Date registered: Dec 2012
Vehicle: 87 560SL, 71 280SL euro, 74 VW Ghia, 78 280Z Black Pearl, 78 280Z, 04 Corolla, 07 Odyssey, 94 Prizm
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Good pic DrX. Note, they are equipped with H7 bulbs, unless otherwise it will have a Xenon bulb. The recommendation to take it to the dealership is for several reasons.
1) It takes about 25,000 Volts to ignite a Xenon bulb (dangerous voltage that can lead to death)
2) They have a control module for the lighting unit and it usually controlls the Xenon bulb and the actuator that moves an interior flap that gives you your hi-beam.
In my experience with this type of system, most often the control module stops working and would have to be replaced and recoded to the vehicle.
Xenons are much brighter and last longer than halogen bulbs since they don't really use an element tio create light. The light source comes from an electric arc created in the bulb (hence the 25,000V needed for ignition) and later the voltage drops to sustain the electric arc.
I don't know if you can change halogen lamp assemblies with Bi-Xenon lamp assemblies. I have never tried it and i will not know if there is any coding change required or if CAN lines are needed. If you have halogen light assemblies installed and you want Xenon lights, you can install aftermarket Xenon kit. Your high beam will still remain halogen.