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Old 12-04-2005, 07:28 PM   #1
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Dim Xenon Headlights

The stock Xenon Headlights on my 2000 BMW 323i seem really dim at night. It appears as if they are putting out very little light, almost a halogen amount. The color is still white, its just not very bright. I understand that on pre-facelift sedan there is no cut off line for the xenon lights but, when I compare them to my mom's 2004 330ci, they seem alot dimmer. The same is the case when compared with my dad's 05 Land Rover LR3. I don't know if its just my eyes or if there is something wrong. I thought it could possibly be that the xenon bulbs are just old and haven't ever been replaced (80,000 miles on car). I was wondering if replacing the xenon bulbs should fix this problem? Would buying 6000K bulbs give me the more light I am looking for?

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Old 12-04-2005, 07:47 PM   #2
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The stock Xenon Headlights on my 2000 BMW 323i seem really dim at night. It appears as if they are putting out very little light, almost a halogen amount. The color is still white, its just not very bright. I understand that on pre-facelift sedan there is no cut off line for the xenon lights but, when I compare them to my mom's 2004 330ci, they seem alot dimmer. The same is the case when compared with my dad's 05 Land Rover LR3. I don't know if its just my eyes or if there is something wrong. I thought it could possibly be that the xenon bulbs are just old and haven't ever been replaced (80,000 miles on car). I was wondering if replacing the xenon bulbs should fix this problem? Would buying 6000K bulbs give me the more light I am looking for?

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No, 6000K won't give you more light. Stay below 6000K if you're looking to retain "stock" visibility. Go with 4300K or 5000K.
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Old 12-04-2005, 08:10 PM   #3
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Ok but would replacing them with the same temperature bulb (stock one) make them brighter?

-I guess what I'm asking is do xenons become dimmer as they get older?
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Old 12-04-2005, 08:21 PM   #4
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Have you checked to make sure they are aimed correctly?

In any case, we do offer ProLumen 6000k D2S low beam bulb replacements if you need one. But it seems weird that a bulb would go dim.
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No, 6000K won't give you more light. Stay below 6000K if you're looking to retain "stock" visibility. Go with 4300K or 5000K.
Well, IMO 6000k is just right but I will stay away for anything above 6000K.
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Old 06-27-2007, 11:05 AM   #6
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Interesting, I have a 323cic -00 and the lights (xenons) are really weak compared to others (my last gf had a 330cic -01 and they were a lot brighter) Had one bulb changed out but still bad, thinking its the ignitor or something else?? If u find a fix please pm me!!
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If u still have ur car that is, just saw that the thread is from 2005 =)
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how much weaker are the 6000 than the 4300=5000
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how much weaker are the 6000 than the 4300=5000
they really arent weaker...their color pattern has just shifted and because of that, the human eye does not "SEE" the light that they are putting out....

same light output, just different in color....so to us, it seems a bit darker.
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