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Old 01-15-2010, 05:44 PM
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Z4 - Lost an eyeball

Alright I cranked the Z today and got that ugly illumination signal on the dash. I got out and looked around to find out that I had an eyeball out.

I have the regular Xenon headlights so I was wondering what people recommend to replace them with? I would like to soften the light up a bit, maybe more in the blue or white spectrum, and make them a bit brighter but I don't want to go so powerful that it puts a strain on the system and cause other issues.

I have tried the coolblue blubs before and found the reliability of them just dont seem very good.

So do you have any ideas on a long lasting reliable, soft but powerful headlight that conforms to our system ok?

dang that is a lot to ask for.

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Old 01-15-2010, 05:54 PM
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Hmm might want to try turning them off and on again... every once in a while i have one of my xenons go out and i can solve it by turning the light off and then back on. I thought it was just a weird bulb in my car but then i was talking to my brother and he said his does it sometimes too.
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Cool i will keep that in mind. However, the bulb is clearly blown. I removed it to look at it and tested it externally and it's a no go. Plus the ohm meter registers an open circuit. So just have to get a new one.
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Sorry to hear that.... those xenon bulbs are not cheap!
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I don't think he has Xenon, but Halogens, so should be cheap. Go clear, blue is not as bright, it's like putting sunglasses on your bulbs. A True Xenon, does not have a filament, but a gas, so ohm meter won't tell you much.
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Cool i will keep that in mind. However, the bulb is clearly blown. I removed it to look at it and tested it externally and it's a no go. Plus the ohm meter registers an open circuit. So just have to get a new one.
Just realized your car Weezy makes you Mr. Jefferson.
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If this place has your bulb type: http://www.lightlens.com/bulbs.htm for $8 it might be worth a try...
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Just realized your car Weezy makes you Mr. Jefferson.
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If this place has your bulb type: http://www.lightlens.com/bulbs.htm for $8 it might be worth a try...
Thanks. For that price you are right. Ordered some ultimate white. I will post once i get them and installed.
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eye balls expected Thursday.

I understand some of your comments above about xenon not having resistance. Because the HID Xenon's are filled with gas you are right. The car however is label to have Xenon Halogen lights. Whatever the heck that means. The lights look very similar to those you buy for any other car.

Good lamps have a 0 impedance because of the filament. The lamp that blew had and infinite resistance.

should be a quick install. Wondering if anyone needs me to document the install. This is very very simple to do but may help so I will try to get the ole video camera out and post if you are interested.
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eye balls expected Thursday.

I understand some of your comments above about xenon not having resistance. Because the HID Xenon's are filled with gas you are right. The car however is label to have Xenon Halogen lights. Whatever the heck that means.
I true Xenon a.k.a HID (high intensity discharge), requires about 25,000 volts to ignite and don't have a filament, but use a Xenon gas that the electricity arcs across to put light out.

Some of the Halogen bulbs have a little Xenon gas added to the Halogen gas to make them a little brighter, but also run hotter and don't last as long.
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Wondering if anyone needs me to document the install. This is very very simple to do but may help so I will try to get the ole video camera out and post if you are interested.
I would like to see it.
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