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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 12-19-2010, 08:54 AM
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E39 Facelift Halogen to Xenon HELLA OEM retrofit

I got these headlights from ebay and I I want to retrofit my Facelift Halogen 2001
They are xenon OEM hella from 2003 530i



last night in installed them on 2003 530i car with xenon
( simple swap just to be sure that all is in working condition ) before Halogen swap

2 questions :
1 I need to do some light correction , right side it down left side is up
As far as i can see adjusters are not broken and auto leveling system is working
How you guys adjust your headlights ?
2. Xenon light is kind of purple . My OEM is white ... is it headlights or bulbs ?
just strange for me , i am kind of new to this staff
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:04 AM
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How you guys adjust your headlights ?
From the bestlinks thread ...
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:09 AM
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have clue about purple light ?
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:02 PM
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have clue about purple light ?
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Difference between OEM D2S HID Bulbs and H7 halogen bulbs.
Do you have OEM D2S bulbs?
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Old 12-19-2010, 12:39 PM
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i have no idea
which one has purple color ?
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Lights look like they are in good shape. Hopefully your adjusters aren't broken. If not, adjustment is very simple with the white turnstyle adjusters up top. Good luck~!
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yap you right
no they are not broken , no movement at all
Last night i played a bit and adjusted them ( up down movement ) , thanks to bluebee
I need to try left right adjustment as well

Guy told me they are off from 540i and this why they have purple color

If you ask me i like white color more ... which bulbs I need to look for ?

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How much did you pay for the lights?
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Purple color means the bulbs are not creating the chemical reactions that produces the light. Inside an HID lamp, there's this chemical called halide. WHen voltage is applied between the two electrodes inside the lamp, a chemical reaction takes place because this element is negatively charged and will react to the positive charge. It's this reaction that produces the light.
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Purple color means the bulbs are not creating the chemical reactions that produces the light. Inside an HID lamp, there's this chemical called halide. WHen voltage is applied between the two electrodes inside the lamp, a chemical reaction takes place because this element is negatively charged and will react to the positive charge. It's this reaction that produces the light.
it means i need new bulbs ?
they work great as far as i can see except of color which i dont like

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thanks for tips but my case is much easy
i just need to swap headlights and decode them - this is the whole point of buying OEM Xenon Hella set and replace Halogen

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thanks for tips but my case is much easy
i just need to swap headlights and decode them - this is the whole point of buying OEM Xenon Hella set and replace Halogen
The links are also there to help you understand the difference between halogen bulbs and HID D2S bulbs.
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Curious to know how much you paid for those oem xenon h/lights?

GL with sorting out issues.
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Curious to know how much you paid for those oem xenon h/lights?

GL with sorting out issues.
thanks
usually they run about ~1200-2000$ new or ~400-1000$ used
You may need some hardware as well
check ebay

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i try to figure out where auto level server is connected

This yellow triangle is a servo ?


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Old 12-27-2010, 11:23 AM
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it means i need new bulbs ?
they work great as far as i can see except of color which i dont like
No you don't need new bulbs. These guys have no idea what they're talking about. The purple color means that your HIDs are a certain K. 6000K tends to be a pure white, and as you increase it goes blue and purple. 8000K would be blue and so would 10000K. When you go higher than this you get into purple and you also get into lights that are so bright they are illegal in some states. Be careful what you buy. I prefer 8000K.
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No you don't need new bulbs. These guys have no idea what they're talking about. The purple color means that your HIDs are a certain K. 6000K tends to be a pure white, and as you increase it goes blue and purple. 8000K would be blue and so would 10000K. When you go higher than this you get into purple and you also get into lights that are so bright they are illegal in some states. Be careful what you buy. I prefer 8000K.
Ummm, how do you figure he DOESN'T need new bulbs if he wants to change the color?

FYI OP, most on here seem to prefer OEM White which is typically 5000k*. I have my DS2 lights (HID Fogs included) 6000k and I think they all look great. Very bright white with a subtle hint of blue. Good luck.

*Corrected to Jason's post below. 4300k stock/OEM.
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No you don't need new bulbs. These guys have no idea what they're talking about. The purple color means that your HIDs are a certain K. 6000K tends to be a pure white, and as you increase it goes blue and purple. 8000K would be blue and so would 10000K. When you go higher than this you get into purple and you also get into lights that are so bright they are illegal in some states. Be careful what you buy. I prefer 8000K.
Um....
Yeah...
I have no idea...

Says the new-b...

OEM is 4300k.
I am pretty sure you will want OEM bulbs.
Please post a picture of the D2S bulb you have now.
Is your bulb OSRAM-SYLVANIA?
http://www.eactuning.com/parts/produ...ls/63217160806
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thanks guys
just point me where I can buy best OEM white bulbs ( Philips ? ) and i will be happy ( i think this link which Jason sent right ? )

can somebody post a picture where auto level server is connected ?

I try to disconnect it on a working headlights mm

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thanks guys
just point me where I can buy best OEM white bulbs ( Philips ? ) and i will be happy

can somebody post a picture where auto level server is connected ?
Again, what bulbs do you have now?
Pictures?
You probably do not need to replace the bulbs.
You are probably only comparing the halogen light temp. to the HID D2S light temp.

To buy OEM HID bulbs, reference the EAC link I posted above, or look on HID Concept, or on Ebay.
http://www.hidconcept.com/Bulbs-Philips4K.html

http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?_nkw=phi....c0.m270.l1311
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Lighting chart for reference.



Best pricing on your DS2 bulbs on the net. I'm running these and for the price they cannot be beaten anywhere by anyone. Good luck! http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/5-Se...duct_info.html
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Best pricing on your DS2 bulbs on the net. I'm running these and for the price they cannot be beaten anywhere by anyone. Good luck! http://www.jlevistreetwerks.com/5-Se...duct_info.html
Yes, but where are these Jlevi bulbs made...?
I am going to make a wild guess and say not Germany...
Probably China...
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