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post #1 of 7 Old May 3rd, 2010, 8:21 pm Thread Starter
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Additional light sources in Europe?

Hi all,

I've been browsing the forums and the FAQ for a while, to find which kind of additional light I can install (I just had a terrible ride in the night under the rain, I felt like I was riding with the lights off!!!)

I've read that installing different and more powerful lamps is not always a good idea. Therefore I was considering some additional lights, like the small HID/PIAA models that are hidden under the original headlight.

I couldn't find an European distributor though: is there anyone that has already ridden this horse before? How did you buy your lights?

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Re: Additional light sources in Europe?

Hi Corrado,

forget about the PIAA lights as we have the Hella over here. Here is a nice Xenon set: http://www.tirerack.com/lighting/detail.jsp?ID=1003

And here is how I installed them on my LT: http://picasaweb.google.fi/pozoizqui...DEINSTALLATION#

And of course you should convert your stock lights to HID (Xenons) as well. Here is an idea of the ballast installation: http://picasaweb.google.fi/pozoizqui...STINSTALLATION#

And if you feel that you still need more lights, go for the Hella FF halogens:
http://picasaweb.google.fi/pozoizquierdo/FOGLIGHTS# or http://picasaweb.google.fi/pozoizqui...GLIGHTBRACKETS#

Just call your local Hella dealer or any auto parts store, they should carry these.

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Re: Additional light sources in Europe?

It's really dark, there in the Northern Countries

Thanks for the good advices, I'm specifically interested in option #1 (the small Xenon lights) or in option #2 (replacing the stock lights). How much do you improve by replacing the original light with HID: enough for a decent highway ride?

For the second option: I see that - other than the HELLA ballast - you also have a philips unit. What is this for? Is that an original BMW component?

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Re: Additional light sources in Europe?

Actually - as you know - in the summertime our night is only 2 - 4 hours long but as soon as the autumn comes - then the darkness hits. In November we have only 5 hours daylight...

Converting your stock lights to HIDs is your step #1. That already gives enormous improvement to your lighting. Step 2 would be to add the aux Micro Xenons under the nose cone.
And then if you really want to blind all the oncoming truckers with their roof mounted 4 to 8 halogen driving lights you add the rest...

The Philips ballasts belong to my older (Hella) HID conversion kit that I installed back in 2005. Nowadays the ballasts have become smaller and easier to find a location for installation.

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Re: Additional light sources in Europe?

wouldn't the '06 already have Xenon's as standard? That was one of the main changes from our 05's....

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Re: Additional light sources in Europe?

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wouldn't the '06 already have Xenon's as standard? That was one of the main changes from our 05's....
That depends on the market area. In some areas it was an option if the importer so decided...

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That depends on the market area. In some areas it was an option if the importer so decided...
I think I've seen some classified Ads mentioning "Xenon Light Option" when I was looking for my '06, which I bough used in 2008. Mine wasn't mentioning it, so I assume that was an optional.

Judging from the poor light I get out of the headlight, I'm quite sure I have no Xenon. My other BMW (the cage: a 320d Futura with Xenon lights) throws a completely different light

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