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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 07-19-2015, 08:35 AM
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Hi guys,

Say, how can I make my headlights on my 97' 328ic brighter? I have tried aftermarket headlight bulbs and some name brands with extra vision, but still sort of dim like the cars back in the 70's. I checked the voltage and wiring and all are fine. The lenses are clean on both headlights. I am jealous of those newer cars with LED bulbs and such....

Any ideas what I can do?

Thank you in advance.

Jay
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:45 AM
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Hi guys,

Say, how can I make my headlights on my 97' 328ic brighter? I have tried aftermarket headlight bulbs and some name brands with extra vision, but still sort of dim like the cars back in the 70's. I checked the voltage and wiring and all are fine. The lenses are clean on both headlights. I am jealous of those newer cars with LED bulbs and such....

Any ideas what I can do?

Thank you in advance.

Jay
Hi Jay, have you checked other options such as halogen, xenon or HID? You are right the newer cars has the angel eye led, HID and xenon lights. In my X5 I have the factory default halogen lights which are much brighter and it is white. You can either go with halogen with ballast and there are shops who install those. I have also seen on eBay selling complete set of angel eye headlights that will will be a factory headlight replacement. As it says removed the old headlight and install the new one that's it. But not sure for your model 97 328ic available. Hope someone will come up with other suggestions. Good luck.

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Old 07-19-2015, 10:25 AM
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Aren't halogen bulbs just the plain 'ol regular bulbs that came in these cars back in the day? I'm pretty sure all standard headlight bulbs are halogen.

Regarding angel eyes, those are just cosmetic rings which don't contribute significantly to light output.

Most people says that switching to european style projector headlight housings yields a meaningful increase in light output, both when used with standard halogen bulbs, or when used in conjunction with an HID kit. That said, the wiring system of these cars was not designed with HID headlights in mind, so installing them often causes "bulb out warning" messages on the on-board computer, and they tend to be a bit more trouble prone.

One of our regulars here, DC Wright, used projector housings with 100W halogen bulbs from Hella, and he seemed very happy with the light output. Keep in mind that the stock wattage is 55W, so you're nearly doubling the power. Note that he used them in projector housings with glass lenses. I can't say that I'd recommend using 100W bulbs in the stock US plastic housings, as you may melt them.
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Old 07-19-2015, 11:09 AM
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I have halogen xvision (?) bulbs now from a name brand and I can seen better than those cheap knock-off 5000k bulbs off ebay. The knock-offs are bright for other cars to see you, but visibility for the driver is horrible. Maybe, I will get some if those hella driving lights and mounts them on my front bumper....That's what my son has on his Mini Cooper S.

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