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Old 07-31-2013, 09:00 PM
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2011 328i Yellow Headlights Change To Blue/White

Hello everyone, first upgrade I would like to make on my car are the headlights. Right now, all lights in the front look like normal yellow lights. I have seen cars with an amazing blue/white color lights to them that just looks perfect - especially the halo looking lights! Also, I have found forum posts on bfest but they don't include detailed pictures or part numbers on all bulbs.

The research I've done so far is my mechanic and I have found out the lights are halogen. Also, we found out there are around 4 bulbs on each side driver and passenger side (headlight, brights, halo ring, fog light). The confusion we have is:

1. what bulbs do I order and from where?

2. the ring looking light, what bulb is that one? This is the light that looks like a halo ring. Some people call it angel eyes? What bulb and where do I get it?

Thank you everyone. I appreciate your help very much!
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Old 07-31-2013, 09:54 PM
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2011 328i Yellow Headlights Change To Blue/White

LED angel eyes here: H8 bulb


The closest I have found to a "blue" halogen is this: H7 bulb for low and high beam.


The problem you will find, however, is that the light output will be diminished compared to standard halogen bulbs. I use them for my high beam bulbs only.

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Old 07-30-2014, 04:55 AM
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I have just installed the GP Thunder 8500k bulbs in the low beam on my 2009 328i xdrive E90/91, it does diminish the lighting great color, but not bright enough. I'm still looking around for the same 8500 but brights shiny like you see in many other vehicles who still use the regular bulbs, not the HID upgrades. I'm going to try it one more time with the regular bulb before i invest in the conversion. Any help on a bright set of bulbs for low beam?
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:24 AM
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I have 4000K color temperature bulbs from Philips, their Crystal Vision H7 bulbs, in both low beam and high beam position. I find the illumination to be excellent, about the same color temp as BMW factory HID xenons (which I had on my Munich-delivery E46 which I owned for 13 years) which are 4300K.

Bluer halogens are available (e.g. Philips Diamond Vision) but even Philips openly discloses that these give off LESS LIGHT than standard halogens. The blue is achieved with bulb coating, which reduces the intensity of emitted light. Some folks also find that what light is emitted from bluer bulbs causes excessive backscatter GLARE during inclement weather.
General recommendation is to NOT go higher than daylight color temp (5500K), and many states do not permit bluishness or other departures from white.
(a) The emitted light from all lamps and the reflected light from
all reflectors, visible from in front of a vehicle, shall be white or
yellow, except as follows:
(1) Rear side marker lamps required by Section 25100 may show red
to the front.
(2) The color of foglamps described in Section 24403 may be in the
color spectrum from white to yellow

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