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Old 09-09-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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6000K HID questions

I have a set of the Bimmian 6000K ultra white bulbs in my 328i and thought that they were bright. I am using the OEM projector and ballast. Last night My friend in an e36 328, with Depo projectors and a 6000K hid kit pulled up next to me and it seems as if his are a lot brighter than my lights. What can I do to make mine a little brighter? I love the blue color his lights put off. Should I buy diffferent bulbs? I was also considering the ECE projectors from hidplannet.com! Also what is the easiest way to adjust my cutoff? How many feet from the wall should I be for the height to be right?
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:32 PM   #2
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It typically depends on the manufacturer of the bulbs. Not all 6000k are the same. If they look brighter, it could mean that they are bluer or whiter depending on your point of view. were you looking outside? or inside of the car?

It could also be that your lens are dirty, might want to fix that as well. You guys should try swapping bulbs. That way, if his is still brighter on your car, then get some new bulbs. Otherwise it could just be your car.
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:53 PM   #3
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He has H1 bulbs so its not going to be able to be swapped. I cleaned the lenses inside and out. I'm running Bimmian bulbs and he is running a kit that is not know. Some kit from a friend in the socale36.com club. I was observing from inside the car and he noticed a big difference as well.
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Old 09-09-2007, 05:50 PM   #4
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it could be the bulbs. if you were closer, i would tell you to come by and compare with mines. it could also be that there's a difference between the projectors as well.
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Old 09-09-2007, 06:44 PM   #5
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Do you have factory projectors? Or are you running halogen "6000K" bulbs? Or using a 6000K HID kit in your reflector headlights?
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Old 09-09-2007, 07:28 PM   #6
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I'm running all factory projectors. I'm just "upgraded" the bulbs to the Bimmian Xenonflo D2S bulbs in the 6000K ultra white bulbs!
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Old 09-09-2007, 08:02 PM   #7
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^ you mean you just downgraded. going from stock 4300k to 6000k, you lose light output.
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Old 09-09-2007, 09:55 PM   #8
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well sort of. i found that the light output is close to the same as the stock bulbs. i was looking for the blue color but i'm not seeing too much blue. i guess maybe a different bulb?
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well 6000k only produces a hint of blue. you only see the blue from far away. from the driving position, you'll see white. 8000k is probably what you're after, but you'll lose quite a bit of lumens that way.
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Old 09-09-2007, 11:09 PM   #10
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what temp are you running in your ride? do you have a picture of it from the drivers seat?
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Old 09-10-2007, 12:33 AM   #11
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i'm running 6000k as well. but i bought mines from umnitza. they were on sale for 80 a pair. otherwise i would go with visionbulbs 6000k bulbs. i do have a camera good enough to take it from the drivers seat to show how bright it is.
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how do you have your headlights adjusted? i've been monkeying around with the adjustment but can't seem to get the left/right adjustment to change at all. maybe one of these weekends when i don't have too much homework i can cruise up there. i noticed the socale46.com logo, is that sight pretty decent?
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it's pretty slow right now, but people are starting to go on there. hopefully it get's running soon.

at the top, that's the adjustment to make the headlight go up/down. on the back of the headlight, iirc, there should be a bolt/screw that you use to adjust left/right.
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Old 09-10-2007, 02:58 PM   #14
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yeah i've found both of them. i turned the bolt on the back and it doesn't seem to do anything.

i'll join the socal site when i get home from work tonight!
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hmm maybe you're going the wrong way? if you have a friend, tell him to cover t he other headlight, that way you can kind of see the hotspot
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Old 09-10-2007, 03:17 PM   #16
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i covered the other headlight with a dark shirt and it still didn't seem to make a difference. when you say the hot spot, is that the arch that is closest to the car on the ground?
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