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I've probably missed somthing but why don't you simply fit adhesive adapters to your UK headlights? Cost less than a tenner (incl. GB sticker) & little effort.

I got a set from Halfords (for my Espace) before going to France, you simply stick on the headlamp lens. They are claimed to be prismatic, i.e. flip the beam to the right rather than blank out unwanted light. The claim was that it was necessary to deflect rather than blank the light for thermal reasons.

I don't see why you shouldn't be able to put your HID bulbs into LHD HID light sets but I suspect this might be much more expensive. If you're thinking of using LHD non-HID units I think you'll find the bulb mounts will be incorrect. I suspect HID conversion kits come with adapers for the old bulb mounts. Not having taken an HID lamp out of a genuine HID bulb assembly I don't know what the HID mounts are like. I've only seen the H1 mount (I think it was) adapted HID assembly.


ps my 13yr old Calibra had a switch behind the lamp unit to switch between UK & Continental driving. Shame Renault couldn't develop something similar.
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Today I fitted new headlamp washers and (hopefully) repaired my faulty right xenon headlight.

One of the washers was staying up after spraying the headlight, no amount of silicone grease or wd40 would cure this. They are now working perfectly after fitting a new Renault kit.

My right Xenon headlamp would stop working after driving in very heavy rain but after a couple of dry days would work normally, this went on for quite awhile. After reading one of the above posts I decided to waterproof it using the method Franze recommended in one of the posts above, sealing the ballast with silicone sealant. It is working now so I will just have to wait and see if it works next time we get heavy rain. (have a look at Franze's post)

I cannot understand why the water did not ruin the ballast or cause a short.

In the photo the headlamp has been removed and is upside down with the ballast removed from under the headlamp. You can see two tidemarks where, when it is on the car the right way up the water level was sitting it must have found it's way into the ballast through the seam and stopping the Xenon igniting then after awhile dried out and worked ok.

Following the instructions that Franze has posted made it quite easy to remove and re-fit the bumper to get access to the ballast and H/L washers.

I did not receive any 30,000 volt shocks! just double check the headlights are not switched on when doing this.
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Fixed my right hand xenon today, front bumper removal is pretty straight forward; just need to give it a good firm tug.

Funny how things look different with two working lights!
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Ref Dodgy Bulb (Xenon)

Help please.

I have what seems like an obvious bulb fault, but it doesnt seem too obvious (or maybe it does!)

Pass side bulb ignites and goes out after a while, changed bulbs side to side and bulb does the same on drivers side,BUT it will light as it does on both sides and if car is stood light stays lit forever. The question I pose before I fork out money and my kids go without Turkey on the 25th is,can the bulb have a poor connection that makes it go out while driving, and would the bulb be any cheaper to buy from Renault in France as my Old dear is coming over from there in a few weeks?

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i had that problem and it was indeed a defective bulb not sure about if it will be cheaper from france try here HIDS4U Ltd, Leeds, UK for all HID and Xenon lighting kits and conversions ian is much cheaper i have used him before and he is great to deal with


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