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Old 11-30-2003, 04:24 AM   #1
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E30 ellipsoids, H4 low beams? Whats the difference?

Okay my 325e has the crappy sealed beams which emit terrible light........I want to upgrade my lights but I don't know what I can get.......
I know the new e30's seem to have a projection style light...........What can I do, or can someone explain this to me?
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Also anywhere in the GTA I can get these new lights?
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Old 11-30-2003, 04:38 AM   #2
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the projectors are superior to all beams, the euro projectors are in fact better, but US ones M50E30 is selling for about 200
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Old 11-30-2003, 05:31 PM   #3
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Everyone seems to think that the ellipsoids are better than the H4's, but that's just false rumours. The was a guy on bfc that had comparision pics of US ellips vs. Hella H4 and he says the H4's are way better.

Also, never listen to anyone that says Euro ellips are in any way better than US. It is the same setup, only the Euro ones have the smilie at the bottom which does nothing but throw the unused light directly in front of the car.

Get Hella H4's, and I already posted a good shop selling them, in Markham. http://www.raceraccessories.com/
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Old 11-30-2003, 05:33 PM   #4
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Cool, I didn't see it on the website, just hella foglights.......DO you know how much and if anything else is involved installing them?
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Old 11-30-2003, 05:55 PM   #5
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Yeah, he is the sole supplier of Hella stuff for aftermarket in this area, he can order anything. Years ago mine were bought from him. Call the place and get a quote.

They are also $50USD from http://www.bavarianautosport.com/shop.asp
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Old 11-30-2003, 06:37 PM   #6
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How would a projected beam not be better than a normal light?

european headlights also have a better projection beam than normal lights, why do you think euro ellipsoids are better than US spec for E36?
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Old 11-30-2003, 09:30 PM   #7
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How would a projected beam not be better than a normal light?

european headlights also have a better projection beam than normal lights, why do you think euro ellipsoids are better than US spec for E36?
I'm just passing on a testimonial. We'll line up our cars next meet during the night, see which is better.

What, are you generalizing all European light assemblies? I've seen pics of each taken apart, the only difference is that the Euro ellips have the smilie, which does nothing for functionality. This is confirmed by the owner of MMSport, who makes HID and DDE kits for E30s. He himself has worked with plenty of each type, and says there is no difference.
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I'm just passing on a testimonial. We'll line up our cars next meet during the night, see which is better.

What, are you generalizing all European light assemblies? I've seen pics of each taken apart, the only difference is that the Euro ellips have the smilie, which does nothing for functionality. This is confirmed by the owner of MMSport, who makes HID and DDE kits for E30s. He himself has worked with plenty of each type, and says there is no difference.
ya lets line em up...because it makes more sense, with HID..would u rather have it projected or just in a headlight? There wouldnt be a real sharp cut off..and wouldnt extend as far.
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ya lets line em up...because it makes more sense, with HID..would u rather have it projected or just in a headlight? There wouldnt be a real sharp cut off..and wouldnt extend as far.
Halogens can only throw so much light output. With HID's, the ellips are much better since they control the sheer brightness so much better. But with just 55W bulbs, the less restrictive setup of the H4's puts more light out.
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I c that sorta make sense...
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Ya i think what mystikal is saying makes sense, however, the smiles DO serve a purpose, function wise, they allow the light, as you said yourself to be projected better. But H4's might be better as well since they use more power, CORRECT?!
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Ya i think what mystikal is saying makes sense, however, the smiles DO serve a purpose, function wise, they allow the light, as you said yourself to be projected better. But H4's might be better as well since they use more power, CORRECT?!
No, the smilie is just the little semi-circle at the bottom of the low beam. All it does is allow the non-projected light that is restricted from being thrown forward out of the assembly towards the ground directly in front of the car, meaning not visible from behind the wheel. The main portion and shape of all internal geometry is otherwise identical.

And regarding power, the both use 55W bulbs as standard. The power usage is identical given the same bulb.
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No, the smilie is just the little semi-circle at the bottom of the low beam. All it does is allow the non-projected light that is restricted from being thrown forward out of the assembly towards the ground directly in front of the car, meaning not visible from behind the wheel. The main portion and shape of all internal geometry is otherwise identical.

And regarding power, the both use 55W bulbs as standard. The power usage is identical given the same bulb.
wat r u einstein? all that internal geometrical mumbo jumbo makes me hungry
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Old 12-01-2003, 01:49 AM   #14
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Old 12-01-2003, 01:04 PM   #15
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As an aside I have 2 pairs of Hella H4 kits for sale... new never opened, includes Hella bulbs and everything you need to upgrade.

$75 a pair

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