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E30 (1982 - 1993)
God's Chariot. The E30 was produced primarily from 1982 through 1991. The cabriolet was the one exception which was produced through 1993.

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Old 10-20-2012, 10:21 PM
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Red LED Interior (dome) lights for my E30.

I'm going to put red LED festoon lights in my E30 so it can preserve my night vision while i read a map, look for something, or whatever. The police use them to preserve night vision while writing tickets at night.

My car will look like either:

A. A police car.
B. A strip club.
C. A photo development lab.

Assuming these lights will even work in my car.

Thoughts?
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Old 10-20-2012, 11:38 PM
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For A you'll need a uniform and badge. Not advisable.

For C you'll need the trays and chemicals. Not really practical in a car that will be driven.

For B you'll need strippers...wooohoo!

OK, serious now: Personally I don't think you'll like the red lights. The look like a good idea, but work poorly in practice. Aircraft use them because they don't normally have to read maps or looks for things while those lights are on. They have very limited use by the cops, too, because they just don't supply enough light for reading (how they're writing tickets with them where you are is a mystery). They tried them here locally and went back to normal lighting pretty quickly. When they got them bright enough to see things (printed material like a ticket) they were WAY brighter than what you'd probably use, and they were just as bad as normal lights in regards to damaging night vision.
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Old 10-21-2012, 01:16 AM
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:07 AM
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Red light is not really noticed by animals...
blue LED's will blind you & everybody around you
Don't know what good this info will do you
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Old 10-22-2012, 06:17 PM
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White dedicated map reading lights but red courtesy lights add style IMO.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:41 PM
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