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I don't understand.

My regular driving head light bulb is gone. You know the one where you turn the lamp switch all the way to the right? The high beam light is working. The one where you press down on the windshield washer handle around the steering wheel.
 

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both low & high beam use same h7 bulb, so in total you have 4 h7 bulbs. the bulbs you have listed on amazon are pretty good ones. stay way from silverstars since they don't usually last over 1 year, or even worse. always replace bulbs in pairs, and use gloves and don't touch the bulb glass.
 

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Will the high beam bulb dazzle the drivers in front of me if put even in the low beam fixture?

No it won't. It's the exact same bulb in both fixtures, but the high beam fixture is focused differently.
 

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This all makes sense to me now. I thought I have only 1 bulb in each lamp assembly.
You do have 1 headlight bulb in each assembly plus the high beam lamp has small marker bulb.
Kind of unusual -switching to high beams is turning them on, but it is not turning low beams off, therefore giving you excellent illumination.
 

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This all makes sense to me now. I thought I have only 1 bulb in each lamp assembly.

Will the high beam bulb dazzle the drivers in front of me if put even in the low beam fixture?
For the sake of completeness (as my Contracts professor used to say):

You have TWO bulbs in EACH light fixture on the front. The outer ovoid larger fixtures contain the Low beam headlight bulb (H7 or D2R if you have HID) and the turn signal bulb, the number for which I don't have handy, but I think it's the 7507A.

The inner, smaller, more rounded fixtures contain the hi-beam H7 bulb and the city/parking light (H6W).

Hope that helps.
 

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No, It's a 55w legal bulb. You can put it in the low beam. Your low beams are the large lenses outboard. When you hit the high beams, both the low beams and the high beams are on. So, you have 4x55w bulbs running at the same time and it will also cut off your fog lamps when on high. Your high beams are the smaller lenses inboard.

I run 65w offroad osram bulbs in the high beam reflectors since you will be turning them off for oncoming drivers anyway. It does not throw an error code with the increased wattage and amp draw from the 65 watt bulbs.

You will find that the silverstar bulbs will be much brighter and whiter than the phillips. Also, they are made in the same country as your car. That's always a plus. Osram is a world wide specialist in lighting and electronics. They don't mess around. The phillips is made in whatever country wins the bid that year and they might be half the price but you will save money with the osrams when in the same period you have replaced your phillips three times. I have run the phillips in my wife's car since she wanted to try them and they were heavily discounted on her amazon prime account. They were not much more white than the stock bulbs in the toyota.
 

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Kind of unusual -switching to high beams is turning them on, but it is not turning low beams off, therefore giving you excellent illumination.
I was stoked to find this out when I got the wagon. It's the same as my landcruiser. I run 65w osrams all around in that truck and it really lights up the night on high!
 

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The phillips is made in whatever country wins the bid that year and they might be half the price but you will save money with the osrams when in the same period you have replaced your phillips three times..
We don't use car lights very often and I don't need bulbs for decades.
Yet few years ago I bought Chinese projector lights for one of the cars. They come with I remember H4 bulbs so cheap, that all 4 burned out within 5 months.
 

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We don't use car lights very often and I don't need bulbs for decades.
Yet few years ago I bought Chinese projector lights for one of the cars. They come with I remember H4 bulbs so cheap, that all 4 burned out within 5 months.
I believe the quality of the product is directly related to the morale of the employees. The Chinese can make good products if properly motivated, especially in the electronics industry. However, they have many companies in country that have deplorable conditions and work their people like an Amish draft horse. The German companies have a higher standard and the employees are happier and better taken care of, this makes for better quality control and manufacturing.

I had a shop that sold skateboards, snowboards and backcountry gear. I tried to stick to US made and European products. I had to carefully inspect the crap that was made in China and averaged a 30percent return rate on Asian produced sporting goods. It was simply not acceptable considering the outrageous price they were demanding at wholesale. A few of my main suppliers slowly moved their highline from Germany to Austria and the mid to low line to China. When this happened, online sporting good shops were selling my outdated inventory for a fraction of my cost. The reps stopped protecting my area from the competition and I told them to all to kiss my assets about 7 years ago. I sold the shop name, website and all the inventory coming out ahead and happy. Just after that the economy in the area took a major dump.

China produces 99 percent toxic cheap crap. Think of the environment and economics when considering a lesser brand at a "cheaper cost".

Rant over!
 

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"You get what you pay for"
I do have 30 years old Chinese wrench set of excellent quality. But I paid hefty price for it back in Europe.
Some might be surprised, that German car builders are employing huge numbers of Ukrainians, Turkish, Polish and so on citizens to build "German cars"
Not even saying that it is harder and harder to find "Made in Germany" components under newer MB hoods.
So I don't blame a country or the manufacturer for the quality. I blame the buyer for his choices.
 

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"You get what you pay for"
I do have 30 years old Chinese wrench set of excellent quality. But I paid hefty price for it back in Europe.
Some might be surprised, that German car builders are employing huge numbers of Ukrainians, Turkish, Polish and so on citizens to build "German cars"
Not even saying that it is harder and harder to find "Made in Germany" components under newer MB hoods.
So I don't blame a country or the manufacturer for the quality. I blame the buyer for his choices.
Well said!

Germany has been going down hill lately. The EU thing really messed things up in my conservative opinion. It's harder for people to get employed at a company like OSRAM or Steyr. There are many German companies that have hired foreign workers because the locals demand so much money to do unskilled labor. Lots of German products are now made in Austria. I don't think it really matters where the grunts on the floor are from. I think it's the model and the lifestyle of the people. It's easy to do a good job when you have little pressure, good benefits, stability and a clean and healthy environment. Just imagine doing your job in China knowing there is no hope to advance, you will be making light bulbs till you die. I'd freak out and start to not give a damn.
 

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Well said!

Germany has been going down hill lately. The EU thing really messed things up in my conservative opinion. It's harder for people to get employed at a company like OSRAM or Steyr. There are many German companies that have hired foreign workers because the locals demand so much money to do unskilled labor. Lots of German products are now made in Austria. I don't think it really matters where the grunts on the floor are from. I think it's the model and the lifestyle of the people. It's easy to do a good job when you have little pressure, good benefits, stability and a clean and healthy environment. Just imagine doing your job in China knowing there is no hope to advance, you will be making light bulbs till you die. I'd freak out and start to not give a damn.
Loving what you do is certainly part of it, too. I remember watching special features on the DVD from one of the multibox sets of LOTR, and they were interviewing WETA folks who did so much on the films. They were interviewing this one guy who assembled the chain mail links. They were plastic (made to look metal but much lighter) and had to be assembled by hand so that the chain mail would lie/drape properly when worn. The guy did nothing but link chain mail six or seven days a week for over a year and he commented, "It was the most rewarding experience of my life." I suppose if you don't actually *have* a life, maybe...
 
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