WARNING: FAKE E-MARK HID BULBS
It began with poisonous toothpaste and dog food. Now, China is the source of another dangerous product in the United States: counterfeit airbags that don’t work.
While legal aftermarket parts are common and used successfully in the repair industry, the most critical safety features of any car — including seat belts, ABS controllers and other components — are typically only supplied by the automaker or an automaker’s official supplier. In this case, as shown in the video below, cheaping out on a fix could bring severe consequences.
Headlamp is one of the most important safety accessories in a car.The HID bulbs are being sold in many cases for more than the real bulbs.
80% of “Philips” bulbs in the aftermarket are counterfeits / fakes.
Buyer beware.With rare exception, 80% or more of the “Philips” bulbs listings for new bulbs on eBay, Amazon and other locations are fake, Counterfeit look alike bulbs made in China. The Chinese have done a very “good” job to closely duplicate the labeling and the construction of the real Philips HID bulbs when making the fakes. 99.9% of people cannot tell the difference, in terms of appearance. We have purchased some of the fakes and will soon add some photos (High Resolution), comparing real with fakes. We will show you what to look for. This will help you determine that you are buying the real thing. This comparison will help all buyers and sellers to know what is a real Philips bulb. If we did not know what to look for we could be fooled too, the fakes are that “good” in appearance. HID bulbs claiming to be Philips and they come from China or some broker in USA (marked made in Germany), they are fakes. Likely some do not know that they are really selling fakes.
FAKE HID BULB not manufactured according to regulations would cause safety problems, for example,
1. Light Glare:The HID lights that you see on many of today’s cars are engineered by the manufacturers as complete lighting systems. This means that the lenses, bulbs, reflectors, housings, ballasts, and even the automatic adjusters and washers were all designed to work together in harmony to produce the best possible lighting under all conditions.If you use fake bulb,they usually produce a huge amount of unfocused light that is both blinding and dangerous to other drivers and pedestrians.
3. Short Lifespan: Fake HID bulbs typically last 500-1000 hours and frequently much less. They will damage your plastic headlight lenses and reflectors inside. UV light will yellow clear lenses over time. The fake bulbs do not have good UV (ultraviolet) light filtration by the outer glass tube on the bulb.
HOW DO YOU TELL REAL FROM FAKE?
A. E-MARK PRINTED CLEARLY & REGULARY ON THE BULB:
The above approval mark affixed to a gas-discharge light source indicates that the light source has been approved in Luxembourg (E13) under the approval code 012.
The first character of the approval code indicates that the approval was granted in accordance with the requirements of Regulation No. 99 in its original form.
4200K E-approved D2S(6L3040201) E13/012
4150K E-approved D2S(XENARC 66240) E1/03W
B. DIFFERENT CATEGORIES LIKE D2S/D2R SHOULD HAVE DIFFERENT APPROVAL CODES/NUMBERS.
BRIGHTSTARTW E-approval numbers
4200K E-approved D2S(6L3040201)
4200K E-approved D2R(6L3040203) 012
OSRAM E-approval numbers
4150K E-approved D2S(XENARC 66240) 4150K E-approved D2R(XENARC 66250) 03W
PHILIPS E-approval numbers
4100K E-approved D2S(85122)
4100K E-approved D2R(85126) 03V
C. CERTIFICATE SHALL BE APPROVED BASED ON REGULATION NO. 99.
Ask whoever provides HID for E-MARK certificate and look closely at it.
Only the regulation No. 99 for HID bulbs can be shown on it. (Approval of gas-discharge light sources.)
Other regulation such as No. 37 (Filament lamps) and No. 48 (Lighting and light-signalling devices) is not supposed to show on the certificate, as they are all irrelevant.