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post #1 of 6 Old Dec 28th, 2005, 8:34 am Thread Starter
 
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Which CQ HID to replace the high beam H-9?

Reading the posts on this great site has convinced me to install both high and low beams with HID on my 2005 LT.

I have unsuccessfully looked through out the posts and the lighting section for an answer. Yes, I even sent an email to CQ but received back a "canned" answer on pricing.

I recall someone posting a statement that the H-11 is a direct plug and play but CQ says no!

Any help is much appreciated.

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'05 is H9/H7

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I recall someone posting a statement that the H-11 is a direct plug and play but CQ says no!
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The HIDs for the '05 are H7/H9 not H11.

I got mine from hid-online all wired for the LT quite a bit more money than CQ, about $460.

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Originally Posted by sheinzer
Reading the posts on this great site has convinced me to install both high and low beams with HID on my 2005 LT.

I have unsuccessfully looked through out the posts and the lighting section for an answer. Yes, I even sent an email to CQ but received back a "canned" answer on pricing.

I recall someone posting a statement that the H-11 is a direct plug and play but CQ says no!

Any help is much appreciated.

Steve
I clipped this info from a lighting web site. Seems that although the keying is different, it is not "different enough".


H9 bulbs

These new single-filament 65w bulbs are rapidly gaining popularity amongst automakers for use primarily in high-beam headlamps, often in conjunction with H11 bulbs for the low beams. H9 is an extremely high output design (2100 lumens) with an extremely white light color. As with H8 and H11, these are currently tough to find in the aftermarket.
  • 65w Osram or Narva: $12



H11 bulbs

These new single-filament 55w bulbs are quickly supplanting HB4/9006 in new low-beam headlamp and fog lamp designs. As is the case with other similar-but-different bulb designs—such as 9004/9007, 9005/9006, etc.—the H9 has different base keys than its H11 low-beam counterpart. Somebody goofed on the spec, though, for the difference between H11 and H9 base keys are insufficient; it's too easy to install an H9 bulb where an H11 belongs. The difference in light output between these two designs is enormous (1350 lumens from the H11, 2100 from the H9), so putting an H9 in place of an H11 will obviously cause the lamp to produce a lot more light. Some lamps are designed such that the optics will handle the extra light well, without creating excessive glare for other road users. Many, however, are not. As with H8 and H9, H11 bulbs are not widely available in the aftermarket.
  • 55w Osram or Narva: $13.50

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H11 Replaces H9

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I recall someone posting a statement that the H-11 is a direct plug and play but CQ says no!

Any help is much appreciated
Steve,
Take a look under Accerories, Gadgets and Gear thread, then Lighting you will find thread " CGLight.ca Feedback" from senior member "edonthenet". He has done the CQLight HID install on his 2005 LT and the H11 was a perfect replacement for the H9.
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Exclamation H9 is no H11

I bought a set of H11 because someone from Piaa thought it would fit directly in the H9 socket. They are similar but the plastic tabs (not the contacts) in side the socket are reversed. You may be able to carefully grind down the longer tab to fit into the smaller slot. I haven't yet tried it. If you do let me know.
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I recall someone posting a statement that the H-11 is a direct plug and play but CQ says no!

Any help is much appreciated.

Steve
Hi Steve:
Yes, the H11 fit identically in the OEM hole for the hi beam. The only difference that I could speak of is the connector for the bulbs. The CQ had a large plug on the end where the BMW has 2 wires, or is it vice versa? I used a crimp-on spade connector to join the 2 and taped the joint to waterproof it. Just remember to check voltage before connecting. I remember the ground being brown, seemingly BMW's stock color for ground. The lighting will then connect brown to black. It's really a no-brainer.
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