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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 03-01-2015, 06:12 PM
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do HID bulbs turn pink before they burn out?

So pulling into the garage tonight I noticed my driver side low beam is kind of pink like? Is it going to die? Or maybe there's a ballast issue? I'm new to HIDs though so I've got no clue what they do. I imagine these are 12 year old bulbs so they've been pretty good.. Also when looking to replace them.. I'm looking for 35w D2S bulbs right?
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:29 PM
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Yup ok its diyng.. That's cool.. Drop another 50 in the bucket.. Eventually this wave of repairs will crest and I'll actually be able to enjoy this 530. Lol.
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:29 PM
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Yes, 35W. It's probably a dying bulb.

When you replace the bulb, don't touch the glass with your bare hand. The oil in your skin will cause the bulb to die quickly.

Best to use clean cotton gloves.
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:32 PM
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Alright, will.. What about just touching the plastic bit on the back? The hids are pretty easy to get out when the headlight is out of the car.. Lol
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:26 AM
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We will get you to put those nitril gloves on some day. And before you know it you will stop smoking.

HID bulbs work forever but they turn dim and their color goes towards higher Kelvins. They actually sell new bulbs in different colors to match an older bulb if you just change one and care about such things. I got a pair for 25. Just had to wait long enough for that perfect auction on ebay.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:39 AM
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Any particular brand I should look for or stay away from? According to thhe reveiws on Amazon, all the Philips listings are counterfeit. So should I go with Sylvania?
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:08 AM
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Wow can I have a picture I didn't see pink
Mine when died turn from white to yellow bought a set from eBay about 3 years 25 $ and everything is fine aim rarely using hid always angle eye and the road is clear
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Old 03-02-2015, 07:17 AM
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Pretty hard to get a picture of such a bright light, I'll try again when I get home so you can see the colour differences in the beam against the wall.
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