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There are companies offering genuine HID upgrades, but I don't think they can by legally and safely fitted to UK cars.

Fitting washer jets is only part of the equation. The car must also have self-levelling headlights (that's why you'll never find the 0-1-2-3 headlight level dial on cars with true Xenon HID lights.)

If the bulbs were a straight swap, then you've bought 'fake' Xenons. These get away with calling themselves Xenons because they use Xenon as the inert gas for the bulb, but still run a conventional filliament. Proper HID lamps will have come with an external starter ballast and voltage conversion unit.

The problem with HID lamps is that they output about three times as much visible light as a normal halogen. If the alignment is not correct, then they're much more likely to dazzle other road users.

Edit: Just re-read and checked the photos - those are genuine Laguna Xenon HID lights alright. Did they appear to self-level or do they need an external sensor? You can usually tell by carefully driving behind another car at night - if you accelerate sharply, you'll see the light beam dip up as the tail of the car drops, and then correct a split second later while you're still accelerating. The reverse will happen as you brake.
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