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So I went with the lower model Disco for many reasons and love it. It had some features installed, but no xenon headlights. :( Does anyone know if I can add them on or is it only an option at the build of the vehicle?
 

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Xenon lighting is a totally different set of lamps.

It's not a simple matter of changing bulbs like your haloges as the Xenons use a high voltage gaseous ignition to cause the lighting.

You may be able to find in the near future a wrecked or totalled DS from a junk yard and pull off the entire housings and replace them but that still leaves the electronics and how they are wired - they may have ballasts, high voltage wiring, and DC-DC converters...

Might be too expensive to have your DS retrofitted.....

I know, I have had Xenons for the past 15 years on all my BMWs - can't live without them now that I have seen a difference....
 

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You can probably find them and convert them, if not now then soon, but you need to make sure you have all the power power conversion components, etc. I've never done a Xenon conversion but I know there's specifics you'll need as I've never seen it as a plug and play. I don't think you can even do a HID conversion as a plug and play properly unless you have the other power conversion parts? You'll just have to do the research.

I've got the Xenons and I had a service loaner for a bit that had the standard lights and wow......not good.

You might just consider upgrading your bulbs to the best you can find. I have upgraded some of my past vehicles to Silverstar bulbs and it was a big improvement. There's probably been some more advances in bulbs since then.

Good luck.
 

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Xenon lighting is a totally different set of lamps.

It's not a simple matter of changing bulbs like your haloges as the Xenons use a high voltage gaseous ignition to cause the lighting.

You may be able to find in the near future a wrecked or totalled DS from a junk yard and pull off the entire housings and replace them but that still leaves the electronics and how they are wired - they may have ballasts, high voltage wiring, and DC-DC converters...

Might be too expensive to have your DS retrofitted.....

I know, I have had Xenons for the past 15 years on all my BMWs - can't live without them now that I have seen a difference....
Yeah these Xenons rock. I've had a few trucks with HID projector headlights and they were OK, but these are just awesome. Even better with the adaptive feature.
I've never sampled LEDs though.
I wonder how well the new laser light setup will be? The new big Disco is supposed to have it. BMW already does.

http://news.discovery.com/autos/drive/bmw-is-first-with-laser-headlights-140211.htm
 

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The user manual on changing out the bulbs is a big pain in the ass, you have to take out the whole light and grill. At least if its just a plug and play switch then you're 99% of the way there haha
 

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The best way is to change out the entire housing to an HSE or HSE Lux Xenon group but will probably require coding to change over the lights from halogen to Xenon and the LED DRL lighting is totally different from the halogen DRL.
 

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I had exactly issue as yours, my DS SE trim comes with Halogen bulbs. The yellowish lights look awful, I did lots of research online and talked to the dealers, change to stock HID set gonna cost a lot, they need to replace the entire lighting module, definitely not worth it. So I went to after market parts, LED bulbs! plug-in and play, installation less than 10 minuets and no modification needed. Search OPT7 LED Headlight Bulbs w/ Clear Arc-Beam Kit H11 on Amazon, I am sure you will love it!
 

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Any reason why you did not go Xenon... This was cheaper on Amazon, but thought maybe you had some insight...

SDX HID Headlights Xenon "Slim" Conversion Kit, 9006, 6000K
 

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LEDs are suppose to be next Generation than HIDs, natural white color and last longer using less energy. Also for installing HIDs, you need drill a hole on the lights covers to go through the wires since they have big ballasts hanging out.
 

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LEDs are suppose to be next Generation than HIDs, natural white color and last longer using less energy. Also for installing HIDs, you need drill a hole on the lights covers to go through the wires since they have big ballasts hanging out.
Thanks. That is very helpful.
 

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I had exactly issue as yours, my DS SE trim comes with Halogen bulbs. The yellowish lights look awful, I did lots of research online and talked to the dealers, change to stock HID set gonna cost a lot, they need to replace the entire lighting module, definitely not worth it. So I went to after market parts, LED bulbs! plug-in and play, installation less than 10 minuets and no modification needed. Search OPT7 LED Headlight Bulbs w/ Clear Arc-Beam Kit H11 on Amazon, I am sure you will love it!

It looks awesome. Just wondering where can I find the installation guide or video. Are you going to do the same thing for your DRL? Many Thanks.
 

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I swapped out all my halogens in a my last car, a Toyota Sequoia, with LED's from Xenon Depot - I have no affiliation - and they were fantastic, both the bulbs and the company

Link specific to the DS
XenonDepot | 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport HID Kits | Replacement Bulbs | LED Lighting

Link to the specific H11 bulb that I purchased
H11 LED Headlight Kit | H11 LED Upgrade

I had one issue where the connector was damaged and they sent me a replacement right away.

To be honest, if I had the choice, I would go with the LED bulbs vs the HID. I found there was a better light spread side to side with the LED's.

I have also never thought to measure the HID's, but the temperature difference was substantial. The stock halogens, measured with an IR thermometer, had temperatures as high as 190° around the housing whereas the LED's topped out around 85-90°.
 

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I had exactly issue as yours, my DS SE trim comes with Halogen bulbs. The yellowish lights look awful, I did lots of research online and talked to the dealers, change to stock HID set gonna cost a lot, they need to replace the entire lighting module, definitely not worth it. So I went to after market parts, LED bulbs! plug-in and play, installation less than 10 minuets and no modification needed. Search OPT7 LED Headlight Bulbs w/ Clear Arc-Beam Kit H11 on Amazon, I am sure you will love it!

It looks awesome. Just wondering where can I find the installation guide or video. Are you going to do the same thing for your DRL? Many Thanks.


Yes I did, just go to YouTube and search OPT7 LED headlights you will find installation videos
 

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I had exactly issue as yours, my DS SE trim comes with Halogen bulbs. The yellowish lights look awful, I did lots of research online and talked to the dealers, change to stock HID set gonna cost a lot, they need to replace the entire lighting module, definitely not worth it. So I went to after market parts, LED bulbs! plug-in and play, installation less than 10 minuets and no modification needed. Search OPT7 LED Headlight Bulbs w/ Clear Arc-Beam Kit H11 on Amazon, I am sure you will love it!
The rental Furd Exploder we had came with these bulbs. At first glance, I thought they were Xenon. I was impressed with them. This is a great solution.
 

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My Halogen lights have grown on me. I figure I will not mess with changing them as they appear complex with multiple bulbs.

Hey... Makes me unique as it was difficult to find a discovery sport with as little options as I did. ?

When I was shopping, they could not believe I did not want the glass roof or touch entry.

I guess I am a rebel among the majority of the LandRover clientele.
 

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That's why they make different trim levels and options. Not everyone wants or needs the frills.
 
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