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The bulb type is D2R as you correctly stated.
The factory fit bulbs are 4300K which give a clean white light and puts the most light onto the road apparently. Unless you are buying a pair I would get one of those. Also get a philips made one if you can as then they will be the same and guarrenteed to give out the same amount of light.
The 6000k bulbs give a slight blue tint to the bulb, which makes for the executive Merc / BMW look. 8000K will be very blue and is more for show cars I think.
I replaced the bulbs in my car early this year and got the 6000K bulbs from HIDS4U.co.uk. Great bulbs at a great price (£70 for the pair). The price of £80 that you were quoted from a dealer is cheap, I was quoted £125 for one bulb.
Hope this helps.
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Last edited by dave_mezza2006; 18th July 2008 at 08:12 AM.