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Old 01-20-2015, 09:07 PM
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Any way to upgrade the headlights?

Any tips on how to upgrade the standard halogens on my '05 X3? I'm pretty sure a xenon retrofit is out of the question, and I really don't care about looking cool with blue headlights. All I want is better lighting. Are there better bulbs out there than OEM?
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:13 PM
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Here's a thread with a few options as far as different bulbs.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:56 AM
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:11 AM
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First off are they aimed right? make sure they are aimed high enough, When I bought my X3 they were aimed really low, and I had to adjust them up significantly. I thought it was a fluke until I saw another X3 that had them also aimed way down.

Some dealers will aim them using the marks on the wall set up for cars, that is WAY WAY too low. when I readjusted based on proper height they were 200% better at night. I then slapped in a pair of the PIAA bulbs and now I'm happy as a clam with the low beams, and the high beams are insane. (PIAA in those as well) I dont get any oncoming traffic flashing as I set the drivers side beam to be slightly lower and the cutoff is where it should be to not blind others but still light up the side of the road and signs.

http://www.amazon.com/PIAA-10707-Nig...1860334&sr=1-5

Although silverstars or the Sylvania Xtravisions all are pretty much the same.


Proper headlight aim is critical. Check aim with a driver in the car and a full tank of gas. The low-beam cutoff (a) should be slightly below the center of the lens (b) to keep glare out of oncoming traffic and reduce the light reflection that occurs during rainy or snowy weather. The bend in the cutoff should be slightly to the right of the center of the lane, for the same purpose. This will illuminate the road surface in front of the car, as well as the curb area to the right.

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Old 01-21-2015, 12:44 PM
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When I first got the X3 I had poor visibility at night. (I have the halogen bulbs, not xenons)

My solutions was to upgrade the bulbs and re-aim the low beams and fog lights

I bought 4 Silvania Silverstar H7 bulbs (2 high, 2 low beam). I really enjoy these bulbs - visibility has improved and the color is slightly whiter (not blue). I find the more natural white easier to drive at night with

The low beams were aimed extremely low when I purchased the car (lower than the specification). I followed the instructions on BMW TIS on aiming the bulbs (1% down for low beams, 2% down fog lights). This made a huge improvement! Be sure to do aiming on a level surface. The correct downward percentage is stamped on the headlight housing. I've attached the TIS instructions
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:23 PM
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Any tips on how to upgrade the standard halogens on my '05 X3? I'm pretty sure a xenon retrofit is out of the question, and I really don't care about looking cool with blue headlights. All I want is better lighting. Are there better bulbs out there than OEM?
The absolute best solution is to upgrade to BMW factory Xenon headlights. This will cost you around $3000. If your budget is a bit more modest (mine certainly is), then I think upgraded bulbs are the way to go. I am currently using the (European) Osram Silverstar bulbs, but there are several alternatives for quality high performance H7 bulbs.

How are your headlight lenses? Are they scratched, pitted, or yellowed? You can lose a lot of light there. As mentioned in the posts above, make sure your lights are aimed correctly.

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Old 01-22-2015, 08:29 PM
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Thanks for all your suggestions everyone.

My lenses don't look too bad and I'll double check the aim. I went on the Sylvania website, and according to them their best bulb currently is the SilverStar Ultra. I'll pick up a pair from Pep Boys tomorrow. Can't hurt!
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Old 01-22-2015, 09:22 PM
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You can probably do the xeon upgrade for a lot less than $2k if you buy used parts. a little bit of coding and BOOM, amazing light.
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Old 01-23-2015, 10:36 AM
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You can probably do the xeon upgrade for a lot less than $2k if you buy used parts. a little bit of coding and BOOM, amazing light.
I can't justify spending that kind of dough on a car this old. I'm trying to get better lighting on the cheap!
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Old 01-23-2015, 11:30 AM
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here's a DIY:
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Old 09-14-2015, 05:23 PM
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Hi

I have a 2010 with bi xenon head light

The lenses are a bit worn...
Is there any way to replace those lenses??
Or i do have to buy the whole thing??

Thanks
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Old 09-14-2015, 08:13 PM
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Hi

I have a 2010 with bi xenon head light

The lenses are a bit worn...
Is there any way to replace those lenses??
Or i do have to buy the whole thing??

Thanks
Try restoring the lenses with one of the headlight restoration kits? Usually can pick them up from your local auto parts store for fairly cheap..
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Old 09-15-2015, 08:27 AM
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Questions about adjusting low beams

and reading the TIS jpg:

Where is the manual system headlight range adjustment.

Do i even have the auto system headlight range control?

What is meant by e = down 1% of distance from wall? 10m = 30f / 1% =3" What if i use a different distance?
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Old 09-13-2016, 10:07 PM
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Sorry to bring back an old thread but has anyone used these WeissLicht Illustro for their head lamp low beams? I do not like the brightness of the OEM light bulbs that I have and want to upgrade and this is what I was recommended by Bimmian Automotive.
My questions are: what do you think of the brightness and color? Is it on the blue side or true white? durability?
Thanks for your input.
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Old 09-14-2016, 03:28 AM
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Hi

I used these since about 2 years now. Very nice color and the brigtness is improve a lot

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Old 09-14-2016, 08:02 PM
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I used these since about 2 years now. Very nice color and the brigtness is improve a lot

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are you using them for the low beam or fog lamps? How easy was the installation?
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What about the high beam running light??
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Old 09-19-2016, 01:38 PM
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Anyone know how to get to the high beam running light on drivers side 2005 e83 3.0?
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