product ranges, throws some light on the different types of headlights and the purpose they serve.

All headlights have the same main function, which is, of course, to illuminate the road in front of the vehicle. However, they differ in terms of the specific bulb types that they use to provide light. The three main bulbs that are used in headlights are Halogen, Xenon, and LED. Headlights may be classified according to the particular lighting technology that they utilise.

Halogen headlight

Halogen refers to a member of a certain group of five chemicals that are very reactive and poisonous. These chemicals are classifiedas non-metals. Halogen car lights are popularly used in headlights. Each bulb has a thin tungsten filament and a glass filament capsule filled with halogen gas. The gas routes back the tungsten to the filament so it regenerates the filament each time the headlight is turned on and used. A halogen bulb produces a bright, white light. Halogen headlight bulbs are manufactured and approved in accordance with the legal requirements (ECE R37).

Xenon headlight (HID)

Xenon is a highly unreactive gas that is colourless and odourless. It may be found in small quantities in the atmosphere. It may be extracted from liquefied air to be used for commercial purposes. Xenon is commonly used in headlights. It is utilised in some filament-based automotive lighting technologies. A xenon bulb emits a clean and white light and may also be used in HID (High Intensity Discharge) lighting. An HID bulb does not have a filament. Instead, it uses a xenon gas-charged, sealed system that generates light through an electrical charge that starts an arc between two electrodes.

LED headlight

A Light Emitting Diode is a semiconductor diode that gives off light when voltage is applied to it. The LED is a popular display and form of technology that is used in various kinds of electrical and electronic products. The LED produces light in less than a hemisphere. This means that it needs to be cooled from the back. As a result, an LED headlight may require a different design from halogen and xenon headlights. An LED headlight may potentially come in different designs because its small size makes it versatile.

Richard Armstrong, Business Development Manager Automotive at Lumileds, said: “Each type of headlight has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. That’s why the headlights that may be best for some drivers may not necessarily be the best for others. It depends on the particular priorities and needs of the motorist.

“Halogen headlights may be best for customers who are on a budget, as these types of lights provide good performance for a relatively lower cost than other types of headlights. Xenon headlights, on the other hand, may be ideal for buyers who value bright illumination, because it emits a very strong light. LED headlights may be appropriate for customers who prioritise efficient energy consumption. One type of headlight is not necessarily better or superior to the others, although it may be a more appropriate choice for certain motorists.”

The range of Philips bulbs is comprehensive and, as well as a full selection of replacement and upgrade Halogen and HID Xenon replacement bulbs, it also includes LED lighting options for various vehicle applications.

It Takes Two: Replacing Bulbs in Pairs

It Takes Two: Replacing Bulbs in Pairs

In this article, Philips explains why garages should change headlights in pairs to promote visibility, safety and customer care.

It’s safer and makes sense to change headlamp bulbs in pairs because lamps deteriorate faster as they get older. When the first one blows, the second will probably fail shortly after. It’s a smarter, more convenient and more economic approach to maintenance. Two new lamps are brighter so the motorist can see further and get a balanced view of the road. Garages make an extra sale with another bulb and a slight increase in labour time as some cars can be complicated to change one bulb – so it makes sense to change both at the same time.

A simple way to boost profits and look after your customer without requiring any additional labour time is to recommend high performance halogens. Upgrading requires no more effort than installing a standard bulb, with no wiring changes or time-consuming installation needed, and will generate more profit for the garage.

Richard Armstrong, of Lumileds, the UK distributor of Philips Automotive Lighting Products, says, “Light is fundamental to driving, and light is the first and only part of the safety circle that actually helps prevent accidents. Philips promotes active safety protection to prevent accidents by increasing overall visibility and road illumination. This allows drivers to be seen sooner and to see further down the road so they can avoid potential hazards.

“Our OE quality headlamp bulbs typically last longer than non-OE bulbs as we pay extra attention to quality and testing during manufacture. It reduces the likelihood of an ‘early failure’, which is when a lamp blows soon after fitting due to production faults, rather than wear. If you replace both headlamps with matching OE parts, there’s a very good chance that they’ll last as long as each other.

Heading up the Philips offer is RacingVision – the first halogen bulb to be rated at +150% compared to the industry standard – which according to the company, proved itself to be the best performing halogen headlamp bulb on the market, in a respected vehicle headlight test.

Even split seconds can make a crucial difference to drivers’ safety. The beam performance of the Philips RacingVision headlamp helps drivers identify dangerous situations faster and stay in control of their vehicle – whatever road conditions they are facing.The specific colour temperature (up to 3,500 Kelvin) of RacingVision bulbs also helps drivers’ eyes focus better. They therefore have greater control and confidence, and can relax into a safer and more enjoyable journey.

Philips also advises garages to offer spare kits with all necessary replacement lamps to face any failure that could occur to purchase to ensure safety on the road. Offering a large variety of spare bulbs, Philips Spare Kits fit on average 90% of the car parc, and are an ideal choice for drivers concerned about their safety.