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Old 02-02-2020, 10:51 AM
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Halogen vs LED lighbulbs

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For a 2016 f34 - Have a low beam bulb failure. Can LED lightbulbs can be used as direct replacement to halogen bulbs?

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Old 02-02-2020, 10:58 AM
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No way,completely different system.
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Old 02-02-2020, 11:01 AM
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No way,completely different system.
Not talking about the whole assembly. Only the lightbulbs.
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Old 02-02-2020, 11:43 AM
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Replacing Xenon bulb to LED

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Not talking about the whole assembly. Only the lightbulbs.

It is completely different system by sockets, power and control.
You can directly replace halogen bulb to LED or halogen to aftermarket fake-xenon.
But Xenon light it is a SYSTEM.
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:32 PM
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It is completely different system by sockets, power and control.
You can directly replace halogen bulb to LED or halogen to aftermarket fake-xenon.
But Xenon light it is a SYSTEM.
Sorry, I am new to all this. Probably made a mistake - I think my headlight bulbs are halogen, not xenon. They are the ones that you can buy in the automotive section. I want to replace them with LED, same connectors, for a brighter output.

Tried to upload images, but it doesn't work for me. Basically, in google search, they will be
'H7 halogen', replaced with 'H7 LED'.
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:34 PM
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Xenon bulbs should be both bright and give good roadway coverage. What advantage is there with led lighting?
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Old 02-02-2020, 01:43 PM
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Xenon bulbs should be both bright and give good roadway coverage. What advantage is there with led lighting?
My mistake, I mean halogen replaced with LED.
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Old 02-02-2020, 02:03 PM
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My mistake, I mean halogen replaced with LED.
Yes, you can replace halogen with LED.
You will be facing only one problem to find right one - do not burn your FRM, no error code and flashing.
Be careful with ballast resistor/CANBUS decoder, it can burn easy headlight assy.
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Old 02-03-2020, 06:25 PM
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I have been using these since 2018.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01LC...b_b_asin_title

This is the older version.
There is newer and supposedly better version.

There are also these which should be top quality as the website that sells them has really nice setups. Bought a few over the years and never had a failure:
https://www.theretrofitsource.com/h7...o-2stroke.html

If in doubt give them a call. They DO know their stuff and actually answer questions.
You might want to measure your cut offs and adjust headlights after the new bulbs to match the cut off.
PM if you have questions.
Have fun
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Old 02-04-2020, 02:31 AM
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I have been using these since 2018.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01LC...b_b_asin_title

This is the older version.
There is newer and supposedly better version.

There are also these which should be top quality as the website that sells them has really nice setups. Bought a few over the years and never had a failure:
https://www.theretrofitsource.com/h7...o-2stroke.html

If in doubt give them a call. They DO know their stuff and actually answer questions.
You might want to measure your cut offs and adjust headlights after the new bulbs to match the cut off.
PM if you have questions.
Have fun
Are those better than the factory installed LEDs?
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Old 02-04-2020, 03:52 AM
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Absolutely not. Just way cheaper and easier to install.
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https://www.amazon.com/HIKARI-Headli...dDbGljaz10cnVl

I saw the previous Amazon link was not available anymore. This is what I bought for my Lowbeams (H7). If you are going from Halogen to LED you'll most likely have to code for it. Sometimes the replacements you buy will have CANBUS technology or whatever that won't throw a code. With Bimmercode and a OBD2 reader like Veepak, anyone can "Code" their car to accept LED's without any issues (most of the time). _sl_

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https://www.amazon.com/HIKARI-Headli...dDbGljaz10cnVl

I saw the previous Amazon link was not available anymore. This is what I bought for my Lowbeams (H7). If you are going from Halogen to LED you'll most likely have to code for it. Sometimes the replacements you buy will have CANBUS technology or whatever that won't throw a code. With Bimmercode and a OBD2 reader like Veepak, anyone can "Code" their car to accept LED's without any issues (most of the time). _sl_
I have a lots of doubt about this bulb.
It is great chance that they will flashing and error code appears immediately.
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Old 02-08-2020, 11:57 AM
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I have a lots of doubt about this bulb.
It is great chance that they will flashing and error code appears immediately.
They did not flash when I installed mine. They did however throw a Low Beam Malfunction warning. This is because the car thinks the LED's are bad halogens. However, as I previously stated, this can be easily circumvented by using Bimmercode (iOS, Android) and an OBD2 reader in about 5 minutes (and the only reason why this takes 5 minutes is because your car is transmitting information to your phone). Total cost for LED's, Veepak, and Bimmercode is around $100. Or you can buy something like this which has a "code eliminator" built in which will introduce bulk, cost about the same or more if you'd like a warranty, which IMO would be less of a value considering all the codes you can run with Bimmercode. To each their own, but at least you have a few options if you're considering!

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Also hope i am not bumping it, i took a risk and bought these DRL LED replacements in amber from "Highperformancebulbs.com" out of NJ, they went in no problem, no codes and later on i will update with a pics of how it looks soon...
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One solution might be to use a certain model of PIAA bulbs that are slightly brighter and have shorter life span.
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Halogen vs LED lighbulbs

LED + coding out errors and bulb check using BimmerCode app.

If you search on YouTube you’ll find others who have used specific LED bulbs, so you’ll have an idea of what works.
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