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Bimm325i 01-21-2007 11:52 PM

Opinons/ Where to buy Xenon bulbs ASAP
 
Well i took out my mothers 325i (an 2002) and i notice at night i cant see anything, im not blind. but i have a hard time seeing anything when it rains. her xenons have gone Pure White!

i Never had this problem with my old 325i becuz i had 8000k's. So should i upgrade her to 8000's? and What brand do you guys think is Best


TIA, Help, THANKS GUYS:hi: :)

kevkev3123 01-22-2007 12:39 AM

i dont know, but when its foggy 8,000 would not be a good alternative.

if your looking for bulbs i would recommend from experience

www.blinglights.com

there stuff is pretty high quality (but you pay for it)

Bimm325i 01-22-2007 12:58 AM

^ why is it not good in fog.

Ive had it in my old e46 and it looked okay. down here we dont get thick fog

Mike@Modbargains 01-22-2007 12:59 AM

D2S xenon replacement bulbs:

http://www.modbargains.com/product.a...w-e46-light001

Edison@JleviSW 01-22-2007 01:05 AM

If you are having trouble seeing, don't go with 8000k. There is a trade off in the kelvin scale that when you increase the amount of K's, you do get a more blue color but you lose light output.

For this reason, I recommend going with 6000k. It is the perfect compromise between a pure white color temperature and maximum light output. Here is a comparison between our 6000k D2S bulbs (Left) and 4300k stock bulbs (Right) as well as the product page:

D2S Xenon Replacement Bulbs

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e1...76IMG_0323.jpg

Edison@JleviSW 01-22-2007 01:06 AM

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Originally Posted by Bimm325i (Post 5413730)
^ why is it not good in fog.

Ive had it in my old e46 and it looked okay. down here we dont get thick fog

The issue with HID fogs is that fog reflects light back at the driver. This is why you never turn on your high beams in fogs but rather activate your fog lights so as to prevent any glare that would be caused by a more intense light output.

With that said, if you do not encounter fog very often, it is better to run HID fogs as you will put more visible light right in front of the car, thereby illuminating the road that much better. But as fog lights go, HIDs are poor alternatives to your stock fogs given their extreme brightness and glare issues in foggy conditions.

Bimm325i 01-23-2007 07:19 PM

Im looking to get Philips Ultinon Bulbs in either 8000k's if i can find it or the 6000k's.

are Philips Ultinon Bulbs good?

Edison@JleviSW 01-23-2007 07:30 PM

Philips makes a great bulb but they are a bit pricey for what you get.

Bimm325i 01-24-2007 12:36 AM

Im looking for the BEST So is Philips the BEST for the money.

bave46rider 01-24-2007 03:57 AM

The Philips ultinon bulbs are definitely one of the BEST around. You can get them on ebay for $150-$170 a pair. Also, www.xenondepot.com has them, but a little more expensive.

SL Blak Soldier 01-24-2007 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Nick@Jlevi SW (Post 5413782)

With that said, if you do not encounter fog very often, it is better to run HID fogs as you will put more visible light right in front of the car, thereby illuminating the road that much better. But as fog lights go, HIDs are poor alternatives to your stock fogs given their extreme brightness and glare issues in foggy conditions.

sorry to hijack but, even if i get like a yellowish 3,000k foglight would there still be glare?

Prelude1897 01-25-2007 11:45 AM

Phillips Ultinon 6000k bulbs would be best to get. I wouldn't suggest going any higher than 6000k, cause after that, you'll pretty much killing the performance of your lights. I'm currently running 6000k bulbs on my car, and it's just about the same as 4300k, but with a blue tint to them.

VisionBulbs 01-25-2007 03:28 PM

Our bulbs are $109.99, plus you can use your 15% discount!

derek80 01-25-2007 03:29 PM

philips might just be the best one.

Bimm325i 01-25-2007 11:09 PM

Damn my i just found out her Angel eyes blew out too. ****! yea i think im getting the philips

Edison@JleviSW 01-26-2007 11:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SL Blak Soldier (Post 5429215)
sorry to hijack but, even if i get like a yellowish 3,000k foglight would there still be glare?

Yes, the glare results from the intensity of an HID headlight which is over 3x as bright as a halogen bulb.

Tyler@UniqueDesign 01-26-2007 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nick@Jlevi SW (Post 5436969)
Yes, the glare results from the intensity of an HID headlight which is over 3x as bright as a halogen bulb.

HID's, especially in anything other than 4500k are usually only about 3000 lumens, halogens are 1500. Thats simple math, 2x as bright in actual output. The system uses 35w instead of 55w and is 3x as efficient however.

3000k 2800-3000
4500k puts out 3000-3200
6000k 2800-3000
8000k 2400-2800
etc.

Will you notice 100 lumens, probably not, will it be measurable....sure.

As far as glare from foglights/highbeams. The glare isn't just a result of light intensity, its a result of the angle that the light hits the fog at.

Fog lights exist because they illuminate the ground from "under" the fog (from the drivers perspective) and the amount of reflected light that will shine back to the drivers eyes is minimized as compared with a higher mounting spot.

More light in any location will lead to more glare -> its common sense.

www.danielsternlgihting.com has some great articles on this.

Color has to do with internal reflection in the water, as well as refraction levels with the water, less blue and there is less chance of total internal reflection from the water = less glare.

Bimm325i 01-27-2007 12:22 AM

Thanks guys so much for the Info, ive made up my mind!

jon323i 01-28-2007 08:22 AM

i picked up 4300k phillips on ebay for $65 shipped, been working perfectly

you just have to look for deals. I'm sorry but $100+ for bulbs is really ridiculous.

asilva 01-28-2007 11:32 AM

what kind of lights does my 2000 323i take?


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