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HID Headlamp replacement legality in Europe

Just a warning to those thinking of replacing their OE headlamps with after market HID units (in my case on a MY 2000 SLK 2000). They are classed as illegal in Europe unless of a type tested and approved to meet European Standards and are marked as such.

Here's the killer - the car must also be fitted with both a headlamp cleaning system and have self levelling.

Relevant UK Government website is

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roadsafety/drs/hidheadlamps

I just failed my annual MOT test in Spain because of this although I got through last year.

So, advice is to store your old units so that they can be refitted to the car prior to test.

I would never, of course, recommend refitting the HID units after the test.
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Welcome from New Hampshire , thats too bad you failed I think the HID lights are great.
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Hi, welcome from NE England. There are quite a few posts on this already.

Personally, I think it's a great idea that finally someone is trying to do something about illegal, badly adjusted lights. I do a lot of night driving, and some lights that you come across are down right dangerous. Not that I'm saying your lights were badly adjusted or illegally bright






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