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Old 05-13-2002, 09:28 PM   #1
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Stock Xenons

Hey I have a 2002 330ci with bi-xenons. I have almost 3000 miles on the car. My friend has an 01 and his lights seem to be more blue. Mine are more white. Anybody experience this problem or know what it could possibly be?

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Old 05-13-2002, 09:48 PM   #2
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This is a question that has been posted many times. Your xenons after a while will burn off into a whiter color. Technically you have more visibility when the xenons are worn in, if you will. The human eye can adjust a lot better and see better during normal white light than it can to the other colors of light such as the blue. If you really want the blue color, which is a popular add on, buy some 6000k's. However, mind you will be losing some visibility as if any one really cares
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Old 05-13-2002, 09:49 PM   #3
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Different bulbs from 01 to 02. Do a search through the forum, it has been discussed many times.
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Old 05-13-2002, 09:50 PM   #4
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how much does it cost to upgrade from stock xenons to 6000k?
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Old 05-13-2002, 09:52 PM   #5
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I dunno I am to f*****g lazy to find the prices, do a search, I am sure you will find a store or something that sells bulbs...
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whats all invovled in that too? just swaping the bulb?
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Yeh not sure, I don't have xenons so I can't really say but I am sure some1 can hook you up with the DIY. Beware that it may void the warranty for the xenons if you actually car...
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Old 05-13-2002, 10:24 PM   #8
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whats all invovled in that too? just swaping the bulb?
Bender,
I am pretty sure that if you allready have xenons all you have to do for the 6000k upgrade is change the bulbs.
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I am pretty sure that if you allready have xenons all you have to do for the 6000k upgrade is change the bulbs.
nice, how much are they? the store doesn't carry them do they?
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Old 05-13-2002, 10:46 PM   #10
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just a bulb swap, cost me $280.00 - for 2 6000k phillips, bulbs, from , www.suvlights.com ,

Your 2002 xenons will stay a crap brown, because the are osrams!!
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Old 05-14-2002, 08:11 AM   #12
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I have the 6000K's in my 02' and they are great. The people w/o the 6000K's keep telling others about losing visibility, but they are truly better than stock. I was expecting to not see as well w/ them b/c alot of people kept saying that, but I see 10x better. Unless they have the 6000K's, they really don't know how amazing they are. Got mine from www.hids4less.com for $350 w/ a 5 year warranty. The color is sick too. Very blue but next to halogens on the road, your path looks pure white!
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:20 AM   #13
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Ok I'm reviving an old thread instead of starting a new one

I just bought a 2002 330Ci, and the xenons look like reflectors instead of projectors. I thought that BMW used projectors in all of their cars? My 2000 540i had projector xenons. Am I missing something here?

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OEM Xenon's are projectors with D2S bulbs.
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Old 02-27-2007, 11:32 AM   #15
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If you have xenons, your headlights look like this:



If you do not, your headlights look like this (less the halos):



Now it's possible that the previous owner retrofitted an HID kit into halogen housings which would achieve the xenon output without the benefit of projectors.
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You are correct. I just double checked and it looks like the previous owner retrofitted the xenons without the projector. I am actually very surprised since the output is much better and they actually look nicer on the road than the 540i projectors.

In my exprience (Acura/Lexus), the projectors usually look much better than reflectors.

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If you have xenons, your headlights look like this:



If you do not, your headlights look like this (less the halos):



Now it's possible that the previous owner retrofitted an HID kit into halogen housings which would achieve the xenon output without the benefit of projectors.
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Old 02-27-2007, 04:05 PM   #17
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That's odd, you should try them with projectors because they are that much more effective. Mainly in preventing glare from blinding oncoming traffic.
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