I plan to replace the front headlights of my C-class 1.8 compressor (W203) to Xenon type. Does anyone knows how much the cost and what are the things that i have to know.
??? I wish.. the xenon bulbs are around £90 each.
to do it legally you need to change the whole headlight unit for starters.. Loads of money.
Someone i know has replaced their w 203 bulbs with them from the company i mentioned,i have seen them myself.If a person wants to spend sh** loads of money go ahead , the bulbs i saw on car were very good as i compared my own bi xenon originals.They compare with original voltage and wattage of course,dont knock em unless you"ve seen em!
Do beware that the head lamp must have automatic leveling if Xenon HID lamps are used, and that the lens for normal halogen lamps differs from that for HID lamps.
Without the lens and leveling your car will send light out where it is not supposed to and then you run the risk of dazzling one or more of your fellow motorists etc etc etc.
To fit them correctly (legaly) it will cost mucho dollars.
What on earth is wrong with the std setup? Adding more light will not make you any safer, in fact its very likely that your speed will increase and reduce safety for all concerned.
The info is quite clear. The fitting of HiD bulbs into light units designed for halogen bulbs is illegal.
The only legal way to retro-fit xenons is to replace the complete headlight and fit auto levelling (unless the car has self-levelling rear suspension) Headliamp washers should also be fitted but this is not so definitive. For new cars to be type approved they must have levelling and washers.
Technically any xenons are illegal in the UK but EU type approval overrides this.
The main cause of dazzle is the fitting of HiDs into halogen lights, the lenses are completely wrong and cannot focus the beam correctly. It dosen't focus it any differently from halogen light but because the HiD is so much brighter it dazzles. Contamination on the lenses does not significantly contribute to dazzle.
The correct light unit for xenons have a very well defined beam cutoff, if the car crests a hill or corners left the light will dazzle oncoming drivers, just as halogens do but the effect is much greater because of the greater light intensity.
The auto-levelling works remarkable well for smoothing out the rise and fall of the front of the car do to acceleration and braking. It does a reasonable job with dips and bumps too. I see quite a few xenons equipped cars with just one headlight badly adjusted. This has to be due to poor mechanical adjustment as the autolevelling would effect both lights.
The percentage of cars with badly adjusted headlights is far greater in halogen equipped cars.