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Oceans10 10-02-2012 10:01 AM

Headlight, Xenon bulb replacement
Just replaced a burned out headlight xenon bulb.
BMW wanted almost $400 to replace it ($240 for part, plus $130 for an hour of labor, plus tax).

Instead I went for Option B and bought the bulb for $40 on ebay. The oem bulb is an Osram D1S with 4150k brightness.

I bought a DOT stamped Philips XenStart D1S Xenon from
oemxenonparts, 4300k, and it matches perfectly with the Osram. No need to replace both.

Installation required removing 2 top screws and 2 at the bottom, you need an extension to reach down. The headlight unit then slides forward and you wriggle it loose and tilt out of the cavity. A plastic cover on the back drops down to expose the bulb. turn it 1/4 turn and remove. Unplug the wire, take off the neckless type bracket, like a collar, and clip onto new bulb. Install.
Whole procedure took 20-30 minutes but this was a first time experience and I was figuring it out on the fly.
The 2 lower screws are tricky to refasten. You need an 8mm socket with magnet at bottom to hold the screw, or a nut driver with long shaft, 6 inches or so. I stuffed a little duct tape inside to make it sticky. Did the job. :thumbup:

F1.tifosi 10-02-2012 10:37 AM

Oceans, just wanted to know why you did not go with 6000K which is safe and many people have been using it already..

Oceans10 10-02-2012 10:40 AM

I wanted to color match it to the stock bulb. Only replaced one, not the pair.

F1.tifosi 10-02-2012 10:45 AM

Got it.. Cool..

How long did your first bulb stay?

booyaazaa 10-02-2012 08:12 PM

Hey I just PM'd you back, sorry for the lag. Glad to see you go it figured out. Those damn bottom screws can be a pain if they drop into the bumper which I've done before.

davethewheel 10-04-2012 02:03 AM

+1 on that!

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SBC530I 10-04-2012 05:14 PM

For future reference, just loosen the bottom bolts as the brackets on my 2007 530i are slotted, hence bottom bolts did not need to be removed. Also, top bolts use a #30 torx while bottom bolts use a #20 torx.

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