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Old 12-21-2012, 01:00 AM   #1
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Can I change bulb on projector lights?

Hi, hope someone can help me in answering this. I have a 2004 325i. And one of the projector lights are brighter than the other. Reason for this was because the previous owner got in a accident with it. Am I able to purchase a pair of new bulbs and replace them or do I need new housing. And what are the steps
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:03 AM   #2
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:18 AM   #5
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You can change the bulbs, you don't need to swap housing usually, the bulbs dim badly as they approach failure.

But I am wondering how the car color affects the issue?

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Old 12-21-2012, 01:25 AM   #6
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Buy genuine Phillips bulbs in 4300k
There's a LOT of fakes out there. I recommend theretrofitsource.com for genuine Phillips bulbs.
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And what number bulb is it h1, h2? Etc
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They are D2S bulbs.
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Don't touch the bulbs by bare hand, they will not live long.
Wear clean gloves.
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FIRST step is to swap the bulbs around and see if the bulb that is "dim" moves to the other side. If it doesn't then you have a bad ballast.

+1 on TRS for Philips bulbs since they are genuine. See the retrofit link in my sig and the first post has a coupon code for free shipping. Also make sure your headlights are aimed properly.
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And what number bulb is it h1, h2? Etc
Do you have Xenon or regular bulbs? The projector headlights can come with either one. If they are non-xenon, I believe the bulb would be H7 (at least that is what they are on mine. You can look it up the web to be sure. Photos of your headlight assembly under the hood would help.
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Do you have Xenon or regular bulbs? The projector headlights can come with either one. If they are non-xenon, I believe the bulb would be H7 (at least that is what they are on mine. You can look it up the web to be sure. Photos of your headlight assembly under the hood would help.
according to his profile he has a 325i so it's a sedan, the possibility of halogen projectors only applies to facelift coupes.
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I didn't know that. Learned something new today!
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Old 12-28-2012, 12:40 PM   #15
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HMmm. It looks that they are in fact projector headlights. And they are Xenons.
I am going to look under the hood and see what comes of this
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