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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 02-17-2011, 03:59 AM   #1
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HID kit or just the HID bulb?

I have an 03 325i and I need new headlights because my angel eyes are a lot brighter compared to my stock headlights. My stock headlights are not HIDs. I'm not sure if I only need to buy a bulb or a whole HID kit. Should I buy just an HID replacement bulb or a Raptor HID kit?

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Old 02-17-2011, 04:01 AM   #2
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Do you have projector or halogen headlight?
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Old 02-17-2011, 04:03 AM   #3
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Old 02-17-2011, 06:06 AM   #4
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then you should get projector headlight like p46. if you get the hid kit from ddmtuning and put it into your halogen headlight, you'll blind people on the road.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:45 AM   #5
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There is about 8 million threads discussing what is involved in going from halogen to xenon.

There's also an ENTIRE subforum dedicated to lighting..........

perhaps start there?
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:55 AM   #6
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You need to get thewhole kit.. Andyou should search at the lighting subforums..
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Old 02-17-2011, 12:47 PM   #7
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probably be best to get a complete headlight assembly:
Projector46 - our most popular for pre-facelifted sedans and coupes - starting at $349 complete
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:44 AM   #8
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So if I already have the auto leveling xenons on my 2005 325xi, I can just pop the bulbs in?
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:53 AM   #9
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I hate the douchebags with blinding @ss HID's in their stock crap halogen headlight housings. Especially SUV's and Trucks they are the worste.

OP do us all a favor and get projectors please.
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Old 06-07-2011, 09:19 AM   #10
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So if I already have the auto leveling xenons on my 2005 325xi, I can just pop the bulbs in?
Yes, if you have projectors with xenon from factory all you need are the D2S bulbs.
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Old 06-07-2011, 10:36 AM   #11
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I'd go one step further and try to find a used set of OEM projectors with factory HID kit in, the P46's are just terrible at every aspect. I have them, and now I want to OEM ones...
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Yes, if you have projectors with xenon from factory all you need are the D2S bulbs.
Cool beans. I thought that was the case, but a friend convinced me otherwise.

A few months ago I picked up the 6000k D2S bulbs, but when I ordered them I ordered a set. Apparently a set only means 2 bulbs, so I'll need to order more.
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You only have 2 low beam lights. Why do you need more?
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You only have 2 low beam lights. Why do you need more?
Apparently I've misunderstood somewhere... If I wanted my highbeams to match, wouldn't I also need to replace those bulbs as well?

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Old 06-07-2011, 05:50 PM   #15
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You don't need the high beams to match. When do you ever use your high beams for longer than 5 minutes? Never? Thought so.

HID bulbs need time to warm up to their optimal brightness. This takes anywhere from 5-20 minutes.
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