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The lights on my daughters 2002 are very dim and yellow. She wants to upgrade to LEDs. Any recommendations? Spyders might be out of her budget, but what about ProTuningLab replacements for half the price?

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Skip the LED headlamps swap.

First figure out if there is a problem with the wiring or Voltage to the current lights. Might be that she is no even turning the headlights on and only running on DRL, which are actually brighter on these cars then most.

If I did anything, I might suggest HID upgrade. I do not spend much on these kits. Get them from vendors like ddmtuning.com

But figure out what is going on when the current lighting before you move forward.

Lots of ground and wiring problems with the headlights on these cars.
 

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Also, get a kit like one from 3M to restore the headlights back to clear. Do that and get some good bulbs and I bet that helps a lot. And its much cheaper than new lights.
 

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I think this is just the way factory bulbs look, but I will take your advice and do some checking. I run LED headlamps in my jeep that run at 6000 K, and she and I are both spoiled by that. Once you have lots of bright, white, clear light, it's hard to go back the other way.

Having said that, what bulbs would you recommend? What HID bulbs/kits would you recommend? Not sure if I need the 3M kit, as the exterior lenses seem pretty clear, but I will reexamine to be sure.

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If you haven't yet done so, remove the headlight assemblies and inspect the pathetic internal "dental floss" wiring. My wife's 02's was fried to the point that I had to tape everything to prevent shorting (I'm currently looking for high-quality replacement headlight assemblies).
If it's cooked - you will have to replace it. It's too bad there is only one source (as far as I know) for upgraded internal wiring: VW BEETLE HEADLIGHT HARNESS, or rewire them yourself: http://newbeetle.org/forums/technical-how/42501-how-rewire-your-beetle-headlamps.html#post1284930
 

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Having said that, what bulbs would you recommend? What HID bulbs/kits would you recommend? Not sure if I need the 3M kit, as the exterior lenses seem pretty clear, but I will reexamine to be sure.

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I run DDM Tuning H1 HID kits in my 2003 NBC.

I added an upgraded wiring harness/relay for the headlights and installed the ballast inside the frame rail opening with Velcro.

I would HIGHLY suggest the upgraded/higher quality light bulbs due to the fact that the DRL will cause the headlight run hours to be very high unless you disable the DRL.

DDM Tuning: HID and LED Lighting
 

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If your going to do HID lights I would get two things. I would order a complete kit from ddm tuning but I would only use there ballast and keep the bulbs in the kit as a back up. HID bulbs blow out sometimes but not very often. I would order bulbs from theretrofitsource.com. They may cost more for the bulb then other places. But it suppose to not make your plastic discolor and I believe the quality of the light is a huge improvement. Ive used bulbs from ddm, eBay, amazon, and a couple of other places online but TRS definitely has the best quality.
 
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