the Confusion of Aftermarket E46 BMW Angel Eyes
How the available kits work, and what's best for YOU!
BMW "angel eye" kits are easily one of the most popular upgrades
for your Bavarian machine, but they are also the source of an enormous
amount of confusion.
We've put together the most extensive write-up of the various BMW
"angel eye" technologies so you can figure out what product
is right for you. Each BMW angel eye solution is organized by technology
used to produce the angel eyes and includes an overview of that technology
as well as a few pictures and links (where applicable) to the product.
Cathode Fluorescent Lighting BMW Angel Eye Kits
Superb Brightness, High Tech "HID"
Look, Easy to Install, and #1 in Our Book
Wheelpower Phosphyre Halos
Fluorescent Lighting (CCFL) is in essence a variation of the technology
used in fluorescent light bulbs. These angel eye rings (or "halos)
produce the absolute brightest, most consistent light output of all aftermarket
BMW angel eye solutions and provide the most aesthetically appealing appearance
as well. This is our choice for the very best angel eye solution
on the market.
Very bright look - best appearance. Wide range of fitments: E30,
E36, E46, E39, E53, E38, etc. Cool, high tech appearance - real
eye catchers. Simplest installation process.
Somewhat fragile rings, so installation
requires more care
Available Products in the Market:
Phosphyre Halos (99+ 3 series ONLY)
thin CCFL angel eye rings and has a very bright white "Xenon"
look. Halo ring color is "HID." VERY cool looking. Comes
in "Plus" and "Enhanced" versions:
"Plus" - Comes with angel eye rings,
wiring, ballasts, installation clips and built in adhesives.
"Enhanced" - Same as "plus"
version, but includes ridged "sleeves" surrounding each
angel eye ring to create a thicker, more OEM appearance. Most popular
angel eye product & style on the market!
|Projector46***8482; w/ DDE Lightning***8482; (HID Optional, 99+ 3 series only)|
headlight replacement for your halogen headlights to Euro projectors
with INTEGRATED DDE Lighting (i.e. built into the design, not installed
on the aftermarket) with optional HID upgradeability. (For those
that don't know, DDE Lightning uses the same tech as WheelPower
Phosphyre Halos and is manufactured by the same company).
improvement in lighting output and looks. Very "OEM"
appearance for angel eye install. Available for E46 Sedans up to
8-31-2001 build dates, all E46 Coupes up to 2003 model year, and
ALL '01 to '04 M3 vehicles.
Price: $650 - $900
|L.E.D. Based BMW Angel Eye Kits|
Outdated, Dim, and Probably Not Worth Your Money
L.E.D. Kit in E36 ZKW's
The very first kits to come to market in the fairly new BMW "angel
eye" market were L.E.D. based solutions using plastic rings of some
kind with L.E.D's placed in the ends of the rings. While these work
in a marginal way (that is, you can see them at night and ONLY at night),
brightness is simply inconsistent (top of the rings brighter than the bottom)
and not comparable to OEM.
Cheap, color can be changed by switching L.E.D's
Not bright; can't be seen during day or dusk - visible
at night only, inconsistent ring illumination
main variation exists:
LED Angel Eye Kits
| Hawked on eBay as "best out there" solutions, these kits are |
usually just four rings and 8 L.E.D's that come with no instructions or wiring.
Approximate Price: $50-$75
/ Halogen Based BMW Angel Eye Kits
Clean, Classy OEM Look
DDE LumenX Gen V in E36 ZKW's
An evolution of the L.E.D. based kits, this setup instead uses "light
boxes" with a high intensity bulb to produce the light for the angel
eye rings. This light is routed through fiber-optic cables into the angel
eye rings which are installed in the headlight assembly. This is, in fact,
a replica of the technology used in factory BMW angel eye installations
such as those found on the E39 5-Series. As such, the look is a close to
OE BMW angel eyes as possible, consistent in brightness, and very classy
Classy OEM look, good brightness,
fits a variety of models, very durable
More parts = more time consuming installation process, harder to find
really only one major player for this type of angel eye solution in the
BMW market, but the product has been discontinued and can be difficult
|Daylight Demon Eyes Generation V, LumenX|
| Excellent |
product, installable in a wide range of vehicles: E30, E36, E46, E39,
E53, E38, etc. Perfect for those who want exact duplication of OE
BMW Angel Eyes
|The Clear Choice...|
CCFL Angel Eyes
simply no other BMW angel eye technology on the market with the same brightness,
ease of installation, quality of light output, and variety of options
to meet your needs. If you want the best, CCFL is it, bar none.