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hi all has anyone tried these xenon bulbs in there c maxs or any other car as the wife says the lights are not bright enough. we have a 2.0l tdci with normal lights are these bulbs a straight swap or do i need to fit anything else and would they be better or just a waste of time and money?
 

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do you have a link for those reviews? I want to change the bulbs too, they are giving me a hard time when driving at night. the bulbs on my last car (fiesta mk6) gave more light then those on my c-max
 

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thanks for the link!
those bulbs are for the "short" beam, right? I don't know the exact word, but there are 2 types of beams, one is "short" (for close range) and one is "long". If I am correct about this, the bulbs for "short" beam are H7 and the bulbs for "long" beam are H1.
 

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i changed my bulbs and installed a xenon kit which includes the bulbs and ballasts and wiring they are plug in play and really easy to fit about 10mins per side cost £80 but well worth it when some normal bulbs will cost u half of that
 

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hi cpitt
if you have a xenon kit fitted would this be a problem when you have to have a mot?
 

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its fine as long as u buy the ones with the correct markings on ie kite mark and eu mark which proves they are road legal, they are great lights and make the car look great at night aswell they are very similar to this but were a bit cheaper and i recomend the 600k bulbs http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/H4-HID-ZENON-6000K-35W-KIT-HONDA-CIVIC-TYPE-R-EP3-EP2_W0QQitemZ200305347409QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM?hash=item200305347409&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1700|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318

hope this link works
 

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About a year back I got fed up with the less than ideal outputs from the dipped headlightsof 54 reg cmax. It was only when I was a passenger in a friends car (a Saab) that I realised just how hopeless the cmax headlamps were!

So I replaced them with a pair of Philips x-treme Power (+80%) H7 bulbswhich cost about £25 quid per pair from ebay. There was an immediate improvement!

I had a close look at the part numbers on the original bulbs and found they were Philips long life bulbs (marked on the bulb as LL). As far as I understand it long life bulbs give youlonger service life by using a lower working temperature -you getless light output for the same amount of electrical power (which is limited at 55 watts per bulb for a road legal H7 bulb).

Conversely the downside of high output bulbs is that they don't last as long - the driver side bulb has already gone after amost a year. I decided to replace it with the same brand of high output bulb.

For me the expense of these bulbs, their shorter life and the hassle of changing themis more than out weighed by their higher output - it's a safety thing, you can't be too careful.

Related to headlight maintainance - I found that the headlamp units were starting to look a little cloudy, it almost looks like a layer ofcondensation inside the unit. This is actually just abrasion of the outside surfaceof the headlamp lens (which is plastic not glass). After some research on the internet, I used some autosol chrome polish on a rag to polish up the lens and was very impressed by just how clear the lens surface became - they looked like new and it only took 5 mins of polishing by hand. Take a look at this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvY2SBIFewgEdited by: standard dude
 

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MayI also add that the car has been through an MOT with the high output bulbs fitted without a problem.
 

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Given the number of vehicles that get through MOT's with what are illegal number plate formats or fonts I wouldn't set too much score by this (Down to individual testers)
 

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Given the number of vehicles that get through MOT's with what are illegal number plate formats or fonts.It's very most problem.The xenon bulb is a new concept of gas discharge principle. The high intensity discharge (HID) provides more light with low consumption of electricity.
 

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I changed my old H7 in my laguna for a kit from http://www.vvme.com

It was like nigth or day diference.

I`m going to change to HID in my C-Max after they have fixed my due problem in my left lamp.

I asume the ligth will be even bether in the c-max when my old car had dirty reflectors somthing the c-max dont have.

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I read in a magazine advert for gas discharge upgrade kits that they are only legal if the car they are fitted to has self leveling headlights with wash wipe, don't know how correct this is though
 

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Here in Norway that is so true.

however people like me mount it, however i have loverd the beams quite alot to not disturb ongoing trafic.
 

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sid said:
I read in a magazine advert for gas discharge upgrade kits that they are only legal if the car they are fitted to has self leveling headlights with wash wipe, don't know how correct this is though
fully true
Can't just quote off the top of my head but I remember having posted the same matter with the rules previously
 

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Yes okay, for the record it was quoted from amagazine supplementfor euro car parts.
It stated the above and also that the ones they had for sale were conformiti european.
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