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Bill C

Halogen headlight conversion.

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Hi, I have a 2010 XF 3.0 diesel, which has halogen headlights. My night vision is not as good as it was (when I was younger!) and I would like to convert to Xenon by using a conversion kit. I have heard different views on whether this can be carried out successfully. Has anyone experience of this which would help me?

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Based upon recent experience, you might find LED headlights better than xenon.

In addition, standard headlight reflectors tend to disperse xenon bulb light in such a way as to cause dazzle, whereas LED bulbs seem to be eminently suited to standard reflectors.

Just a thought Bill.

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On 24/10/2017 at 3:28 PM, Bill C said:

Hi, I have a 2010 XF 3.0 diesel, which has halogen headlights. My night vision is not as good as it was (when I was younger!) and I would like to convert to Xenon by using a conversion kit. I have heard different views on whether this can be carried out successfully. Has anyone experience of this which would help me?

I uprated the standard headlights on my s type to similar bulbs with 20% more power, which I find fits the bill.  Headlight bulbs are not cheap but the offer from Halfords was 2 for the price of 1 and with 15% discount it was not that expensive,

Peter.

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Like you, I had standard halogen headlights on my s type which I changed to the "30% more light" and while there was some noticeable difference, they were not anyway near as good as when I changed them to LED's - Brilliant (quite literally).

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Thanks for the advice. I'm going to go with it. The led units seem quite expensive ( I don't know which ones you used?) but the fitting process seems less complicated.

Regards,

bill.

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10 hours ago, Bill C said:

Thanks for the advice. I'm going to go with it. The led units seem quite expensive ( I don't know which ones you used?) but the fitting process seems less complicated.

Regards,

bill.

Actually Bill, compared with the Halfords "+50% Brighter, Xenon gas technology" Halogen replacement bulbs at £20 each, the LED Kits (my dipped beams were £36, main beams £34, both from Amazon) are a bit of a bargain.

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Be advised.

Led headlight bulbs may cause an issue at mot as they are brighter than what is regarded as legal.

Simple answer is swap the dip beams back to halogen before mot then swap them back afterwards 

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8 hours ago, actros said:

Be advised.

Led headlight bulbs may cause an issue at mot as they are brighter than what is regarded as legal.

Simple answer is swap the dip beams back to halogen before mot then swap them back afterwards 

I suppose we won't know for sure until more people fit LED bulbs and subsequently pass or fail MOT.

I've read up a bit on this prior to fitting LED's, the best advice I could find was -

What does the law say?

In a nutshell:

  1. EU law says that HID headlights which emit more than 2,000 lumens of light, and all LED headlights, must be fitted with washers and self-levelling,
  2. But it’s not possible to accurately measure total light output either at the roadside, or in an MOT station,
  3. So if it can’t be proven that your lights emit more than 2,000 lumens of light, this regulation almost certainly doesn’t apply to you,
  4. But, your lights must be aimed correctly and have the right beam pattern on dip and main,
  5. If you have a manual headlight adjuster, the highest angle the headlights can be set to must not be higher than the rules allow,
  6. Lastly, HID dipped beams must stay on while your main beam is on.

 

My S Type has headlamp washers and manual levelling so I think failure is unlikely. But at the end of the day, if challenged, change back to the Halogens for the MOT as you say.

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