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Old 11-11-2005, 04:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Higher powered lights for E46

Hi,

for a 2004 325ci, can i replace the standard globes (non xenon) with a higher powered "white globe" ? or do i have to use exactly the same wattage ? I've heard that replaceing the standard globes with the white globes may actually reduce the output so i thought putting a higher powered globe might make up the difference. Am i likely to damage wiring etc. with a higher powered globe ? What have people used in their experiences for the 'white look' globes ?

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The stock one are 55 watts, you can go up to 75 watts. Anything above will melt sockets and fry wires sooner or later.Before installing aftermarket bulbs make sure all contact points betwen bulbs and sockets are clean.
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You can put in our 35w ProLumen HID kits which will have more output than stock halogens and draw less power. It is completely plug and play as well
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Thats the bad thing about living in Australia.....no cool performance shops for BMW's (
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We ship all around the world and our HID kits are 100% plug and play
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Sylvania Silverstar bulbs are relatively cheap, but whiter. Just remember, don't touch the bulbs with your bare hands.
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I'v got PIAA Extreme White bulbs in mine. 110 watts of power for 55 watts output.
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Take a look at www.jlevisw.com

They have some awesome kits and even better customer service just in case. This way you can get the best possible light output and be able to pick what temperature you would like (which helps determine color)! There really is no subtitue for HID's. They draw less power and produce far more light (and even a nice color of your choice)!

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