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Anyone own a CLS with xenons?

Discussion in 'Electrics, Vacuum, Ignition and ECU' started by ThinkPad, Dec 26, 2012.

  1. ThinkPad

    ThinkPad Senior Member

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    I have upgraded my main dipped beam to HID. However, am trying to figure out for those cars that came with factory xenon lights, what sidelight bulb is used? Does it look more yellow than the main headlights? Or is there a whiter version of bulb available, as if there is I would like to change to it. I believe that both fittings are 501 - so wanted to clarify which buld was used on those cars with xenons!
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Many of us have changed our side lamp bulbs to match the xenons,, they do not come from the factory very white, member Killerherz sells these whiter error free bulbs in the for sale section
     
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    Thanks Television
    As ever a fountain of knowledge.
    Anyone have any before and after pics?
     
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    television Always remembered RIP

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    Its quiet on here over the holiday,,, there are loads of pictures on here but finding them is not so easy, have you tried the search facility
     
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    No - but will give that a go right now!
     
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    Thanks- very useful. They look good. Make a real difference and only a fiver!
    However, I have just PMd killerhertz now, so will await reply on his ones, which seem to have great feedback on here.
    Was confused about 501 vs W5W - but have just realised it is the same thing!
     
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    Factory fitted Bi-xenon 3000k vs. Ebay sidelight bulbs 6000k.

    I have bi-xenon headlamps and had the LED sidelights fitted to my CLS. I don't know how to say this but the sidelights didn't complement the light output of the bi-xenon headlamps. The bi-xenon headlamp was putting out 3000k and the sidelights were putting out 5000k if not more. I wanted something homogenous and the sidelights just didn't do it for me. From afar, one could notice they were not factory fitted sidelights and it looked somehow tacky. I ended up refusing them and went back to the original yellow sidelight bulbs which I think complement the Bi-xenon headlamps more. Ever since, I have been looking for sidelights that have the same light output as my Bi-xenon to pair them up nicely but can't find one. So far, I am living with the yellow ones and to be honest, I don't miss what I don't have.

    Few pictures of the 6000k sidelight bulbs back when I had them:

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    Thanks for the great post.
    I definitely didn't want any hint of blue. Interesting you say the factory xenon are 3000k. Is this right?
    Havent had reply from killerhertz and i am somewhat trigger happy. Anyway today I managed to get hold of some 5000k sidelight. And there is zero blue from what I can see. Will look again when dark and get a pic up. No bulb warning and ony ten quid!

    Will get pics up soon. But look great. If you want some I am happy to send you some.
     
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    Dont mean to hijack your post, I have had problems with my dipped H/L off side on my 2008 CLS CDI. The bulb was flickering on but not lighting up. Changed the bulb £69.60 at Europarts and still the same, changed the igniter at my local garage ( they had a good one available from a different car ) still the same. Looked on the net and all info suggested it was the ballast. As my local garage had stated the headlight would have to come out to fit the ballast ( this according to them entailed removal of the bumper )I looked to do it myself.
    Found a ballast on an auction site from a guy in Wolves cost £115 with 1 year g/tee, ordered on Thursday and arrived Friday, very good service, this time of the year too.
    Dry day Saturday so had a look at the headlight and thought it could be done from under the vehicle.
    Put car up on ramps, removed black plastic sump cover 6 bolts, located ballast in off side wing removed 3 X 15 torques bolts and disconnected old ballast.
    Refit is reverse, no real problem, took about 45 minutes.
    Very pleased to say it worked. :)
    Above info for anyone else with this problem.
     

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