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Old 05-31-2009, 01:15 AM   #1
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Question Interior lighting: Xenon bulbs vs. leds

Xenon bulbs are more OEM, right?

http://www.eurosporttuning.ca/mm5/me...ode=B-3SE36-in

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?
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Old 05-31-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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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 e46fanatics.com) 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.
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Old 05-31-2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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^^ +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..
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:10 PM   #4
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^^^ I noticed how nice your LEDs looked while I was changing your sunroof... definitely the way to go
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Old 05-31-2009, 02:31 PM   #5
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Alright cool. Dave can you comment on the voltage problem?
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Old 05-31-2009, 04:01 PM   #6
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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.

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

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So these should fit the dome light, rear pillar lights, footwell lights, trunk (interior) light, and license plate lights right?
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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.
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Hey Steve, please let us know what you have available for the e36.
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Old 06-29-2009, 01:35 PM   #12
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How hard is it to install the LED's? I would like to do that.
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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.
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Old 06-29-2009, 05:38 PM   #14
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not to take away from steve at asptunning, but heres a link to a site n they have a office in oakville... http://www.eurosporttuning.ca/mm5/me...ode=B-3SE36-in
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^ 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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