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I just installed a new set of euro spec smiley ellipsoid projector headlights on my 89 525i and everything works fine except the low beams do not light up enough of the road to drive safely with them on at night. I am running 55w H1 bulbs in the low beams and their seems to be enough brightness but it is a though the beam is cut off sharply way too close to the car. I have tried adjusting the low beams, but the beam is still cut off too soon. the lights I bought have a place for a 5w city light, but I do not know what type of bulb to buy. Could this city light help fix this problem or is it something else. Has anyone had this problem before? any help or advice would be great.
Well, if you are experiencing the same problem I am having with my 528i (97) then I'm afraid that I have some bad news for you. There is no cheap fix.
I was told by the service manager to upgrade to a brighter bulb so I installed Slyvania Silver Stars or whatever they are (not really important what they are - they don't help).
The problem is the aim of the light of thel lower beam. So figuring that out I took it in to the dealer and asked them to raise it and they informed me they were raised as high as they could go, nothing could raise them higher.
as for your question with the 5w city lights, those are 194 bulbs and they will make no difference with your low beams (they run like parking lights, too dim for projection). i tried once installing new headlamps on my e34, and never managed to do them successfully! so, i'd say get them corrected by a body shop. They are good at things like this. its not difficult, but its delicate labor, something i know dealers are too lazy to do! good luck buddy!
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The lights I installed have the brand name deppo and I bought them on ebay. They fit perfectly. Yes I do think it is an aiming issue but the vertical adjust is currently adjusted all the way up. I think this could be fixed by adjusting the fixed mount. right now this cannot be adjusted, but a little creative tinkering could adjust it back further. I think I will get some professional help on this one. Thanks for all of your input.
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