For anyone interested, I got a set of used AE's with ballasts for $30. CCFL type, bright in day and night. However, in cold weather, 1-2 rings may be out or dim (usually they warm up and come on though). They are pictured in my sig.
1998 BMW 328is - summer
1993 BMW 525i - daily
1994 BMW 325i - sold
1992 BMW 325i - gone
1988 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.3-8V - sold