Been thinking about changing my lights for some time and been following this thread with interest.
But during a search of the Web to gain further information on this subject, I came across a missive from the Department of Transport relating to the fitting of aftermarket HID bulbs/kits.
The following is a summary at the end of the document:
"Therefore a HID headlamp unit sold in the aftermarket should:
1. be type approved to ECE Regulation 98 as a component;
2. when fitted to the vehicle should enable ECE Regulation 48 to be complied with (although no government
inspection will take place); and
3. comply with RVLR as far as "use" is concerned.
In practice this means:
1. The headlamp unit (outer lens, reflector, bulb) shall be type approved to ECE 98 and be "e-marked" to demonstrate this. That can only be done by the headlamp supplier - Hella, Valeo etc. - who must test the
headlamp in an independent laboratory.
2. Once fitted to the vehicle it must have headlamp cleaning and self-levelling (which can be for the headlamp or can be in the vehicle suspension - some expensive estate cars have "self-levelling suspension" and that is adequate). Also the dipped beam must stay on with the main beam.
3. The headlamp must be maintained in good working order, kept clean, and aligned/adjusted correctly in the same way as any other headlamp.
Under the Road Traffic Act 1988 it is an offence to supply, fit or use vehicle parts which are not legal.
In summary: it is not permitted to convert an existing halogen headlamp unit for use with HID bulbs. The entire headlamp unit must be replaced with one designed and approved for use with HID bulbs and it must be installed in accordance with the rules stated above."
Anyone come across this before? I have only seen kits or bulbs for sale, never approved complete headlight units. Are the ' standard' 159 headlight units approved for use with HID bulbs? Theoretically a vehicle fitted only with a kit could fail its MOT as not having legal CE approved parts.
Or am I just being too paranoid about this and making a mountain of a little bump in the ground?