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Old 05-04-2016, 04:49 PM
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A 1mm drill in a dremel or a hot wire (twisted a wire on to the end of soldering iron) can also be used to create notches (even before you remove the old bulb).

And remember then new bulbs are halogen - clean any finger grease etc. from them with isopropyl alcohol etc. before using.
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Wow...2005 join date & still no signature with car model/model year info?
You're right. Thanks for pointing it out!
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I replaced mine with 7w led units in hopes that they would be bright enough that I could use the Halos as daytime running lights like the newer cars do, but not even close ;( Is it even possible to get that same brightness as the new models from the old Halos ?
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I replaced mine with 7w led units in hopes that they would be bright enough that I could use the Halos as daytime running lights like the newer cars do, but not even close ;( Is it even possible to get that same brightness as the new models from the old Halos ?
Short answer - nope.

The older design uses a single light source that is sent down plastic optical paths to light both the rings and this limits the possible brightness. The new ones have directly lit rings.

This is why I have stuck with the original yellow halogens - at least the colour difference (from the Xeon lights) makes them visible.
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Ok, I figured there must be more to it! Good to know, thanks
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I replaced mine with 7w led units in hopes that they would be bright enough that I could use the Halos as daytime running lights like the newer cars do, but not even close ;( Is it even possible to get that same brightness as the new models from the old Halos ?
What wpoll said. Unfortunately the only way to get DRL usable halos is to cut open the lights and install your own. Look amazing when you do though... but man is it a PITA!
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I just changed my angel eyes out for some chinesium eBay led models. They work fine, though the bulb base didn't have the 'wings' like the stock ones do so getting them in was a pita...

Also found out my driver's side "hatch" door was missing the bottom tab, so it appears the PO had changed that bulb out prior to me doing it.
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I thought that I would 'upgrade' my halo bulbs (they are originals and the car is now 12 years old!) So I bought a pair of LED bulbs BMW X5 E53 White 5-LED Xenon Bright ICE Side Light Beam Bulbs Pair Upgrade | eBay from the bay of flees. They turned up and the bayonet fitting was off centre meaning I had to sand one of the nodules down in order to fit. Once done, I installed into the car, bulb works, side indicator stays on and the car still says 'Check Park Lights'. So... there must be a resistor that I would have to wire into the system. Anyone have any ideas? To be honest, for the time it would take me I might just get the cheap units from ebay in China. I have seen that they do a W5 for under 10 now.
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The cheap E-bay ones that I used came with resistors. You could code the bulb checks to "off" though instead, if you have the ability.
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