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Old 05-02-2001, 04:25 AM
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I installed a set of xenon HID lights (philips) in my 1994 S500 coupe...and I am pleased with the results, but I'm noticing the difference between the optical setup between my car and my friend's 1999 CL500. I haven't seen his car in awhile but I do remember noticing that part of the light pattern is "cut" from halfway down the headlight assembly, meaning that when his lights are on, the top half of the headlight appears to be the light source while the bottom half remains darker. I noticed also that my HID's are icy blue when I first turn them on, but settle into a bright white with a hint of blue and a hint of yellow...I noticed that the yellow is reflecting off of the bottom half of the headlight assembly.

ANYWAY, is there 1) a way to simulate, or a part I can buy (perhaps a beam diffuser of some sort) to achieve the same look of the 99 car, short of buying updated assemblies and 2) this is a long shot, but I love the "projector" beam type assemblies used in the late model SL's with xenons, is there any way to do something like that in an S coupe?

I know these questions are kind of vague, but maybe someone out there has an idea...thanks
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Old 05-02-2001, 05:38 PM
Johnson Chan
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I got a question, what is the brand (hella or phillips) of the kit you bought and how smoothly did it go?

Also does it look good or does it look kind of like a fake xenon kit does? I have never seen aftermarket xenon kits in action before so I dont konw how authentic they look.

Reason I ask is because I thinking of installing them on my car.
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Old 05-03-2001, 12:57 AM
Jason M.
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You Might try for some euro lights. Im not sure what system of HID (Universal, or a bulb replacement style (h4,9004,etc))that you installed on your SL. Euro lights tend to have that sharp cut off that you describe. Euro light sockets also accept H4 style bulbs, so if your HID system will slip into that socket, you'll be in luck. Im not sure about the difuser though....


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