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post #1 of 12 Old Aug 9th, 2009, 6:13 am Thread Starter
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I have an 06 LT, it say's xenon inside light cover is this the HID lighting everyone is talking about ??

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Yup it is the factory version of HID.

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Is the after market HID kit better?
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I'm also curious. Can't find any spec sheets on lumen output for the BMW Xenon system. It probably is cheaper to upgrade after purchase rather than at the dealer.

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Is a HID set up, in reality HID stands for "High Intensity Discharge"
Which in application is an electrical ARC between two electrodes within a Xenon gas filled capsule.

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My question for after market hid ls still not answered. Is after market hid better than stock xenon light ? thank's again
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Type HID into the search function and you will have enough to read for hours on the subject....

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My question for after market hid ls still not answered. Is after market hid better than stock xenon light ? thank's again
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Actually I don't think anyone has tried to replace the stock HID with an aftermarket unit, at least I haven't seen it. I would think HID is HID.

They told me not to bother putting after markets in my Lincoln MKVIII as they would not be as good as the factory units (that are NLA). But I did it anyway and it was an improvement over the stock INCANDECENT units.

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???? Why do you feel an aftermarket HID is better than the standard BMW one? From what I have seen they are both 35W HID capsules, and at least the BMW one is from a known high quality manufacturer (Hella,Bosch, or Philips probably) where many of the aftermarket are dubious quality units from China, Taiwan, or worse yet, India or Pakistan.

Also, the reflector and lens in the BMW HID unit is DESIGNED for the HID capsule, not a Halogen lens/reflector system with an HID capsule inserted.

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Only gain or loss would be YOUR choosing another color for effect.
6000K is pure white and quite likely what BMW has chosen as do most who do the conversions on older bikes.

A 35 watt capsule of the same kelvin color is NOT going to change it's brightness brand to brand.

* How ever there are QUALITY differences between capsules, with the cheaper ones using wound tungsten wire for electrodes, higher quality having solid stock. The heat of the arc more quickly erodes wire than it does a solid piece of larger diameter material.

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Thank you all for your help. Now I know what to do...
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