In mid-October we got over the brand new Osram Night Breaker LED reports. Within just a few days, we received countless inquiries as to whether the LED technology could also be built into xenon headlights. Unfortunately that is not possible because the Osram Night Breaker LED is only for halogen headlights suitable and currently only for a few vehicles. Many readers then asked us Alternatives to the existing xenon headlights. An affordable and workable alternative is that Replacement of the xenon lamps. Of course, there is also the possibility of using the xenon headlights completely to replace new headlights with LED technology. But there are currently only very few vehicles that can be converted and, of course, this is sometimes extremely expensive and special Special acceptances connected.
Osram Xenarc Night Breaker Laser D3S
We opted for the Osram Xenarc Night Breaker Laser D3S, which supposedly comes with + 200% more brightness and 250 meters of illumination as the "brightest OSRAM Xenon HID lamp". The burners are of course ECE certified and therefore fully approved and available as D1S, D2S, D3S and D4S at a price of approx. 110 euros. An entry or acceptance is not required. The burner has a color temperature of 4400 Kelvin and a nominal output of 35 watts. Of course there are clearly other options with 6000/8000/10000 or even 12000 Kelvin. With a few exceptions of 5000-6000k burners, these are all illegal and sometimes significantly worse in their luminosity. Here is an overview:
- sometimes there are up to 6000k with approval (e.g. from Philips)
- 4150k standard burner with 3200lm luminous flux (white light)
- 4300k standard burner with 3200-3400lm luminous flux (slightly more yellow light)
- 5000k burner with 3100lm luminous flux (very white light with a blue cast)
- 6000k burner with 2200lm luminous flux (glow blue, have a slightly reduced luminous flux)
- 8000k burners from China have partly well below 2000lm luminous flux (light up completely blue, yellow / green light spectrum not available)
- 10.000-12.000k - we'll save the explanation! Scrap metal!
The XENARC NIGHT BREAKER LASER is considered the brightest xenon lamp from OSRAM. According to Osram, the burner with efficient xenon technology ensures improved visibility on the road. One speaks of up to 200% more brightness compared to the legal minimum requirements. At up to 250 meters, the light cone is significantly longer and the burner should also shine up to 20% whiter than the minimum legal requirements. We installed them directly and you can see the comparison to the old burners in the video embedded below. But is there really a performance increase of around 70% to be seen here? For us this is difficult to check on the fly.
the reviews on the net are mostly positive
In comparison, various online tests were able to measure a light cone approx. 20 meters longer. This coincides with our assessment after the installation. The whiter light, on the other hand, is difficult to see for the human eye. Sure, the Night Breakers shine white, but so do many others. However, the burners take about 150 hours of burn-in time at their maximum output. We are of course still a long way from that after installation. Compared to the previously installed burners, the increase is in any case already visible. And compared to the standard burners, the slightly yellowish light is also less tiring than the otherwise typical cold-blue light cones. We are curious to see whether something will even happen after the specified operating hours.
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