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X3 F25 (2011 - current)
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Old 03-30-2013, 07:06 PM
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Question X3 Ambiance Lighting

So I'm split between "Oyster Nevada Leather" and "Sand Beige 'Nevada' Leather" for the interior of the X3.

The Oyster option obviously comes with a lot more black, which is easier to maintain versus the Sand Beige, but also makes the interior darker.

I found this photo on BMW's website and am wondering whether these are the actual front footwell lights or it's just been illuminated for the sake of this picture.

If they're part of the actual ambiance lighting (part of the Premium Package), when do they turn on and can they be controlled?

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Old 03-30-2013, 09:03 PM
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I have the lighting package and my foot wells have no red led's...
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:07 AM
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The Oyster's gonna be harder to take care of over time, especially if you wear blue jeans. Nice look though.

I have the Prem pkg and it doesn't look like that .... will verify tonight, though.
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I have the Oyster and love the black in contrast against the white leather. I do have to maintain them carefully to keep them white instead of blue from my jeans, but as long as I keep on top of it they still look pretty good. I think while the tan would be a bit better, it's still pretty light and will turn blue if you wear jeans.

There are footwell lights when the door is open but not at all times.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:32 PM
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The Oyster's gonna be harder to take care of over time, especially if you wear blue jeans. Nice look though.

I have the Prem pkg and it doesn't look like that .... will verify tonight, though.
Thanks, Hardrada.

So what do you guys use to maintain/protect/clean the leather from stains?
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:36 PM
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This stuff is the best. I've seen it do amazing things to leather I would have written off. It's funny, on their website when it talks about blue jean dye there's a photo of Oyster seats they're working on.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:33 PM
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I just used a Lexol leather wipe for the first time in 6 months. Every bit of blue from my jeans came off with one wipe for each seat.

Love the oyster interior, especially with the darker floors and floor mats. I don't think the lighting is that bright. It may light up with white lights upon entrance but that'd be it. Otherwise I've got orange LEDs that dimly glow as part of the ambiance lighting.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:50 AM
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As the guy above me said, that photo looks like the entrance/welcome lighting because the overhead convenience light is also on in the photo. The ambience light is a reddish/ orange glow that I refer to as demon lights
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Old 04-01-2013, 08:53 AM
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So ambiance lights are always on whereas welcome lights for a few moments after unlocking/doors closing?
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:06 AM
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Yes, the ambience lighting is tied to the dinner for the instrument panel. The door pockets, door handles, etc emit a reddish glow
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Old 04-01-2013, 09:06 AM
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I meant to say dimmer
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