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Old 08-24-2002, 09:55 PM
cossie
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what bulbs do I use for W201 euros?

I just got a set of DEPO euros for my 190E. I believe they need H4/H3/H5 bulbs. But I want to know what are the choice of bulbs I can use as far as brand and wattage are concerned. What bulbs do you guys recommend? I think I will also need "caps" to support the euro bulbs. Does the parts shop carry them? And what are they? The salesman said I will need them. Also, is there a link for installing euros on a W201? I heard some people say it's an easy task and usually takes a few minutes (10 minutes). I've heard others say that it takes a bit of time to install the euros, but nonetheless an easy job once you know what you need to do. I don't want to pay a shop to install them when it's an easy job. And besides, I like the satisfaction of doing something on my own. Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2002, 03:03 AM
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Cossie:

Good choice on going with Euro headlights. They'll really change the look of your front end (did you also get the clear corners?). Not sure what is meant by "caps". The bulbs you'll need are H3's for the fog/driving light section (stocks are 55W; I installed 100W), and H4's for the main high/low beams (stocks are 60/55W; I installed 100/80W). Installation is a fairly "simple" task, tho' I think 10-minutes is a bit understated (I spent that much time just opening the boxes and admiring the lights ) . I would plan a couple hours -- if you're like me, I like to tinker and check/clean/"contemplate" things as I go (it's part of the fun/education). Make sure you were furnished with the connector adapters -- I believe US (4-contact) to Euro (6-contact). The other thing I suggest is getting a "headlight mounting kit" (x2), which consists of top and bottom fasteners. The bottom fastener is a long screw fastening into a square plastic "wedge nut" (a tapered receptacle which fits into a square cutout; when the screw is engaged it spreads/wedges the receptacle tight). As you can imagine, the originals can get brittle and break -- mine did and the install had to wait a couple days 'til I got the parts. Existing top fasteners should be fine, but they come as part of the kit. Anyways, www.************************ has the kits (P/N 82-139 @ $4.73 per kit).

Good Luck!

Brian16V
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Old 08-25-2002, 12:24 PM
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Another question! What are those things that are in the center of the fog and main headlight reflectors? They are situated right in front of the bulbs. Wouldn't they block the light? Anyone know what I'm talking about? Silly question, but I need some logical explanation as to what they are and their function.

Brian, do you mean 6 contacts for the euros? Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2002, 01:03 PM
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The parts you see inside the lense is a bulb glove. They are designed to keep your lights from blinding oncoming drivers. They have no effect on your visibility as they are designed to use the reflective backing of the housing to shine light through the lense.
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