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Re: Changing Laguna mk2 headlamp assembly

New Jan 2012 MOT regulations. >


Products on the lens or light source that obviously reduce the light's intensity or change its colour will become a reason for failure – applies to front/rear position lamps, registration plate lamps, stop lamps, rear fog and direction indicators. Headlight requirements are updated to take account of the particular characteristics of High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps.
HID headlights can cause dazzle if they are dirty or aimed too high, so they are generally (if light output exceeds 2000 lumens) fitted in conjunction with headlamp cleaning and levelling systems. Where HID or LED dipped beam headlamps are fitted the tester will switch on the headlamps and check the operation of any headlamp levelling and cleaning devices fitted.
The car will fail if a headlamp levelling or cleaning device is inoperative or otherwise obviously defective.
If a headlamp bulb is not seated correctly the resulting beam pattern will be indistinct and this will result in a test fail.

Example: Many aircooled VW owners have retro-fitted HID lamps to their vehicles, in particular ‘German Look’ 1303’s or similar. These are the lights you see on oncoming vehicles which are really bright with a blue tint. If you have these lights fitted, they must now be fitted in conjunction with a self levelling device and also a lamp cleaning device. If you do not have self levelling or a cleaning device fitted to the lamp then your vehicle will fail. If you don’t have self levelling lights then you’d be better off fitting halogen bulbs for the MOT.
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