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Old 03-22-2014, 06:34 PM   #1
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Default Question on Osram XENARC COOL BLUE INTENSE bulb colors.

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I just had OSRAM XENARC COOL BLUE INTENSE D2s bulbs delivered to me, and they are completely different colors than each other... I even switched sides and the bad bulb still stayed bad, so its not the car electronics. My question is, I have nothing to compare them with to see which color is wrong, so I know which bulb to send back. Can anyone tell me from my picture which bulb is messed up: right - bluer (where the cords are hanging) or Left - whiter (where the door is)?
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Old 03-22-2014, 08:05 PM   #2
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Send both back.. Looks like two different Kelvin temperatures. You will want to swap out as a set. No guarantee the replacement you get will match the one you kept.
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Old 03-22-2014, 09:08 PM   #3
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The right one looks like the bad one but I would also send both back and get a new set.
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Right once looks bad - are you 100% sure they are not fakes, I would say more often than not PHILIPS aftermarket ones are knock-offs maybe OSRAM too.
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Only buy from a reputable dealer via internet (there are not too many) or from a store that you can take them back for issues like this.

Price from a seller is a usual indicator of fakes. If the price is too good to be true, the product is junk/garbage/fake.
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Old 03-23-2014, 01:05 PM   #6
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They could be fakes, as they were cheaper. I purchased them from an ebay seller in Germany, and they actually came shipped from Germany. The packaging was printed, glossy and perfect. They were a spot on duplicates of the old Classic Osram Xenarc I had in there, every notch was right, even the little imprint in the plastic that has an arrow pointing to the month it was made in, solid workmanship. They were just not packed in pairs, they were individually packaged bulbs, like when you get replacements. The other reviewers had no issues with the bulbs, just me. The seller is sending me another single, I'll send the defective back. Ultimately, it was such a pain to get the bulbs in ( i did it from the top, I'll post some pics from that later) that i would rather have possible fakes in than do the driver side over again... they light up the road fine, nothing amazing, just whiter than the old classic Xenarcs I had in, I can't see a difference in the brightness between the Classic Xenarc and the CBI, as i left in the one good CBI and one Classic Xenarc in. I think I actually like the old yellower bulb more than these whiter colors... color of trees/grass/road feel less washed out..

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The lights shining on the wall are for those who want to compare.
Osram Xenarc CBI (New) on left, and Osram Xenarc Classic (4 yrs old) on right.
(keep in mind its shining on dry wall with that grey/tan paper on it)
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