Which Product Won Best Car Headlight Bulbs in 2011?

U.K. car magazine, Auto Express, carry out a number of tests on cars and car related products every year, and the winner of  the 2011 Auto Express Product Award for The Best Car Headlight Bulbs was…Osram Night Breaker Plus car bulbs.

Auto Express presented the award based on the brightest and longest life bulbs available on the market today. 25 car bulbs were ‘entered’, with the Osram Nightbreakers coming out on top. Auto Express explained why they won: “Revamped Night Breaker, with improved lifetime, narrowly took the win from arch-rival Philips. It claims 90 per cent more light, and was particularly impressive at the critical 75-metre mark. Excellent performance at a competitive price.”

Two other car headlight bulbs came away with commended awards: Osram Silverstar and Philips EcoVision. In summarising Osram Silverstar’s Commended Award, Auto Express said: “Another success for Osram in the popular up to 60 per cent category. Although the Silverstar bulbs promise only 50 per cent more light, it was enough to trump rivals in the tunnel, thanks to ultra-impressive consistency between our test samples. Top performance on a budget.”

Both Osram Nightbreaker Plus and Osram Silverstar car bulbs can be ordered from consumabulbs.com

For more information about Auto Express’s Award visit their  Headlamp Bulbs Product Award web page.

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What Is A Winter Car Kit?

AA Winter Car Kit

AA Winter Car Kit

A Winter Car Kit is a collection of accessories, ideally kept in the car, which are specifically for winter related emergencies such as being stuck, or breaking down, in the snow.

A good example of a Winter Car Kit is one that is manufactured by AA Car Essentials. The contents are as follows:

  • Compact Folding Snow Shovel
  • Emergency Foil Blanket
  • Dynamo Torch
  • Adult sized High Visibility Vest

Normally a Winter Car Kit would come in a compact size so that it can fit snugly in the boot of the car or even under one of the front seats. In the winter months it is a very handy item to carry around in your car. Order one now by visiting consumabulb.com’s Winter Car Kit page.

You can also browse individual car items that are very useful for keeping in the boot over the winter months (e.g. snow shovel, snow and ice grips for the shoes, etc..). These can be found on the
AA Winter Essentials product page.


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Demand For Winter Car Kits and Foldable Shovels Grows.

AA Winter Car Kit

AA Winter Car Kit

Even though this post is being written in August, consumabulbs.com have noticed a sharp increase in customer demand for winter related car products.

Following last year’s massive snowfall, which caught most of us out, it would appear that car users do not want to be caught out again this winter and are getting prepared. The surge in demand for AA Winter Car Kits last year meant that stocks ran low and some car drivers had to go without. This year it would appear they are getting themselves equipped early, just in case.

The most popular winter car items amongst consumabulbs.com customers are the Winter Car Kit and the Foldable Snow Shovel, both made by the AA. The Winter Car Kit includes the Foldable Snow Shovel, along with:

  • Emergency Foil Blanket
  • Dynamo Torch
  • Adult Size High Visibility Vest

    Portable Folding Snow Shovel

    AA Portable Folding Snow Shovel

The items fit neatly into a canvas type carrier bag that is slim enough to be kept under a car seat.

The AA Winter Car Kit and the Folding Snow Shovel are both available for a limited period at the reduced price of only £17.95 and £9.95 respectively (while stocks last).

For more details about winter products at consumabulbs.com you can visit our AA Winter Essentials page.


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Press Release: Driving To Europe? Don’t Forget The Travel Kit!

Driving To Europe? Don’t Forget The Travel Kit.

With holiday season about to go into full swing and drivers from all over the U.K. set to head for Europe, the U.K.’s leading online supplier of car accessories, Consumabulbs.com, are reminding car drivers of modifications they need to make to their cars as well as the safety items they are legally required to carry at all times.

Each European country has their own rules and regulations, however fortunately the most popular destinations, such as France and Spain, have similar legal requirements. The safety items needed can be easily purchased individually or, for convenience, as part of a European Travel Kit.

Safety equipment that must be carried in the car at all times includes a red warning triangle and a reflective jacket/waistcoat. A second triangle is recommended for Spain, and a second reflective jacket for France. The jacket/waistcoat needs to be carried in the car and not the boot so that in case of breakdown or emergency the driver can put it on before leaving the car.

Before leaving the U.K. there are two essential  modifications that need to be made to the exterior of the car. GB stickers /magnets should be displayed, however if travelling in the E.U. a vehicle is exempt if it has Europlates (12 stars around the GB letters on the number plate).  The other modification is headlamp adjustment. Because Continental driving is on the right hand side of the road U.K. cars dazzle oncoming traffic even when dipped. A simple adjustment can be made to the headlamps of some modern cars, however the most popular solution are beam converters which stick directly onto the headlights, diverting the beam and reducing  dazzle.

Also worth considering are spare bulb kits. They are compulsory in Spain and countries like France impose on the spot fines for broken car bulbs. In addition, two items that are recommended but not compulsory in all European countries are first aid kits and fire extinguishers.

Samantha Marshall, managing director of Consumabulbs.com, said: “Too many drivers head off on their European holiday not fully aware of what they are legally required to carry. Hopefully our check list will be a useful guide and prevent any U.K. drivers from getting caught out. Because regulations constantly change, if you want to be 100% sure you can check a country’s requirements with either the British Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk or the country’s U.K. embassy.”

In addition to the equipment and modification requirements, most countries require the driver to carry a full driving licence which should be the paper section and photocard. In addition drivers need their car insurance certificate and vehicle registration (original V5 document), and if not the driver’s own vehicle written permission from the registered owner.



Consumablubs.com are the U.K.’s leading supplier of car accessories, specializing in car bulbs and car travel kits for driving in both the U.K. and Europe.


Contact: Samantha Marshall       Tel: 01626 831590      email:  support[at]consumabulbs.com

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The Ideal Fire Extinguisher For The Car

Fire Extinguisher For The Car

AA Fire Extinguisher - slim in build, weighing 950g and perfect for the car.

One item that is in big demand at this time of year is a fire extinguisher suitable for the car. Consumabulbs.com offer the perfect solution in the form of the AA fire extinguisher which weighs just 950g and is of a slim build, making it ideal for storing in the car. The extinguisher itself is bright red, made from lightweight aluminium and is approximately 30 cm high. It has been designed for putting out liquid and electrical equipment fires and has a BSI kitemark.

This item is particularly handy to carry for legal reasons if you are driving to France or across Europe.

You can order this product today (free postage and same day despatch) by heading to the consumabulbs.com page for AA Fire Extinguisher For The Car.

http://www.consumabulbs.com are the UK’s leading supplier of car accessories including replacement and upgrade car bulbs, headlight bulbs, Osram bulbs, windscreen repair kits and AA travel products.

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Travel Tips For Driving Your Car To France

Warning Triangle For The Car

A warning triangle must be carried in your car at all times when driving in France

If you are travelling to France this year make sure that you make all the legally required modifications to your vehicle and that you take with you all the necessary safety items for your car. If you are not sure what these are, consumabulbs.com have put together a list of legal requirements for driving in France.

Modifications To Your Car

Headlamp converters – also know as headlight deflectors – before reaching France you should have these stuck  on your headlights.

GB sticker/magnet – this needs to be stuck onto the rear of your car, however this item is not needed if you already have GB Euroflag number plates in place.

Take The Correct Documentation

Make sure that you take the following with you:

  • Driving licence – both parts (N.B. you must be at least 18 to drive in France)
  • Original vehicle registration V5 document. (If the car is not your own it is important to carry written permission from the owner)
  • A copy of your insurance certificate.

Items To Carry In The Car At All Times

When driving in France, you are legally required to carry the following items in your car:

Warning Triangle

Reflective Waistcoat / Hi Vis Jacket – a second hi vis jacket is recommended if you are travelling with other people.

Spare Bulb Kit – though not compulsory to carry in France it is highly recommended to have a spare bulb kit in your car. The French police issue on the spot fines if you have any car lights not working. With a spare bulb kit you can quickly change a bulb during your holiday should any fail. In addition, should you not be aware of which headlights your car takes you can order an AA Universal Bulb Kit (H1, H4, H7).

GB stickers for France and Europe

GB magnet for the car

Recommended Items

Though not compulsory in France, it is always recommended to travel with a first aid kit and fire extinguisher.

Conveniently it is possible to purchase the above items as travel kits. More information can be found on the consumabulbs.com page about European Travel Kits.

Should you wish to find out further information and advice about driving in France you should visit the Foreign Office website: fco.gov.uk

Please note that the information on these pages is intended as a guide and should be treated accordingly. While we endeavor to keep the above information as accurate as possible, consumabulbs cannot be held in any way responsible for the consequences resulting from any inaccuracies stated above.


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