Terrible headlights - recommendations for bulbs?

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    Hi all. I have a R320 which seems to have TERRIBLE headlights on it. I have tried two replacements (done by local MB specialist) so the standard MB options are not helping.I know the LED ones are frowned on now, MOT failure etc, but I don't much care about that so long as they are not unsafe for other road users, which I would check before using. Any ideas or recommendations for a decent pair of headlight bulbs please, LED or otherwise, but a lot brighter than the standard ones? (Its not the beam pattern either, they are just DULL as hell. Unsafe without main beam on country roads)
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    Lookup Osram Nightbreakers.
     
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    Wow, thanks both of you. I am looking at both, either of you have an idea which is brightest?! (I don't tend to believe the marketing fluff when I have real people to ask!)
    thanks again, much appreciated
     
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    Thanks. I assume these are not HIDs, just out of interest, do you have any experience of those and are they brighter?
     
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    If you don't have headlight wash and levelling, HID's are illegal. equally, if your headlights are made for filament bulbs, LED's are illegal and will give a bad beam pattern. I've found Nightbreaker Ultimates very good, and they seem to be lasting!
     
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    Thanks Chris
     
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    Do you have halogen or xenon ?
     
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    Sorry to say I honestly don't have a clue!
     
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    The D2S bulbs are Xenon HID bulbs for cars that had that option (different headlamps completely to halogen type)
     
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    Please identify , lol .
     
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    Not sure how to find out. Will do some googling. I have never changed bulbs on an R Class
     
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    If you can adjust the level of the lights you've halogens, if they self-level when you switch them on you'll have xenons.

    Our 163 ML has terrible lights, on dip they are dangerously bad on unlit roads! I tried all the bulbs you can think of, night breakers, Philips +1million but none made much difference. We put it down to a bad reflector design, the only upgrade that worked was a xenon/HID kit.
     
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    I have just had a look, it has an adjuster under the headlight switch. The attached pic is exactly what it looks like. I take it that means I have halogens? Not actually sure where that puts me, does it mean I have no choice but to try the aforementioned aftermarkets like Osrams etc?
     

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    Is that Nightbreaker Ultimate or "Unlimited"?
     
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    Non applicable , Ring Xenon 130 , spanks .
     
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    Sorry Gaz, are you saying go for the Ring 130s? Will they fit mine? IF so I will take that vote and grab a pair of dipped ones
     
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    Assuming they're H7 ?
     

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