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Hi , i just got my M3 a few days ago and i checked the manuel for the headlight spec. They have 2 spec for the low beam bulb.
Halogen- 55W/H7
Xenon fusion- 35W/ forgot the number

I just what to know whats Xenon fusion and is it brighter then Halogen?
Because i want to buy a HID bulb for my M3, should i get a H7 HID bulb?

And is the installion easy? Will it void any warrenty terms?

Whats the best brand/type of HIDs?
Where should i get them and what should be the price range?


And the mazda guy told me that is possible to burn out the computer if i change other type of bulb, is it possible?

Thx alot
 

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You can't just plug the Xenon bulb in. Xenon bulbs are different from halogen bulbs. A halogen bulb is similar to a normal light bulb in your house. It has a filiment made normally of Tungsten and is surrounded by some type of gas. In normal house hold light bulbs it's mainly Argon, in car bulbs it is a halogen gas (hence the name).

Xenons get their name because they contain Xenon gas. I will try to spare you the chemistry lesson, but when an atom changes energy levels it will sometimes give off light. The color of Neon lights are controlled by mixing certain gases. Halogen type bulbs can contain Xenon gas which will give them a color similar to HID lights, but these are not HID's or which are commonly called Xenons.

HID stands for High Intensity Discharge. Inside the bulb there are two electrodes and a spark jumps between these two points. This spark excites the Xenon gas and voila that purplish or bluish light.

Where a halogen bulb doesn't require a lot of volts, HID requires a lot of voltage. The HID package has to include some type of ballast/transformer to get the voltage so that the current can jump the spark-gap. I highly doubt the HID bulb would fit in the hole for a car that doesn't have the Xenon package and vise versa. If it did, I have no idea what would happen, but it probably wouldn't have the desired effect
 

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The OME HID bulb is DS2/35W (plain). Beside the ballast to raise the voltage up to 23000 V, the OEM HID headlight and Hallogen healight are different.

Before making any conversion with aftermarket HID kit, please read these:

http://lighting.mbz.org/tech/bulbs/Hid/HID.html
http://lighting.mbz.org/tech/bulbs/Hid/conversions/conversions.html
http://lighting.mbz.org/tech/bulbs/Hid/disadvantages/disadvantages.html

There are clearly reasons why aftermarket HID is outlawed.

As I wrote somewhere else, the OME HID (including headlight/bulb/ballast) costs around $2000 if it's installed by the dealer, and not from the factory.
 

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pain in the ass if you don't know what you are doing, simply as screwing on a screw if you know what you are doing... that metal clip can be a pain in the ass if you are a newb. =P

If you are checking your H7 to use Xenon headligh... good luck looking for H11 to match up with your H7 low beam.
 

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Too bad u didnt opt for the Xenon pkg. It really isnt a bad deal considering you get the Tire pressure monitor as well for under $800.

If HID/Xenon/Retro kits were legal, they still run about $600 or so.
 

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Hehe manuel.

Illegal xenons?
:huh
 

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basically you have 2 options, buy some blue tinted HID bulbs that are meant to look like HIDs which will actually be slightly dimmer than stock.
example: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/00-0...ewItemQQcategoryZ33710QQitemZ8020618600QQrdZ1

or you can buy an actual HID conversion kit, which will be much brighter than stock
example: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Xeno...ewItemQQcategoryZ36476QQitemZ8021708633QQrdZ1
in terms of the "k" rating. 3000k = yellow | 4000k = white | 5000k blue | and the higher you go the more blue/purple you get
4100k - 4300k is the range you want to be in if you're going for performance.

this ebay auction is for a shady brand, personally i'd spend the extra money and get an xtec 50w kit with lifetime warranty. 50w also gives you extra performance. check out the 50w 5000k kit on this page:
http://www.xenonexpert.com/xteckit.html
 

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Old but not dead!

Okay it's dead now.
 
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