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#1 (permalink) Old 10-18-2004, 12:22 AM
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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.
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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.
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Do Xenons look any different to Halogens???
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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.
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Do Xenons look any different to Halogens???
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i don't think they do. the light output is better though.

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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.*
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Do Xenons look any different to Halogens???
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i don't think they do. the light output is better though.
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Yep, but both units physically look the same.

If you've just bought it brand new why didn't you spec the Xenons???
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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.*
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Do Xenons look any different to Halogens???
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i don't think they do. the light output is better though.
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Yep, but both units physically look the same.

If you've just bought it brand new why didn't you spec the Xenons???
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THat's exactly what i was thinking. I was thinking, if the thing is a 2005. Why did he just get the option? It should only bel ike a $500 and it costs a LOT more to upgrade to xenons. Xenons arent' just a different colored bulb. it's a whole different system. You'll need balasts and a completely different housings.

By the way, yes xenon looks different. It's got a bluish tint to it instead of a yellow one like halogen. Yes the light output is significantly different. But if you just go with a HID colored bulb that has halogen light output, itll be a pain in the butt to try and see in the rain.
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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.*
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Do Xenons look any different to Halogens???
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i don't think they do. the light output is better though.
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Yep, but both units physically look the same.

If you've just bought it brand new why didn't you spec the Xenons???
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THat's exactly what i was thinking. I was thinking, if the thing is a 2005. Why did he just get the option? It should only bel ike a $500 and it costs a LOT more to upgrade to xenons. Xenons arent' just a different colored bulb. it's a whole different system. You'll need balasts and a completely different housings.

By the way, yes xenon looks different. It's got a bluish tint to it instead of a yellow one like halogen. Yes the light output is significantly different. But if you just go with a HID colored bulb that has halogen light output, itll be a pain in the butt to try and see in the rain.
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Yes we know the light output looks different - But if you saw a 5er drive past you in the day with out his lights on would you tell if he had xenons or not without inspecting them??? Our point is that he called the Halogens "UGLY" - that must mean the xenons are ugly too, as they both look the same (apart from the light output of course).
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Originally posted by PNice972@Oct 18 2004, 05:22 AM
Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home. :D
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Hi, I just ordered my 2005 525i here in Germany, and one of the options that I was sure to include was the Xenon Adaptive headlights. They cost me an additional $800.00, however, I concerned that they may cost you significantly more to add after the fact, especially throough the dealer.
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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.
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Hi, I just ordered my 2005 525i here in Germany, and one of the options that I was sure to include was the Xenon Adaptive headlights. They cost me an additional $800.00, however, I concerned that they may cost you significantly more to add after the fact, especially throough the dealer.
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Adding them will be quite expensive. The cheapest route; however, would be to buy new assemblies made for xenon bulbs and then purchase an "aftermarket" xenon kit from ebay or wherever. You'll be looking at spending some big bucks, but HIDs are always worth it. (btw. expect to pay 1500 - 2000 from the dealer)

Putting xenon's in a housing made for halogens is a bad idea and won't spread the light as well as it should - While being a HUGE improvement over halogen.
Does that make any sense? lol

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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.*
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Do Xenons look any different to Halogens???
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i don't think they do. the light output is better though.
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Yep, but both units physically look the same.

If you've just bought it brand new why didn't you spec the Xenons???
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THat's exactly what i was thinking. I was thinking, if the thing is a 2005. Why did he just get the option? It should only bel ike a $500 and it costs a LOT more to upgrade to xenons. Xenons arent' just a different colored bulb. it's a whole different system. You'll need balasts and a completely different housings.

By the way, yes xenon looks different. It's got a bluish tint to it instead of a yellow one like halogen. Yes the light output is significantly different. But if you just go with a HID colored bulb that has halogen light output, itll be a pain in the butt to try and see in the rain.
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Yes we know the light output looks different - But if you saw a 5er drive past you in the day with out his lights on would you tell if he had xenons or not without inspecting them??? Our point is that he called the Halogens "UGLY" - that must mean the xenons are ugly too, as they both look the same (apart from the light output of course).
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Well, you are describing the look of the housing but the original poster was comparing xenons to halogen which by definition are the bulbs. How can you compare bulbs in the day time with them off?light actually looks when its on. Xenon's have nothing to do with the housing so by description they are the bulbs and the ballasts. The housing is exactly the same the only difference is that on the inner side of the housing the connector is different. How else can you critique it besides talking about the light it emits?
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WOAH. That is so totally incorrect.

The housing of a xenon set up is COMPLETELY different than that of a halogen set up.
The reflector, the projector, the focus - is ALL set up for xenon OR halogen. The shape of the light beam emitted is completely different, therefore the optics are too. Putting xenons in a halogen housing will cause a DANGEROUS glare to oncoming traffic and the throw (distance projection) will be WORSE than if a halogen bulb was in there.

Please people, dont go putting xenon lights into a car NOT made for them without changing the housings too. It is an expensive option from the dealer. NOT just because of the ballasts and bulbs.

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Okay, like the topic says, i just got a brand new 2005 BMW 525i and it has those ugly Halogen lights. I was wondering what would be the best way to get the Xenon look? Getting the OEM housing with lighting assembly or what? thanks in advance. cool board BTW. my new home.*
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Do Xenons look any different to Halogens???
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i don't think they do. the light output is better though.
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Yep, but both units physically look the same.

If you've just bought it brand new why didn't you spec the Xenons???
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THat's exactly what i was thinking. I was thinking, if the thing is a 2005. Why did he just get the option? It should only bel ike a $500 and it costs a LOT more to upgrade to xenons. Xenons arent' just a different colored bulb. it's a whole different system. You'll need balasts and a completely different housings.

By the way, yes xenon looks different. It's got a bluish tint to it instead of a yellow one like halogen. Yes the light output is significantly different. But if you just go with a HID colored bulb that has halogen light output, itll be a pain in the butt to try and see in the rain.
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Yes we know the light output looks different - But if you saw a 5er drive past you in the day with out his lights on would you tell if he had xenons or not without inspecting them??? Our point is that he called the Halogens "UGLY" - that must mean the xenons are ugly too, as they both look the same (apart from the light output of course).
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Well, you are describing the look of the housing but the original poster was comparing xenons to halogen which by definition are the bulbs. How can you compare bulbs in the day time with them off?light actually looks when its on. Xenon's have nothing to do with the housing so by description they are the bulbs and the ballasts. The housing is exactly the same the only difference is that on the inner side of the housing the connector is different. How else can you critique it besides talking about the light it emits?
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NOPE, by stating the lights are UGLY and wanting th xenon LOOK one would presume he means the physical look of the unit!!!! how tf can you have an ugly light beam??? By looking at them in the day I was suggesting that xenons and halogen UNITS look the same - wake up and read the posts. And in keeping with spork - if the bulbs are the only difference I'll go out and but myself some today and save myself 1500.
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