Instruction book AUDI A1
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Changing bulbs requires a certain degree of practical skill.
Your Audi A1 is equipped with halogen or xenon headlights (optional equipment).
You can change some of the bulbs for the exterior lighting yourself:
  • Headlight unit (halogen): Bulb for dipped beam
  • Headlight unit (halogen): Bulb for main beam
  • Headlight unit (halogen): Bulb for daytime running lights/side lights (LongLife bulb)
  • Headlight unit: Bulb for turn signal (LongLife bulb)
  • Front fog lights
  • Rear lights (without LEDs): All bulbs
  • Rear lights (with LEDs): Turn signals and reversing light
  • Number plate lights
The following bulbs can only be changed by a qualified workshop:
  • Headlight unit (xenon): Xenon bulb WARNING!
  • Headlight unit (xenon): Bulb for daytime running lights/side lights (LED)
  • Rear lights with LEDs
  • Exterior mirror: Bulb for turn signal (LED)
Changing defective bulbs requires a certain degree of practical skill. The headlights or rear lights in question have to be removed in order to change the bulbs.
If in doubt, we recommend that you have defective bulbs changed by a qualified workshop or qualified mechanic.
If you do decide to change bulbs in the engine compartment yourself, be aware of the safety risks involved Link.
Types of bulbs
You must only replace a bulb with a bulb of the same type. Information regarding e.g. the wattage can be found on the base of the bulb.
The following types of bulb are used for the halogen headlight system:
Halogen headlight system
Bulb (12 V)

Version
Dipped-beam headlights (LongLife)
55 W (H7 LL)
Main beam headlights (LongLife)
55 W (H1 LL)
Daytime running lights/side lights (LongLife)
W 21 W
Fog lights
55 W (H11)
Turn signals (front)
HY 21 W
Turn signals (rear)
W 16 W
Tail light
P 21 W
Brake light
P 21 W
Reversing light
W 16 W
Rear fog light
P 21 W
Number plate light
5 W
The following types of bulb are used for the xenon headlight system:
Xenon headlight system
Bulb (12 V)

Version
Turn signals (front)
PSY 24 W
Turn signals (rear)
W 16 W
Reversing light
W 16 W
Number plate light
5 W
WARNING!
  • Take particular care when working on components in the engine compartment if the engine is warm - risk of burns!
  • Bulbs are sensitive to pressure. The glass can break when you touch the bulb, causing injury.
  • Incorrect handling of the high-voltage element of xenon gas-discharge bulbs* can have potentially fatal consequences.
  • When changing bulbs, please take care not to injure yourself on sharp parts in the headlight housing.
Caution!
  • Always remove the ignition key before carrying out any work on the electrical system - danger of short circuiting!
  • Switch off the lights or parking lights before you change a bulb.
For the sake of the environment
Please ask your specialist retailer how to dispose of used bulbs in the proper manner.
Note
  • Please check at regular intervals that all lighting (especially the exterior lighting) on your Audi A1 is functioning properly. This is not only in the interest of your own safety, but also in that of all other road users.
  • Before changing a bulb, make sure you have the correct new bulb.
  • Do not touch the glass part of the bulb with your bare hands, use a cloth or paper towel instead. Otherwise, the fingerprints left on the glass will vaporise as a result of the heat generated by the bulb, be deposited on the reflector and impair its surface.

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