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Old 01-23-2013, 09:34 AM
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Alpine Angle lights turned yellow....

My outer rings turned yellow after less than 6 months of use... Ive been emailing Alex but no response yet.. should it be warrantied or should i buy an entire new system?
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:23 PM
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My outer rings turned yellow after less than 6 months of use... Ive been emailing Alex but no response yet.. should it be warrantied or should i buy an entire new system?
Unfortunately you'll have to replace the headlamp assembly because the HID's you had were too hot and essentially damaged the angel eyes due to the excessive heat.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:28 AM
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^ sorry but i didnt grasp what you said? I have to change what exactly? ill need a new alpine kit?
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:33 AM
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Unfortunately you'll have to replace the headlight housings themselves if you want to get rid of the now-yellow rings. The damage is permanent, and also well documented across many series of BMW's running HID AE's (Starting with LCI E60's IIRC).

The good news is that with so many people preparing to retrofit LCI F01 headlights the price of used housings will become exponentially cheaper in the next year or so. If I were you I would just keep on doing what you're doing and when you replace the headlights eventually just keep the incandescents (maybe run PIAA) or go LED. Aside from actually installing LCI headlights with the advanced LED lit halo's, you'll be hard pressed to match the look without consequence and/or sacrifice.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:09 PM
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Unfortunately you'll have to replace the headlight housings themselves if you want to get rid of the now-yellow rings. The damage is permanent, and also well documented across many series of BMW's running HID AE's (Starting with LCI E60's IIRC).

The good news is that with so many people preparing to retrofit LCI F01 headlights the price of used housings will become exponentially cheaper in the next year or so. If I were you I would just keep on doing what you're doing and when you replace the headlights eventually just keep the incandescents (maybe run PIAA) or go LED. Aside from actually installing LCI headlights with the advanced LED lit halo's, you'll be hard pressed to match the look without consequence and/or sacrifice.
+1.

Yup, you'll have to replace the headlight housing and I've seen a set of brand headlamps going for $700 on eBay.

Future reference, stay away from HID kits, there's nothing available for the f01 that will give you the f10 angel eye look unless you upgrade to the 2013+ headlamp.
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Old 01-24-2013, 04:45 PM
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+1.

Yup, you'll have to replace the headlight housing and I've seen a set of brand headlamps going for $700 on eBay.

Future reference, stay away from HID kits, there's nothing available for the f01 that will give you the f10 angel eye look unless you upgrade to the 2013+ headlamp.
And $700 is a bargain for a set. There is just not enough value in HID angel eyes to risk that kind of damage.

I know that the upgrade to the 2013 LED headlights has been discussed here, but with the control modules we are talking $6k+ which seems over the top.

Since the 2013 non-LED headlights also feature the F10 style AE's I wonder if that isn't the way to go. Not sure how to check into that, but perhaps there is a barebone headlight housing available...
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Old 02-01-2013, 11:59 AM
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Unfortunately you'll have to replace the headlight housings themselves if you want to get rid of the now-yellow rings. The damage is permanent, and also well documented across many series of BMW's running HID AE's (Starting with LCI E60's IIRC).

The good news is that with so many people preparing to retrofit LCI F01 headlights the price of used housings will become exponentially cheaper in the next year or so. If I were you I would just keep on doing what you're doing and when you replace the headlights eventually just keep the incandescents (maybe run PIAA) or go LED. Aside from actually installing LCI headlights with the advanced LED lit halo's, you'll be hard pressed to match the look without consequence and/or sacrifice.
our LED angel eyes never turn yellow even after years of usage, and PIAA doesnt make angel eyes for F01/F02's.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:02 PM
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I only said HID's turn the rings yellow - and PIAA makes H8's: http://www.amazon.com/PIAA-18235-Xtr.../dp/B002IBRI9K

So....
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:06 PM
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just H8 halogen bulbs, no H8 LED's specially made for F01 and F02's, many F01 angel eyes kits on the market throws error codes
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:09 PM
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That's all I was saying. Are you arguing with me about this? lol...
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:21 PM
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Unfortunately you'll have to replace the headlight housings themselves if you want to get rid of the now-yellow rings. The damage is permanent, and also well documented across many series of BMW's running HID AE's (Starting with LCI E60's IIRC).

The good news is that with so many people preparing to retrofit LCI F01 headlights the price of used housings will become exponentially cheaper in the next year or so. If I were you I would just keep on doing what you're doing and when you replace the headlights eventually just keep the incandescents (maybe run PIAA) or go LED. Aside from actually installing LCI headlights with the advanced LED lit halo's, you'll be hard pressed to match the look without consequence and/or sacrifice.
Whoa!! I did NOT know this... This is why I love this forum! I was actually looking at HID kits for E70 and E60 EA...LED I guess...
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:24 PM
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LED's are good when they are error-free (this isn't always the case despite claims *read around*), but they are very dim during the day. Some people are really happy with them, but personally I will be buying the PIAA 'Xtreme white' - they get really good reviews.
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:51 PM
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I've got the extreme whites. They're just okay. They look better than the original bulbs during the day, but when you turn on the beams at night the angel eyes look as dim as the originals. Only 60 bucks so whatever. Annoying how the flagship is the last in line for these types of updates.
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Old 02-01-2013, 02:29 PM
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Bought a set of these last summer and the are still in the garage. Didn't install them because of threads like this. I am actually quite happy with my yellow angel eyes. I think they look very aggressive with a black grill, and I would rather have clearly visable yellow halos as opposed to white that are not visible in the sunlight.
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