Date registered: Oct 2004
Vehicle: 2006 E55, 2005 SLK55, a few others
Location: Ventura County USA
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RE: are there other D2R xenon HID bulbs better than what the MB dealers sell?
The only thing I know that's "better" or a higher color temp I think you're looking for, is the Philips 85126+ bulbs at 5000K instead of the factory 4100K. These are still DOT, and should be slightly "bluer" (whiter?) than the stock bulbs. All are still 35 watt to keep the ballast happy. Higher color temps are even bluer or purple, but the higher the temp, the less light. No getting around that. The stock 4100K is the "best" after lengthy testing I'm sure, but the 5000K I've seen looks brighter to me. I have a pair of the "+" bulbs I just got on Ebay for $85.00 brand new. I'm about to do a side by side test.