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Old 11-12-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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D2S bulbs that fit E46 correctly

Hi guys,

I have a 2002 330i.
One of my Xenon bulb is going purple ish.
I'll like to replace the bulbs as a pair, probably going from 4300K to 6000K.

One of my current bulb has a notch on the contact pin (bottom of bulb).
This results in poor connection as like the socket don't sit properly when clipping onto the bulb.

What bulbs are you guy using? Genuine D2S or cheap knock off ones on ebay? Price difference is massive...

Any recommendations for bulbs that fit and decent quality?
I've seen 'Euro Division' on the forum. Do their Philip bulbs fit well?

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Old 11-12-2014, 05:00 PM   #2
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Buy genuine D2S. Don't buy cheap knockoffs. Read Solidjake's thread; there's examples why you don't buy knockoffs.

I was looking at bulbs for a projector retrofit, so I was looking at Theretrofitsource.com. Look at their Osram and Phillips bulbs.
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Old 11-15-2014, 04:50 PM   #3
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Definitely get genuine D2S bulbs and TRS has the best prices and selection.

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...l?lamp_size=11
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Old 11-15-2014, 09:17 PM   #4
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Bafffyyyy, Solidjake, thanks for the heads up...

Decided on the MORIMOTO XB35 D2S.

At least it looks better than the knock off ones...
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The colour temp of the OE HID's is 4,300. This colour temp increases as the lamps age yielding a blue to purple hue.

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Old 11-16-2014, 06:33 AM   #6
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Also reasonably sure that anything above 4.3k is illegal, but don't quote me on that... i overheard an SCA rep talking about it.
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5k is okay, a lot of cars with stock projectors/xenons have 5k Sylvania bulbs.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:29 AM   #8
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To be honest, I'm not a big fan of the 4300K.
I'm going for 5500K, that looks more like white light, something I'm expecting from HID...

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Old 12-20-2014, 12:32 AM   #9
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Ok, so I've got the Morimoto D2S bulbs from Retrosource.
Easy to deal with and will definitely order from them again...
The shipment was fast, taking less than 2 weeks.


Fitment was straight forward, heaps better than one of the dodgy bulb I've replaced, which is unbranded bulb that doesn't sit properly in the socket...

So I've had installed the 5000K bulbs for around 3 weeks now, looking good, almost like the 'Cool' energy saving bulbs you get at home...

I'm happy...
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Nice! I still need to do my projector retrofit.
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Nice! I still need to do my projector retrofit.
Definitely go for it.... You'll love it...
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