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Re: LED replacement for Sealed Beams 1 Saabers Like This Post!
Posted by TXgardener [Email] (#1875) [Profile/Gallery] (more from TXgardener) on Mon, 21 Nov 2022 08:02:47
In Reply to: LED replacement for Sealed Beams, Charlie Kelly, Fri, 18 Nov 2022 03:12:21 Members do not see ads below this line. - Help Keep This Site Online - Signup
This from the March 1979 issue of the club newsletter has some good suggestions, though dated...
Alternative Headlights - In the December issue of NINES, Pat B was lamenting the high cost of European headlamps for his 900. The Hella head lamp SAAB uses for Europe is quite expensive, but there is an alternative.
You can install Hella (or Cibie or Marchal) 200mm European-style headlamp replacements (thru '86 model
900s). The Hella 72206 will fit where the current sealed beams are now mounted. No modifications are necessary. The Hella unit has the European code pattern and an H4 bulb. It sells for about $40 per unit at most import auto stores. One can call Hella at 201-272-1400 for a catalog and the name of the nearest dealer.
Owners of SAAB 99s, 97s, 96s, 95s, and 93s have not been left out in the dark. For the 99, the high/low unit can be replaced by Hella 71456 and the high beam unit by 71156. For 96 and other models with 7-inch round lamps, the Hella unit is 70476.
European code head lamps are far superior to American sealed beam units. Because of this, nighttime
driving is much safer with the E-code lamps. Their precise beam pattern makes aiming simple and replacement H4 bulbs are easy to find. It should be noted that they are not legal in most states, but that is for political, not technical reasons.
David K, Hayward,CA
[Ed. note: I have long been a believer in European code headlamps, and have Cibies in both my 99s. See
also July & Sept '84, Jan & Sept '86 and Feb '87 NINES for various articles on automotive lighting. TW]
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