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The Osram Approved Partner & Trust Programs

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Fighting Counterfeits

Today, the global automotive industry is being bombarded with counterfeit Xenon HID bulbs. If you do a quick online search about it, then you’ll see what we mean; it’s shocking.

The fake bulbs in question are sheep in wolves clothing, imitating the real product so well that to any average person they’re just normal Osram bulbs. The worry sinks in however on the first night time drive, where other motorists have been flashing at you constantly due to being blinded. It all begins to make sense when you pull up to a wall or garage back at home and realise the beam pattern is completely all over the place.

Bulb changes commonly means a recalibration of the headlight aim is usually necessary so don’t jump to the worst conclusion straight away. However if the beam pattern is worse than your previous bulbs the chances are high that they’re indeed fake. The unfortunate reality is that fake bulbs are next to useless, completely illegal, a risk to your life and an expense waiting to happen. Fake bulbs are not only a safety worry, but the performance and lifetime are where there’s simply no comparison to that of a genuine bulb. Osram takes this problem very seriously and the result of it all was The Osram Trust and Approved Partner Programs.

 

What is an Approved Partner?

An OSRAM Approved Partner is an online retailer that is approved to sell genuine OSRAM products online. They only stock and sell genuine OSRAM automotive parts and accessories, so if you buy any OSRAM product from them, it will be 100% genuine.

How Do I Know I Am Buying from an Approved Partner?

Wherever you see the Approved Partner Logo youcan be rest assured that they are approved to sell genuine OSRAM products. Every Approved Partner has been issued with a unique AP reference number and logo (which also shows their unique reference).

 

Is Driven 2 Automotive an Osram Approved Partner?

Yes we are indeed! See our official page on Osram’s Night Breaker Unlimited website here. Our unique reference is# AP1001 and our badge is displayed here.

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What Are the Dangers of Fake or Cheap Xenon Bulbs?

  • HID Ballasts can catch fire due to abnormal loads
  • Bulb bases can melt inside the headlight, damaging the reflector and/or bulb mount system
  • Light glare that can dazzle other motorists and cause a collision
  • Premature bulb failures
  • Poor lumen output (brightness) compared to that of genuine bulbs

So How Do I Check My Bulbs?

First things first are as we already mentioned, if you purchase from an official Osram Approved Partner it means it’s an immediate way to ensure you’ll receive a genuine OSRAM product in the post.

Next, follow the guide below to verify the authenticity of your Xenon bulbs:

 

Step 1) Check the Security Label on the Packaging for a 7-Digit Code

Since October 2015, all OSRAM Xenon HID bulbs feature a special 7-digit code which you can use on their Trust Program website to verify authenticity. If you can’t find a label on your packaging it’s possible the bulbs you’ve purchased were produced before the said date. So do take note that some vendors still stock genuine Osram products without security labels added. In this case, Osram recommends contacting them directly if you’re worried.

  • The 7-digit code is located to the left-hand side of the sticker label – Then enter the code here
  • The 3 digits in the bottom right hand corner should be holographic
  • A QR code that’s linked to the Trust verification process website
  • The OSRAM logo with the following URL www.osram.com/trust
  • A security strip featuring micro-sized text which you can read with a magnifying glass

Step 2) Check the Data on the Bulb Bases

After entering the 7-digit code which authenticates the packaging, you’ll see a display of data which includes the Osram order number, product designation and lamp numbers. The important one here is to check the lamp numbers displayed on the verification site match the numbers on the bulbs inside the packaging. The numbers are found in the locations as shown:


But There’s No Label on the Packaging of My Bulbs?

We mentioned before that some companies will still hold stock of older Osram products which don’t have a security label on them. In this case OSRAM states the following:

The OSRAM Trust system was introduced in fall 2015. Since then, the lamp packaging contains the two security features. However, it is still possible that several vendors have warehouse stock older than fall 2015 without the new labelling. Should you have doubts regarding your package, please get in touch with OSRAM.

So there you go, no security label doesn’t mean it’s a fake straight off the bat.

 

Conclusion

In the end we are proud to be part of something which is combating the issue and the two programs are a great step in the right direction.

If you have any more questions, Osram have an FAQ section on their website located here.

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Osram Cool Blue Boost Xenarc Bulbs

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The Modern Looker

Meet Cool Blue Boost Xenarc, Osrams newest contender to the xenon market. The bulb that features a superb colour temperature of up to 7000 kelvin with enhanced brightness.

With an impressive 3200 lumens of light output combined with state-of-the-art beam projection, there’s certainly no qualms with the overall package. Once fitted, the track will be transformed into a high contrast surface which is far closer to daytime colours.

From the sleek, well-refined packaging design to the impressive light output, you’ll soon realise that the whole experience with Osram Xenarc Cool Blue Boost bulbs just ooze quality with incomparable style, yet also providing an overall improvement to brightness. Transform your car into a new era with Cool Blue Boost Xenarc!

These bulbs are available now in our shop!

Up to 7000 K

Illumination with more natural daylight colours which helps reduce fatigue whilst giving incomparable
style.

Enhanced Brightness

3200 lumens of light to help guide your way

Xenon Hyper Blue

Modern blue tint due to a special filling system

Please note these are not ECE approved therefore they’re for track use only.




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Upgrading Headlight Bulbs – Which is the best for you?

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Let’s face it, nobody likes eye strain while driving in the dark. The scenario of driving in a storm with rain lashing down and very little headlight visibility isn’t a situation that’s ever one to be desired. Upgrading your headlight bulbs can make all the difference between spotting hazards earlier while also keeping you more alert thanks to less eye strain.

We’ve put together a guide to help you through this somewhat mind boggling process.

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OSRAM’S NEW GOLF Mk6 Road Legal Black Edition Halogen to HID Headlights

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The 100% Road Legal Golf Mk6 Halogen to Xenon Conversion

OSRAM has unveiled a solution for VW Golf Mk6 enthusiasts who’ve yearned for a road legal halogen to xenon headlight upgrade, without the need to retrofit headlight washers or automatic levelling systems. The brand new OSRAM LEDriving Xenon GOLF VI Mk6 HID Black Edition headlights are just what they’ve been looking for; a completely legal conversion which requires absolutely no modifications necessary. Yes, no modifications at all, not even headlight washers or automatic beam levellers are needed.

Confused? So were we! That is until we asked Osram’s Speciality Products Business Unit Manager John Lancaster, how it was made possible:

“Headlight wash wipe systems and or self- levelling (HID) is required under ECE regulations if the light source (dipped beam) emits over 2000 lumens. So normal headlamps with D1 and D2 HID systems would require these to be road legal. The new Osram Golf Mk6 Black headlamp is under this level (main lighting D8 HID is just under 2000 lumens) so this does not require a wash wipe or self- levelling system to comply. A D8 HID system is 25W compared to the more commonplace 35W output of D1 and D2 systems. So the Black headlamp complies with ECE and is fully road legal, even though it has a HID bulb incorporated”

So there you go, a very clever design indeed.

With such a big advantage over any halogen bulb upgrade or projector retrofit, these will certainly make any Mk6 enthusiasts knee’s go weak. Also, as these headlamps are far cheaper (£749.99) than a full OEM Xenon conversion where headlight levelling and wash wipe systems are necessary, they ooze temptation.

You can order from our online shop here. We work very closely with OSRAM and are an official Approved Partner (see here), so you can be assured that you’re in good hands.

Order Here

 

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Fighting Fake HID Bulbs – The OSRAM Trust Program

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With an estimated 40 million HID bulbs fitted to vehicles from new in 2016, you can see why Xenon bulbs are leading the way in automotive lighting at the moment. LED and Laser headlights are on the horizon, however they are still very much super premium pieces of kit, and to the average Joe; pretty hard to come by.

HID Xenon bulbs were introduced in the 1990’s and became popular in luxury cars, they lit up our roads with daytime like colours and improved overall visibility on the road. However no bulb is immune to failure, and with the first HID bulbs that went into circulation beginning to fail, consumer’s are looking for quality replacements. A common way to spot a failing HID bulb is the discolouration of the emitted light which is known as cycling, a shift towards a very blue/purple colour can be emitted due to the higher temperature and increased voltage required to maintain the arc inside the bulb.