W114 Coupe Headlight Opinion - Sealed beam vs. H4 Motorcycle units - Mercedes-Benz Forum

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Standard Sealed Beam 0 0%
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Spend the $$$ and go buy DOT H4 lights 1 50.00%
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W114 Coupe Headlight Opinion - Sealed beam vs. H4 Motorcycle units

I recently replaced the headlights in my 108 250S with H4/H1 lights that I found at the junkyard. I really like the improvement.

I've had a pair of like new Hella H4 Motorcycle headlights that I got at the junkyard out of a BMW 2002. Tonight I figured I would stick them in and solicit opinions.

Here's 4 pictures. Note that when I took the picture of the H4, I did not have the surround properly on the headlight surround, nor did I have the bottom latch on the headlight. So the beam might be a little high because of that....

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1. Left sealed beam
2. Right motorcycle H4
3. Low beam pattern
4. High beam pattern
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Bottom picture,my vote

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W114 Coupe Headlight Opinion - Sealed beam vs. H4 Motorcycle units

Why not go with euro lights?
I did and also put HID in the same housing and the difference is spectacular even with the tint in the headlights ( I still need to take night pictures)
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I have a 1969 250 and also went with the Hella H4 motorcycle headlights and am happy. I paid under $70 for a pair new. Lights up the sides of the road much better than the sealed beams also.
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Hi Scoot,

In my opinion it depends on how important looks or i.e. astethics are to you... I'm not a fan of the sealed beams, as pointed out by 19MB69, that functionally is improved by the Hella lights and looks-wise I think the euro lights are a way better option. Don't know how the standard sealed beam weighs up against the euro lights, but looks-wise the euro lights win hands down... But then again they are pricey??????
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I like Euro lights in some applications, and less so in others. The actual quality of light from a 1971 Euro headlamp is probably not nearly as good as from a new H4. Having the reflectors re-silvered is very costly and usually they are in poor condition. I'm also constrained by money - I would rather have the A/C repaired in the car than buy a set of Euro lights. If I found them at a junkyard I would get them. I have a few sets of W123 euro lights that I never installed when I had my 85 300TD, and that is an application where I think it would have been a good improvement to the way the car looks. Not so much on the 114 for me...

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Scoot I think you just answered your own question ;-)
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W114 Coupe Headlight Opinion - Sealed beam vs. H4 Motorcycle units

Euro headlights with HID kit. Both problems solved, aesthetic and light output. His kit is less than 90 bucks.


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Euro headlights with HID kit. Both problems solved, aesthetic and light output. His kit is less than 90 bucks.


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My thread. Your posting showing your installation is nice but start your own thread. I wasn't then and am not now interested in putting euro lights in my 114.

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W114 Coupe Headlight Opinion - Sealed beam vs. H4 Motorcycle units

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