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2.5crazy 11-15-2012 06:18 PM

HID kit needed?
 
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I was wondering I bought my 325 this march and I noticed that it came with DEPO headlights that have AE preinstalled and I was wondering to make them look brighter would I need to install an HID kit or can I replace the bulbs? I'm sorry I'm new to this stuff and I need help. Thanks. Btw those are pics of my current headlight set up. Attachment 478275Attachment 478276

jfoj 11-15-2012 06:32 PM

Unless your car has projector headlights, do not even consider HID retrofit.

Even if you have projectors, HID retrofits can be tricky and can likely put out a really poor light pattern.

2.5crazy 11-15-2012 06:49 PM

How would I know if they are projector lights or not?

WDE46 11-15-2012 06:54 PM

You have projectors. Your car has lenses on the outside headlights vs a dish for regular lights. Anyway, just go with some of the top shelf Sylvania bulbs for halogen lights. They are very white and very bright.

shadow2132 11-15-2012 06:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jfoj (Post 14903589)
Unless your car has projector headlights, do not even consider HID retrofit.

Even if you have projectors, HID retrofits can be tricky and can likely put out a really poor light pattern.

Not true what so ever... for around 400$ you can have better than oem xenon light output by using theretrofitsource.com.

there's a great DIY here on this site for it which i followed myself and am very very happy with the results. and have been complimented a lot for the output and look

white46 11-15-2012 07:12 PM

In your case, since depo headlight already came with projector, you can buy HID kit and install them. I believe H7 is the bulb type you need.

2.5crazy 11-15-2012 07:20 PM

So changing the bulbs would help my AE look brighter and whiter?

E46inthe206 11-15-2012 07:21 PM

^ H7 is right!

2.5crazy 11-15-2012 07:23 PM

Awesome! H7 it is. Does anyone know of a good site to buy quality bulbs?

2.5crazy 11-15-2012 07:34 PM

Oh quick question again so when I do replace the bulb will it affect the whole headlight? or just the AE's?

Encryption76 11-15-2012 07:40 PM

Pick up some LED angel eyes if that is what you are after. Pretty sure there is a DIY on it or 4 around here.

E46inthe206 11-15-2012 07:43 PM

Here's my suggestion. Get xenon headlights with AE's and led corners for like 500.

///MPR77 11-15-2012 09:21 PM

OP,
The Depo headlights come with halogen angel eyes.... they are dim, as you have noticed, and hence your question.

The Angel Eyes have plastic covers that clip onto the housing.

What you need is a set of either
CCFL Ae's, with ballasts or, an LED set.

They will come in their own plastic ring housings;which can be opened up, and you can get the actual light ring out of the housing, and swap into your Depo housing... feed the new wire to the existing power source, and clip the Ae covers back on, and the headlight covers back on, and...done.

BTW... H7 is the socket for your HID...not your Angel Eyes.
Looks like you have Halogen bulbs in your projectors, so you will probably want to change those out with an H7 HID kit.

Search username SolidJake his thread Do and don'ts of lighting.

Check out the retrofit source for the H7 hid kit.

jfoj 11-15-2012 09:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by shadow2132 (Post 14903694)
Not true what so ever... for around 400$ you can have better than oem xenon light output by using theretrofitsource.com.

there's a great DIY here on this site for it which i followed myself and am very very happy with the results. and have been complimented a lot for the output and look

The retrofit I was referring to was just adding HID bulbs to the existing headlights, not adding or changing out projectors.

To do the job "correctly" your should have auto height adjusting suspension or auto level correcting headlights. Many retrofit jobs do not have this as a supporting feature.

Not sure you will have better than OEM Xenon lighting by using theretrofitsouce.com, you may be able to improve on the OEM, especially with crappy bowls and maybe different lens, however, if you are hacking up non HID headlights, you will not get better than OEM.

I have active bi-Xenon's in my vert and they turn with the steering, that would be very hard to beat with some $400 retrofit!


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