Phoenixautobulbs.co.uk are a leading retailer of Vehicle Lighting Products. Our range includes both the very latest high performance Upgrade Car Bulbs from all major manufacturers including Osram, Ring & Philips, alongside cost effective replacement standard Car Headlight Bulbs and a full range of LED Bulbs including Daytime Running Lights and LED Strip lights.
Headlights are illuminating devices that are fixed in the front end of the car to light the road ahead for excellent visibility and make your night drives enjoyable. They come in various types as discussed below:
- Halogen and Incandescent Headlights: These are the classic and very old type of headlights that have been used right from the first car in the 1950s.They contain a filament wire known as tungsten suspended in a vacuum which heats up to produce the light when electricity is passed, and vacuum takes care of breakage. But halogen, as the word describes, has halogen gas-filled as well.
- Halogen headlights are more widely used than incandescent headlights for reasons like efficiency, energy saving, brighter light, no flickering or loss of light, easily replaceable and long-lasting.
- Projector Beam headlights: stands out by being fitted as a rear-facing bulb in cars. They glow with the help of reflective cases of headlights to cast uniform lit and brighter spot.
- Fog Headlights: Such headlights are mainly designed for driving during extreme conditions like rain, snow or fog and are sold as add on products to maximize your visibility during a night drive.
- Halo Headlights: Such headlights work by forming a halo around projector beams giving an illusion of eye shape appearance. They are used to provide an aesthetic appeal and meant for a sporty and stylish look.
- LED Headlights: are an advanced form of headlight that is resistant to water, durable, efficient and consumes less electricity giving three times more visibility than traditional headlights. Unlike HID, they do not provide blue tint and produce much brighter white light. Though, they require same installation process as HID and as costly as HID but are good energy savers. They are mostly used for car interiors than front side headlights.
- Laser Headlights: These kinds of lights would be the future trend of lighting in automobiles and are a hot topic in the market. They function by shining on the mirrors in headlight units and reflect on lenses containing gases to emit strong beams. They are hundred times more powerful than, but the only drawback is excessive heat issues.
- Xenon Headlights:Such headlights are more commonly called HID lights which emits much brightness than the rest and also a newer version of Halogen. They contain arc of electricity which produces light and mostly used in luxury car for high performance and maximum efficiency and is at least ten times more long-lasting than old-style halogen headlights.
- High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Conversion Kits: Such kits are required when your car already has halogen headlights, but you want to convert them into Xenon HID. These kits come with a combination of Xenon bulb and ballast to replace halogen bulb in headlights unit. Before you decide to get conversion kits home remember that such packages are legal only for cars that are manufactured having xenon headlights fitted. HID gives a blue tint to headlights and is way expensive than other types.
‘E1’ Approval Information
Is this the best bulb? Is an E1 bulb better than an E4 or E14?
Although ALL “E” markings are legal it is recognised tha the German “E1” mark is of the highest standards and is more rigourosly enforced. They take their standards from the OE (Original Equipment) manufacturers hence the term OE Equivalent quality.
To avoid any misunderstanding, the term ‘E’ approved is the European requirement for lights on vehicles to conform to performance standards. This number showing the Approval country and manufacturer is then marked on the product. (E Marked)
Germany monitors very carefully, the use of their approval (E1). This is done through the KBA (Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt) Federal Motor Transport Authority, who both authorise and audit the products and test facilities of those permitted to use E1.
Any bulb ranges offering E1 type bulbs has approval due to it complying with the German KBA regulations.
Before a Type Approval can be issued, applicants are required to complete a initial assessment procedure.
The KBA verifies quality assurance measures and products of approval holders on a basis of continuous spot checks. KBA staff or staff from other organisations commissioned by the KBA, visit the production facilities of manufacturers or the warehouses of importers and examine vehicles and vehicle components for compliance with the approved type. If deviations are observed, measures for rectification of deficiencies are taken in order to ensure compliance with production.
Significant deviations from series production may have an adverse impact on road safety. This will lead to a withdrawal of the Type Approval.
International ECE markings
ECE/EEC marking: Country of Approval
Firstly, what are those numbers that come after the “E” in the circle or the “e” in the box? What makes a lamp marked (E6) [e6] different from a lamp marked (E1) [e1]?
The uppercase “E” in a circle means the device is type approved to an ECE Regulation, while the lowercase “e” in a box indicates the device is type approved to an EEC Directive. It’s rare to find one marking without the other, since the requirements are essentially identical. The number after the “E” or “e” signifies the country in which approval was granted. This doesn’t necessarily indicate anything about the quality or performance of the device, though some countries’ test-and-approval labs have reputations for being much stricter and others have reputations for being quite lax. The number also doesn’t indicate where the device was designed or manufactured. Under ECE and EEC regulations, an item of motor vehicle equipment type approved in any ECE or EEC member country is acceptable for use in any other country that permits or requires vehicles and vehicle components conforming to ECE or EEC safety regulations.
Here is a Country Code of the relevant “E” numbers:
11 United Kingdom
15 (currently vacant)
30 (currently vacant)
33 (currently vacant)
35 (currently vacant)
36 (currently vacant)
38 (currently vacant)
39 (currently vacant)
41 (currently vacant)
42 Special EC
44 (currently vacant)
47 South Africa