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Bi-xenon headights

Stripey

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UK
I have the factory fitted bi-xenon headlights with my golf. Just wondering if anyone else has them & also gets flashed by loads of oncoming cars who clearly think i have full beam on when they are just on dipped?! They are pretty bright to be fair & do seem to shine quite high but was wondering if that was normal? As i understood it, 'proper' bi-xenon headlights are self levelling - which mine appear to be. Cheers :)
 

vwman

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Location
UK
Have you checked the travel mode setting via the infotainment system.
If that is on the wrong setting it will dazzle .
 

Stripey

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UK
Please could you explain what this is? I dont recall seeing an option in the menu, even under 'lights' that could alter the headlights.
 

vwman

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Location
UK
You can alter the Xenons from right hand drive to left hand drive or vice versa.
Go into the menu via the CAR button. (Page 110 /Page 31 of manual )
Worth checking in case its set on wrong side which will dazzle.

Otherwise need to get dealer to check it out for adjustment
 
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vwman

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Location
UK
Can you also change non-zenons to lhd?
No pretty sure with Halogen lights you would still have to use a masking stencil applied to the Lamp lens for this purpose.
The lens normally has a line marker for placement of the mask or they used to have.
 

paddypool

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Location
Ireland
I have the factory fitted bi-xenon headlights with my golf. Just wondering if anyone else has them & also gets flashed by loads of oncoming cars who clearly think i have full beam on when they are just on dipped?! They are pretty bright to be fair & do seem to shine quite high but was wondering if that was normal? As i understood it, 'proper' bi-xenon headlights are self levelling - which mine appear to be. Cheers :)

are these the auto dip lights you have?
I'm toying with the idea of getting Dynamic Light Assist...
>would you say the lighting from the bi-xenon lights are say 50% better than normal lights.?..
 

Stripey

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UK
I dont think they are auto dip.....i have to manually put them in & out of full beam, if thats what you mean.

And I'm not sure the issue is the lhd/rhd thing. It seems to me (coming from having only halogen lights on previous cars) that the horizontal upper line of the beam (on dipped) seems quite high. E.g. i can see that the light is shining into the rear view mirrors of cars in front. It is a very well defined 'line' of light with these headlights & it just seems to be rather high.

Think i'll take it to the dealer & ask.
 

Stripey

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Location
UK
Oh, and in terms of 'are they better'? Hell yeah! But maybe thats because they point up too much & light up loads of the road ahead!?
 

evilangelic

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Location
London, UK
I always got flashed driving 2010 Audi A4 with Xenons, the line was high the same way you describe on dipped, even adjusting the height to its lowest setting... The things are great but not when visibility is decreased by other road users trying to blind you in return :/
 

Stripey

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UK
BTW.....i checked the light setting & it was on 'l/h traffic' which is for driving on the left i.e in the UK - as opposed to it being l/h drive. So it appears to be set up correctly but just is shining too high.
 

Stripey

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UK
So I finally got round to taking the car in to the dealer today. Apparently the self levelling system wasnt working so they 'reset basic settings'. They say it should be fine now but said this should've been checked before it was delivered.
 

Hello_Mr_Mo

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Midlands, UK
So I finally got round to taking the car in to the dealer today. Apparently the self levelling system wasnt working so they 'reset basic settings'. They say it should be fine now but said this should've been checked before it was delivered.
Hey Stripey, let me know if it feels any better and if you still get blinded by other drivers. I upgraded to the Bi-Xenons and really looking forward to having them for the first time too. PS - is I easy to reset to the basic settings or can only the dealer do this? Might have to check with my dealer to see if the self levelling has been done when I hope to pick up within next couple of weeks.
 

Stripey

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UK
Will let you know if its any better in a few days when I'm out in the dark again. As far as I'm aware, tinkering with these lights can only be done by the dealer. :)
 

Hello_Mr_Mo

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Midlands, UK
Quick update.....problem solved. Beam is noticably lower & I wasnt flashed once tonight!
That's great news! Can't wait to pick mine up soon. One last question and please excuse me if I sound thick - with regards to the position of the bi-xenon lights on the front of the car, can you confirm they are based within the U shaped headlight? If this is the case, and the halogen DRLs are found in the nearest corners of the headlights closest to the badge of the car, where are the sidelights positioned?
 

vwman

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Location
UK
That's great news! Can't wait to pick mine up soon. One last question and please excuse me if I sound thick - with regards to the position of the bi-xenon lights on the front of the car, can you confirm they are based within the U shaped headlight? If this is the case, and the halogen DRLs are found in the nearest corners of the headlights closest to the badge of the car, where are the sidelights positioned?
The Bi-Xenon light is within the outer U-Shaped housing.
The halogen DRLs and sidelights are the same bulb using a twin filament and yes they or it is mounted in the U shaped housing closest to the badge.
 

Hello_Mr_Mo

Passed Driver's Ed
Location
Midlands, UK
The Bi-Xenon light is within the outer U-Shaped housing.
The halogen DRLs and sidelights are the same bulb using a twin filament and yes they or it is mounted in the U shaped housing closest to the badge.
Thanks for the info vwman. So does that mean that the Halogen DRL and the side lights are the same thing but the side lights will be brighter? It's the first time I will own DRLs so I'm not familiar with how they work, but i thought that DRLs are separate lights/bulbs to side lights? I guess I will find out when I pick it up.
 

Stripey

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Location
UK
I think if you look at the image in the banner at the top of this page, it looks somewhat like that, except without the U shaped DRL. (I've read elsewhere that the bi-xenons were supposed to have the U shaped DRL's but there's been a marketing/production mistake somewhere & that hasn't happened yet!). The smaller light (nearest the badge) is the DRL & as VWMAN states, uses a twin filament - 1 being bright for DRL & 1 not so bright for a side light. Unlike side lights on cars without DRL's, the side light is only on/noticable when the DRL's are off e.g. when the car is parked. :)
 
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