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Xenon headlights?

Discussion in 'The UK and Ireland' started by Puslinch, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. Puslinch

    Puslinch Member

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    Driving the car for the fist time at night, I have tt say my headlights in my Mini JCW's are better than the Tesla "xenon". Are they in fact real xenon headlights?

    Gary
     
  2. Dennis87

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    The xenon lights for the euro spec is weaker than the us spec. 25 watt vs 35 watt, this is because of Europe regulations since the car does not have headlight washer.
     
  3. LeeJ

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    Mine are great and I would say better than my previous car (Mini Cooper S). The beam pattern is very good too.
     
  4. gdavison

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    I agree not as good as my outgoing Audi RS6 .. Dennis87 does answer my puzzlement as to how they did Xenons without headlight washers, never realised there was a lower power limit allowed
     
  5. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    FWIW, I am happy with my US-spec headlights. Could be pointed a tad higher on low, which I will get to one day. Brights are very good, not excellent.
     
  6. PaulMac

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    also agree not as good as my outgoing jaguar XJ...but sufficient.
     
  7. simonog

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    Why would having a headlight washer logically allow use of higher power lights?
     
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    Do government regulations ever make any kind of logical sense?
     
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    I understand the theory is that HID (high intensity discharge) lights - AKA 'xenon' (which is just the gas that is in the bulbs) generate a lot of scattered and therefore annoying glare when used with dirty lenses. Washed, they don't cause this glare. It's a bit moot in my view - if they insisted on having washers AND wipers then I might agree but washers on their own... ? I was also unaware of the lower power/no need for washers thing. MW
     
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    Anyone looked into how to "upgrade" back to 35W?
     
  11. Puslinch

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    Can't be anymore than plugging new lamps in and checking the ballast labels that they would handle greater than 25w.

    Gary
     
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    Upgrading back to 35W would fail an MOT .... however (a) thats 2.5 years away for us (b) It does raise the Question, how would the MOT tester know ? but more important (c) apart from pulling your car to bits would PC plod be able to find out ?

    NOT that I am suggesting any naughtyness :)
     
  13. Puslinch

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    Googling around the Osram stock 35w ballast part is 10R-034663, I can's find a 25w version. They could be using the stock 35w ballast with a lower wattage lamp installed. It's a discharge so it's the upper wattage not the lower that's required. Has anyone looked at the UK ballast sticker?

    Gary
     
  14. Dennis87

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    The ballast sticker has 25w writen on it.
     
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