ZOO UltraDork
4/24/13 7:09 a.m.

Did you explore the euro light option that some 911s have (a different lens entirely, I think).

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/1/13 10:00 a.m.

We like to see where we’re going, especially at night. When our 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera blew a headlight, we took the opportunity to upgrade.

Hella offers high-performance bulbs for “old-school” standard round and square headlights. Those headlights used to be the standard, but in the ’80s we finally started to receive the “aero” headlamps that had been used in Europe for decades.

These Hella offer a better beam pattern. Instead of just spraying light everywhere, they aim it towards the pavement. A kick-up on the right helps illuminate signs and stuff.

Two flavors are available: European-spec and DOT-approved. As for which to choose, let your conscience be your guide. Your budget may play a part, too: The European lamps retail for close to $100 each, while the DOT ones cost around half that. Both will blow away the lamps sold at the local big-box store.

Our Porsche, being from a simpler time, still uses 7-inch round lights. To install the Hella, simply remove the stock lamps and refit these. The Hella’s bulb element can also be replaced, meaning it’s possible to up the wattage.

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David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/1/13 6:58 p.m.

Yes, looked at them, too. They look neat, but they're also more expensive. A friend in the biz said these do just as good a job at illuminating the road.

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