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Old 07-13-2016, 06:16 AM
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Hi there,
(my 1st post) I have read other posts on this forum about owners complaining about poor lighting on X3 with halogen headlights. My solution to this has been to install an LED light bar in the slot below the kidney grill. This has made a huge difference and lights up the whole road with a wide bright light up to 400 metres. See attached photo. Hope this helps. Cheers.
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:21 PM
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G'day Mate

Visited friends in Brisbane last year.
Who was the company and what is the part or model number?
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Old 07-13-2016, 07:55 PM
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Looks pretty good in that spot. But I'm surprised that lightbar could throw light as far as you say. A link to the product and its specs would be good.

For example, this 20 inch lightbar, which has double the rows of LED's yours has, is listed as only being 0.25 Lux of light at a distance of 400 meters.

http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/120112
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Old 07-15-2016, 03:52 AM
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G'day Mate

Visited friends in Brisbane last year.
Who was the company and what is the part or model number?
G'day Master2301, I trust your stay in Brisbane went well?
The light bar is a Hella EnduroLED Series 1. Product No: Hella 1GJ910472001. The specs are listed in the Hella Aftermarket Catalogue 2016/17, page 176. see http://www.hella.com/ePaper/hella-au/Aftermarket_catalogue/index.html#176/z
. I spent some time making a bracket to fit the X3.
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Old 07-15-2016, 04:02 AM
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Looks pretty good in that spot. But I'm surprised that lightbar could throw light as far as you say. A link to the product and its specs would be good.

For example, this 20 inch lightbar, which has double the rows of LED's yours has, is listed as only being 0.25 Lux of light at a distance of 400 meters.

http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/120112
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Hi there Lotus99,
Thank you for your reply. It does sound kind of crazy to think that it can throw 400m, but according to the specs, it states 1 LUX at 402m. Product No: Hella 1GJ910472001 with specs shown in catalogue http://www.hella.com/ePaper/hella-au...dex.html#176/z has distance graph. Let me know if you have any problems accessing the link and I will try and attach it to this thread.
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Old 07-15-2016, 01:23 PM
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Hi there Lotus99,
Thank you for your reply. It does sound kind of crazy to think that it can throw 400m, but according to the specs, it states 1 LUX at 402m. Product No: Hella 1GJ910472001 with specs shown in catalogue http://www.hella.com/ePaper/hella-au...dex.html#176/z has distance graph. Let me know if you have any problems accessing the link and I will try and attach it to this thread.
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Ah, ok. I thought you were saying the light was pretty good at 400m. 1 LUX at 400m is another thing...

The beam pattern is a spot one, whereas I assumed you were using a flood beam pattern. The light I linked to, the spot version of it, throws 1 LUX of light up to 600m, for comparison, but as I mentioned, it looks like it has 2 rows of bulbs compared to 1 for yours.

http://www.rigidindustries.com/led-lighting/120212

Regardless, that's a cool idea you had, and I will keep in the back of my mind, as I wouldn't mind having extra lighting, as we drive on a mountainous highway every weekend during the winters with this car.
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