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Old 05-24-2007, 01:17 AM   #1
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xenon to halogen

hi i dont know if i want to do this but is it possible for a xenon equipped car to switch to halogen?
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:19 AM   #2
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:21 AM   #3
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hi i dont know if i want to do this but is it possible for a xenon equipped car to switch to halogen?
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:36 AM   #5
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Old 05-24-2007, 01:41 AM   #6
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seriously, why are you thinking of switching to halogens??
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Old 05-24-2007, 02:51 AM   #7
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I have the projector46 with xenon lamps . Out of the box the ballasts were defective (one was dead, the other was flickering). So in the meantime I just reinstalled the stock halogen bulbs in the projectors housing.

Looks cool actually since it's different from most of them out there -- mine's white angel eyes around halogen projector lamps. Road clarity is still much better than the non-projector halogens.
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Old 05-24-2007, 05:59 AM   #8
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my car came without the xenon package and I asked aorund to some different shops about installing a conversion kit. Bavauto suggested a full blown OEM conversion kit would run a few thousand dollars and they suggested to just install PIAA extreme white halogen bulbs to closely replicate the xenon light output....

the only plus side of not having OEM xenons is that if you crash the front of the car and damage your lights, buying OEM halogen light assemblies is a lot less than the Xenon light assemblies.....

anyone opinions?
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:07 AM   #9
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^ xenons are worth it IMHO

seriously, why would you want to go with halogens when you already have xenons? if you really want to you are going to need halogen headlights since i dont think they make d2s halogens.
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hi i dont know if i want to do this but is it possible for a xenon equipped car to switch to halogen?
I know, you really don't want to do it...
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my car came without the xenon package and I asked aorund to some different shops about installing a conversion kit. Bavauto suggested a full blown OEM conversion kit would run a few thousand dollars and they suggested to just install PIAA extreme white halogen bulbs to closely replicate the xenon light output....

the only plus side of not having OEM xenons is that if you crash the front of the car and damage your lights, buying OEM halogen light assemblies is a lot less than the Xenon light assemblies.....

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Did the complete OEM conversion for $580

There is no way ANY halogen bulb to replace the xenon light output. Color temperature perhaps (Kelvin), but Lumens no way.
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If you have the OEM xenons, you'll need a new LCM as an LCM coded for xenons apparently can't be re-coded for halogens.
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If you have the OEM xenons, you'll need a new LCM as an LCM coded for xenons apparently can't be re-coded for halogens.
Depends how OEM you want the conversion. Unlike the rear LED coding which requires production date after 03/2001, the xenon re-coding has no restriction at all.

You can go to the dealer and flash your existing LCM for Xenons but you will lose the manual leveling control, since the new software will look for the signal from automatic leveling sensors. I'm sure this can be reversed, Xenon coding for Halogen coding

You can go ahead of course and install the automatic headlight leveling system which isn't too difficult, although you will have to run wires from underneath to the LCM unit.
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Did the complete OEM conversion for $580

There is no way ANY halogen bulb to replace the xenon light output. Color temperature perhaps (Kelvin), but Lumens no way.
you swapped your complete OEM halogen assemblies for complete OEM Xenon assemblies?

where did you buy your OEM Xenons from? I thought you needed to add additional wiring and such for OEM Xenon systems....
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Not plain xenon.. Did the Bi-Xenon retrofit

Complete genuine Bi-Xenon assemblies, brand new, originally bought for M3 but seller never installed them. Needed patience as I first bought the Left assembly and after 3 weeks I found the Right one.

Additional wiring is needed if you get bi-xenons but for plain xenons, it's all plug n play. even for the bi-xenons, you can make them work with a VERY simple mod.

the extra wiring that somebody might need is for the auto leveling system

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Old 05-24-2007, 07:29 PM   #19
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OK you guys im just thinking because i only have one fucntioning xenon headlight the other is completley trashed. so i dont have the money to buy another new one so im just think that i should just sell the one i have and buy two halogen ones, im confused so WILL it be compatible or not?
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