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Dr. Flyview 05-31-2009 12:15 AM

Interior lighting: Xenon bulbs vs. leds
Xenon bulbs are more OEM, right?

But are leds brighter? Especially the surface mount ones?

I heard the leds will burn out prematurely running at the 12-14V provided by the car though, so it's a good idea to solder in a resistor in series to lower the voltage across the led. Any comments?

summit425 05-31-2009 12:53 AM

don't even think about getting a set of Interior Xenon Bulb Kit.

They are really poorly made and the glass breaks damn easy.

Also you need to change bulbs once in 6months period.

Definitely go with LED bulbs which I am using them right now and don't have any problem at all!!

You get get them from Pacific mall but I suggest you to get a whole set from the states. (search on lots of sponsors are selling them as a set.

Also most of sets from the states are resistor built in ver... well mine doesn't but never had a problem either.

myndgone 05-31-2009 10:46 AM

^^ +1

I had interior Xenons and the color faded so quickly it looked like sh!t...Swapped it with LED bulbs, color is so much better, brighter of course, I did have one bulb burn out on me but that after over a year, so I can't complain...

Definitely LED..

98Dinan3 05-31-2009 01:10 PM

^^^ I noticed how nice your LEDs looked while I was changing your sunroof... definitely the way to go*th-up*

Dr. Flyview 05-31-2009 01:31 PM

Alright cool. Dave can you comment on the voltage problem?

Steve@ASPTuning 05-31-2009 03:01 PM

LED's last a lot longer and brighter for sure.
Some have built in resistors to prevent the SM LED's from burning prematurely.
LED's is definitely the way to go, and the future of all lighting products.
We currently don't sell any LED interior kits, but we can definitely get some.

I currently have 4 LED Festoon type bulbs for interiors w/ built in resistors if anyone is interested.


Dr. Flyview 05-31-2009 03:02 PM

Surface mount or conventional?

Steve@ASPTuning 05-31-2009 03:09 PM

They are surface mounted ones. The conventional ones would be way too large to fit into a festoon bulb.


Dr. Flyview 05-31-2009 03:21 PM

So these should fit the dome light, rear pillar lights, footwell lights, trunk (interior) light, and license plate lights right?

98Dinan3 05-31-2009 04:24 PM

Hey Steve.... you should look into putting some complete E36, E46, E90, etc... kits together. I'm sure they would sell well as a package deal.

Dr. Flyview 06-29-2009 12:21 PM

Hey Steve, please let us know what you have available for the e36.

bmwm5lover 06-29-2009 12:35 PM

How hard is it to install the LED's? I would like to do that.

Dr. Flyview 06-29-2009 12:40 PM

It's not difficult at all Terry. Reason being, the leds come pre-installed in housings "festoons" that are the same size as the factory halogen bulbs. However, if they don't have built-in resistors already, it's recommended to solder some in, and that could be some work.

Porter86 06-29-2009 04:38 PM

not to take away from steve at asptunning, but heres a link to a site n they have a office in oakville...

bmwm5lover 06-29-2009 05:15 PM

^ thanks, gonna have to see if now is a good time to grab those. I really want this now.. Damn you guys.

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