Poor Headlights

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Re: Poor Headlights

Post by damas7 » Fri May 17, 2019 8:00 am

I will take a photo of my Astra K headlights with xenon to show that it is a little better (20-25%) more light than halogen.

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Re: Poor Headlights

Post by pepe » Fri May 17, 2019 8:32 am

Even without your comparison picture I do beleive that your xenons are/appear more bright then halogen.
More interesting would be to measure the lumens of the halogen, the corsa e xenon and the astra retrofit xenon/led.
Bear in mind the human eye does not see brightness in a linear way. For example a 4000lm Xenon does not appear twice as bright as 2000lm.
The difference in colour does have a major effect though, 1000lm of white light does look a lot brighter than 1000lm of yellow light.

Now back to your point. The ECE R48 law dictates that xenons with max 2000 lumens do not need auto leveling and washers.
The corsa E has factory fitted the 25w D5S (NOT the D1S as you mention) hence they do not have washers/levelling.
When it comes to the Astra K, the e-marking on the housing is the issue not the headlight washers. An e-marked halogen light unit must have e-marked halogen bulbs. You cannot e-mark an HiD replacement with a halogen style base (H1,H3,H4,H7 etc) as the regulations for passing the certification for e-marking define the location of the filament and neither HiD replacements nor LEDs have filaments.

However, some countries do approve aftermarket xenon, other countries dont. Apparently Portugal is less strict, the UK, Denmark and other countries are more strict.

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Re: Poor Headlights

Post by astraowner » Fri May 17, 2019 3:16 pm

Callum15920 wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 8:07 pm
Unfortunately not 🤔 it's just a standard halogen bulb
Are we talking about the ST or the non ST or both ?

I saw another thread on here where there were 2 number plate lights, that were obviously ordinary bulbs, but on my ST, there is only one lamp that looks like a LED.

It's raining right now here, otherwise i would just pop out and take it out to check :)
2016 Astra K 110HP, Opel Eye camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control and heated front seats, sight and light pack.

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Re: Poor Headlights

Post by damas7 » Fri May 17, 2019 7:59 pm

I really do give a shit to the light collors.
My goal is to see better in raining nights were I near pass over a boy, after that I told my self to get better light.
I repeat if Astra K use open retrofit headlights I suppose Philips White Vision would be enough to drive in raining nights.
But projector headlights take down the power of halogen bulbs.
In Portuguese MOT people with this kind of headlights with halogen problems are complaining about the poor light and they have reason, to their security and mine.
I repeat My Opel Astra K with xenon H7C 35W 6000K has far less glare and output than the new Mercedes, Mini or some BMW and we should be worried about this cars, they are really dangerous for all the others drivers.

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