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Old 12th September 2010, 10:17   #1
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Default Need Advice - Replacement for E220 W124 Headlight

Hi Team,

I am starting a new thread, as i was not able to find something similar to my requirement.

Need help, I am currently looking for support on getting better headlamps for a 1996 W124 (E220), the lights are fine, but just need a better lighting in the car, the goal is to improve the night time driving visibility.

Mods : Sorry if this is posted in the wrong segment,

Please advise.

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Provided your glass and reflector are in tip-top shape, change to a higher wattage bulb.

I don't think HID is effective in Non-Clear glass lamp. Say what gurus?
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+1 to Sir Alec. If you're running the reflectors & headlamp glass that came with the car, it's way too old. Replace & while at it, get yourself better bulbs.
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Replace with OE headlight assemblies. Not Chinese replicas.
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There seems to be no easy solution here. i have been trying to get steiger to upgrade my lights last two years since i started my weekly trip to pune. my returns have been invariably at night and at 130 to 140kmph, the w124 is way ahead of its lights (or beam, if you get what i am saying)

Steiger says its not easy to do. There are some electrical limitations prior to the reflector and light. getting new units might help a bit

What we have finally decided to do is get PIAA pencil beams and fit them extra. got the idea while looking for fogs for the Jeep. They should cost you 180usd on ebay plus shipping and customs. Will be still cheaper than getting OE replacement lights
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have you tried to clean the existing headlamps? they should be glass so brightening the glass and the metal reflector is a doable DIY. or if you feel like you want a trained person to do the disassembling and assembling its not a bad idea.
i faced a similar problem in my 124 and my problem was solved by cleaning the unit and upgrading the bulbs and adding an extra relay.
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Replace with OE headlight assemblies. Not Chinese replicas.
@ Nitrous We were thinking OE, but my fil feels he has always felt the need for better lighting in the car, it could very well be his age factor now.
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There seems to be no easy solution here. i have been trying to get steiger to upgrade my lights last two years since i started my weekly trip to pune. my returns have been invariably at night and at 130 to 140kmph, the w124 is way ahead of its lights (or beam, if you get what i am saying)

Steiger says its not easy to do. There are some electrical limitations prior to the reflector and light. getting new units might help a bit

What we have finally decided to do is get PIAA pencil beams and fit them extra. got the idea while looking for fogs for the Jeep. They should cost you 180usd on ebay plus shipping and customs. Will be still cheaper than getting OE replacement lights

@53 bhp - thanks for the advice.

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have you tried to clean the existing headlamps? they should be glass so brightening the glass and the metal reflector is a doable DIY. or if you feel like you want a trained person to do the disassembling and assembling its not a bad idea.
i faced a similar problem in my 124 and my problem was solved by cleaning the unit and upgrading the bulbs and adding an extra relay.
@msauf - Already tried, i guess its eithers the replacement (standard) or upgrade if possible .
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Provided your glass and reflector are in tip-top shape, change to a higher wattage bulb.

I don't think HID is effective in Non-Clear glass lamp. Say what gurus?
Thanks siralec, any advice on the brand recommended ?
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these would look cool.
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What we have finally decided to do is get PIAA pencil beams and fit them extra. got the idea while looking for fogs for the Jeep. They should cost you 180usd on ebay plus shipping and customs. Will be still cheaper than getting OE replacement lights
Dear 53BHP,

Can you share a picture of the same. How effective have these been?
Can you let me know a reliable place to get this done.

TIA
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Default Re: Need Advice - Replacement for E220 W124 Headlight

VikramVicky,

I have not yet installed these. Just involved in too many projects at the moment.

Here is the Piaa link though:

http://www.piaalights.com/details.ph...XTREME%20WHITE

Its around 150 to 200 dollars overseas

Go for the driving lights with the narrow beams

Best

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