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Old 10-16-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
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Is this true?

I have B-Xenon projectors and recently replaced the OEM 4300K D2S HID headlight bulbs with 6000K, I believe they are made in Japan. The headlights weren't removed from the car to install the new D2S, they were simply replaced via their access cap on the headlight. Well, I noticed that the beam path with the new bulbs is way higher than the OEMs', especially with the right side headlight. Road signs now shine like they are actually lighted and I can see street signs 3 blocks down the road. They are bright! I never noticed this with my 9 year old OEMs.

I contacted the seller and explain the situation and their reply was that this was perfectly normal since "BMW's projector headlights beam are like ____/ where all other manufacturers are _____ (or straight down the road)". Is this a true statement?

BTW, I have no issues with the left headlight. So far, haven't gotten any "one finger salutes" or flashing lights from other motorists. I like the output of the new bulbs but I don't want to blind incoming traffic or get ticketed for them.

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Old 10-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #2
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You might have knocked out the headlight alignment when you replaced the bulbs.
Just two screw like knobs per side, use phillips head screw driver to re-align the headlights.

If you search e46 headlight alignment, there is a really nice thread with the alignment pictures of how it should be when projected on the wall. This will maximize your view on the road and minimize the glare to the oncoming traffic(less finger salutes).
Good luck.
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