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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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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/pozoizquierdo/HELLAMICROXENONDEINSTALLATION#

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/pozoizquierdo/XENONBALLASTINSTALLATION#

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/pozoizquierdo/HELLADRIVINGLIGHTBRACKETS#

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

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It's really dark, there in the Northern Countries :D

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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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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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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pozo_izquierdo said:
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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