Originally Posted by mikealdren
Dreadful aren't they! I have also tried the bulb route, firstly with a UK (Ring?) bulb from my local factor and then with a Canadian bulb ordered via Ebay. The former were no better than standard, the latter had a much whiter light but didn't really make enough difference. I feel sure that adjusting the lights to shine higher would help, thet cast a reasonable light that has a very sharp cutoff which is too close to the car (in my opinion). My garage tells me that the adjustment is correct.
If it's a dealer telling you that -
Do the Xenon lights work better? Are they just brighter or do they also light up the road further ahead?
Has anyone tried any non-Alfa Xenon conversions, there are some on the market.
I used Halfords extra bright bulbs on my 155 - worked really well.
The full Xenon's on my 166 are sh!te until you add in full beams. The dealers don't even know how the self-levelling stuff works
, so forget ever being able to adjust them.
I would think that non-xenon's can be adjusted by hand, so you may end up with better results than xenon's anyway.
My belief is that the beams are directed downwards by about 3 degs more than other cars.
I always found in every other car I have driven, putting dipped beams on illuminates the back of the car in front (at 20 yards ish) from the bumper downwards.
The 166 with xenon's gives a brightly lit patch of approx 20 yds tarmac. Not ideal when using any of the 166's power & handling on Derbyshire's (mostly) unlit roads when there is oncoming traffic
Doesn't stop people flashing me as if I was driving on full beams. I think it shocks them when I put the full beam's on
The very first time I was overtaken by a 166 (when I had an explorer), I thought the car had a couple of small candles behind a lens rather than headlights. The sound of it going by convinced me that I needed one tho'