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  1. xenon bulb swap 
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    Hi all, I have an Audi tt 225 q 98/99 model.
    Earlier this week I noticed that my nearside dipped beam was shining/glowing orange instead of the normal white.
    A chap at work says that it means the bulb is about to blow.
    The bulb has now stopped working, all others are still good.
    Before I spend stupid money on a new bulb, is it most likely the bulb has actually blown or is this possibly due to faulty ballast, just wonder if orange glowing bulb is a normal sign of impending bulb failure or something else is going on.
    I believe the bulb is xenon as opposed to halogen as it flashes and dims as switched on usually.
    Hope that all makes sense, and does anybody have a clue as to the price of the correct bulb if it has popped
    Many thanks

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  2. Re: xenon bulb swap 
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    Hi Stuart,

    Sounds exactly like a blown bulb to me. First they go orange, then pink, then they blow. I'd replace both sides if I were you - the bulbs change colour gradually as they age, so you might end up with one side looking different to the other if you just replace one.

    Cheers!

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    Thanks for that buddy.
    Do these xenon bulbs vary, or do I just order a "standard" xenon bulb unit and what should I expect to pay.
    I saw an old post talking about 40 around 10 years ago

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    I don't know, sorry - I've never had to replace one personally (I'm one of the lucky few who still has a company car)

    Might be worth checking first with your dealer to see what they class as a "standard" replacement - probably a 4600 kelvin I'd imagine. Then you could shop around to see if you can find similar bulbs for a better price?

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    Thanks mate, I spoke to our local factors this evening and they sell them as a pair for 18, which seems amazingly cheap, so I ordered them and will see what they come up with.
    The order was based om my vehicle reg number and the bulbs being dipped beam units, so will wait and see and keep you posted
    Thanks again

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    Well the pair for 18 quid were wrong, so eventually the correct one came for 40 quid, quick change , job done, new mot, jobs a goodun

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourringsrus View Post
    Well the pair for 18 quid were wrong, so eventually the correct one came for 40 quid, quick change , job done, new mot, jobs a goodun

    Stuart

    18 sounded too good to be true! Glad you got it all sorted out in the end! :-)

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