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Old Dec 31st, 2013, 08:12 AM
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blinded by mercedes-benz

am I the only one but have any fellow Mini drivers been blinded by the merc lights , any idea how they are so blinding ?
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Old Dec 31st, 2013, 10:50 AM
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the only time I have problems is when its a car with clearly aftermarket HIDs fitted. You can usually tell as it's a cheap/old car with bright white headlamps and no visible washers. I've not had problems with any particular make, although the larger 4x4s tend to be high enough to dazzle slightly through the rear window. I also tend to find that as I get older (only 35!) I have more trouble with night driving because of dazzle.
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Old Dec 31st, 2013, 11:30 AM
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My other half has a Mercedes and that has spotlights set into sort of the radiator grille area, they seem quite bright (but then a candle would be bright compared to standard MINI lights) and I'm damned if I know how to turn them off, it might be these that are blinding you.
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I have a MB C Class as well as my MINI JCW's. I've just uprated the bulbs of the Merc (it doesn't have Xenon lights) to the Ring 'Night Breaker' type halogens and also fitted these to my MINI (main beams) as well.

I don't think Merc's lights are any worse than anyone elses in fact many owners uprate the bulbs because the standard lights are generally regarded as poor.

One thing I do notice is that many people who have 'adjustable' level headlights have them set on the wrong position especially when they are carrying a full complement of passengers, so the lights tend to be pointing upwards (and therefore dazzling) rather than being set to point downwards to compensate for the extra rear weight.

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Old Dec 31st, 2013, 05:27 PM
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My other half has a Mercedes and that has spotlights set into sort of the radiator grille area, they seem quite bright (but then a candle would be bright compared to standard MINI lights) and I'm damned if I know how to turn them off, it might be these that are blinding you.

its not often I take much notice which cars a giving out or have their lights set at a "blinding" level , but last night two out of three cars were mercs saloons , the third was a bmw x5 , I understand with a x5 the extra height but merc saloons are not as tall as them . rant over , cheers for any replies happy new year to all o here .
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The MINI lights can be blinding too
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The MINI lights can be blinding too

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I've only ever had the impression my Mini Xenons are dazzling other drivers (yes, on dipped beam!) and seem to get flashed fairly often too which kinda backs up my feelings. I also drive a 2005 Merc SLK and the Xenons on there are noticeably better and I've never been flashed or felt they were high when following cars. Despite the age of the Merc the lights are streets ahead of those on my Mini. Felt exactly the same about my 2009 Dooper with Xenons too.
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Just out of interest, how old are all of us that are experiencing issues with xenons dazzeling us? I've definatly had more of an issue in the last few years
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Just out of interest, how old are all of us that are experiencing issues with xenons dazzeling us? I've definatly had more of an issue in the last few years

45 for me in age .
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Just out of interest, how old are all of us that are experiencing issues with xenons dazzeling us? I've definatly had more of an issue in the last few years

I'm 49 going on 25. I have had my eyes lasered but I can't say I have an issue with being dazzled.
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Oldest so far! - not really getting dazzled, only by muppets that have badly replaced bulbs and they're not sitting correctly in the housing. Don't get me started about the other idiots that think it's OK to drive on 1 headlight.
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Old Jan 9th, 2014, 08:25 PM
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Oldest so far! - not really getting dazzled, only by muppets that have badly replaced bulbs and they're not sitting correctly in the housing. Don't get me started about the other idiots that think it's OK to drive on 1 headlight.

I may have over done it a bit by saying "blinded" but it just looks like the mercs giving off a tad bit to much light compared to most other headlights , sometimes as much as full beam compared to other standard lights .
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I'm 49 going on 25. I have had my eyes lasered but I can't say I have an issue with being dazzled.

If you had the extra lens smoothing work done then its designed to reduce dazzle. My brother had it done and said it's an amazing difference.
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