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Old 03-11-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Which D2S bulbs to get?

It looks like the "best" xenon bulbs for our projectors are the Osram 5000K CBIs. Every "expert" on other forums swears by them.

I wanted to hear from my fellow fanatics. What bulbs are you currently running? I'm trying to find authentic Philips bulbs that aren't $185/pair. But there are so many different versions of the Philips bulbs. I've been reading about the Philips SVS. I've also heard about Philips CM- but I guess they're very rare.

I'm looking for good light output with either a pure white/or slight blue hue to the bulbs.

I currently have the 6000K Morimotos but I think they're not functioning correctly. My driver's side light turns off sometimes when I hit a bump. I've also had problems with the Morimotos on my X5 so I'm thinking I need to upgrade my bulbs.

No need to mention any ebay/China crap you may be running. Not interested.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 03-14-2013, 04:40 AM   #2
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Read this for a start.

http://e46fanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=974771


I had Philips 85122+ bulbs which are $95 new for the pair at TRS. The only Philips bulbs more expensive are their new 5000k ones which are currently $220+ and very hard to get in Europe or 6000k which are $250+.

I now have the Osram CBI bulbs ($185 shipped from TRS), honestly worth every. single. penny. I love them, they are very bright and look great with a white color. (see sig)
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That's great info Jake. I was wondering which bulbs you were using in your sig. They look really bright. Just curious, do they have any kind of a slight blue hue to them?

Oh yeah, I just ordered the CBIs last night. I have everything ready for Caesar at lightwerkz to upgrade my projector lenses, ballasts, and igniters. Can't wait!
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Well the philips and cbi's do start up as blueish but them warm up to their proper temps. The cbi's are pure white.
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I now have the Osram CBI bulbs ($185 shipped from TRS), honestly worth every. single. penny. I love them, they are very bright and look great with a white color. (see sig)
Hey Solidjake, I just got these 5K bulbs installed today based on your recommendation (as well as others) on E46Fanatics and ordered from Retrofit Source. So psyched to go for a night drive tonight and report my results.

(Previous owner had an OEM bulb in one headlamp and a legit Phillips replacement in the other, but they were mismatched in color and intensity so it drove me crazy, though it took me a few months to notice it ;-)

PS: Hey bimmerman! Those wheels you sold me held up great all winter and I put new shoes on her for the snow, which we didn't get much of. Swapped to some 18 inch VMRs for summer, though!

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Teraxx- I'm glad you got some good use out of the wheels. You're gonna love the CBIs.
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:07 AM   #7
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Hey Solidjake, I just got these 5K bulbs installed today based on your recommendation (as well as others) on E46Fanatics and ordered from Retrofit Source. So psyched to go for a night drive tonight and report my results.

(Previous owner had an OEM bulb in one headlamp and a legit Phillips replacement in the other, but they were mismatched in color and intensity so it drove me crazy, though it took me a few months to notice it ;-)

PS: Hey bimmerman! Those wheels you sold me held up great all winter and I put new shoes on her for the snow, which we didn't get much of. Swapped to some 18 inch VMRs for summer, though!
Awesome! They need some good amount of time to burn in but they will be white. Every time I turn on my lights in the morning it still puts a smirk on my face
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Awesome! They need some good amount of time to burn in but they will be white. Every time I turn on my lights in the morning it still puts a smirk on my face
I feel the same exact way !!
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I took her for a drive last night and holy mackerel what a difference from what I had before!! I can see so much more clearly now. Yes, they fire up a coolish blue / kind of white initially...curious to see how they look when fully white (post-burn-in time). Next task up: Replacing white bulbs to stealth amber in my clear side markers/front + rear turn markers. A cop directing traffic told/warned me I needed amber turn signal bulbs in NY state and the prev. owner had put the white ones in :-(
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Just put in the regular amber bulbs. Egg-yolk look ftw!
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