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Re: xenon lights for clio mk2 phase 1

Please bear in mind that HID bulbs retrofitted into standard reflectors are 100% illegal and will FAIL the MOT as well as being offensive and dangerous for oncoming drivers. Obviously, this doesn't apply to the xenon gas filled conventional bulbs which davesss mentioned, although these will have a far less dramatic effect on light output than genuine ballasted 35w HID bulbs.

If you do want to go the retrofit route, please fit complete, good quality (e.g. Hella made) projector units in the existing housings and make sure they're properly levelled. You'll probably pass the MOT with this set up so long as you do it tidily and shouldn't be a nuisance to other drivers, but bear in mind that this is still technically illegal as a) the headlights won't have been E-marked as a complete unit, b) you don't have headlight washers and c) you don't have auto headlight levelling, all of which are a legal requirement for HIDs in the UK.

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