Ive had both. Retro fit were brighter and cast an even beam, OEM had a much better cut off but not as much light cast.
I started with retro fit, then went to OEM then went back to retro fit as the difference was very noticeable.
are you sure they were adjusted right? ive had both, the retro did seem brighter but the beem was limited, the OEMS had a better spread of light and overall i found them better, also OEMS have a nicer appearance to oncoming cars, BUT if a stone breaks one its like a second mortgage to replace them!
Mine were definately adjusted right. The light cast was even, just not as bright as the retro's.
Ive had my retro fit xenons in 3 different cars now and they are way brighter than any other xenon equiped car I pull up along side. I have not got them pointing too high but the beam travels a long way ahead of me and retains its pattern as if it still had the Halogen bulbs.
I had the VagParts retrofit kit in my Golf and have OEM Xenons on my S3.
The retrofit kit had a better light output and to be honest I preffered driving with these to the ones on my S3. However, the retrofit kit had no self levelling, no washers and no projector lens and for that reason - OEM is the way to go really!
The biggest problem with OEM xenon?s is the nuisance of "outrunning the beam". With the retro-fit ones you are in better control of the direction of the beam [via adjustable level guide]. With my M3 by 50mph I'm outrunning the beam! Pah! Retro-fit kits are good [esp. for the money] - I've had a pair on my Anniversary for quite some time now and they've been hassle free and have done me a good service.
I've got 6000k in mine and to be honest, they are little too blue. I think 4500-5000k would be spot on. Personal preference comes into play when looking at Kelvin temperature though, so it is at your discretion.
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