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    OEM Xenon lights poor

    My stock hid headlights don't seem to be any more effective at lighting the road ahead than halogens, in fact when the main beam or foglights are on the xenons light is almost lost, yet when I see the growing number of other cars on the road with xenons they're almost blindingly bright. I've fitted new oem Philips lamps but the difference is negligable. The light throw is good they're just not that bright. Side by side with anything new with hid's and it's almost embarrasing. Is any body else of the same opinion that the stock lights are poor or any advice on what to check with mine, cheers.

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    same with mine i put new d1s bulbs in and still rubbish, my m3 xenons are much better

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    I sometimes wonder if mine are on at all.. the only good thing about them is the self levelling.

    I had a vauxhall Omega Elite in 1998 that had fantastic factory xenons, nothing has come close since.
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    Looks like I'm going to have to start modding then .

    I think the self leveling is good too,especially on start up,but occasionally in fog /snow I'd prefer to be able to manually drop them.
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    at least i am not alone in my thoughts, i am disappointed with mine, just seem to fall short in terms of output, coverage and range, i rememner fitting an hid to kit to an old urs6 that i had and being blown away by the difference, had elipsoid headlights so wasn't chav / corsa look at all, glass lenses though not plastic, hmmmmmm

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    2012-12-18 14.57.48.jpg

    I decided to have a closer look at the lights today, with the intention of cleaning the internals of the projectors and this is what I found. You can see the projector has overheated to the point of cracking and the reflective surface is now charred and black. Both driver and passenger lights are like this. My car has the factory fitted xenons and hasn't had high power lamps fitted,just genuine replacement lamps (philips 85122) . I'm quite surprised that the reflectors are plastic as I would have assumed that xenons run quite hot. If your lights seem dim maybe pop the lamp cover off to see if yours are the same. It doesn't look like the reflectors would be available seperately, anybody any idea how costly new headlights are?
    2004 A4 Sport Cabriolet 3.0

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    I'm sure OEM replacements are going to be extortionate.

    Maybe you could buy non Hid type and convert them using the factory parts from the old headlight ?

 

 

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