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    Hi, this might seem like a stupid question lol

    Does the 320CD have xenon head lights?

    Im just thinking i would quite like that weird spectrum bulb the old bill used to have.

    You know the one you could recognise in your rear view mirror

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    I believe it depends on the package your car came with. Mine are aftermarket

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    How would i find that out mate?

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    Xenon is the gas used in high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs. HIDs should be installed in projector headlights where the light beam is focussed as opposed to in reflectors where the light will be scattered all over the place (and blinding oncoming traffic). You can check to see if your headlights are projectors by seeing if they have a dome surrounding the bulb itself. If you can easily are the bulb itself, you probably have reflectors.

    There is also a stickies thread in the how to section which allows you to enter your VIN and see what options came factory for our exact car. Haven't used it myself but apparently it works.

    Attached is a pic of my factory projector lights (found on facelift coupes). The aftermarket xenons (HIDs) are the bulbs, ballast, relay and igniter which are not visible in the pic.
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    If you have factory HIDs there is a gert box behind the headlamps with wires and stuff for them.

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    Does that help? I cant tell lol

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    Well you have projectors so you're at least halfway there. Can you not tell if your lights are quite white in colour?

    Factory HIDs will also be self levelling which means that when you go over bumps in the road, the "cutoff" on the beam stays at one height and does not bounce up and down.

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    They seem yellow ish to me mate, is it just a case of ordering different bulbs?

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    Nope. You have not got HIDs.

    You can replace with some "xenon style" bulbs which will be a bit more white/blue in colour but no where near to the real thing.

    Lots of places can install HIDs for you. You're usually looking at around the 150-200 mark for a decent set fully installed. Beware of eBay crap. Cheap price usually means cheap quality. I see a lot of cars on the road with one light burnt out most likely because they bought crap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briggs-e View Post
    They seem yellow ish to me mate, is it just a case of ordering different bulbs?
    Yeah you can simply & cheaply upgrade the bulbs or replace with a more expensive Hid kit.

    Forum member Joe recommends RING XENON ULTIMA 120% BRIGHTER HEADLIGHTS eBay - The UK's Online Marketplace
    or Xenon HID Headlight Upgrade Kits from HIDS 4U - H7, H4, H1 have a good reputation if you want to push the boat out.

    Legally you also need headlight washers to have Hids fitted but if they're set up correctly and fitted into projectors , as yours will be, then I can't see them failing the MOT?


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