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Old 11-07-2012, 12:24 PM
RC19 RC19 is offline
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Question Help with changing headlights to HID

Hello, my x3 has the regular boring old yellow headlights and did not come with the halo lights either. I'm really interested in changing the headlights to HID and if possible adding the halo lights. Does anyone know how I can go about doing this? Every time I call BMW they say they can't do it or it will cost an arm & a leg, etc.

I don't know where to begin looking for help. Thanks in advance for reading & helping me out.
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:51 PM
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I think you are asking to add Xenon lights.

My recollection is that Xenon lights operate at much higher voltages and significant changes/additions to the wiring and electrical system would need to be done. This type of change doesn't amount to changing the bulbs and adding the halo rings. It's much more than that and not very practical.

You are better off leaving things the way they are....IMHO
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:06 PM
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Cost prohibitive. Involves a new headlamp assembly, reprogramming, ballasts.......thousands of dollars. Why didn't you get an X3 with the xenons in the first place?
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Old 11-08-2012, 06:44 AM
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This question has come up on these forums many times and I haven't seen anyone that actually did it. Like others have posted, there are a lot of differences between HID headlights and halogens so the cost to do the swap is too high and difficult.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:20 PM
boogysbmw boogysbmw is offline
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Why would it be to difficult or high cost to swap out the halogen bulbs to a hid kit? I have done this to plenty of cars including a early model bmw. I used an error canceler on my buddys bmw. a decent hid kit will be at least 50 bucks or a realy good one will be around 200. All you need to know is the socket type (h1,h11,9006,etc...) buy the hid kit with your correct socket type, install with a error canceler and your good to go. I have hids in my fogs right now and thats how I did it. H8 HID kit with an Ebay error canceler. Works like a dream
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:23 PM
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Hid head lights actually use much less voltage than a normal halogen. The only time an HID will use and require more voltage is during initial start up, after than it draws very low power.
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