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Old 01-31-2017, 05:25 PM   #1
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Low beam bixenon bulb replacement?

My 2005 330XI right low beam is flickering a bit and is noticeably purplish compared to the left low beam (which has no flicker). Seems to me that says it's bulb replacement time. I read a few posts and viewed a few youtube videos on how to do it, which doesn't seem difficult. I was hoping, however, to avoid taking out the headlamp assembly to replace the low beam D2S bulb. This afternoon I tried to remove the dust cap cover over the low beam bixenon light, and found I couldn't easily take off the cap because several brown electrical wires immediately behind the cap prevented it from moving a sufficient distance to unlatch. I didn't force things and left it be for now.

So my question comes down to how much force can I apply when taking the cap off? Are those electrical wires pretty flexible, flexible enough to move out of the way? If need be, I am prepared to take apart the headlamp assembly, but as I said, I don't want to if it can be avoided without damage to the car or my fingers.

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Old 01-31-2017, 06:09 PM   #2
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My 2005 330XI right low beam is flickering a bit and is noticeably purplish compared to the left low beam (which has no flicker). Seems to me that says it's bulb replacement time. I read a few posts and viewed a few youtube videos on how to do it, which doesn't seem difficult. I was hoping, however, to avoid taking out the headlamp assembly to replace the low beam D2S bulb. This afternoon I tried to remove the dust cap cover over the low beam bixenon light, and found I couldn't easily take off the cap because several brown electrical wires immediately behind the cap prevented it from moving a sufficient distance to unlatch. I didn't force things and left it be for now.

So my question comes down to how much force can I apply when taking the cap off? Are those electrical wires pretty flexible, flexible enough to move out of the way? If need be, I am prepared to take apart the headlamp assembly, but as I said, I don't want to if it can be avoided without damage to the car or my fingers.

Thanks for your help.

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You can replace it without anything breaking. It's kinda annoying but very possible.
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Old 01-31-2017, 07:03 PM   #3
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https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...arc-66240.html

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...ips-85122.html


THE best of the best

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Thanks niklecce123 and Solidjake. I'll have to wait for a day in the 60s to make the repair. Those wires are pretty stiff at 40F. BTW, I don't want bluish or purplish lights, so I'm not inclined to go into the 6KK spectrum, but I would like to improve on the 4.3KK of the ones BMW supplied. Any thoughts? I like the specs on the Philips 85122XV C1 Xtreme vision bulbs, but they're so pricey. If someone has some suggestions to go along with those provided by Solidjake I would appreciate hearing them.
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Thanks niklecce123 and Solidjake. I'll have to wait for a day in the 60s to make the repair. Those wires are pretty stiff at 40F. BTW, I don't want bluish or purplish lights, so I'm not inclined to go into the 6KK spectrum, but I would like to improve on the 4.3KK of the ones BMW supplied. Any thoughts? I like the specs on the Philips 85122XV C1 Xtreme vision bulbs, but they're so pricey. If someone has some suggestions to go along with those provided by Solidjake I would appreciate hearing them.


I'm actually doing a ballast on the right side along with bulbs on both sides. I decided to go to 4300k from 6000k (cheap bulbs). I got the OEM bulbs off eBay for $35 for the pair brand new. Pretty good deal if you ask me, genuine too. I'll let you know how it goes.


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OP, if you want the brightest bulbs in the standard color then get these night breakers, if not the C1's will work

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I decided to get the Osram Xenarc 66240 CBI bulbs. Got my fingers crossed they'll meet my needs. Thanks for the advice.
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OP, if you want the brightest bulbs in the standard color then get these night breakers, if not the C1's will work

https://www.theretrofitsource.com/co...htbreaker.html


The seller can't lie to you so there's really no harm.


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