E46 BMW Social Directory E46 FAQ 3-Series Discussion Forums BMW Photo Gallery BMW 3-Series Technical Information E46 Fanatics - The Ultimate BMW Resource BMW Vendors General E46 Forum The Tire Rack's Tire Wheel Forum Forced Induction Forum The Off-Topic The E46 BMW Showroom For Sale, For Trade or Wanting to Buy

Welcome to the E46Fanatics forums. E46Fanatics is the premiere website for BMW 3 series owners around the world with interactive forums, a geographical enthusiast directory, photo galleries, and technical information for BMW enthusiasts.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.

Go Back   E46Fanatics > Tuning & Tech > Lighting Forum

Lighting Forum
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!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 09-26-2009, 01:03 AM   #1
loulou657
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2000 323ci
323ci hid light or d2s, 35w or 55w

Hi, i have a 2000 323ci non-project head lights(stock) and i was planning to buy hid kit and i was wondering which bulb to order h7 or D2S and 35w or 55w. Any other recommendition or suggested website to purchse.
Thanks

Last edited by loulou657; 09-27-2009 at 06:17 PM.
loulou657 is offline   Reply With Quote
Ads by Google

Guests, get your FREE E46Fanatics.com membership to remove this ad.
Old 09-26-2009, 06:46 AM   #2
ATF
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 436
My Ride: plows snow.
No no no.. you do not put HID's in non-Projector, reflector bowl style headlights. That's dangerous and illegal.
__________________

Nick | BMWCCA 403399 | flickr
ATF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 09:48 AM   #3
330ciandr6
Registered User
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: .
Posts: 6,605
My Ride: .
Send a message via AIM to 330ciandr6 Send a message via Yahoo to 330ciandr6
eh, some cars come with them from the factory without projectors.

but if i was you i'd just order the depo lights from one of our sponsors...they look a million times better
__________________
Have a oil or coolant leak? Click here!:http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...732&highlight=
ABS/DSC/Brake/Airbag light on?? Click here!:http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthr...648&highlight=
330ciandr6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 11:04 AM   #4
Edison@JleviSW
1.888.JLEVISW
 
Edison@JleviSW's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Santa Clara
Posts: 28,332
My Ride: BMW Duh
Send a message via AIM to Edison@JleviSW
Your car does not have xenon headlights, you need H7 replacement bulbs if you want to just upgrade the factory bulbs.

I suggest looking into the Xenesis Tru Match Bulbs which are hyperwhite replacements for your car.

If you want a true xenon output, then your best option would be a set of Projector46 Headlights which are complete projector based headlight replacements to swap out the entire assembly for a xenon setup with preinstalled angel eyes.

Edison@JleviSW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 10:51 AM   #5
loulou657
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2000 323ci
i know my car doesnt have xenon light and that what i want to do.. i wanna buy hid conversion kit but i dont know which kind of bulb to order and how many V 35 or 55....because some guy told me if i put the 35 i will get a lamp out warning and the lights will flash and shut off and the computer sees less power and causes the warning and tries to shut the power to the circuit off.
Thanks all for the replying
loulou657 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 11:35 AM   #6
firefirefire90
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: loves FUPA
Posts: 6,762
My Ride: suce ma bite
Send a message via AIM to firefirefire90
don't do it bro
firefirefire90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 01:16 PM   #7
ATF
Registered User
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 436
My Ride: plows snow.
Quote:
Originally Posted by loulou657 View Post
i know my car doesnt have xenon light and that what i want to do.. i wanna buy hid conversion kit but i dont know which kind of bulb to order and how many V 35 or 55....because some guy told me if i put the 35 i will get a lamp out warning and the lights will flash and shut off and the computer sees less power and causes the warning and tries to shut the power to the circuit off.
Thanks all for the replying
Education time.

You'll pick 35 or 55 watts, not volts.
Those values will adjust your brightness measured in mcd.

You'll most likely want error cancellers regardless unless you choose to drive around with your HIDs on at all times.

P46's are a bare minimum to utilize HIDs efficiently and safely. Using HIDs in a reflector style headlight will spew very bright light and blind oncoming traffic.
__________________

Nick | BMWCCA 403399 | flickr

Last edited by ATF; 09-27-2009 at 08:14 PM. Reason: typo: 'of' instead of 'or'
ATF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 06:14 PM   #8
loulou657
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2000 323ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by firefirefire90 View Post
don't do it bro
Why ?
loulou657 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 06:17 PM   #9
loulou657
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2000 323ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by ATF View Post
Education time.

You'll pick 35 of 55 watts, not volts.
Those values will adjust your brightness measured in mcd.

You'll most likely want error cancellers regardless unless you choose to drive around with your HIDs on at all times.

P46's are a bare minimum to utilize HIDs efficiently and safely. Using HIDs in a reflector style headlight will spew very bright light and blind oncoming traffic.
Thank you for the information
loulou657 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 06:21 PM   #10
firefirefire90
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: loves FUPA
Posts: 6,762
My Ride: suce ma bite
Send a message via AIM to firefirefire90
I used to work in the lighting business; HID's in non-projector housings and in reflective halogen housings put the amount of light given out by an HID bulb(lets say... halogen brightness x5) and you get this big sloppy mess that blinds other drivers and does not give you the full effect that the HID is designed for.

Why do you think they are called "projector" lights? They project the light(much like a projector) in a much cleaner, detailed beam rather than a bulb surrounded by shiny bits used to reflect the light off and create the inefficient beam.
firefirefire90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 10:08 PM   #11
loulou657
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: usa
Posts: 6
My Ride: 2000 323ci
Quote:
Originally Posted by firefirefire90 View Post
I used to work in the lighting business; HID's in non-projector housings and in reflective halogen housings put the amount of light given out by an HID bulb(lets say... halogen brightness x5) and you get this big sloppy mess that blinds other drivers and does not give you the full effect that the HID is designed for.

Why do you think they are called "projector" lights? They project the light(much like a projector) in a much cleaner, detailed beam rather than a bulb surrounded by shiny bits used to reflect the light off and create the inefficient beam.
Thank you so much for the information. i didnt know about that. i think im going to order projector headlight and hid as well,but which hid ballast would i get 35W or 55W, would the 55w affect my battery or the wires?
loulou657 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 10:15 PM   #12
firefirefire90
Banned
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: loves FUPA
Posts: 6,762
My Ride: suce ma bite
Send a message via AIM to firefirefire90
Quote:
Originally Posted by loulou657 View Post
which hid ballast would i get 35W or 55W, would the 55w affect my battery or the wires?
it just depends on how bright you want it to be. 35W is more than adequate... but a lot of folks like the brightness of 55w!

example of 35w vs. 55w(halogen)


(on a plane but same deal)

35W HID on left, and 55W halogen on the right

to make it even more clear, your High beam is, if I'm not mistaken, a 50W Halogen...

The 55w will not affect your wiring or battery. Initially, HID's take a little bit more power to turn on, but they take less to run while in use.
firefirefire90 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
323ci, 35v, d2s, hid, light

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Censor is ON





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:50 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
(c) 1999 - 2011 performanceIX Inc - privacy policy - terms of use