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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 07:00 PM
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What is the difference between Xenon lights phase 1 and phase 2?
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Phase 1 Xenons are only xenons on the low beam, Phase 2 is bixenons - One bulb, but both high and low beam !


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Phase 1 Xenons are only xenons on the low beam, Phase 2 is bixenons - One bulb, but both high and low beam !

This is NOT the case on the R50 / R53 / R52 models (pre R56)

On these, the phase one and two xenon lights are xenon on the low beam only. The main beam is a halogen bulb. The main difference (apart from the 2nd gen lamps being a bit brighter) was one of looks.

These pictures show the difference between the phase one lamps and the phase two ones.

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On the R56 you are correct, the Xenons are Bi-Xenon.

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What is the difference between Xenon lights phase 1 and phase 2?

Phase 2's are like gold dust and impossible to get hold of, phase 1's are also rare to find, but are from the earlier Mini's. Phase 2's are a little brighter, but not a huge amount. Phase 1's are still a massive improvement over halogens,
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Phase 2's are like gold dust and impossible to get hold of, phase 1's are also rare to find, but are from the earlier Mini's. Phase 2's are a little brighter, but not a huge amount. Phase 1's are still a massive improvement over halogens,

My Phase 1's are alot better than halogens

From what i have seen when i have been followed by people with phase 2's are that the phase 2's are alot brighter
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Can the early Xenon lights be directly swapped for the 2nd gen Xenon lights or do the fittings differ?
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Can the early Xenon lights be directly swapped for the 2nd gen Xenon lights or do the fittings differ?

It cost approx £600 for the retrofit kit from prefacelift to facelift xenons (R53). Plus fitting... that was enough to put me off......

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