E46 Compact, retrofit projector headlights wth HID's. Is it possible?

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    Hi all,

    I might be buying a set of Xenon projector headlights for my E46 compact from Germany.

    Does anyon know if these German Hedlights wuld work with my UK car?

    Also I am not planning on using Xenon bulbs but am looking to use HID's with the Projectors. Is this possible? Would I need anything else other than headlight units and HID kit to get these headlights to work with my car?

    Thanks Matt
     
     

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    they must have adjustable cleaning lenses and dont fit them in to projector lenses

    there are new mot rules relating to these to try adn stop after market poor fittings that blind other road users

    Vehicles equipped with High Intensity Discharge (HID) or LED dipped beam headlamps may be fitted with headlamp washers and a suspension or headlamp self levelling system.
    Where such systems are fitted, they must work; however, it is accepted that it may not be possible to readily determine the functioning of self levelling systems. In such cases, the benefit of the doubt must be given.
    Headlamp washers may work in conjunction with the windscreen washers (when the dipped beam headlamps are switched on) or by a separate switch.
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    The presence and operation of these headlamp cleaning and levelling devices has been added to the test. Therefore, if a mandatory headlamp levelling or cleaning device is missing, inoperative or otherwise obviously defective, the vehicle will fail.

    This raises the question of whether these checks apply to vehicles fitted with after-market HID lighting kits. These kits convert conventional halogen headlamps to HID Xenon and they are widely sold and fitted to vehicles used on the road. The Department for Transport considers that after-market systems should be required to meet the same safety standards as that applied in respect of these lamps at vehicle Type Approval. Therefore, in order to pass the MOT test, vehicles fitted with after-market HID systems would also need to be fitted with headlamp cleaning and self-levelling systems. Some high specification estate cars are fitted with a self-levelling suspension system and this would be considered as adequate for the purpose.

     
     

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    What do you mean by the second part of your message below?


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    they must have adjustable cleaning lenses and dont fit them in to projector lenses
     
     

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