w211 headlight confusion what type do i have

w211 headlight confusion what type do i have

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hi i recently bought a 2007 w211 and have not been impressed with the low beam head lights so i thought i would upgrade the bulbs to slightly brighter ones, having looked on you tube to see how to change the bulbs all the videos that i experienced showed a plastic cover on the back of the head lamp which you turn to remove and a bulb holder which you also turn to remove but when i looked at my car there is a thin rubber cover which just pulls off and the bulb is held in place by a hindged wire clip. the bulbs fitted are h7 type but altho they can be fitted they don’t seem to locate positively in the way i would expect, also on the front cross member next to each light there is a sticker that says 25000 volts with a pictogram of a dipped headlight. as my lights do not look like the ones i have seen i am wondering if my car has xenon headlights but has been incorrectly fitted with h7 bulbs, any body have any ideas

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i doubt it’s been wrongly fitted with h7 after a warning for that voltage is displayed . i would take it as xenon headlights , i very much doubt an h7 build would work/fit .

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h7 bulbs would blow instantly if they were even able to be connected to the harness of an hid car.

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ok i have looked at my data card thank you amgreed thats a really useful link and it says that i should have the 618 option, i have looked at pictures of the xenon bulbs and the connectors that go on them and they are nothing like the the ones on my car which are defiantly h7 i am starting to wonder if there has been some previous bodging and someone has removed the xenon system and converted it back to halogens possibly using aftermarket replacement head lights which might explain why the backs of my lights look different to the other ones i have seen. thank you for your reply xtractorfan i will have another look at the way the bulbs are fitted mine currently have the tabs pointing up because that was the way the old bulbs that came out were fitted. the new bulbs do produce a brighter light but the beam pattern is useless, its almost impossible to see the back of the lights and difficult to feel for the location of the bulb so i will try getting a mirror in there and have a better look, i will also look for part numbers on the lights to see if they are genuine mb. has anyone had experience with non original replacement lights as i am starting to wonder if they should have a different type of bulb altogether

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poke your phone down the gap and take a picture. easiest way to see what’ going on.

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hi i recently bought a 2007 w211 and have not been impressed with the low beam head lights so i thought i would upgrade the bulbs to slightly brighter ones, having looked on you tube to see how to change the bulbs all the videos that i saw showed a plastic cover on the back of the head lamp which you turn to remove and a bulb holder which you also turn to remove but when i looked at my car there is a thin rubber cover which just pulls off and the bulb is held in place by a hindged wire clip. the bulbs fitted are h7 type but altho they can be fitted they don’t seem to locate positively in the way i would expect, also on the front cross member next to each light there is a sticker that says 25000 volts with a pictogram of a dipped headlight. as my lights do not look like the ones i have seen i am wondering if my car has xenon headlights but has been incorrectly fitted with h7 bulbs, any body have any ideas

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my fathers 2006 w211 has projector lights – it also has headlamp washers, so from the outside it looks like it has xenons. but turn them on and you find they are super dim, yellow glow worms putting out much less than 1 lumen each – swapped for night breaker plus and its transformed to about 1.1 lumen each and you still can’t see anything.

http://bestheadlightbulbs.com/projector-vs-reflector-headlights-which-is-best/

as projector lenses should give a better spread and dazzle less, get a set of these in there…. 4000 lumen each bulb… surprisingly aren’t like the hoddies use. on a focus, with stock h7 headlamps set correctly they don’t dazzle and no one complains – but you can actually see something outside at night

in reality, with these fitted its a lot less dazzling than stock merc or bmw led headlights they have these days

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/nighteye-8000lm-h7-led-headlight-kit-light-bulbs-error-free-with-canbus-set/+61404532026?_trkparms=ao=1&asc=+61404532026&meid=3e35ab3af5d5492383f767e71f4b9811&pid=100705&rk=1&rkt=1&&_trksid=p2045573.c100705.m4780

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i have had a look at the lights again and they are defiantly aftermarket by sonar and are projector type and marked as h7 but on close inspection of the area where the bulb sits there are 3 raised lugs where i would expect to see 3 depressions to take the 3 bumps on the bulb, looking at the h7 bulbs it would not seem to make much difference which position they are installed in so i have turned them slightly so i am not trying to fit them bump to bump and i will try and get to my local mot centre and ask them to check the adjustment as it might be that they are just not set right. its a bit odd that the low beam is so bad as the high beam is great even with bog standard h7 bulbs. thank you botus for the link to the nighteye led’s the problem with your dads car sound just like the problem with mine so that may be the way for me to go, since having the led’s fitted has he had an mot and did the lights pass ok

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glad to hear you have resolved what type of lights you have fitted. strange someone would remove the superior performing xenons for halogens but who knows why.

have you got a local motor factors that can spare the time to go through their stock of bulbs to find one that will fit the raised lugs you have on the inside of your bulb holders?

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and as you know those are illegal.

yes – but one can see where the road is and not crash into people…

for 44 quid they do a set with 40w led with 6000 lumen each ! – i can imagine this might dazzle others a little bit. they’d be as bad as most original equipment led lighting systems. i’m not sure how car manufacturers pass any legitimate approval testing with the stuff they fit these days.

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yes – but one can see where the road is and not crash into people…

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for 44 quid they do a set with 40w led with 6000 lumen each ! – i can imagine this might dazzle others a little bit. they’d be as bad as most original equipment led lighting systems. i’m not sure how car manufacturers pass any legitimate approval testing with the stuff they fit these days.

if you can’t see with the lights fitted or legal upgrades drive slower.

the fitting of illegal high powered lighting systems on the basis of “at least i can see where i’m going” shows a huge disregard for other road users (at best).

there are almost always legal ways to improve lights.

in the ops case the best way is to refit the original hid lights.

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if you can’t see with the lights fitted or legal upgrades drive slower.

the fitting of illegal high powered lighting systems on the basis of “at least i can see where i’m going” shows a huge disregard for other road users (at best).

there are almost always legal ways to improve lights.

in the ops case the best way is to refit the original hid lights.

i know you like to let us know this, you miss the point. the current stuff fitted on many new cars is much much more dazzling.

merc in particular are f word dangerous when you or they are turning right against you.

as for driving slower the old school merc lights aren’t fit for going along at 2.5mph with a guy in front waving a red flag

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i know you like to let us know this, you miss the point. the current stuff fitted on many new cars is much much more dazzling.

merc in particular are f word dangerous when you or they are turning right against you.

as for driving slower the old school merc lights aren’t fit for going along at 2.5mph with a guy in front waving a red flag

you forget i have older style mercs (and they’re fitted with halogen lights) …

irrespective your personal views aftermarket leds or hids are illegal. rightly or wrongly that is the law as it stands and we should try to abide by it and do things properly without encouraging people to break the law.

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