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Old 02-16-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Angel eyes brighter than headlights

I have a 2003 325i and I just recently put in orion v2 6000k angel eyes, but my angel eyes are a lot brighter than my stock headlights. I want to change the bulb and I was thinking of changing it to HID Xenon bulbs 6000k so the brightness of the angel eyes and the headlights would match. I'm not sure if thats a good idea or even if the Xenon HIDs are the best bulbs to get. Any advice?
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:03 AM   #2
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I can't comment on which bulbs to get to match, but you bring up my gripe w/ today's angel eyes - they're too damn bright.

The ones I installed on my last E46 in 2004 were nice and subtle. If they still made 'em like those I'd probably get them again, but the stuff now looks stupid IMO.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:12 AM   #3
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if you get 6000k bulbs, it should match
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:13 AM   #4
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Are they more bright or more blue?

Are we talking about brightness or the color of the light?

You could get 55w HID bulbs for your halogen headlights... but they will be REALLY bright and pretty much blind anybody who is infront of your car.
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:21 AM   #5
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do you have HIDs now?
6k would be the best match IMO
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:32 AM   #6
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they're bright and white

I don't have HIDs they're the same brightness as any other car
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Old 02-17-2011, 01:34 AM   #7
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oh well thats why they're way brighter, iron V2s are pretty damn bright...get a HID kid with 6k bulbs and you'll be good to go.
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:43 AM   #8
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Do I need to get a whole HID kit or can I just buy an HID 6k bulb?
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Old 02-17-2011, 02:45 AM   #9
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Do I need to get a whole HID kit or can I just buy an HID 6k bulb?
Get a proper kit, simply getting HID bulbs blinds other drivers, likes its been said before.
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:30 AM   #10
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Yeah get a kit theyre not too expensive..I had one from ddm on my previous car and I was happy with it

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I have a 2003 325i and I just recently put in orion v2 6000k angel eyes, but my angel eyes are a lot brighter than my stock headlights. I want to change the bulb and I was thinking of changing it to HID Xenon bulbs 6000k so the brightness of the angel eyes and the headlights would match. I'm not sure if thats a good idea or even if the Xenon HIDs are the best bulbs to get. Any advice?
Sounds like you have a xenon headlight?

If so, you can do it with just changing out the:
D2S
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:37 PM   #12
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umnitza - are those D2s 6000k? Brightness is not listed in product description.

I will be ordering some V2s soon, and will most likely be upgrading low-beams to 6000k as well. It looks like these D2s and philips brand are the only 2 you carry....
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6000k should blend them in good.
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If you put an HID bulb into your halogen housing, you're gonna die.
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6000K will be color match.... but brightness (intensity) is measured in millicandela (mcd).

(this thread will soon move to lighting forum)
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those orions are super bright...that is why i went with the auroras instead.
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:11 AM   #17
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i did the same exact thing. i used to love my headlights but when i got my halos they looked so good i had to replace my silver star ultras with a 6000k ddm tuning HID kit on my fogs and 8000k 55 watt on my lows because they wash out to match. they look amazing. i would recommend just going with all 35watt. the 55s are a bit obnoxious. but it really looks stunning now
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Old 02-18-2011, 02:58 AM   #18
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those orions are super bright...that is why i went with the auroras instead.
too bright is not too good.
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I can't comment on which bulbs to get to match, but you bring up my gripe w/ today's angel eyes - they're too damn bright.

The ones I installed on my last E46 in 2004 were nice and subtle. If they still made 'em like those I'd probably get them again, but the stuff now looks stupid IMO.
Im with you on this, I think the brightness of the new ones ruins the effect. Im hoping my CCFL's i got two years ago don't burn out anytime soon!
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umnitza - are those D2s 6000k? Brightness is not listed in product description.

I will be ordering some V2s soon, and will most likely be upgrading low-beams to 6000k as well. It looks like these D2s and philips brand are the only 2 you carry....
Philips = 4300K
D2S is 6K or 8K.

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Im with you on this, I think the brightness of the new ones ruins the effect. Im hoping my CCFL's i got two years ago don't burn out anytime soon!
They aren't too bright, they are just right:

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