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Angel Eyes, DDEs, lighted rings, Clear Turn Signals, LEDs, Xenon, HID, or Bi-Xenon. If it lights up and you want to discuss it, post here!

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Old 01-09-2008, 08:42 PM   #1
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Can you put xenon light instead of regular lights

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I have a 323 1999, e46 with regular bulbs for lights. Can you just install a halogen/xenon bulb in mine, or for tha tyou need re-wiring etc? Just something simple to enhance the lighting out of my car.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:57 PM   #2
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You can't put xenon bulbs inside a regular halogen light setting. Halogen lights work on reflection. The light is reflected onto the road. Xenon headlights are projected. Which means they are focused into a road.

So you say, so what? Well, xenon bulbs put out so much light, that trying to throw a xenon bulb into a halogen light, the light WILL NOT reflect onto the road. Instead, the light will scatter, and it will blind on-coming traffic.....

In addition, trying to do that would probably end up being worst lighting on the road vs halogens.

If you want xenon lights, you need to get P46s (Projector 46s) These are made to hold xenon bulbs, and vary from price......

Check with the sponsers on this forum for any specials.

I got my set from umnitza, and I love them. Great safety upgrade
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:01 PM   #3
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You can't put xenon bulbs inside a regular halogen light setting. Halogen lights work on reflection. The light is reflected onto the road. Xenon headlights are projected. Which means they are focused into a road.

So you say, so what? Well, xenon bulbs put out so much light, that trying to throw a xenon bulb into a halogen light, the light WILL NOT reflect onto the road. Instead, the light will scatter, and it will blind on-coming traffic.....

In addition, trying to do that would probably end up being worst lighting on the road vs halogens.

If you want xenon lights, you need to get P46s (Projector 46s) These are made to hold xenon bulbs, and vary from price......

Check with the sponsers on this forum for any specials.

I got my set from umnitza, and I love them. Great safety upgrade
What are we looking at for price $200? $1000? How much work is installing it?
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Old 01-09-2008, 09:11 PM   #4
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For me it cost $625. No thrown codes on the dash saying I have a bulb out. Nothing.

For installation, I did it myself. I'm 17. So it was fairly easy, about 2 hours. There is many DIYs on this forum as well as others to wire up the angel eyes which come in the headlights already.....and DIYs also install the headlights. The headlights just bolt in and out. 4 screws and its out.

Here is some pics....


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Definitely the right way to go. You can purchase one of our HID kits to retrofit into your stock housings but I don't recommend it. You won't have projectors and will get glare issues.

Go with a set of our Projector46 complete headlight replacements which swaps out your stock housings for projector based xenons with built in angel eyes. This is a complete kit that includes everything you need for the install and will achieve an OEM quality xenon setup.



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Old 01-10-2008, 08:31 AM   #6
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Nick, thanks for the link.

If I want Angel eyes on my current car, is there any re-wiring needed or do I need to purchase something?
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You can purchase our Predator Chromium angel eye kit. This includes everything you need to retrofit angel eyes into your existing housing including the plug and play wiring harness and installation instructions.
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