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Old 02-16-2004, 02:02 AM   #16
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FYI, autowerk sells a 5000k kit for $375 US.
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Old 02-16-2004, 07:12 AM   #17
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Personally, given the choice, I'd rather have halogen bulbs in an ellipsoid, then an HID in a US spec assembly. The US spec lights really do suck.

The most ideal combination is to get the ellipsoids with HID's.

If you were to dremel/butcher fit the e39 into the US spec housing, it'd still suck, plastic lenses suck, period.

If you want the HID look, which by the way you sound is all you really want, not the lighting quality or the safety, just get some Osram Silvervisions. They look HID, at less the $100.
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Old 02-16-2004, 12:08 PM   #18
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No i actually do want proper light output as well!
and i know that its a HUGE difference between ellipsoids and US spec lights. i just meant given the choice between HID's or ELLIPSOIDS i'd rather want HID's, and i REFUSE to purchase FAKE hid lights!
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Old 02-16-2004, 01:59 PM   #19
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Soldo, my suggestion is pickup a rebased kit from global premier. The quality is good, and the price is fair. I buy all my rebased bulbs from them...

http://www.globalpremier.com/

Check for their ebay auctions first though, because sometimes prices are slashed in half.
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Old 02-16-2004, 02:49 PM   #20
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if you don't get the the ellipsoids then you will "splash" light all over the place and be a hazzard to other motorist plus risk getting a ticket. One of the major reason I did a headlight swap was to get a housing that was projection based so that I could go with HIDs. Plus HIDs look so much cooler when in a projection housing. You will regret it if you don't get the housing first, they are not that much money for your car.
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Old 02-16-2004, 04:54 PM   #21
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Djcontra, will this kit fit the E36?
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2460299857
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Since you bought ellipsoids, yep, it'll fit.
I have the same bulbs myself.
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I also recommend syating away from cheap coated bulbs like those... the coating to make them look more blue cuts down on lighting. Also remember that when you put an HID in a projector housing it adds 2000K of appearant color to the bulb. I encourage you to get a nice set of 4000K hids with a set of projection housings. there is a difference between the bulbs for a projection and reflector housings...

if you're gonna spend money on this, spend the little extra and do it right.
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Also remember that when you put an HID in a projector housing it adds 2000K of appearant color to the bulb. I encourage you to get a nice set of 4000K hids with a set of projection housings. there is a difference between the bulbs for a projection and reflector housings...
How do you figure? Unless the ellipsoid/projector is tinted blue the color output should be the same.

If that were the case even halogen bulbs would have HID like coloring.
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Even if the blue coating decreases the lumen output, it's still way brighter than halogen.
If you want a blue look without the coating you need to go 8000k, but there is even less lumen output than the 6000k ones, so why bother
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Old 02-17-2004, 08:32 PM   #26
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When I put on my angel eyes (with projector headlights) It made a HUGE difference in lighting up the road compared to my stock lights. I too wanted to get real Xenon's but now that I have seen how the lighting has improved A LOT with my new headlights(H1 bulbs) I'm gonna save my $. They are bright!!
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