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Old 09-27-2016, 11:05 AM
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Are they running out of Xenon or something?

I just got several quotes from dealers. The best I could find was $223 for one xenon bulb. I am certainly NOT going to pay that price - especially when they need to be replaced in pairs (for aesthetics), so the question becomes - which auto parts store will sell the best non-oem replacement?
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:13 AM
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OEM genuine Philips or Osram for less than $80 a pair shipped

www.hidbulbzrus.com
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Never go to the dealer. Almost any oem or equivalent part can be bought for much cheaper online.
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Old 09-27-2016, 11:24 AM
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Yes, cheaper, I understand, but are the bulbs being recommended going to last more than a year? Are these 4300 bulbs?

Also, are the OEMs 35w or 55w?

Do you know the full specs of the bulbs I need? Or is philips d2s xenon 85122 BMW OEM a good enough description to get the right replacement?

Appreciate the information...

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OK, I have been searching the rest of the net:
  • looks like the low beams are usually 35w?
  • looks like most Phillips bulbs on the net are counterfeit?
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:20 PM
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Yes 35w and yes there are a lot of counterfeits.

BMW doesn't make bulbs, they just get them from Philips and charge an insane markup. You need to pick a reputable online vendor to get authentic bulbs. Places like hidzrus, candlepower, and powerbulbs are good.

I have osram night breakers from powerbulbs for around $110-140 shipped depending on the sale.
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Is there anything wrong (not for my car) about this spec bulb?

Philips Standard HID 85122/D2S Headlight Bulb (1-Pack)-85122C1 - The Home Depot
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Yes there is 2 problems - why are you buying from Home Depot, don't be a cheapskate and try to buy one bulb either -

Your bulbs need to be replaced in PAIRS - xenons age and the color temp will be different - at 10 years old your bulbs are probably half the brightness of new -

I sent you a link for genuine bulbs and yes the Philips 85122 would be an OEM equivalent pair - I believe they are $75 shipped
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Yes there is 2 problems - why are you buying from Home Depot, don't be a cheapskate and try to buy one bulb either -

Your bulbs need to be replaced in PAIRS - xenons age and the color temp will be different - at 10 years old your bulbs are probably half the brightness of new -

I sent you a link for genuine bulbs and yes the Philips 85122 would be an OEM equivalent pair - I believe they are $75 shipped
As I indicated in my OP, I am buying 2 bulbs.

What is it that makes these bulbs "cheap?" Are they not the OEM Manufacturer?
Are they not the right spec?
Are they not the same bulb you recommended?
What is it that makes the Home Depot source inferior to the site you recommended?
Why does it matter if they are from HD if they are the right bulbs? With the HD, they are delivered to within a mile of my home and I do not pay any shipping.

While I do appreciate the recommendation, I am not seeing any difference in the product?
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Relax I'm just poking fun - you put up a 1 bulb link so I thought you only went with 1.

Personally I never thought to buy headlight bulbs from Home Depot.

And if you know anything about Philips/Osram xenon bulbs you'd notice that there are a TON of fakes floating around, even at reputable sources or stores. Which is why I provided a link to a store/seller who is 100% genuine bulbs

I'm sure Home Depot is sourcing their internet catalog from 3rd party places, similar to Amazon, which has been proven in the fast to have sellers providing fake bulbs.

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