A flagship Mercedes sedan, the S class W220 built on the success of its predecessor by introducing a redesigned, more aerodynamic front as well as a range of new technology, such as radar-assisted cruise control and computer-controlled suspension. Build quality is trademark Mercedes, and the high-capacity engines make for cars that are never really pushed to their limits; the W220 can truly be counted on in the long run. With this particular model, the W220 facelift, remaining in production 2002-2005, the lighting technology used in these cars is however 15-20 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H7/H7 halogen and D2S bi-xenon headlights, both made by Bosch/Automotive Lighting.
The halogen version features an H7 projector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
The bi-xenon setup features a 2.5-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer right to the point where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your Mercedes S W220 Facelift is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H7/H7 halogen or D2S bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average Mercedes S W220 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your Mercedes S W220 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.