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Old 02-26-2014, 01:39 PM   #1
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Xenon bulb in non xenon housing?

Hey guys, I got in a wreck about a week ago and the headlight on my car was damaged, mainly the housing, none of the electrical/bulb were damaged so yesterday I ordered a new lens, upper/lower trim, etc.. But the body shop is telling me now the rear housing (the housing the bulb sits in) is broken and needs to be replaced.. Will a factory xenon setup fit in a factory halogen housing?
Btw I have the single xenon, not bi-xenon.


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Just an update for if anyone who wants this done as well: the inside shrouding for factory xenon lights CAN be transferred if it is not broken. This is the piece that holds the projector's lens and bezel along with the high beam reflective panel all in one piece. It can be removed and retrofitted into a factory halogen housing. Keep in mind this is for a 2001 E46 which, I believe, is the only model that has the single xenon (2.5in) versus the 02-05 E46 with bi-xenon (3.0in) they look almost identical but are different. Although, I don't think that affects the ability to swap it out. I could be wrong, though.
BTW: I didn't know this so maybe someone else will be enlightened as well, Bi-Xenon means that the xenon lens functions as high AND low beam whereas the regular xenon is only low beam. It has nothing to do with amount of bulbs.
These answers may be news to you or it may be redundant blabber. Either way, I hope it helps someone! Happy driving folks!

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Old 02-26-2014, 01:43 PM   #2
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no.
it's illegal in many states.
Oh, you'd be a major d-bag if you put HID in halogen housing.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:45 PM   #3
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no it won't fit. different bulb type.
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Old 02-26-2014, 01:51 PM   #4
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I know the bulb is different. I'm saying that only the housing it self is broken so if I were to buy a halogen housing and transfer everything from my original headlight to that one would it work? I guess my ultimate question is: are the entry ports for the rear of the housing the same on both? Here is a pic of RealOem's diagram of both. Xenon on the right Click image for larger version

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Old 02-26-2014, 01:55 PM   #5
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You mean transfer the projector assembly into the halogen housing? I can't imagine that would be time/cost effective unless you had the halogen housing sitting around, your insurance was balking at buying the proper housing, and you couldn't afford to buy the right one now... If you're suggesting getting the HID bulb to fit into the reflector housing, don't do it. Whether or not you can make it fit it's illegal and obnoxious as hell; you'll blind all oncoming traffic.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:02 PM   #6
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You mean transfer the projector assembly into the halogen housing? I can't imagine that would be time/cost effective unless you had the halogen housing sitting around, your insurance was balking at buying the proper housing, and you couldn't afford to buy the right one now... If you're suggesting getting the HID bulb to fit into the reflector housing, don't do it. Whether or not you can make it fit it's illegal and obnoxious as hell; you'll blind all oncoming traffic.

Oh yeah.. That's true. I forgot about the difference in reflective properties. Man, I'm just really trying to avoid dishing out the +$1,000 for this darn headlight and I absolutely will not downgrade to halogen.. I'm going to try and see if the housing is fixable, from what I remember it wasn't damaged that bad. It was really just the lens/trim peices.
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You can always go aftermarket. Roughly $400+ for the pair of complete headlights depending on the options you get... http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46-depo-...eadlights.html Mine are aftermarket and have been great.
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Old 02-26-2014, 02:14 PM   #8
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As far as i know. Bosch and Al internal can be swapped with no problems.. It doesnt matter wether is bixenon or single xenon..
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Old 02-27-2014, 02:01 AM   #9
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Just an update for if anyone who wants this done as well: the inside shrouding for factory xenon lights CAN be transferred if it is not broken. This is the piece that holds the projector's lens and bezel along with the high beam reflective panel all in one piece. It can be removed and retrofitted into a factory halogen housing. Keep in mind this is for a 2001 E46 which, I believe, is the only model that has the single xenon (2.5in) versus the 02-05 E46 with bi-xenon (3.0in) they look almost identical but are different. Although, I don't think that affects the ability to swap it out. I could be wrong, though.
BTW: I didn't know this so maybe someone else will be enlightened as well, Bi-Xenon means that the xenon lens functions as high AND low beam whereas the regular xenon is only low beam. It has nothing to do with amount of bulbs.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:12 AM   #10
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Correct on the bi-xenon. When activated a shutter goes up to allow the projector to act as a high beam as well. Think of it like half a moon vs a full moon
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