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bdonkersgoed
07-16-2007, 02:20 PM
Hey Guys,

I picked up an '01 330i on the weekend and absolutely love it! I did notice that the two HID bulbs are different colours; one is purplish, and the other is hyper white. I figure the previous owner must have swapped out one of the bulbs with a different Kelvin rating.

What does the stock bulb look like? Is it a purplish tint? I actually like that colour better than the hyper-white (even though I think people "upgrade" to the hyper-white because it offers more light output or something?). Does anyone know where I can purchase these HID bulbs, what I need to buy, and how much I should expect to spend? I would really love to have the purple colour, or maybe a blue. Canadian sources are preferred :cool:

Thanks!
Bryan

bdonkersgoed
07-16-2007, 02:36 PM
Wow . . . I just called the dealer and they want $278.30 for a single HID bulb, and he said it is like a purplish colour. I thought it would be $300 for a pair :eek:

I'm sure someone has a better source for HID bulbs? Any help is appreciated!

Thanks,
Bryan

propr'one
07-16-2007, 02:38 PM
Whatsup man, 110 for both bulbs, one year warranty, available in any colour, (4300,6000,8000,10000K are 110, other colours slightly more)

PM me guys

e46silver
07-16-2007, 02:50 PM
Ask Ivan "propr'one" and he will get you a good deal on D2S bulbs. 6000K is very popular for an upgrade.

AFAIK, OEM bulbs is 4300K.

bdonkersgoed
07-16-2007, 03:06 PM
I have PMed Propr'One.

Thanks E46Silver for the confirmation that 4300K is the factory bulb (purplish colour). Do you know why peopel prefer the 6000K to the 4300K bulb? Is it brighter? Do you know what colour the 6000K bulb is?

Thanks,
Bryan

propr'one
07-16-2007, 03:52 PM
4300K is pure white light. 6000K is *SLIGHTLY* bluer, looks great

e46silver your bulbs will be in this week!:)

bdonkersgoed
07-16-2007, 03:55 PM
I thought that the 4300K is the OEM purple (almost a deep purple) colour rather than pure white? I think the purple colour looks cool and would either like to go with the deep purple or a blue (6000K?)

--Bryan--

bdonkersgoed
07-16-2007, 04:03 PM
I have tried to look at pictures online, and my purle-coloured bulb looks the most like the 8000K or 10000K pictures. I guess it would be easiest if I just posted a pic of my car tonight and maybe you guys can tell me what's what?

Thanks!
Bryan

bdonkersgoed
07-17-2007, 12:08 AM
It's hard to tell in the pics, but the driver's side is a purplish colour and the passenger side is more of a pure white. Can anyone tell me the Kelvin ratings of these bulbs?

Thanks,
Bryan

http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q55/bdonkersgoed/IMG_2831.jpg
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q55/bdonkersgoed/IMG_2830.jpg

propr'one
07-17-2007, 06:12 AM
both 4300, one of them is about to burn out.

StikiGreenZ
07-17-2007, 08:49 AM
I have the same problem with mine, I thought one was on its way out as well.... They've been off-color for about 5 months now...

bdonkersgoed
07-17-2007, 09:31 AM
Do you guys happen to know which one is the stock OEM colour? Is it the white one on the passenger side, or the purplish one on the driver side? I like the colour of the driver's side better.

Also, does anyone have pics of their E46 showing the difference between 4300K and 6000K and 8000K?

Thanks!
Bryan

e46silver
07-17-2007, 09:52 PM
I have read somewhere and this is what I remember..

4300K = white light with yellowish hue (OEM light)
6000K = white light with blueish tint
8000K = white light with aqua tint
10000K or greater = white light with purpleish hue ( light output is very poor for driving at nite.. only for show)

bdonkersgoed
07-17-2007, 09:59 PM
Thanks for your input guys :-)

I have put through an order for 6000K HID bulbs with propr'one. I'm sure it's a nice colour, since many people seem to recommend it.

--Bryan--

e46silver
07-17-2007, 10:03 PM
^^ I ordered the same set (6000K). Hopefully it will be here sometime this week. :)

bdonkersgoed
07-18-2007, 08:43 PM
I've never changed an HID Bulb before, so hopefully it is easy :-)

I went to BMW a couple of days ago to have my oil topped up, and the service tech wouldn't change my signal bulb because "he didn't know how" :P I think he was just afraid of breaking it. I bought the bulb and installed in myself in less than 5 minutes :P There are instructions for the signals in the manual, but not for the HID bulbs for some reason.

--Bryan--

M_power
07-21-2007, 01:47 PM
hi, i got one side of the OEM HID bulb. if anyone wants it plz let me know. thx Alex

bdonkersgoed
07-23-2007, 11:37 PM
I just got back from buying some bulbs off of Ivan (Propr'one), and just wanted to recommend him to anyone else looking for bulbs. As you may have seen earlier in the thread, I had some problems with the colours of my bulbs, and Ivan spent a good two hours trying to figure it out for me :) Unfortunately, the problem is my car and not the bulbs, although the new bulbs I bought off of him do match a lot nicer then my prior set did (because the prior set was mismatched). I ended up killing my battery because we were turning the lights on and off so much and staring at them, but Ivan even taught me how to jump start my car :)

If anyone has any idea why the same bulb in one headlight assembly would look different in another assembly, please let me know.

--Bryan--

StikiGreenZ
07-24-2007, 08:43 AM
Did you check the voltage? Could be a ballast on its way out too maybe?

bdonkersgoed
07-24-2007, 11:00 PM
Ivan (propr'one) told me that a ballast either works or it doesn't (on or off without any inbetween), so I guess that wouldn't be the problem?

I looked at the car today, and the bulbs appear to be pretty evenly matched, definitely better than they were before.

Thanks Ivan! :)

--Bryan--

Sneaky
07-25-2007, 02:40 PM
All hail propr'one!