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#16 Its a mini thing

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 01:33 PM

yeh, and that

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 10:29 PM

As this forum has been so much help to me I figured I should give a little back on this thread. In regards to the “E” marking on components. The “E” mark it self does not tell you anything more than it has undergone a United Nations Economic Commission For Europe approval system. The more important information is the actual code that will also be stamped on the item.

For example if we take a headlight from a mini that takes a normal tungsten filament bulb and is assuming its a ECE approved and not BS approved unit will be marked with a “CR” The “C” refers to low beam approved and “R” to high beam.

If on the other hand you look at one of the modern headlights designed for halogen bulbs it will be coded with a “H” as well as the “CR”, So “HCR”. A headlight for HID lights will be codes with a “D” and not the "H". It is illegal to use the wrong bulb in a “E” approved headlight on the road.

The system is way more complicated that I have shown but I just wanted stop any one from mistakenly thinking that just because something is “E” marked it is automaticly road legal as it is far from this. This applies to all “E” marked aspects of a vehicle and not just lighting.




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