[Vwdiesel] SilverStar headlights
r.c.brown at ieee.org
Mon Dec 18 20:34:12 EST 2006
> I did some searching but still not understanding the E-codes. I saw a site
> that switch out some on a C5 Vette and on a Grand Cherokee. I did the Ebay
> for them on Jetta scheinwerfer but no luck.
E-code lights are basically built to the European version of DOT's specifications. While the light
pattern is supposed to be better than the DOT pattern, you may want to note that they may not
meet the DOT specifications and most notably lack the DOT alignment bumps on the face of the lamp.
So if you live in an area that does vehicle safety inspections or get pulled over for a light
violation, you may have trouble with e-code lights. I once ran some and had a burned out light
that earned me a fixit ticket. However, in Calif. you can't just fix it and have a local police
officer sign it off, must go to an official headlight inspection station for them to OK it. Since
it was a non-DOT lamp, I had to eat the cost of the fixit ticket.
I found that a decent set of DOT H4s or 6054 sealed beams does a really decent lighting job with
full voltage to the headlights. Use 20+ year old factory wiring and you may be lucky to see 10
volts at the back of the headlights, but put new wires w/ relays (factory wiring has no relays on
the A1s for sure) and you can easily double the light output:
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