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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 01-06-2011, 10:29 PM   #1
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hid question

i have a 04 e46 xi and if i have a 35w 8k hids and i want to put on yellow tints would the heat from the hids melt the film?
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Old 01-06-2011, 11:08 PM   #2
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nah, you should be good

or just buy 3000k bulbs for dirt cheap (probably cheaper than the lamin-x film) and swap 'em out when you get tired of the look lol
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:05 AM   #3
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It won't melt the film, but be prepared to have a [slightly] worse output. I say slightly because you're already hurting yourself with those 8000K bulbs.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:22 AM   #4
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along these same lines, i have been looking at getting hid's for my fogs. i think i want 35w 6000k (thats what my xenons and angel eyes are so want to match). but what company is good, i have looked at ddmtuning and a couple other places. i have an 02' with the smaller fogs and was wondering if this would also be a problem with the heat in that small of an area. (sorry not trying to hijack the thread)
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Old 01-07-2011, 07:45 AM   #5
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Can someone please enlighten me as to why functionally you would need HID fog lights?

Personally, with normal HID low beams, I find fog lights are uselss because the HID low beams provide ample light. I'd even go so far as to say that HID low beams make the need for fog lights obsolete.

Now if it is just a fashion thing for you or you wish to burn the retnas of oncoming drivers....then carry on.
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:22 PM   #6
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there are many times when fogs come in very handy, ie snow, fog, etc. also, i find when driving down residential streets late at night the fogs put more light to the side so i can see if animals and such are coming (i live in an area that has a really bad deer problem) so thats the logic there. idk if you have ever driven in bad fog but you can only run fogs. same with snow
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Old 08-17-2014, 04:35 PM   #7
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Can someone please enlighten me as to why functionally you would need HID fog lights?

Personally, with normal HID low beams, I find fog lights are uselss because the HID low beams provide ample light. I'd even go so far as to say that HID low beams make the need for fog lights obsolete.

Now if it is just a fashion thing for you or you wish to burn the retnas of oncoming drivers....then carry on.
You probably dont have the fog light option on your whip. Lol
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:29 PM   #8
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Can someone please enlighten me as to why functionally you would need HID fog lights?... Now if it is just a fashion thing for you or you wish to burn the retinas of oncoming drivers....then carry on.
Okay, let's look at this. Fog lights are aimed low to wash brightly on the immediate road surface basically 20' out in front. When in dense fog your HID low-beams will scatter and diffuse their light beams into a mess where the center line is hard to define. Properly focused fogs (HID or quartz) will not affect oncoming drivers when on. The early gen were yellow for better penetration or something? Most are white now and HID fogs have increased surface illumination so would be a bonus.

Driving lights are long range high-beams for lighting up the road. These will indeed annoy on-coming drivers. My wife's MINI has factory fogs and dedicated driving lights which are both used quite often - by her. The fog and open country driving we experience in the northwest make these a nice option to have without burning any retinas.
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