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One of the lo beam lightbulbs exploded, "POFF!", and then the headlight was full of little glass pieces. I had to remove the headlight and hold it up and shake the bits out, but still some finer bits and dust in there. :mad:

The only way to properly clean it out is to split the headlight apart.
Anyone here done that?
 

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Try an air compressor to blow out the remains...
There are posts on the internet about "cooking" the headlight
assemblies to melt the glue and open them.. Google "cooking headlights"
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Problem is along the lower edge of the headlight, it's a narrow gap between the glass and the backing where the stuff gets trapped. I had to use a long tool with a tiny metal wire attached and try to fish them out, the only access is through the H1 and H7 bulb sockets .... :mad: :mad: :rolleyes:

I got it reasonably clean and now it's mounted again with a new bulb. Perhaps I'll take it apart later.
 

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Cannot see that a few bits of glass inside the headlight are anything to worry about. Have you tried a vacuem cleaner to suck out the bits?
 

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Cannot see that a few bits of glass inside the headlight are anything to worry about. Have you tried a vacuem cleaner to suck out the bits?
No big problem but I am a bit pedantic about the car (a nerd, geek, whatever ....). I tried with the vacuum cleaner, taped a piece of plastic tubing to the hose and put it in through the bulb sockets, didn't manage to suck out everything...
 

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my only concern with the glass would be actually going in to change the bulbs later, forgetting the shards are possibly there, and cutting myself...

Its weird that it explorded, but I suppose the bulbs were well out of warranty, so the next questions are: how much did you pay for the bulbs, where did you buy them, and did you replace both at the same time?
 

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The bulbs were Osram "Night Breaker" H7, changed both about 6 months ago. I think I will stick to the "long life" bulb type from now on. I have bad experience with these extra bright bulbs, they are expensive and don't last very long, although they didn't explode, until now.
 

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Me experience of extra bright or super white bulbs is they don't last long. I suspect they run hotter and simply burn out quicker.

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