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E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 02-08-2013, 05:40 AM
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Question Solutions for the yellow-ish fogs

What have you guys done to try to match the fog light color to that of the headlight? I don't care to do an HID conversion much as i'd probably blind oncoming traffic. I found this http://www.carid.com/2012-bmw-x5-lig...s-3126541.html and was curious to see what other options may be out there. As always, thanks for any input.
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:25 AM
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That looks good, I might just order a pair too. I also dislike the look of cheapo halogen bulbs in the fogs. (Especially when they come on with the turn signal.)
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:04 AM
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That does look good and guaranteed no errors or check engine alerts is good too
For $17.49 a piece looks like a nice upgrade.. I think I will try it too but I rather see how it looks first.

I saw a few videos on youtube but I'm not sure if it is the same exact bulb specs.
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:18 AM
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Though they say no flickering, I wonder how they respond to the dimming aspect of our fogs, especailly since the fog lights come on every time we turn or reverse. I have had issues/flickering while dimming LED lights installed in my house.
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Old 02-08-2013, 01:44 PM
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I'm very interested in how these look after install. Please post pics if you decide to get them.
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Old 02-08-2013, 02:29 PM
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The website says these are 5500K color. How does that compare to the headlights, will they match well. I thought the headlights were 6500. Anything is better than the yellow incandescents.
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:12 PM
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Assuming one actually wants to use the fog lights in fog, a yellowish light should be more effective.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:51 AM
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Assuming one actually wants to use the fog lights in fog, a yellowish light should be more effective.
True.. I think some here consider them as driving lights as well
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:15 AM
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Assuming one actually wants to use the fog lights in fog, a yellowish light should be more effective.
True. In fog if you were to use regular white light visibility is zero. Yellow works the best in fog. The fog light we have in our cars now days are not real fog lamps. Fog lamps are suppose to be even more darker yellow.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:50 AM
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Hence my last post I made about driving lights....
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Old 02-10-2013, 08:19 AM
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I would not trust this manufacturer for two reasons :

Website shows angel eye bulbs ( DRL ) at 17.49 for LED, never have seen them so inexpensive.

Main reason is that they show a headlight replacement bulb for non-hid X5???, all 2007 and up came with factory equipped with HID headlights.
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:49 PM
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I would just get a pair of 3000k h8 bulb, they are under $15 on eBay. Those LEDs they look amber not yellow.
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Old 02-12-2013, 04:51 AM
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Main reason is that they show a headlight replacement bulb for non-hid X5???, all 2007 and up came with factory equipped with HID headlights.
No they didn't. You'll be surprised, but there are even X5s with partially manual seats.
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What have you guys done to try to match the fog light color to that of the headlight? I don't care to do an HID conversion much as i'd probably blind oncoming traffic. I found this http://www.carid.com/2012-bmw-x5-lig...s-3126541.html and was curious to see what other options may be out there. As always, thanks for any input.
I tried them and they are terrible, don't waste your money. I am sticking with my after market yellow bulbs because that is the best color for fog lights.
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I tried them and they are terrible, don't waste your money. I am sticking with my after market yellow bulbs because that is the best color for fog lights.
Thanks for the feedback! Guess I'll stick to stocks until I can find a suitable replacement.
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:21 AM
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Thanks for the feedback! Guess I'll stick to stocks until I can find a suitable replacement.
hey,

..after researching, i came to know about the GP Thunder 7500K which i've decided to try out. i've bought the same 7500k for both angel eyes as well as fogs. wont be installing them for a few months, but just though i'd share..

ive seen pics and vids comparing stock and the GP's and they seem like a close enough match. my x5 has the HID's with yukkyyellow halos and fogs..

http://www.hidlightsusa.com/subcat.a...0Thunder.7500k is where i bought mine from. these are manufactured in korea i think. h11 and h8 are the bulbs u'll need.

my options were either these filament bulbs or the newer led's.. i chose these because i liked how my lights would dim gradually when coming off, and more importantly - the price and how they look (atleast on the pics\vids\reviews ive read n seen)

hope this helps. i'll let u know how mine look when i install em.
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:33 PM
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^^^ oem hid's are typically 4300k, if you want fogs to match, you need a "xenon match", like the ones from Hoen. if you go with 5500, 6000, 7500 etc. they will be bluer than the headlights. you need 5000k or less to match them.

also, one thing to note, is that these xenon match bulbs with blue coating will reflect off the chrome surround inside the housing and the whole thing will look blue when the lamp is off. some people don't mind that look...i do, think it looks tacky on a $60k+ bmw. just my opinion
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hey,

..after researching, i came to know about the GP Thunder 7500K which i've decided to try out. i've bought the same 7500k for both angel eyes as well as fogs. wont be installing them for a few months, but just though i'd share..

ive seen pics and vids comparing stock and the GP's and they seem like a close enough match. my x5 has the HID's with yukkyyellow halos and fogs..

http://www.hidlightsusa.com/subcat.a...0Thunder.7500k is where i bought mine from. these are manufactured in korea i think. h11 and h8 are the bulbs u'll need.

my options were either these filament bulbs or the newer led's.. i chose these because i liked how my lights would dim gradually when coming off, and more importantly - the price and how they look (atleast on the pics\vids\reviews ive read n seen)

hope this helps. i'll let u know how mine look when i install em.
Thanks shanej!

Mine's post LCI so the HIDs and Halos are pretty white. If I could find a good match for the fogs, I would be golden! I really appreciate the info. I will check them out and will read up on them tonight!
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Old 02-26-2013, 04:43 PM
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^^^ oem hid's are typically 4300k, if you want fogs to match, you need a "xenon match", like the ones from Hoen. if you go with 5500, 6000, 7500 etc. they will be bluer than the headlights. you need 5000k or less to match them.

also, one thing to note, is that these xenon match bulbs with blue coating will reflect off the chrome surround inside the housing and the whole thing will look blue when the lamp is off. some people don't mind that look...i do, think it looks tacky on a $60k+ bmw. just my opinion
Ditto! Not fond of the blue-ish reflection off the housing here either. I'm sure it's barely noticeable, but knowing myself, I'd probably be unhappy with it, which is why I was leaning towards LEDs originally.
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Has anyone tried the HID conversion kit for the fogs sold by Burger? Looks like a quality set.
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Has anyone tried the HID conversion kit for the fogs sold by Burger? Looks like a quality set.
Looks solid indeed! I just wonder if it would blind oncoming drivers.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:19 PM
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the thing about the hid fog kits is that they are brighter than the headlights because the fog lenses are not projectors, and the x5's are pretty high. if you want to go that route, you absolutely cannot go wrong with these guys. prices are unbeatable, as is their warranty. i ran their bulbs and kits for over 2 years with no problems. i had a bulb issue after 3 months and they replaced the pair no questions asked.

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...ast-35W-or-55W
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the thing about the hid fog kits is that they are brighter than the headlights because the fog lenses are not projectors, and the x5's are pretty high. if you want to go that route, you absolutely cannot go wrong with these guys. prices are unbeatable, as is their warranty. i ran their bulbs and kits for over 2 years with no problems. i had a bulb issue after 3 months and they replaced the pair no questions asked.

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...ast-35W-or-55W
+1. I have a DDM slim kit in my BB6 with Morimoto retros and they have been wonderful considering I paid less than $50 for the kit, if memory serves me well.
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Solutions for the yellow-ish fogs

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the thing about the hid fog kits is that they are brighter than the headlights because the fog lenses are not projectors, and the x5's are pretty high. if you want to go that route, you absolutely cannot go wrong with these guys. prices are unbeatable, as is their warranty. i ran their bulbs and kits for over 2 years with no problems. i had a bulb issue after 3 months and they replaced the pair no questions asked.

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/DD...ast-35W-or-55W
Would the attached picture be the correct order to replace the fogs on a 2013 X5? I don't need to use the fogs for lighting in a fog just want them to match the white AEs and headlights. I chose the 5,000 lumens 55W based on this thread. Thanks.Click image for larger version

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Solutions for the yellow-ish fogs

Still unsure as to what to order from DDM Tuning to replace the factory fogs to match the headlight LEDs on a 2013 X5. If anyone has experiences please let me know, posted the items in my shopping cart earlier not sure if they are all needed. Thanks for any help.


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