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Old 04-16-2006, 09:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Smile Headlight Bulbs

I just bought new headlights (factory stock) but anyway my question is

Am i able to put in Xenon or Halogen bulbs without modding them at all ?
If so.. what bulbs do you reccomend ?

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oh by the way its a 1992 318i
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Old 04-16-2006, 12:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sylvania/Osram Silverstars... about $20 each, and make your headlights look way whiter and a bit brighter. I've used them on 3 different cars now, and I love them. Same wattage, still halogen, and no conversions or anything required. Just take out the old bulbs and pop the new ones in.
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No, you can't do it that way for xenons. You can phisically do it, but you will blind everybody in front of you. You need european headlight which are referred as ellipsoids or projector lights. I suggest you look at Umnitza or Jlevis for this.
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No, you can't do it that way for xenons. You can phisically do it, but you will blind everybody in front of you. You need european headlight which are referred as ellipsoids or projector lights. I suggest you look at Umnitza or Jlevis for this.
do not buy from umnitza,......and yes get silver stars...
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Old 04-16-2006, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I put 9005 and 9006 Xenons in my headlights and H1's in my fog lights and have had absolutly no problems with them, they are a ton brighter, but I havent had any complaints from the police or anything, you just have to make sure the wattage is the same of your wires might get hot and melt.
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did you do that with US lights? if so can you tell us how you did it?
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do not buy from umnitza,......and yes get silver stars...
ha ha, guess you got burned by Umnitza or something? I bought from Jlevis and I love the lights
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What do you mean how did i do it? The lights i got were off of ebay, they are exactly like the oem us ones except with angels eyes. Then I just bought some 9005 and 9006 Xenon bulbs off of ebay, they plug right in and work just fine. i think they are made by hi-lite, just search for it on ebay, 7000k's.
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No, you can't do it that way for xenons. You can phisically do it, but you will blind everybody in front of you. You need european headlight which are referred as ellipsoids or projector lights. I suggest you look at Umnitza or Jlevis for this.
Xenon is a gas, like halogen. they are just regular bulbs. You are probably thinking of HID's, which are also called "xenon". It's a catch phrase used to sell the blue tinted bulbs.
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so what bulbs can i put into my headlights that look like or are xenon.. besides the Silverstars that were mentioned before
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so what bulbs can i put into my headlights that look like or are xenon.. besides the Silverstars that were mentioned before
well as stated before you can buy cheap shit from ebay and not buy projectors first, but putting xenons in any non projector style light is illegal and annoying as fuck, i hate the jackass's around here who put cheap ebay pos xenon's in their civics and blind me while i'm driving at night

so you can go that route if you want

the bulb types you should buy as stated before are

for us spec headlights:

9006 for low beam
9005 for high beam
h1 for fogs
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Just buy Silverstars if you're not gonna be upgrading the headlights. Yeah, they won't look super blue, but they also won't blind everyone in sight.
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If you're not married to the idea of "blue", GE Nighthawks. They light as much or more road than the silverstars, but they are not as white.
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But the Silverstars look whiter without being blue, and are still perfectly legal. The only advantage of Nighthawks that I see is that they last longer (Silvertars supposedly only last about a year, but they seem to go longer than that if you don't use your headlights all the time).
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