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Old 08-21-2019, 11:05 PM
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Yeah, today I noticed they appeared brighter- I'm now the guy driving around with lights-on midday sunny summer The color remains yellowish which to me looks cheapo and halogen-like. Are yours yellow or white or in-between?
Pretty close to OE color (4100 or 4300). Definitely more white than yellow. NO hint of blue though.
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Holy cow, that looks like a view from Lincoln square or something?

Lincoln Square South Tower, perhaps the new tenants on floor 20.
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Still a fan of the night breakers I put in 3 years ago. Was a significant improvement over what was in there (tired OE Phillips). Definitely seen brighter lights, but I think the projectors are the limiting factors on our generation BMW's vs. the bulbs being used.
is it possible that the igniters and power sources for the HID bulbs are the culprit and they get tired over time instead of it just being a bulb issue?
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is it possible that the igniters and power sources for the HID bulbs are the culprit and they get tired over time instead of it just being a bulb issue?
I'm not sure. In my experience (back in the HID retrofit days) when an igniter or ballast has quit the bulbs don't light or do some other abnormal behavior like flickering. The bulbs are supplied 35w by the ballast and the high current by the igniter when lighting. If those fail... the bulbs do as well. I think that's the way it works, but hopefully someone more familiar with the electrics will chime in.
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Also, the bowls (reflective/chrome behind lens) in the projectors may be burnt out, causing the reflection. Very common in E46's and my '01 E53 was having issues even with newer bulbs and replacement ballasts.

I ended up doing a LCI retro and converted the headlights to FX-R projectors, with clear lens, and nitebreakers. I can see everything now!
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I'm still not happy with these bulbs. Still yellowish color and it's not like they're super-bright compared to my old bulbs. I just don't like their cheapo looking color. When the headlights come on, the initial light in the first 10 seconds or so is pure white, then the color slowly changes to yellowish white. The light color on the road is yellowish. I read somewhere that bixenon headlights don't enjoy the benefits of the supposedly super-bright nightbreakers. May work great for pre-facelift xenon-headlights.

I'm ready to get rid of them and get 5000K-6000k 4300lm HID bulbs - probably WeissLicht XenoFlo HID.
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^They will certainly not look like 5000k bulbs. Those will have a whitish/blue hue to them. While the Nightbreakers are pretty much an OE color temp. 4100k I think.

Let me look up the bulb type for the wife's E70 X5, maybe I'll help offset the cost of your new bulbs.
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^They will certainly not look like 5000k bulbs. Those will have a whitish/blue hue to them. While the Nightbreakers are pretty much an OE color temp. 4100k I think.

Let me look up the bulb type for the wife's E70 X5, maybe I'll help offset the cost of your new bulbs.
Yeah, let me know - I just placed an order for WeissLicht 6000k HID bulbs including their LED halo bulbs.
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the initial light in the first 10 seconds or so is pure white, then the color slowly changes to yellowish white. The light color on the road is yellowish.

That's a bit weird.

Mine does the exact opposite when i turn them on. -Starts a bit yellowish and at around 60-70% of max light output, but within 3-5 seconds they change color to pure white and shines at full blast.


For what it's worth, that crisp bluish 'modern' color you get with 5000-6000 K bulps deceive your eyes into thinking the light is brighter. It is not.
The blue color is actually a lack of red and green emitted light from the bulb, which means you get less light output than from a 'natural white' 4100 K bulb.

But i agree. The blue ones do look snazzy.
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That's a bit weird.

Mine does the exact opposite when i turn them on. -Starts a bit yellowish and at around 60-70% of max light output, but within 3-5 seconds they change color to pure white and shines at full blast.


For what it's worth, that crisp bluish 'modern' color you get with 5000-6000 K bulps deceive your eyes into thinking the light is brighter. It is not.
The blue color is actually a lack of red and green emitted light from the bulb, which means you get less light output than from a 'natural white' 4100 K bulb.

But i agree. The blue ones do look snazzy.
What? Amazing. Mine certainly dim out after starting out pure white and bright! Do I have fakes or what?? Are your ignitors/ballast original i.e. never been changed? Mine are original (2005).
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