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#1 GoldenLeaf

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:07 PM

Hey everyone! I am new to the forum so be kind.

I have just bought a 56 plate Focus LX 1.8 TDCI and would like to upgrade the side lights, dipped lights and full beam lights. Would it be possible to upgrade to xenon bulbs without needing to replace the whole headlights? I have searched around the net and not found any definate answers to my question. Not sure if you need to know if it's a mk2 or mk2.5, I am not 100% on what the differences are?

Any help would be much appreciated.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:19 PM

Proper xenon headlights require (last time I checked) projector lenses, headlight washer jets, and an auto levelling system.

All those parts don't come cheap, even the scrappies are well aware of the value they hold.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:29 PM

Proper xenon headlights require (last time I checked) projector lenses, headlight washer jets, and an auto levelling system.

All those parts don't come cheap, even the scrappies are well aware of the value they hold.


So what other options do I have to upgrade side lights, dipped lights and full beam lights, to something that gives the same look as xenons? (white/blueish colour).

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 09:56 PM

This has been a regularly discussed topic on the forums. Must be at least once a week.

To upgrade to xenon headlights you will need to source the following:

Focus st headlight units
Xenon bulbs
Ballast to power bulbs
Leveling module
Leveling sensors
Headlamp washers
Different shape washer bottle

And as yours is the LX, you will also need a different wiring loom

Then it will all need activating with elmconfig

From ford you will be looking at over a grand for all the parts

If you manage to source them all from breakers your looking at around 500quid but you will have great difficulty.


As a much cheaper option, look into xenon look bulbs. Your looking at things along the line of osram cool blue intense or philips for that clean white look.

Have a read here at a recent discussion on personal bulb preferences:
http://www.fordowner...l__+what +bulbs

Here's what my osrams look like:
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:04 PM

This has been a regularly discussed topic on the forums. Must be at least once a week.

To upgrade to xenon headlights you will need to source the following:

Focus st headlight units
Xenon bulbs
Ballast to power bulbs
Leveling module
Leveling sensors
Headlamp washers
Different shape washer bottle

And as yours is the LX, you will also need a different wiring loom

Then it will all need activating with elmconfig

From ford you will be looking at over a grand for all the parts

If you manage to source them all from breakers your looking at around 500quid but you will have great difficulty.


As a much cheaper option, look into xenon look bulbs. Your looking at things along the line of osram cool blue intense or philips for that clean white look.

Have a read here at a recent discussion on personal bulb preferences:
http://www.fordowner...l__+what +bulbs

Here's what my osrams look like:
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Ah ok I see. Well I have just spent a lot of money on this car already so I can't afford another grand or so... I will have a look at the osram cool blue intense, cos they seem to be quie popular. Do you know what type bulb will fit my focus?

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:24 PM

you have kind of answered your own question lol just change the bulbs.
easiest way is a trip to halfrauds and look for the bulbs that say bright white or xenon look... but dont pay for fitting charge as there are loads of pics on here that can help you...
with regards to your car id guess its a mk 2...the mk 2.5 is the facelift version, slightly different body and different lights... have you got the clear silver rear lights?

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:35 PM

you have kind of answered your own question lol just change the bulbs.
easiest way is a trip to halfrauds and look for the bulbs that say bright white or xenon look... but dont pay for fitting charge as there are loads of pics on here that can help you...
with regards to your car id guess its a mk 2...the mk 2.5 is the facelift version, slightly different body and different lights... have you got the clear silver rear lights?


No I don't think so, you can kind of see them from this photo:

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:41 PM

Your high beams are H1 and your dipped beams are H7. Your side lights are w5w 501 wedge bulbs.

Best place to get everything from would be ebay. Look here:

http://www.ebay.co.u... intense&_frs=1

http://www.ebay.co.u...tense&_osacat=0

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 10:49 PM

yea as i thought you have the mk2 mate

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:18 AM

If you want to see how bright the Osram bulbs are, this is my video showing side, dipped and high beams.



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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:19 AM

Your high beams are H1 and your dipped beams are H7. Your side lights are w5w 501 wedge bulbs.

Best place to get everything from would be ebay. Look here:

http://www.ebay.co.u... intense&_frs=1

http://www.ebay.co.u...tense&_osacat=0


Cool! Really appreciate the help

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:22 AM

yea as i thought you have the mk2 mate


Yeah, thanks.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:22 AM

If you want to see how bright the Osram bulbs are, this is my video showing side, dipped and high beams.

http://youtu.be/xYbTmKPpcvQ


Cool, thanks for the video.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:27 AM

Welcome anytime.
Changing bulbs on a MK2 can be a real faff as you have to remove the whole unit but it's easy when you know how.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:49 AM

I thought it was easy enough ;) no faff required

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