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HID Lighting for car

I was given a set of HID lights, ballasts etc and harness/relay for my mercedes e320. My question is for those who have put HID in their cars. The Harness goes to both lights, but only connects to 1 side of the oem harness in the car. Basically one side is now powering both HID bulbs and ballasts. This is a bit weird in my book. 1: is it strong enough to power both sides? 2: what happens to the other oem bulb connector? as the harness is now powering both. thanks for your thoughts.

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Re: HID Lighting for car

You are better off asking your question here:
http://www.mbworld.org/forums/e-class-w211-20/
I have a 2006 cdi in which I want to purchase HID's.

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Re: HID Lighting for car

Tried that a week ago, no response.

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Re: HID Lighting for car

Can't help you with your particular installation - but if you are installing into an older E class the optics and especially the lens will most likely scatter light all over the place and blind oncoming drivers. The main reason this happens is that the HID bulb's arc is usually much taller, so it changes the angle at which the light bounces off the reflector.

Sorry to rain on your parade but I've been there and done that. It will put out a hellatious amount of light, but it probably won't be focused properly.

I've done HID conversion on several cars and bikes. Sometimes they work, and sometimes it is a mess.... I take before and after pictures in the dark on my garage door. It's unbelievable sometimes how whacked the "footprint" is just by changing bulbs - and a lot of times you'll have less light focused where you need it.

Silver Star Ultras are a nice upgrade and no hassle - just plug and play.

I understand there is also a new plug and play $$$ HID with a self contained ballast...


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Re: HID Lighting for car

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Can't help you with your particular installation - but if you are installing into an older E class the optics and especially the lens will most likely scatter light all over the place and blind oncoming drivers. The main reason this happens is that the HID bulb's arc is usually much taller, so it changes the angle at which the light bounces off the reflector.
That is why I have been putting mine off. To do it right, you need to change the reflector lens for the HID.

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Re: HID Lighting for car

I bought the projector replacement lenses for it, so it should work according to those on the benz forums, as far as focus is concerned.

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