Monthly Archives: February 2015

New dashboard LED’s (again)

On my mission to find the perfect LED builds for Mupheay, and despite find some pretty good LED’s a few months ago, I’ve now discovered even better ones…

New dashboard LED's

New dashboard LED’s purchased on eBay

These produce quite an improvement on the previous choice, as can be seen in the photos below:

New dashboard LED's

First update of 2015

It’s February, so a late Happy New Year y’all!

It’s been a quiet winter so far as working on Murphy goes. Due to my deep hate of cold weather, (tropical DNA, you see!), I’ve not really had the inclination to get outside and do stuff, other than the regular checks, (fluids, tyres, etc), and the weekly visit to the local car wash, (yes, I’m that lazy in the winter).

Murphy, however, has handled the cold weather incredibly well, as has done me proud as a daily runner with no issues whatsoever. We’ve ventured up and down to Buckinghamshire a few times for work, and all has been well. Best of all, even on the coldest, iciest and slightly snowy days, Murphy has still started first time!

I’m so glad I upgraded the heater earlier in the year, as this made the all the difference. In a very short time of starting off, the interior warmed up nicely, head to feet stayed nice and warm, and windows have been clear all the way – unlike last year when I had to wipe the windscreen every 10 seconds. It may have been a pain to change the heater, but I highly recommend it to anyone – it is well worth the pain!

So what have done lately… well, only one thing so far…

Last year, I upgraded headlights from old filament to H4 halogens, and what a difference that made. I did feel, however, that in those dark mornings and evenings, especially down dark country lanes, Murphy’s headlights could be better.

Without wanting to go down the HID route, I looked for better headlight bulbs, and decided to give Osram Night Breaker Plus a go. These are still similar current ratings to H4’s, but not white like HID’s. Here’s the spec from Osram’s website:


    Up to 110 % more light on the road (compared to standard halogen lamps)
    Up to 40 m longer beam of light (compared to standard halogen lamps)
    Up to 20 % whiter light (compared to standard halogen lamps)
    Drivers spot obstacles and dangerous situations much sooner
    Optimum light for more time to react
    Patented blue ring coating for less reflected glare
    More efficient light production thanks to optimized inert filling gas formula
    Higher resilience due to robust coil design