the man is wrong.
You do have ellispoids if your asembly uses h1.
While what he said about the e36 is true for North American models, ellipsoids are not newly invented nor were they not used on the e36. In fact, even euro e30s have ellipsoids. The european models had to have some way of producing more light so it would be safe to drive on the autobahn at high speeds. With halogen reflectors, the light distance is not high enough. The projectors focus the light and send more light forward but detract from ouput from the sides. I do not know why the DOT didn't allow the use of ellipsoids in earleir models, but i would speculate it would have something to do with loss of side illumination.
Xenon lights also use projectors for the same reason. It should also be noted that ellipsoids are not HID, but they are in the picture the man posted. An HID bulb in a true reflector setup would be blinding, hence why the e46 has projectors. HID can be added to ellipsoids by purchasing D2R bulbs and a ballast.
<span style='color:gray'><span style='font-family:Courier'>1995 e36 3 Series RIP
1999 e46 3 Series BURN IN HELL
2000 MR-S Roadster= Current</span></span>
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