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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 10-25-2004, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have some questions regarding the replacement of the stock H1 bulbs of my BMW to new and brighter bulbs.

For starters, I started with the cheapest solution, buying a pair of H1 Xenon bulbs from ebay for $4.99. I have seen a major difference for the high-beam lights but for the low-beam lights it's a dissapointment. ghead

My car has the "smiley" type low-beam lights (European specs).

I believe that the problem is that the filament or the entire bulb is not entirely the same with the original Osram H1 that came installed since 1989.

My questions are:

1. What is the best, aftermarket H1 bulb I can get that will produce the best light output considering the low-beam type I have. I have seen on ebay many H1 models but I really don't know what to choose - ranging from Osram to Philips etc.

2. Does the fact that I have "smileys" affect the performance or affects the light output for non-stock H1 bulbs?

I do not seek for an HID conversion since it is way to expensive.

Thank you in advance
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Old 10-25-2004, 05:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sylvania silverstars are the ones i have and they are great. huge improvemnt.
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Agreed, that why they are the only bulbs I sell. $12.40 a bulb for Osram Silverstars. In H1's
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So I suppose Osram Silverstar = Sylvania Silverstars?
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Osram and Sylvania are the same company. But The Osrams are not available here in the US. Sylvania have a blue coating on them. Osrams are a super white bulb, no coatings on them.

Me I prefer the osrams but to each their own. So I won't start rice crap war.
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