HID Lights? Legal Or Pull Me Over Now? - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
3-Series (E36) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1992-1999. Autodoodad Specific models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318iS/ti, BMW 320, BMW 323, BMW 320, BMW 324, BMW 325, BMW 328.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 12:32 PM
n00b
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
mrdell12345 is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
HID Lights? Legal Or Pull Me Over Now?

Well a friend of mine gave me a set of HID head lamp kits for my car. The light kit is the kind that replaces the stock bulbs with a Xenon arch lamp, ballast and ignitor. The color is 6000k white/blue. The kit was a Xmas present and was purchased from carhidkits site, so I do not want to offend my friend by never trying them, but at the same time I do not want to blind others on the road or get a FAT TICKET. What are the penalties if it is not legal? Heck, what is the legality of these light kits? I live in CA if that has any bearing.
mrdell12345 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 03:14 PM
Im Bluffin With My Muffin
 
AlpineSixAndSeven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Posts: 5,992
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold AlpineSixAndSeven is a splendid one to behold
Send a message via AIM to AlpineSixAndSeven
I have had them in my car for quite awhile now and no issues with THOSE 'm in CA too(Bay area)

1991 Ford Taurs SHO 5 Speed White on Tan
1996 Chevy Lumina LTZ Rep 3.4L
1992 318i Coupe parts car
1992 325i Ls1 swap with a T56 6 speed 12.2 quarter mile
1976 Mercedes Benz 300D with a Ford 5.0L Fuel Injected soon to be Modded
I am Captain Obvious
AlpineSixAndSeven is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 07:35 PM
Millions of them.
 
Torque's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: USA
Posts: 14,878
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute Torque has a reputation beyond repute
It is illegal, but you have a BMW ... no cop is going to know when BMW actually started using HIDs and what is factory and what isn't.

That said, if you are not putting these in projector housings, make very sure they are aimed right at least, otherwise you'll blind everyone everywhere.

Torque is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 01-20-2010, 09:26 PM
1st Gear Member
 
BrianXE36's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 265
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
BrianXE36 is on a distinguished road
Simply tell them this. "It's the Xenon upgrade" stay between 6k and 8k.

Quote:
Originally Posted by johnnybayonne View Post
I eat, sleep, & breathe BMW
BrianXE36 is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 01-21-2010, 07:19 AM
n00b
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ireland
Posts: 11
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Tontizzle is on a distinguished road
Where im from they're legal up to 6000k. Remeber to aling them tho, half the feckin people over hear drive around with the things pointed at the sky.... more chance of seein a aeroplane than the road.

How to Adjust E36 Headlights | eHow.com
Tontizzle is offline  
#6 (permalink) Old 01-21-2010, 07:49 AM
Mr. Clean
 
BimmerE39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Danbury, Connecticut
Posts: 1,817
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
BimmerE39 will become famous soon enough
Garage
I'd say you're okay as long as they are in a projector housing. If you put HID's in a non projector housing using a factory reflector housing the beam of light is highly scattered because HID's do not use a filament. It's the projector that focuses the light and the projector also has a built in cut off. Buy the proper headlights first (if you haven't done already) and then go for HID's.
BimmerE39 is offline  
#7 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 08:24 PM
n00b
 
jjguzman_85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: inYourMom, TX
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jjguzman_85 is on a distinguished road
If they come with a projector, then I'd say your fine. HID bulbs have a higher output, and the projector (rounded lens part) focuses the light onto the road so you don't blind people. Alot of people are buying HID upgrades without a projector, so when they turn them on...the light isn't focused and scatters every were. That's how people get blinded. It's good that you're being considerate of other drivers.

Its the cats pajamas!
jjguzman_85 is offline  
#8 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 09:39 PM
Kai
4th Gear Member
 
Kai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 918
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of Kai has much to be proud of
Garage
Send a message via AIM to Kai
Agreed, just get projector headlights and there will be nothing to worry about. If you have it in reflector housings you will blind people, and at least in NC you can get a ticket if your headlights are distracting to other drivers.

Kai is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E36)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New one in here with 02 330Ci and problem with HID lights Vlad_330Ci 3-Series (E46, E90) 5 06-24-2009 03:52 AM
Hid Fog Lights For E36? just_program 3-Series (E36) 11 01-29-2005 12:58 PM
Hid Fog Lights sabbath130 3-Series (E36) 7 10-06-2004 05:07 PM
Head Lights...ae/hid/euro BaLAnCe17 3-Series (E36) 2 09-29-2004 10:33 PM
Hid Lights dvls-7 3-Series (E46, E90) 3 09-25-2004 09:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome