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Old 02-09-2009, 03:33 PM   #1
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I would like to (not) thank Umnitza and JLevi

first and foremost - if anyone doubts my technical knowledge of wiring and mechanical expertise...find more threads by me

I regretfully have joined the leagues of folks that have experienced fires due to the ballasts associated with angel eyes. Luckily I am ULTRA sensitive to smells or noises when involving cars...and I could tell there was a problem before it hurt the car in any way.


But, let me say this...if a product such as some angel eyes had brought harm to all the work, money and time involved in converting the wagon to 3.0l, 6spd, and SC.....I would have been inconsolable.

I have also dealt with numerous rings burnt out, ballast no longer working, etc....I am not sure if the led units are any better...but as far as I am concerned...BMW didnt intend for my car to have angel eyes and I am no longer willing to rely on a cheap alternative.
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:35 PM   #2
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sorry to hear about your incident. I'm glad the wagon was not hurt..
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Old 02-09-2009, 03:42 PM   #3
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i want everyone to see that these products are not without potential for disaster
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Wow Stuart how could that possibly happen? Any ideas on what caused the short/fire?

So sorry to hear man

Then again, glad you're ok, weren't hurt, and that your car is more or less ok

Wouldn't this happen with just about any of the halos though (not just those sold by umnitza and JL)? Not defending anybody but just asking a question.
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the LEDs will not have these problems. I would personally never go CCFL. The LEDs don't draw enough power to really cause a fire as far as I know, and they do not have ballasts.
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glad to hear - i have two cars that i would not be able to deal with losing at this time to something silly like some crappy lighting
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Wow Stuart how could that possibly happen? Any ideas on what caused the short/fire?

So sorry to hear man

Then again, glad you're ok, weren't hurt, and that your car is more or less ok

Wouldn't this happen with just about any of the halos though (not just those sold by umnitza and JL)? Not defending anybody but just asking a question.
yes - i can only pinpoint the product I purchased
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I knew there was a reason why I've never bothered with Halos! Glad to hear that nothing went awry!
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first and foremost - if anyone doubts my technical knowledge of wiring and mechanical expertise...find more threads by me

I regretfully have joined the leagues of folks that have experienced fires due to the ballasts associated with angel eyes. Luckily I am ULTRA sensitive to smells or noises when involving cars...and I could tell there was a problem before it hurt the car in any way.


But, let me say this...if a product such as some angel eyes had brought harm to all the work, money and time involved in converting the wagon to 3.0l, 6spd, and SC.....I would have been inconsolable.

I have also dealt with numerous rings burnt out, ballast no longer working, etc....I am not sure if the led units are any better...but as far as I am concerned...BMW didnt intend for my car to have angel eyes and I am no longer willing to rely on a cheap alternative.
We regret to hear about your troubles. One thing we have recommended for many customers is to hard wire them like this customer has done:
http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/l...-fix-rooz.html

We do have to distance ourselves from the way the older CCFL-based kits with inverters and the new Orion V2 which does not and will never experience this.

If you still have the kit on the car, please let us know if there is a way we can assist you.
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Old 02-09-2009, 04:59 PM   #12
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We regret to hear about your troubles. One thing we have recommended for many customers is to hard wire them like this customer has done:
http://www.unitedbimmer.com/forums/l...-fix-rooz.html

We do have to distance ourselves from the way the older CCFL-based kits with inverters and the new Orion V2 which does not and will never experience this.

If you still have the kit on the car, please let us know if there is a way we can assist you.
Can you send me to a link that doesnt require me to "join"

If the talk of the LED's not having wiring issues - then maybe I would be interested. But for now - the lack of support on burnt out rings, ballasts and now this fire.....I am very much against and will make it clear that I am against (with proof) that the rings/kits supplied by Umnitza and JLevi are a potential to cause loss of car
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stu lets get some city light action going.

pulling the remaining wiring for my 1/2 working angel eyes very soon.
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come on - can u imagine some kid (and I dont mean dis-respect) trying to (first smell an electrical smolder) catch this and diagnose it before it became an issue?????


If you need pics let me know...not much to see - but there are other occurrences where there has been much to see
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i am ready to go back to city lighting as BMW meant it to be on the e46
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man that sucks good thing you and your car are ok
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Can you send me to a link that doesnt require me to "join"

If the talk of the LED's not having wiring issues - then maybe I would be interested. But for now - the lack of support on burnt out rings, ballasts and now this fire.....I am very much against and will make it clear that I am against (with proof) that the rings/kits supplied by Umnitza and JLevi are a potential to cause loss of car
Not one Orion V2 has ever had a wiring issue.
If you would like to discuss this further, we'll be happy to - please either provide us your email or email us info@umnitza.com
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As he said we'd be happy to discuss it with you more.
The new LED based Orion V2s have none of the issues associated with any of the CCFL based angel eyes, no ballast or ring failures and no cold weather issues.
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My ballast almost caught on fire also, but it did not come from those sponsors
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