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How to: Change/upgrade halogen H7 dipped beam bulbs

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FOR HALOGEN EQUIPPED CARS ONLY

FITTING TIME: 10 MINS (if you can work out what the hell is going on in there - Peugeot couldn't have made access worse if they had really tried!). Do not start this as it is going dark - if you're lucky like me, it will take 10 mins, if not it could take hours!

REQUIRED: Child hands, Patience of a saint, some H7 bulbs, a mirror/phone camera


1) Treat yourself to a set of Phillips Dipped Beam H7s +100% bulbs from RCZPERFORMANCE
2) Put the headlights on and check which ones are the dipped beams (NOT the sidelights!). Open the bonnet, we'll start with the left hand light as you look towards the back of the car (reasons why will become apparent shortly!)
3) Remove the rubber cover circled below:

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4) Use a small mirror/phone camera to take a look at where you are working... it's pretty tight in there!

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Take a mental note of the electrical connector orientation (contacts are horizontal) and remove the electrical connector (1) by hooking your 2nd and 3rd fingers above and below the wires and pulling/wiggling the plastic connector gently. The connector/wire combo should then slide off - DO NOT pull on just the wires!

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Now the fun part... press in with your fingertips (towards the bulb metal backplate/back of the headlight), one at a time on each of the two spring clip lugs shown (2) moving each of them outwards in turn (left goes left, right goes right) as per the arrows on the diagram. They sit on a T piece shaped bit of metal so you need to get it off this before it will then swing down, allowing you to remove the bulb. Make a note of the orientation of the bulb as you remove it (lug is at the 12 o'clock/top).

5) Put the new bulb in, same orientation as the old one (you can see it is located correctly by looking into the headlight), then push each arm of spring clip back on - you'll have to rock them both out slightly to clear the T piece, before pushing them back (towards the metal bulb backplate) and then on to the arms of the T piece.

6) Refit the electrical connector (in the same orientation as when you took it off)

7) Refit the rubber cover

8) Test

9) Repeat for the right hand side, which you will have to do pretty much by feel!! (hence why we did the left one first!) and test

10) Go and pour yourself a well-earned :beer: You've earned it!

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Last edited by mistral_blue on Sun May 11, 2014 8:02 pm, edited 3 times in total.
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Nice work :D
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Thanks for that I am going to fit mine soon and have been hoping for something like this to be posted.
With regard to removal of 1. Am I correct that the entire black plastic part is removed or do you mean just the brown and yellow wires are removed from the black plastic thing.
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Entire thing, the black plastic bit and wires are all one unit :thumbup: Have edited guide to make that section a bit clearer, thanks for feedback...
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Thanks for sorting that for me.
I'm not sure anyone else will be a stupid as me - but you never know.
I have put the missus on a diet to get her ready for the installation !
Are the main beam bulbs any easier to fit ?
From memory I have bought 2 x H1 and 2 x H7.
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We sell all of the LED and factory upgrade bulbs for the RCZ (interior and exterior). All tested with the RCZ.

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The instructions were really useful thanks.
I / We fitted the bulbs back in May or June.
To be honest I / We found it quite easy, although a tad
fiddly.
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Just done mine after my passenger side went, what a fecking pain they are !! No room at all to do anything, didn't take too long but still wish they'd made it easier to see lol. Thanks for the guide !
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