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Old 01-08-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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I need lighting help and info

I have a e46 m3. I have had many. I notice that my headlights suck. I have no light output. I bought brand new oem headlights with new ballasts, new d2s bulbs and everything. I am an actual importer of hids, leds ect. I even put my top of the line canbus setup, regular setup, and still sucks. Esp next to my wifes 2010 jetta that I put my hids in, my headlights and fogs in hid dont even compare to just the light output of her lowbeams.
I know they make diff projector lenses. Do I just put in reg non projector headlights to get better output, or does anyone have a better suggestion.

*** please dont anyone comment that they have no prob, or ruin the thread. I supply all car dealerships, major stores, and online sites. So when it comes to lighting, I know my stuff. Im seriously looking for options for better light output. Even my 2010 x5 with d1s sucks for light output. If you park next to japanese cars, or cars that are non projector with hids, there is so much more light.

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:33 PM   #2
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Might be a stupid question but are the aligned properly.
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Old 01-08-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for asking. The brand new set is oem factory set, but ive checked both, ive done the pull 15-20feet from the garage door, they seem to be, but oem, or my stuff, unless i get within 8-5feet, the light output is so faint that I cant make out the projector line. I feel the projectors are bad, or maybe the reflectors. I pull my friends lexus right next to mine, and 20feet away from the garage, you can see perfectly the line that cuts off for the projector. none of my other Ms as far as I can remember were like this. Its making me crazy..
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:01 AM   #4
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I have factory halogen projectors and my light output kinda sucked with the halogen bulbs. Then I put in aftermarket hid bulbs, light output greatly increased. Maybe the factory hid projectors reduce the light output of the hid as to not produce a blinding light. Try putting non hid OEM projectors and see if you get more light output

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Old 01-09-2013, 12:21 AM   #5
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The factory units have shutters to go from high to low beam, (At least min do..) and they tie to the auto adjusting headlights..
The High beams only turn on with the flasher.. (unless you re-program.) My HID projectors (Factory ) are awesome..

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