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#1 jimmyt-1

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:21 AM

I have bought some new LED headlight units.

 

From what I can see they would pass the headlight test on an MOT, with a flat beam.

 

The issue I can see seems to be with the MOT update following Brexit which states:

 

‘Existing halogen headlamp units should not be converted to be used with high intensity discharge (HID) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. If such a conversion has been done, you must fail the headlamp.’

 

However, I am not converting the halogen unit by fitting an LED bulb, I am replacing the who unit for a sealed LED unit.

 

Any ideas... I'm hoping I haven't wasted my money.

 

Thanks 



#2 sonscar

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:26 AM

The way I see it is a complete lamp unit replacement is ok,it is aimed at "bulb" replacements in reflector/lens assemblies not designed for such.Steve..



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:30 AM

If you're replacing the old complete h4 headlamp assembly with a complete led headlamp assembly you should be OK for mot although I'll have to check if the led assembly requires any sort of 'E' marking.
You're not allowed to fit leds or hid's into an existing h4 headlamp unit on post 1986 vehicles.

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:36 AM

Can't see any mention in mot manual of 'E' Mark being required.

#5 jimmyt-1

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 09:48 AM

Thanks for the replies. 

The units do have an E mark, though I don't think its for the UK. However, as stated its not a requirement for MOT in the UK.

 

I am going to double check with the place that does my MOTs when I get the chance and ill get back to the thread with an answer. 

In the mean time if anyone has more info please add.

 

Thanks 



#6 richmondclassicsnorthwales

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 10:51 AM

Just ask someone who does MOT testing.

 

When I was in the UK, if I needed anything clarifying, I would just pop in and ask the tester.

 

The machines used for checking the headlamps are very thorough, and if the beam is not correct, it's a fail.



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:47 AM

It was clarified recently in another thread. Basically, they’ll pass as long as they’re ok on the beam tester.



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 11:50 AM

An E mark will show it meets standards that still apply in the UK....

 

if it's genuine.



#9 jimmyt-1

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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:29 PM

It was clarified recently in another thread. Basically, they’ll pass as long as they’re ok on the beam tester.

any chance you have a link to that thread?



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 01:34 PM

This is one https://www.theminif...mp-conversions/



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Posted 04 May 2021 - 08:53 PM

An E mark will show it meets standards that still apply in the UK....
 
if it's genuine.



And for a RHD vehicle ... lots of ebay headlamps turn out to be LHD when fitted ...




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