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Old 01-16-2016, 04:21 PM
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Dome light replacements?

I found an electrical problem! The first for this X3 (had many in my old 325).

The "dome" light is out. On realoem.com it appears to be part #7:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=63_0982

Realoem says "12V 6W XENON" (63217160908), and the owner's manual is silent on the specific lamp numbers. I'd like to go buy a lamp at a local aftermarket parts store rather than mail-ordering, if possible.

I have the map/dome light assembly out and disassembled. The mount for the lamp (now out) is the same as for conventional incandescent lamps like this:



Anyone tried a conventional lamp in place of the OEM? Used a 6W, or something higher to be bright enough? Any problems with heat damage to the reflector or the lens-cover, blowing a fuse, or bulb-check errors?

Thanks.
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Old 01-16-2016, 04:23 PM
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Doing an Amazon search for "BMW 63217160908" comes up with fairly conventional-looking lamps. I may have LEDs in this thing.
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Old 01-17-2016, 12:16 PM
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Dug through my spare parts and found a couple of new conventional Sylvania 2825 lamps. They are only 5W, but one fit and works well for the "dome" light. And the quality of the incandescent light is much better.

For the two map lights map I'd like to find similar but with reflective coatings inside their bottom-thirds to help direct light out of the tiny holes in the overhead console. If anyone see such in the stores, please let me know!
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