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Are there any MOT inspectors on here???

Discussion in 'General car Chat' started by hough, 1 May 2019.

  1. hough

    hough Road Burner

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    Hey im after some help on headlight rules in the uk
     
  2. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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  3. hough

    hough Road Burner

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    VW T5 swb 2.5tdi
    Im trying to find out if i can modify my headlights but cant seem to find my answer anywhere

    My car has twin reflector headlights obviously 1 reflector is low beam and the other is high beam

    What im trying to find out is can i convert both reflectors to hi and low beam
     
  4. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    The critical thing is the beam pattern and wattage of the bulbs. Colour of bulb is also taken into account.

    You can fit any BS/CE approved headlamp units to any car. If going to a different bulb type, particularly HID then you also need washer jets and auto levelling and as long as the beam pattern is ok then you'll be fine.

    So as long as the light pattern conforms to the MOT testers guidelines you should be ok.

    NB fitting LED bulbs from conventional filament bulbs in standard light housings can alter the light output pattern and will need adjustment.

    Have a chat with your local MOT tester as much is up to their interpretation of the law and guidelines.

    IIRC the high beam reflector will not provide the correct low beam pattern, this is why they are fitted to different reflectors. It's not just about the wattage in the bulb but the way the light spills out onto the road.

    Changing the reflector as well as the bulb is the only way to go if you want to stay legal.

    I'm sure someone does a decent T5 headlight conversion kit that would be suitable, and they will have sorted out all the issues with the beam pattern.
     
  5. Lunchmoney

    Lunchmoney The Torque Meister

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    Honestly, the best thing is this
    Head lights are too important to mess up.
     
  6. hough

    hough Road Burner

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    VW T5 swb 2.5tdi
    I'm hoping to make my headlights better and have them aimed properly

    Plus it would be great to do something a little different
     
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