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GL Lighting

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Feb 28, 2014
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South Africa
#1
The GL 500 I recently purchased did not have adequate headlights for travelling on our roads with all the animals that one encounters in many rural areas.
I decided to upgrade, but as a precaution I discussed the topic with the owner of a local Auto Electrical company; himself an ex Merc Technician.
He stated that, due to the sophisticated computer system, any changes I made to the light sources would set alarms and cause mal-functions. He advised very strongly to leave the lights as they were.
Well, having done some tests with various LED globes, I found that I was able to upgrade firstly the Fog lights, then the inner headlights and finally the DRL.
The main headlights are 50Kv HID, Low and HI beam found in the outer headlights and are worth keeping.
Further, I added a Hi Power, 240Watt LED Lightbar ( a mere 120mmn wide) and mounted this inside the lower grille . It gives a very powerful searchlight beam for long distance vision. Lastly, I added 2 x 70 watt LED "Worklights" ( small, 60mm Sq) to the front of the lower grille, with brackets protruding through the grill latice and fastened on the inside. These also produce a beam of some 200mtrs and the overall combination I am very satisfied with.
All the "yellowness" has gone, with all the new globes being 6500k : Stark White which creates excellent vision.
 

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SilverIII

G-Wagen Club SA
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#3
To add to my previous post, I omitted to say that I installed a wireless controlled multi relay unit under the hood and use this to control the added lights ( Controlled by the Vehicle Hi beam to make them legal) as well as the rear view camera, which is also wireless; a long range unit, I remove from the back of the car and mount inside the rear window of my caravan.
This serves as the rear view provider and takes away the need for in stalling caravan towing mirrors.