FESP Pertron Value Card

In 2017, Ford EcoSport Philippines (FESP) has entered into a partnership with Petron, entitling its club members of exclusive perks and privileges. FESP members can avail of an exclusive FESP Petron Value Card (with FESP logo), enabling the holder to earn extra points not available in ordinary Petron value cards. This card was issued to me last year when I became an official club member, but it was only recently that was able to get it.

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Comparing LEDs with Halogen Headlights

One of the simplest and most cost-effective upgrades to an EcoSport’s headlight would be the replacement of the stock bulb with an LED emitter (some refer to this as “LED bulb” but technically, it is not a “bulb”, but rather, an “emitter”). About a year ago, I’ve upgraded our headlights to an LED, and performed a comparison with the stock halogen bulb.

LED vs Stock Halogen Low Beam (2)
Stock halogen (left) versus LED emitter (right) in low beam
LED vs Stock Halogen (Hi-Beam)
Stock halogen (left) versus LED emitter (right) in high beam

Clearly, LED emitters illuminate the road far better than stock bulbs. Always install LEDs properly by directing the low beam to the ground, to avoid causing glare to oncoming vehicles.

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To watch a video on how I replaced the stock halogen bulbs with a pair of hi-performance LED emitters, head to Installing LED Headlights.

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Related links:
OSRAM Night Breaker Laser
Replacing the Headlights
Adjusting EcoSport’s Headlights
Installing Auxiliary Headlights
Yellow Headlight Bulb

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Yellow H4 Headlight Bulb

Before I upgraded to a hi-performance headlight bulb, I also tried out this pair of EUROLITE Amber (Yellow) H4 bulbs I purchased at a local hardware store. This is essentially a low-cost halogen bulb coated with thin yellow filter. I have used this lamp during two recent 12-hour night-time trips to Bicol. These amber headlight bulbs are good enough for well-lit city streets, but a little too dim for poorly-lit zigzag roads, especially for our heavily-tinted EcoSport.

Yellow H4 Headlight Bulb

I only paid 300 pesos for the pair (in contrast to 2700 per pair of hi-performance bulbs), so I did not expect much from it.

To watch a test video showing a comparison between the stock headlight and this yellow bulb both in hi and low beams, head directly to Yellow Headlight Bulb (H4). To view the reviews of other EcoSport-related accessories, click here.

Related links:
Osram Night Breaker Laser
Installing LED Headlights
Replacing Headlight Bulb

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Installing a Hi-Powered Horn

I have recently stumbled upon a surplus Maruko horn (low tone only) which I installed in our EcoSport. Horns are supposed to come in pairs but I was unable to find the high tone horn that pairs up with this one. Powerful horns such as the Maruko draw about 4 amperes, thus, the installation requires the use of a relay and a new wiring harness. In the video, I have explained not only how to mount the horn, but also how to wire it with the relay.

Maruko Horn (1)

To watch how I installed a hi-powered horn in an EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Hi-Powered Electric Horn.

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Testing the Osram Night Breaker Laser

The best place to test the performance of the Osram Night Breaker Laser would be on a road with no street lamps, and with very light traffic. Using my dash camera, I captured a short video showing how the hi-performance halogen bulb illuminates the road, toggling in high and low beams. This video was captured from an EcoSport with a dark tint (such a 3M medium dark tint).

Osram Night Breaker Laser Low
Osram Night Breaker Laser (Low Beam)
Osram Night Breaker Laser Hi
Osram Night Breaker Laser (High Beam)

To watch the video of the hi-performance bulb’s road test, head directly to Osram Night Breaker Laser.

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Related link:
About Osram Night Breaker Laser 
Testing an XHP70 LED replacement headlight

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Osram Night Breaker Laser

About a year ago, I have tried out installing LED headlights, but after a few months of use, reverted back to the stock halogen bulb. Recently, I have upgraded to the hi-performance halogen headlight bulbs Osram Night Breaker Laser (H4, 55/60 W).

OSRAM Night Breaker Laser (2)
Stock OSRAM bulb on the left, hi-performance OSRAM bulb on the right

Some notable improvements:

1. The Osram Night Breaker Laser is noticeably brighter, and thus illuminates the road better both in low and high beams, and I would say even better than the LEDs that I have previously installed!

2. The low beam has the same color as the stock bulb, only a bit brighter, but the high beam (as the light passes through a thin blue filter) produces a whiter beam. The whiter beam, as I have come to realize, indeed improves the driving experience.

3. The high-beam range has greatly improved (due to the bulb being brighter)! This is particularly useful in poorly-lit high ways.

Take note though that hi-performance bulbs are a bit pricey: this particular pair costs about 2700 pesos or 55 US dollars (a pair of stock bulbs cost only about 1500 pesos or 30 US dollars), but still at a lower price point than LEDs (I have purchased my LEDs at 4500 pesos or 90 US dollars). Also, hi-performance bulbs are expected to have shorter lifespans than stock bulbs. This is the trade-off: the brighter the bulb, the shorter the life span.

To watch the video of the hi-performance bulb’s road test, head directly to Testing the Osram Night Breaker Laser.

To view the reviews of other EcoSport-related accessories, click here.

Related links:
Replacing the Headlights
Installing LED Headlights
Adjusting EcoSport’s Headlights
Installing Auxiliary Headlights

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Transcend DP110 Dash Camera

I am currently testing a Transcend DP110 Dash Camera, purchased locally for about 4900 pesos. Among all models produced by Transcend, DP110 is the cheapest one with a screen (display). I prefer stand-alone dashcams with dedicated displays over ones with no screens at all, or even those that connect with  smartphones and use the phone’s screen for displaying video feed.

DP110 is good enough for the task of recording and has the following basic functions of a dash camera:

  1. Time-stamped video is clear, both daytime and night time recording (it has enhanced low-light recording, but no infrared night-vision mode found in hi-end models).
  2. It has an “emergency save button”. You’ll find this very useful in case of an emergency.
  3. Saves automatically when bumped (sensitivity can be adjusted).
  4. Loops 3 or 5-minute videos (with audio). The oldest video gets overwritten with the newest video (except if the video is tagged as important—if it is saved manually by the user by pressing the emergency save button, or saved automatically when the camera detects vibrations).
  5. Has a built-in battery, allowing the dash camera to save the current video if power suddenly gets disconnected (some prefer capacitors over batteries though).
  6. Has a dedicated display (for me, this is a must)!

The camera comes with a power adapter, a mount, and a user’s manual. Installation takes only about 5 minutes! I would recommend Transcend DP110 to anyone looking for a low-cost yet fully-functional dash camera.

Transcend Screenshot
Transcend DP110 dash camera’s sample frame from a recorded video

To watch the sample video taken with a Transcend DP110 Dash Camera, head directly to Transcend DP110 Dash Camera.

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Related links:
Installing a Dash Camera
Choosing a Dash Camera
Dash Camera with Night Vision

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