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Old 02-12-2013, 12:32 AM   #1
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LED license plate lights?

i know a lot of vendors offer these but i'm looking for ones that aren't hella bright. i hate when they light up the ground. might as well stick a 75w house bulb in there.

anyway... i'm looking for an LED license plate light that is similar brightness to OE but has a white color.

do e90 OE ones work? thanks
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:49 AM   #2
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Look on eBay - buy the ones with fewer led lights on it for lower brightness - works great - just put them on - and not too bright

Plus u can move it around in housing to reduce brightness
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:01 AM   #3
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1 led per bulb prolly closest to oem
attached is 6 led per blub, which i got for free from umnitza when they forgot to process my order for angel eyes, also gave me leds for all interior
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:17 AM   #4
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1 led per bulb prolly closest to oem
attached is 6 led per blub, which i got for free from umnitza when they forgot to process my order for angel eyes, also gave me leds for all interior
wow yeah those are too bright for me
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yea hehe single leds are nice had em on my tl
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:25 AM   #6
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How about non-led bulbs? I'm sure you can find those "blue" bulbs that have a white color. I'm sure those are much dimmer than LED's. Might be something you're looking for.
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Im surprised by your acc activity, you dont know which bulbs are popular by now

I personally like the khoalty "high output" bulbs for the rear licence plate (not so high output)

Its not too flashy at the other hand, it has a nice crystal clear shine to it.

Being LED, it deff has a nice white/light blueish color to it

http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46-led-l...te-lights.html
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:46 AM   #8
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Im surprised by your acc activity, you dont know which bulbs are popular by now

I personally like the khoalty "high output" bulbs for the rear licence plate (not so high output)

Its not too flashy at the other hand, it has a nice crystal clear shine to it.

Being LED, it deff has a nice white/light blueish color to it

http://www.khoalty.com/bmw-e46-led-l...te-lights.html
i'm very familiar with the popular LED license plate bulbs but they're all so damn bright. idk why everyone is obsessed with brightness but it's so obnoxious.

there's a review on Khoalty saying they're even brighter than umnitzas. and i don't really like the idea of doing business with Khoalty.
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I am using Khoalty $12 ones, but they are not very bright. They should be perfect for you
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i'm very familiar with the popular LED license plate bulbs but they're all so damn bright. idk why everyone is obsessed with brightness but it's so obnoxious.

there's a review on Khoalty saying they're even brighter than umnitzas. and i don't really like the idea of doing business with Khoalty.
I have the khoalty ones and I think the brightness is alright, they're a bit more blue than I'd like. One thing I don't like about all the different licence plate LEDs is that there's a part in the middle that doesn't get illuminated correctly so it always dark in the middle rather than a nice subtle glow.
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i think i'm gonna try these out
http://www.superbrightleds.com/morei...oon/1266/2939/
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In all seriousness, newer BMWs feature a really nice LED license plate illumination system from the factory. It doesn't cast any light on the ground, which is nice. I am running ebay LEDs with built in resistors and so far I really like them. Unfortunately, they cast light on the ground, which gives off the aftermarket look.
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In all seriousness, newer BMWs feature a really nice LED license plate illumination system from the factory. It doesn't cast any light on the ground, which is nice. I am running ebay LEDs with built in resistors and so far I really like them. Unfortunately, they cast light on the ground, which gives off the aftermarket look.
that's why i asked if the newer OE bulbs fit in my OP. are they the same bulb type? i'd much rather do OE bulbs and get the quality of OE.
i typically like to put OE quality or better parts on my car. that's why i'm not really a fan of Khoalty.
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that's why i asked if the newer OE bulbs fit in my OP. are they the same bulb type? i'd much rather do OE bulbs and get the quality of OE.
i typically like to put OE quality or better parts on my car. that's why i'm not really a fan of Khoalty.
Consult realoem. I don't think the e90 lights will work: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/63267193293/ES175059/
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Old 02-12-2013, 02:28 AM   #16
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Consult realoem. I don't think the e90 lights will work: http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/63267193293/ES175059/
realoem won't reveal anything because they'll be different part number no matter what, one being LED.
i didn't realize the e9x lights were closed like that. for some reason i thought they were the tube style lights that are in our cars. idk why i thought that
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no the E9x LED license plate lights are a different flush mount size. they fit the CSL "handle-less" trunks. they are one piece units and not the bulb type inside that can be swapped over or into the stock "handle trunk" LP lights.
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You could do this...http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63313
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I am running eBay 9 pack LEDs. Festoon type, no resistors. Works perfectly fine without any errors. Not bright enough to cast any light on the ground. It depends on how you angle them. I have the same LEDs in my footwells as well and visors.
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OP let me know how they turn out. I got tired of the super white look as well and I went back to standard halogen bulbs. I saw an E60 on the highway next to me once with insanely bright license plate bulbs and almost vomitted.
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