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204 headlight upgrade

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by PeterCLK, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. PeterCLK

    PeterCLK Senior Member

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    I've just bought a 2012 c220i elegance facelift model with standard headlights.
    These I find poor and wonder if it is possible to upgrade in any way?
    The car is 6 months old so I would not want it to affect the warranty.

    thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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    whitenemesis Senior Member

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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Which ones do you need? H4 or H7?
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    They can all be bought for that price on Ebay
     
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    PeterCLK

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    H7 for both main and dipped beam.
    Would you replace both?
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    A hard question as I do not use the mains that much, I changed both on my CL140, but only the dipped on my V70R.

    If there is any down side the life is not as long as normal bulbs.
     
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    I changed both on my S204 - and do not regret it.
     
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    The cost is insignificant over the life time of the bulbs, so I would always replace both ;)
     
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    I hope these links will help. These are H7 upgraded headlight bulbs. Click 1 or 2 .
     
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    Fitted them today and they are much improved.
    Thanks for all the advice and links.
     
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    Slightly off topic - although I find headlights ok I am underwhelmed by the dim reversing lights, which don't show up anything,other than warning others. Is it possible to upgrade these, too?
     
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    Interesting question, not sure if they are part of the warning system, one has to consider the wiring size as well and components in the switching. LED maybe
     
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    LED will work with compensating resistors or CAN compatible lamps. AFAIK 21w is the max one can show to the rear
     

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