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Old 03-22-2000, 02:41 AM
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I just replaced my fog lamps in my '84 500sel. This was the first time I replaced them since I bought the car. They were blown because when I first got the car the voltage regulator was overcharging the system and fried these. The ones that were in there were 12V 55W. When I went to get some new ones the guy at the import auto parts store tried to sell me some 12V 95W lamp replacements at $11.95 each. I told him I wanted to stay with what was in there already. He went in the back and came out with the 55watt replacements that I wanted. They were only $5.00 each. He said that alot of people upgrade to the higher wattage bulbs so that their fogs are brighter. I was wondering if the higher wattage bulbs are ok to use in my Euro 500. I thought I read somewhere that someone said that using the wrong bulbs could cause the contacts to melt or something bad like that. Are they ok to use in my Euro 500SEL?

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Old 03-22-2000, 11:32 AM
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Thanks, TxBill. My headlights are US. I just replaced them with the ones that were in there. I assume they are the ones that should be in there (due to my lack of effort, I haven't checked the specs on my w126 CD). I know they aren't the original ones cuz my mechanic had replaced them and due to them getting fried right away, he was able to ascertain that the voltage regulator was overcharging the system and consequently burning out bulbs quickly.

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Frank

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