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Crack in halogen headlight. Perfect timing.

Ok so I have 2008 Slk55 with halogen lights. Lights are too dim for the rural areas. I can either upgrade to new factory xenon headlights and wire them or convert existing halogen lights with an hid kit. I need a new headlight housing either was but wasn’t sure which route to take. Def will stay away from the aftermarket headlight housing.

Give me some thoughts. I have always loved the brightness of good quality hids.
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Thanks. Good info on other threads.

I couldnt believe it came with halogen either. Is there an advantage of using the stock xenon housing vs halogen housing in regards to Hid install?
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Thanks. Good info on other threads.

I couldnt believe it came with halogen either. Is there an advantage of using the stock xenon housing vs halogen housing in regards to Hid install?
I agree we need your VIN to see what your car was built with headlight wise and then what would be needed to use original components to swith over. Thanks.
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I had an hid kit on my 2005 (which came from the factory with halogen; the kit was added by the PO, and re used the halogen projector). I removed the hid kit and restored the factory setup. Either way it was equally bad on low beams- anything over 55MPH and you're over driving them. I haven't had a chance to drive factory bi-xenons yet.
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Ok so I have 2008 Slk55 with halogen lights. Lights are too dim for the rural areas. I can either upgrade to new factory xenon headlights and wire them or convert existing halogen lights with an hid kit. I need a new headlight housing either was but wasn’t sure which route to take. Def will stay away from the aftermarket headlight housing.

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On my 55, the dipped beam is xenon and the main beam is H7 halogen - and I believe this is standard. When I first got the car, the dipped beam were superb, but driving on unlit country roads was scary, and it was almost impossible to illuminate road signs at a reasonable distance ahead.
Very simple fix - I swapped the standard 55w halogens for 100w halogens. The difference is incredible, and because it's the main beam which is used for the 'flash' function, it gets noticed day and night... The other advantage is that now, the colour of the dipped and main are almost identical. The only caveat, I wouldn't leave them on for extended use, due to the extra heat produced, but in six years of ownership I've experienced no problems at all.
Another former 171 owning member who lived near me was also dissatisfied with his main beams. He opted for 80w bulbs and was very happy with the improvement. Having said that, when we removed his original 55w items they were heavily charred inside - significantly worsening their performance.

My two 100w bulbs were < Ł5 on Fleabay - which included two free blue 5w side/parking bulbs. All four are still going strong after 6 years. And yes, the standard wiring can handle the extra wattage, but I reiterate, I don't use my main beams constantly for more than a minute or two at a time.
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Mine are very good, just make sure your shutters are working.
The Xenon are also your high beam with the Halogen as an extra plus Flash.

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My 2009 SLK 300 had a similar issue. The low beam halogen headlights were dim, and the plastic lens foggy, the result being very low light to drive at night. I replaced my headlights with Spyder Halo Projector Headlights w/LED + 55W Super HID Xenon Lights Kit Package, 4300K, Fusion HID. I ordered from xtralights.com for $635. Well worth it. Not too hard to install and I found videos online to walk me through it. A bit tricky to find a place for the ballast - I just ended up using double sided tape and sticking it to the bottom of the light. Driving at night now is pure joy.

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My 2009 SLK 300 had a similar issue. The low beam halogen headlights were dim, and the plastic lens foggy, the result being very low light to drive at night. I replaced my headlights with Spyder Halo Projector Headlights w/LED + 55W Super HID Xenon Lights Kit Package, 4300K, Fusion HID. I ordered from xtralights.com for $635. Well worth it. Not too hard to install and I found videos online to walk me through it. A bit tricky to find a place for the ballast - I just ended up using double sided tape and sticking it to the bottom of the light. Driving at night now is pure joy.

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A few years ago I ran some tests with my Spyders: halogen, HID, and LED. Turned of the high-power halogens (Sylvania Superstar Ultra, Philips +130) produced the most useable light where needed. LEDs were almost as good but did not want to rely on the little fans in the base.

Also found that 10 year old HIDs were not as bright as 55w replacements.

Just my experience with wide American roads.


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