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What headlights are mine? Halogens or Xenons?

crazypainter Jan 18, 2011

  1. crazypainter

    crazypainter Member

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    Beginners question I am guessing but what are my lights, Halogen or Xenon? Make is Valeo.And the difference?

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  2. C17LJR

    C17LJR Member VCDS Map User

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    look like halogen to me, but i'm starting to doubt it as theres loads of lights on ebay that look/are halogen but are listed as xenon?
     
  3. crazypainter

    crazypainter Member

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    I believe these are factory fitted. Its a bit confusing as surely its just the gas type used in the bulb? but that doesnt explain what type of headlight unit I have?
     
  4. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    They look like halogen. An easy way to tell is if they flicker when you turn them on?
     
  5. 19scotty81

    19scotty81 Push down and across !!!!!!!!!

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    Look like halogens to me as well. ps- where'd you get your bonnet grille from ?????
     
  6. crazypainter

    crazypainter Member

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    Bonnet grille on there when i bought the car.....why?
     
  7. hades-

    hades- Yorkshire & Humber Rep. Regional Rep VCDS Map User

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    halogen you have no headlight washers
     
  8. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    I was going to say that, but they may have been retro fitted.
     
  9. LandSpeed

    LandSpeed Member

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    id say they are halogen as no washers in bumper

    the grill looks like a caractere grill
     
  10. crazypainter

    crazypainter Member

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    kit is votex, would caractere fit?
     
  11. paul20v

    paul20v Audi fanatic

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    Thats a votex grill it looks the same as mine .
     
  12. LandSpeed

    LandSpeed Member

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    i do like the look of that
     
  13. BahnStormer77

    BahnStormer77 BahnStormer

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    Assuming that is the orginal top bumper, then that car had Halogen's out of the factory.

    OEM Xenon's have washer's (legal requirement) and when they switch on and pan up and then back down when they auto-level (another legal requirement).

    The only way to tell when they are retro fitted is to either check the headlight units for ballass or a bit easier would be to get somebody else to switch the lights on and watch them come on: if they go on fainter and then build to a full high intensity pure white beam, Halogens can be fairly white or blue, but will come on straight on and stay at the same intensity.
     
  14. Nutkin

    Nutkin Member

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    it is a ,lovely grill.
     
  15. CHRIS555

    CHRIS555 DOPE with added OCD

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    Defo not xenons - as above no washers and visually they look different. Also xenons self level when you turn them on (very noticable)
     
  16. BahnStormer77

    BahnStormer77 BahnStormer

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    well... legal ones do....
     
  17. matttrs

    matttrs Member

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    you'd know if they were xenons when turning them on in a dark area, as it looks like something off batman. A4's come with projector headlights either way so look similar and upgrading is fairly easy, if youre not fussed about self leveling and washers.
     
  18. crazypainter

    crazypainter Member

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    How do they 'self level'? I have just put xenon bulbs in and chrome indicator bulbs as i cant stand that orange look from the normal bulbs,,,,,
     
  19. Woorlord

    Woorlord shifting to Hyperspace... . VCDS Map User

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    Self levelling sensors at front and rear (on suspension I think) and then to a central control unit which adjust the headlight via motors.
    Xenon headlight motors have 4 wire control and the standard Halogen motors via manual 0/1/2/3 switch level control is via 3 wires to the respective headlight motors.
    Expensive to retrofit unless you just happen to have a donar vehicle lying around!
     

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