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Back in December 2010, I received a set of Ring Automotive’s Xenon Max headlight bulbs to review. I was highly impressed with them and after using them for all of last winter, I loved them even more. You can see a video I made showing the difference between my standard bulbs and the Xenon Max bulbs here.
I do quite a lot of driving on unlit rural roads at night in winter and I would hate to have to go back to standard bulbs – the difference between the Xenon Max bulbs and standard bulbs is massive.
Given all of that, you can imagine my enthusiasm when Ring Automotive contacted me again to ask if I would like to try their latest and greatest high performance headlight bulb, the Xenon Ultima.
Ring Automotive Xenon Ultima (approx. £25/pair)
The Xenon Ultima claims to put up to 120% more light on the road than a standard bulb – up from a claim of 100% for its predecessor, the Xenon Max.
The Xenon Ultima contains 100% xenon gas – a claim not made for previous models. In my video below, you can see how much difference there is between these two high performance bulbs.
Fitting the Xenon Ultima Bulbs
The Xenon Ultima bulbs are direct replacements for standard headlight bulbs. They are fully road legal (E marked) and have the same power rating as standard bulbs (60W/55W).
Fitting them is therefore exactly as described in the changing headlight bulbs section of your car’s user manual. In my case, simple enough but extremely fiddly, because the backs of the headlights are hard to reach and impossible to see…
(These bulbs are not a Xenon HID conversion kit.)
On the Road With Xenon Ultima
The big question is whether the Xenon Ultima bulbs provide a noticeable improvement over the Xenon Max bulbs.
To put this to the test, I revisited my road testing site from last year where I filmed both the standard and Xenon Max bulbs in action. I repeated the test with the Xenon Ultima and have produced two video clips – Xenon Ultima vs. Standard bulbs and Xenon Ultima vs. Xenon Max.
Let’s look at the Xenon Ultima bulbs vs. a set of standard bulbs:
Now let’s compare the Xenon Ultima bulbs with the Xenon Max bulbs:
The Xenon Ultima bulbs are a definite improvement on the Xenon Max bulbs. Driving at night is really a pleasure – visibility is the best I have ever experienced.
It may be possible to buy slightly better bulbs than these, but not at this price – the few competitors to these bulbs cost £40+.
Pros: The Xenon Ultimas provide superb visibility, lighting the road with a white, bright light that reveals every detail and penetrates well ahead.
Cons: None, especially at this price.
Buy Ring Automotive Xenon Ultima bulbs on Amazon (Amazon⇒).