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: Headlight Recommendations

03-02-2011, 02:23 PM
I have a 98 A4 and I was planning on upgrading the headlights. My stock lights aren't cutting it, and the 1 piece lights look way better. Does anyone recommend these?
Audi B5 A4 Quattro 1.8T > Lighting > Headlights > ES#261514 Blackout 1 Piece Projector Headlights - HXAUA4B5HL-1B (http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B5_A4-Quattro-1.8T/Lighting/Headlights/ES261514/ES261514/)

I was looking around today, and I like that look, but I figured I would see if anyone has used this brand. If anyone has any recommendations feel free to post them :)

03-02-2011, 02:33 PM
I personally love these headlights and will be ordering them in the near future.

The face lift headlights are the way to go since they come with projectors.

Throw in an aftermarket HID kit and you have a pretty nice lighting set up for cheap.

E-codes are obviously what a lot of people would recommend but if you're like me and like the black housing these are great!

I love the fact that they don't have the cheesy looking halo around the projectors like most black housing headlights!



03-02-2011, 02:36 PM
What kind of HID kits were you looking at? I wasn't too sure what I should be looking for. The ones I've found seem to be around $200.

03-02-2011, 03:31 PM
Be cautious when attempting to retrofit HID headlights to your Audi; unless the HID kit vendor knows what they're doing, you'll end up with an endless stream of ECU fault-codes. If the vendor doesn't know about ECU fault-codes, they're probably the wrong vendor to be talking to about headlights for your Audi.

Also, while HID bulbs (and the attendant ballasts and wiring-harness modifications) can be retrofitted into H7-based headlight projector housings (like the units from ECS that you have under consideration), the optics for the H7 bulbs don't typically provide the proper focal-length/pattern for the HID D1/D2 bulbs; the result can be rather blinding to oncoming drivers. I would recommend that you just install the one-piece headlamps from ECS and evaluate the situation; you may well find the refreshed headlights have stepped-up your car's game sufficiently that HID's may be more trouble than they would be worth... :cool:

Properly integrating aftermarket HID headlights on an Audi requires that the vendor be knowledgeable and competent to provide the necessary parts and ECU programming/adaption guidance to keep your Audi's ECU happy about your upgraded headlights... :D

Oh yeah, the guys from ECS simply rock! Great products, fabulous service has been my experience! :)

03-02-2011, 04:11 PM
I see... Thanks for the input, I had no idea what kind of problems could occur with the HIDs. I'll start with the H7, and then make a decision :) By the way, does anyone know if the headlights mentioned come with bulbs? I couldn't find anything on the site.

03-03-2011, 04:09 AM
I don't know if the headlight kit from ECS includes the bulbs; I'd suggest that you just give ECS a call --- they're pretty friendly folks, I'm sure you can get one of their product-specialists on the line to fill-in any product details. :D

05-31-2011, 10:35 PM
While it is common for the term headlight to be used interchangeably in informal discussion, headlamp is the technically correct term for the device itself, while headlight properly refers to the beam of light produced and distributed by the device.I have a 99 Disco II and my headlights are pretty lousy, and have been getting worse time. I rode w/ another disco owner the other day and "now I see the light!" Literally!