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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 07-19-2005, 04:36 PM
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Changing Xenon Bulbs in 02 540i

After searching this site, I am unable to find anything. I just purchased some 10000K bulbs to replace my stock xenons.
Have any of you done this?

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Old 07-19-2005, 04:58 PM
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After searching this site, I am unable to find anything. I just purchased some 10000K bulbs to replace my stock xenons.
Have any of you done this?
Are you planing on actually using thoose bulbs when dark?
10000K wont give you much usable light.

To remove the bulbs just twist and pull you old bulb to remove it, you might want to pull the rubber sealing back in order to see a bit more.
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Old 07-19-2005, 06:20 PM
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10000K won't be that bright in the dark? That kind of pisses me off. I haven't opened them yet so I guess I could return them. Are they so dark that they're worse than halogen? What do you recommend?
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10000K won't be that bright in the dark? That kind of pisses me off. I haven't opened them yet so I guess I could return them. Are they so dark that they're worse than halogen? What do you recommend?
Anything over 4300 (Stock) will produce lower output then what you have now, 6000K can also be used with good results.
10000K will be really purple and more or less totally useless when dark.
My advice is to go with either 4300K or maximum 6000K if you are after function, above that is purley for show.
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Old 07-20-2005, 08:59 AM
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I like my 5000k bulbs. Had the most compliments about them. They look bright and very very sexy from close and far away.
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different companies rate things differently for "marketing" purposes. i have 6K from Xtec and they are equal to some "knock off" from ebay claiming 10K.

you need H7 bulb i think for stock lighting but then there's this adapter thing that you need to make it work which is a PITA to do.
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