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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 02-10-2013, 06:38 PM   #21
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Hi yes they are complete plug n play. As we did not change the angeleye rings that came with the lights and just used the integrated angel eyes just changed the bulbs then they come on when you switch the side lights on . They run off the same connection as the small current, small wedge bulbs do. Therefore there is no need for a seperate switch as use position 1 on the headlight control panel. This is the UK version so I dont know if the headlights and headlight switch is different on US spec cars. Just used the wiring loom already on the car and plugged the new lights into that.
The bulbs that came with the lights for the angel eyes were stock halogen W5W bulbs so swapped them all for Phillips Blue Vision Ultra W5W bulbs which give a nice white light with a more subtle bightness rather than in your face; bright which is quite nice. Use the Osram nightbreakers for the main lights and they match the colour of the Philips lights really well.
In your photo, it shows the halos on without the turn signal/parking lights on. That's what I'm looking for. In position 1, the side turn signal/parking lights come on. I'd rather leave them off when the halos are on. Don't know if that is possible but I guess I can figure it out when I install them. Thanks again!
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:37 AM   #22
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In the UK we do not have the parking/signal lights on all the time therefore position 1 on the headlight control are just the side lights coming on (what we call side lights ie the 5w5 bulbs in the headlamp unit) and positon 2 is for the dipped beam.
Hope this makes sense not very technical so may not be explaining it that well.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:31 PM   #23
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City lights you mean?
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Yeah I think so - lights so other road users can see you rather than to light up where you are going.
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In your photo, it shows the halos on without the turn signal/parking lights on. That's what I'm looking for. In position 1, the side turn signal/parking lights come on. I'd rather leave them off when the halos are on. Don't know if that is possible but I guess I can figure it out when I install them. Thanks again!
It is likely "daytime run lights". In Canada for instance, you have to have lights on even during the day. For BMW's the halo's are the daytime run lights. The US doesn't require daytime run lights (last I checked). Daytime run lights turn on automatically, it's not a switch you have to activate etc...
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If you're looking for a corona ring (angel eyes is an aftermarket name) for your e46 that is just like the new BMW ones, sorry, those don't exist. The way BMW makes theres, the light source is not inside the ring. It is a LED light source below the ring, and a prism shoots light up into the polished acrylic ring. This is how they achieve the beautiful look and performance of LED light when on, and retain the colorless look of the ring when off.

All aftermarket LED "angel eyes" are going to have the LED's inside the ring itself, and when the lights are off, the whole ring is going to appear yellow because LED's when off are little yellow pieces, which is obviously the opposite of what you want- to have a yellowish ring around your beautiful polished looking OEM lights.

The best bet if you're wanting a clear angel eye when off is to get the depo P46, because they have built in angel eye housings, with clear colorless rings. CCFL would look best, but they catch your car on fire and have other issues--- to my knowledge, the only real option is what sharkey62 did, just order the P46 with halogen angel eyes, then replace them with higher temp bulbs for color match of xenon. This will be the closest replica of a new BMW corona ring. Also, its a damn cheap option! Sharkey62's looked like 4300K...probably would shoot for a 6000K replacement bulb for a closer color match of new BMW.
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