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Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby sinannasirli » Fri 01.09.2017, 10:59

Hi All,

My outside headlight glass is cracked and I need a new one for MOT. (I live in Turkey and this is a LHD car.)

I see that they are different for RHD and LHD cars from part numbers.. As the one from SJ Sportscars are 60 gbp+ each and as I might need to change two, not to have any left/right difference, can someone guide me to the right one?

Wikilec has only info about the RHD lamps... can someone let me know what the difference is? Or any part numbers?

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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby theelanman » Fri 01.09.2017, 11:18

the glass is designed to shape the beam and therefore you will need a LHD lense.....or complete light

if you use RHD you will push light into the face of oncoming traffic blinding them........
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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby clemo » Fri 01.09.2017, 11:19

Hi there ,
sorry to hear of your light issues ,
I don't know a great deal about LHD lights .

Maybe these could help out ?


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lotus-5-3-4-S ... Ciid%253A1
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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby sinannasirli » Fri 01.09.2017, 11:28

Aha ok that makes sense..
LHD lamps point down to the right and RHD lights point to the left. Not to blind drivers..

So that conversion kit is no good for me..

It looks like they are 5 3/4 inch round raised flat lamps.. Anybody that can help with numbers and brand?

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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby rip » Fri 01.09.2017, 14:36

I have flat for my dipped beam & convex lamps for my main, because that is what I could get at the time.
If you can only find convex, then I wouldn't be too fussy about it.
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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby wayne » Mon 04.09.2017, 04:09

Hi Sinan,

I added these to my watch list a few years ago as a US member mentioned that they fit. I do not remember which thread the info came from or many details about them.
Not sure if they were the dip or main beam. I'm posting it here instead of emailing you, hoping that it will jog someone's memory and they will be able to fill in the blanks and add the correct information to the WIKI.

Headlights LHD

I've not tried them as my headlights are fine. May be worth a try if you can not find any others.

I sent details of all of the text on the glass of the LHD units to Specky a few years ago. I don't know if he managed to trace any more info on where to source them from.

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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby Simon_P » Mon 04.09.2017, 10:05

There are another couple of differences.

The headlamps come in 2 varieties H1 and H4 bulb but there were 3 types of headlamp H1 Main (Cibie), H1 Dipped (Cibie) and H4 combined main and dip (Lucas) which only uses the dipped beam.

So check your wiring as the plugs are different.

In my experience cheap headlights are cheap because the optics are low quality and they are badly made.... so bad as to get an advisory in an MOT. Try to get plastic backed lights as the metal ones rust.

Don't search on the internet for hours, just go to your local parts place and ask . H1 or H4 flat LHD flat lens without side/pilot. and then check the mountings with the existing light anyting by Cibie, Hella or Bosch.

Whoever you buy it from check the brand vs price
https://www.holden.co.uk/displayproduct ... 5+3%2F4%22
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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby sinannasirli » Sat 16.09.2017, 10:48

Thank you, it is a H1 type lamp (for an m100 s2)

it looks like it would be difficult to find the flat lens version here!
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Re: Headlight difference RHD LHD

Postby sinannasirli » Sat 16.09.2017, 21:59

HI,

It looks like 90% the dipped beam headlamps come with H4 lamps, and it is difficult to find H1 lamp. ( though most main beam lights are H1 so they are fine..) My plugs are for H1 type lamps.. Do you think I can use a H4 lamp but only connect two terminals .. would they fit? ( ideally i dont want to change my plugs), even not being fussy about flat/domed lens..
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