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« on: 10 April 2018, 22:38:24 »

How high are they on your shopping list for another car or your existing car?

Essential?

Gimmick?

Just something else to go wrong after a few years?

Must have - to blind other road users?

Fashion statement?

Bi xenon? (i.e. main and dipped) good idea?

No point as once you reach a certain age you never go out in the dark as your eyesight "isn't as good as it used to be"
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #1 on: 10 April 2018, 22:51:45 »

My next car will NOT have normal halogen filament bulbs. I had HIDs on my Omega & just never expected my R Class to not have them ...... so never looked for them. My Merc's lights are sh1te. Never had a problem with my Omega's HIDs and never needed to change a 'bulb' in 10 years.
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #2 on: 10 April 2018, 22:56:59 »

Xenon's are very high on my list of goodies.

After 3 Omega's (with) one e39 (without) and now Saab 9-5 (with)...... I certainly missed them on the BMW.
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« Reply #3 on: 10 April 2018, 23:01:36 »

Itís a must have on my commuter/3.2 replacement, the Zafiraís lights are crap.
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #4 on: 11 April 2018, 00:03:14 »

TBH, I've come across rubbish lights that are HID and excellent lights (MUCH better than Omega HIDs) that are halogen so it doesn't matter a lot to me. HIDs last longer, but more expense and hassle when they do fail. :-\
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #5 on: 11 April 2018, 01:47:09 »

TBH, I've come across rubbish lights that are HID and excellent lights (MUCH better than Omega HIDs) that are halogen so it doesn't matter a lot to me. HIDs last longer, but more expense and hassle when they do fail. :-\

I know you will give a honest answer Kevin, but how has a legal 55w bulb offered a better solution to HID?  I've use'd illegal bulbs (in a BMW) and still terrible 'throw'.


In my experience, Omega HID's are just as good as anything brand new (read, Mondeo's, 3eries, Hi-Lux, Navara)  They lose the Bi-Xenon, so High-Beam is compromised, but unless you are dogging.......
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #6 on: 11 April 2018, 08:37:19 »

TBH, I've come across rubbish lights that are HID and excellent lights (MUCH better than Omega HIDs) that are halogen so it doesn't matter a lot to me. HIDs last longer, but more expense and hassle when they do fail. :-\

I know you will give a honest answer Kevin, but how has a legal 55w bulb offered a better solution to HID?  I've use'd illegal bulbs (in a BMW) and still terrible 'throw'.



The reflector and lens are more important than the type of bulb. A good quality 7" round H4 lamp is still hard to beat for effectiveness.
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #7 on: 11 April 2018, 09:47:03 »

 Agreed Nick
I converted my Carlton estate to the Moretti quad kit and fitted the Manta quad kit to a Mk 1 Cav I owned
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #8 on: 11 April 2018, 10:48:50 »

TBH, I've come across rubbish lights that are HID and excellent lights (MUCH better than Omega HIDs) that are halogen so it doesn't matter a lot to me. HIDs last longer, but more expense and hassle when they do fail. :-\

I know you will give a honest answer Kevin, but how has a legal 55w bulb offered a better solution to HID?  I've use'd illegal bulbs (in a BMW) and still terrible 'throw'.



The reflector and lens are more important than the type of bulb. A good quality 7" round H4 lamp is still hard to beat for effectiveness.

I have a spare one of those if anyone wants to buy a big hole saw and stick one on their car ;) (they came in pairs.. one got dropped, so now I have three)
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #9 on: 11 April 2018, 11:10:40 »

My Indian motor car has HIDs which are adequate but nothing special, and not as good as the HID's on my 2003 MV6.
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #10 on: 11 April 2018, 11:19:43 »

My Indian motor car has HIDs which are adequate but nothing special, and not as good as the HID's on my 2003 MV6.

Are you sure its not your eyesight that's dimmed over the intervening years?  :P
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #11 on: 11 April 2018, 11:31:00 »

My Indian motor car has HIDs which are adequate but nothing special, and not as good as the HID's on my 2003 MV6.

Are you sure its not your eyesight that's dimmed over the intervening years?  :P

Absolutely not, James. :P
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #12 on: 11 April 2018, 11:39:54 »

My Indian motor car has HIDs which are adequate but nothing special, and not as good as the HID's on my 2003 MV6.

Are you sure its not your eyesight that's dimmed over the intervening years?  :P

Absolutely not, James. :P

Apparently, doing to much of 'it' can impact your eyesight
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #13 on: 11 April 2018, 11:55:45 »

TBH, I've come across rubbish lights that are HID and excellent lights (MUCH better than Omega HIDs) that are halogen so it doesn't matter a lot to me. HIDs last longer, but more expense and hassle when they do fail. :-\

I know you will give a honest answer Kevin, but how has a legal 55w bulb offered a better solution to HID?  I've use'd illegal bulbs (in a BMW) and still terrible 'throw'.



The reflector and lens are more important than the type of bulb. A good quality 7" round H4 lamp is still hard to beat for effectiveness.

Exactly. Packaging constraints and the need for them to look "right" has hobbled the effectiveness of a lot of modern headlights. You can't really beat a nice big, round, parabolic reflector.
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Re: xenon lights
« Reply #14 on: 11 April 2018, 12:35:36 »

For me they are a must, the quality of light is far better than halogen, the Omegas HID`s were a revelation after years of halogen lights and the Zeds are better still, plus they`re bi-xenon so full beam is excellent too.
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