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v b headlights
Frank J. Bauer (818)295-4108
dassault systemes of America email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: v b headlights
>I was coming back from work late Friday evening when I saw a pair of
>extremely bright headlights (but not blinding, though), that stood out
>in the oncoming train of headlights. They were nothing like I've seen
>before. Unlike good high power Halogens, which are absolutely white
>(like mine euro- H4s) those were at least two times brighter and had a
>very distinct bluish hue to them. The car that wore them was a brand
>sparkling new 500sel.
>What was that? Some kind of an exotic gas discharge lamp (perhaps Xe,
>Ra, Cr or Hg vapour filled)?
then tom sez:
>Yep, Xenon for sure. BMW, Mercedes and Audi all use them here. Slightly
>irritating for other road users, but *very* good for visibility.
>Available as standard on the S6 and A8/S8, optional on the A6.
>Mercedes pioneered them in the new E-class with the quar round lights. Also
>pioneered plastic headlight lenses in that car BTW.
if you look at the road in front of a xenon-equipped car, you will see WHITE.
(i know if you look at the light source it looks blueish)
the road in front of a halogen will look positively yellow in comparison.
btw i think the mid 80's pontiac 6000STE had plastic headlight lenses.
maybe other GM's of that vintage also used them?