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Old 12-22-2013, 09:17 PM   #1
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Question about lights

I've been looking for years on something similar to my situation, but can't seem to find any. I have a 2009 323i and I'm looking to change the stupid yellow halogens to HID. I don't know where to start, what to start looking for, or the terms that are being used. Am I supposed to replace the whole unit, or just the bulbs? Please help.
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You need what's called a HID kit, which includes HID bulbs and the ballasts to power those new bulbs. You'll want a CANBUS digital error cancelling kit so that it works plug and play with your car.

you can get a standard 35w HID kit or a brighter 55w hid kit (both are safe for your vehicle since your stock halogens are 55w)

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If you want just a lowbeam kit for your car, you'll want to hit yes for lowbeam kit, tick the box for canbus upgrade on lows, pick your colour (4300K will look stock, 5000k is the clean white look) and no to fogs and highs.
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:45 AM   #3
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^Ivan sells the good stuff. Bought many bulbs from him over the years.
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Old 12-24-2013, 04:34 AM   #4
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Putting the HID kit in is the cheapest way, but then you'll look like a cheap civic driving down the street blinding everybody.... please don't do this.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:30 AM   #5
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That's exactly what I don't want to look like. I want it to be like the 328i with the HID's. What can I do? I'm pretty sure changing the bulbs alone would result in me blinding oncoming traffic.


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Buy headlights from a higher model.
Buy an FXR projector retrofit kit.
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:12 AM   #7
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Buy headlights from a higher model.

Buy an FXR projector retrofit kit.

Would they look like the LCI lights?


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any quality HID kit will not change the projection pattern of headlights (at all). cheap HID kits that use universal capsules instead of ones with correct focal points, however, will.

You will always get better light output if you retrofit a projector headlight. You can just buy ones from a premium package car that had factory HID's.

I believe on the e90 you will need to code the HID function for the OEM hardware to work correctly.

i believe you can retrofit the LCI headlights, but i'm not sure as i dont have an e90.
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Will these give me what I'm looking for? Sorry for the noob questions, I am completely new to all of this.

This was recommended by a vendor

http://www.e92-lighting.com/bmw-ange...-angel-eye-v2/


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What the hell? That's for angel eyes. Whatever vendor have you that as an answer doesn't even know what they're talking about.
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Ugh, this is becoming very stressful. I'm thinking of just leaving them the way they are. So it's the actual kit that I need then right?


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any quality HID kit will not change the projection pattern of headlights (at all). cheap HID kits that use universal capsules instead of ones with correct focal points, however, will.
curious, do they make HID kits now with different size capsules, not just rebased d2s?
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This is what the lights look like. I have the halo ring, I just want the lights to be HID. Sorry for the quality :|








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curious, do they make HID kits now with different size capsules, not just rebased d2s?
yessir they do. There's 4 (or maybe 5) different sized glass capsules which are matched with different bases at different lengths to meet (almost) all automotive lighting applications. I carry HID bulbs that fit every size of headlight (and almost all foglights) with correct focal points.

The only exception to this is hi/lo bulbs, particularly ones with halolgen highbeams. The HID burner is actually exactly in the right spot, but due to heat, the halogen highbeam is moved slightly away from the centre of the bulb, which does change the highbeam projection pattern. This is generally not significant enough to be a problem.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:54 PM   #15
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Ok sorry, let me rephrase this. Seems like I was even confusing myself while reading this. What I want to have is a headlight unit which has the HID angel eyes, as well as the HID lowbeams. I'm thinking what I'm going to need is a projector unit which can project the HID light, and a HID LED angel eye bulb.

Does that sound logical? Sorry for my complete stupidity.
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