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RE: XENON, K&N, and shocks

The original xenon headlights used on high-end Audis, BMWs and MBs
operate on different principle than ordinary bulbs. There's a high
voltage generator that creates a discharge in the neutral gas (in this
case xenon, as the name implies). This is why they are something called
HID (High Intensity Discharge) lights. They are very expensive, I think
PIAA offers HID driving lights for well over $1000. The bulbs you are
speaking about are simply made to just look like the HID lamps (I think
it's a matter of coating)

Aleksander Mierzwa
Warsaw, Poland
87 Audi 5000CS turbo (mine)
88 Renault Medallion wagon (mom's)
91 mountain bike (just in case both cars broke at the same time :-)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Ckpcnp [SMTP:Ckpcnp@aol.com]
> Sent:	Tuesday, March 17, 1998 7:41 AM
> To:	quattro@coimbra.ans.net
> Subject:	XENON, K&N, and shocks
> Blaufergnugen offer's Xenon high candlepower bulbs.
> I know that new European cars offer High intensity Xenon headlighting
> systems.
> Are these similar?  Do these light up purpilish-white?  
> Thanks,
> Craig K. Porter
> 2 86 4kcsqs