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Old 08-14-1999, 10:28 AM
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Does anyone have any experience with the Solaris Xenon filled 9004 bulbs? If so, are they worth the $70 (as opposed to a gajillion bucks for replacing everything) or a waste of money? Can the relays and wiring harnesses on a 190 handle 100W/55W units vs the stock 65W/45W, or is this a big no no?

I'd like to try to improve the low beam lighting on my car as the Bosch reflectors/lens units seem quite "spotty" and don't distribute the light very evenly. I know the bulbs won't necessarily help this, but more/better(?) light might help some. Are there other reflector/lens units that have better spread characteristics on low beam? High beam doesn't seem so bad.

Thanks for any info.

89 190E 2.6 Auto, 48k mi

Old 08-14-1999, 01:50 PM
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I'd be dubious, although I've never heard of this bulb, it is, after all, just a light bulb. Even in this wattage you shouldn't pay much over $10-20 or so. You still have the stock reflector with its poor lighting pattern.

Also, the stock wiring may not be up to a 100W load. You'd have to add relays, heavier wiring, etc. or risk melting the factory wiring. Remember, 100W at 12V is over an 8 amp load (each).

There's a good site that I found; they recommend E-code reflectors (Cibie). For not much more than this $70 light bulb, you can get an improved reflector, and use the stock $6 H4 bulbs.

I had Cibie's in my 108 280SE and was very pleased. They're not exactly legal in all states, but this site discusses this issue also. As I recall, the inspection station in Penna. said "oh, you have those type headlamps" and skipped testing their alignment and still passed it for state inspection

Hope this helps...

Robert W. Roe
1984 300SD 165K miles

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Old 08-14-1999, 09:53 PM
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Thanks for the tip. I used to have Cibie's in my 2002 and loved them. I'll check out the site.

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