Difference between H8 and H11 bulbs

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Well I’ve read all the specs for both, and I’m damned if I can spot any difference, love to hear from someone who knows! I’ve bought from them before and I’m impressed, except for the costs. M.

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The main difference is that the locking tab on the 2 bulbs are different, to stop you from fitting the wrong bulb. These can be filed down on the H11 so you can fit it into an H8 holder.

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But, if your car isn’t a facelift Winco (and I’m just going by the avatar picture), aren’t the fogs H1s? Or are some late non-facelift fogs H8? I don’t know, but I thought from what I had read that that was the change point.

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Yes, it is MY2008 pre-facelift. Or to put it another way, the last of the chrome, but there is another thread discussing this point.

From what I can gather from a bulb supplying website, and others such as Eurocarparts is:

Early cars have H1 Fogs

Later cars have H8 fogs, unless there are factory fitted Xenon headlamps, in which case the fogs are H1.

I am happy to be corrected if I have got this wrong.

What further confused me, was the fact that some forum posts referred to fitting H11 into their fogs. Where they are so similar to H8, it appears you could fit H11, despite the tag difference noted by mjtemple?

At the end of the day, I need to physically check mine to find out for sure.

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Well, there’s a turnip, as an old mate of mine used to say. I’ve just stared into the eyes of my fog lights and they’re fitted with H8s.

As you can see from my sig, my car is a 2007, registered in July if I recall correctly. So that then begs the question, what is “early” and what is “late”? Glad I looked though before I bought spare bulbs. Another useful thread, three more cheers for the forum!

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Pre 2004 are early and post 2004 is late. That is the year where they changed the rear brake calipers, steering wheel, front upper grille and dropped the classic spec if I remember correctly.

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Ah, I thought I had read that it was the pre and post facelift definition. I am constantly finding that things that I think I definitely remember are not true at all. I think it’s an age thing!

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