im after some xenons/lookalikes for my mini one. i was told by my mini dealer that the cooper s xenons wouldnt fit! so therfore im on the lookout for some xenon bulbs or equivalent which look good? does anyone have these fitted or pictures of theirs??
It's all the circuitry behind the Xenons that makes them expensive. You can't just change the bulbs. Xenons are better than halogens, but they give a 'directed and defined' light beam that noticeably ends in front of you whereas halogens tend to fade out - not everybody likes them. I wouldn't attempt to retrofit as it's expensive.
rather than fitted a new set of headlights, why not fit a xenon kit?
i fitted a kit to my previous car (seat leon cupra) and it was fantastic. My mate owns the car now and when following him or he is following me, its like i dont even have my MINI's factory Xenons switched on! They are not blinding and it has passed 2 MOTs with them fitted.
If interested then let me know and i will dig out the link to the place i got them.
Can we try and keep the termonology correct, i assume you are talking about High intensity gas discharge (HID) lamps rather than xenon gas lamps as you can buy from halfords.
Philips Vision Plus are about the best non HID bulbs you can fit. They are abotu £10 per bulb.
You can retro fit HID kits they come with bulbs, ballasts and wiring, the ballasts are required to supply the 20,000v charge to fire the spark (kind of like an ignition coil) You can get these kits for about £150 these days.
Bare in mind that your headlight reflector will not be designed around these lamps and might not produce a perfect spread of light, but they do work well as i have used them on other cars.
I am surprised you cannot retro fit the mini cooper s lamps as the leveling and washer is built into the lamp, just plumb it into your washer bottle with a T piece.
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