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Old 12-26-2009, 06:43 PM
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That little glass ball in the middle of your lowbeam is the projector. When you turn your headlights on, does the bulb come in immediately or does it come on a slowly warm up/get brighter within like 3-5 seconds? An easy way to be doubly sure that you don't already have HID's is to remove the cover behind the headlight and check the bulb that comes out. Don't touch the glass of the bulb, just the plastic plug in the back. This might be more difficult because its hidden, but if you have HID's, there will be a ballast box underneath the headlight...you'll have to search the forums to see exactly what you're looking for. Factory HID's are usually 5000k in color, so you might be mistaking them for halogens because they're not the blueish color you see on some cars. If you've got HID's and you want the bluer color, than all you need to do is change to a 6000k bulb. If you for sure don't have HID bulbs in your stock headlights, then you'd just buy an HID conversion kit from HIDextra in whatever type of bulb the DEPO's take...which I assume is a D2S bulb. I've seen Tom's website and its a little confusing since it appears he's only selling headlights w/o bulbs, yet he gives color options for the headlights in a dropdown box. If you in fact need to buy an HID conversion kit, Tom's clearly seems to be more expensive since you have to pay whatever he charges for HID bulbs and ballasts, but then you'll also have to pay for his $45 resistors. HIDextra gives the same, nice harness and everything resistors away for free w/ purchase...all you have to do is ask for them in the same place where you type in the coupon code @ checkout.
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:51 PM
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That is weird. I haven't seen a X5 using 9006 as headlight bulbs or that kind of housing on a halogen setup. You do have self leveling, but I guess you will need some HID ballasts and D2S bulbs for those headlights to work. The HID you listed above should work fine.
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Here is another picture:


Sorry it's dark out now and my phone camera is no good with light.


But I'm pretty sure NOT HID. I want the super white look...its really yellow right now.


I really wonder if Tom could price match today and save me some money on the shipping as well.

What HIDs would be required for the fogs??


Another question....with day lights...on the angels, which ones light up?? Do both rings lit up?? Currently, the inner lights are my day lights and the outer ones at night. How does it work with these lights??


Thanks again everyone. As you can tell I am really excited and anxious in making a decision.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:35 PM
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Bright white would be around 5000k, 6000k is a slightly blue color, anything after that becomes an ugly blue/purple color.

If Tom can match the price, then by all means go for it. $60 shipped - bulbs, ballasts, resistors. Obviously there will be some shipping pricing differences, so I'd call HIDextra before you make a decision. If he wont match HID's price down to the penny, than why pay more? Those of you who wanna throw the "cheap chinese" flag can just stop now...all these aftermarket HID kits are basically Made in China anyways, right next to the assembly line of iPods and iPhones.

FWIW, the bulbs are either H1 or H3's, so you'll have to check your before you order. Since you're gonna need to order HID headlight bulbs as well, see if Tom is willing to do an all or nothing HID setup....headlights and foglights.

Anxious if fine, just don't rush and purchase the wrong stuff.
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Apprectiate your advise M5James.

It just occurred to me that I have running day lights (a must in Canada). How will that effect the upgrade? Would I need then also convert the high beams to HID as well??


Hopefully Tom will be here soon to offer his input.
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:48 PM
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That won't affect your upgrade at all. HID highbeams are kind of useless, unless you live out in the country or something where you use them a lot.

When you flash the highbeams, the foglights turn off and back on realy quick, while the highbeams flash on and off real quick. The problem w/ HID highbeams, or even foglights is that the quick flashing is hard on the ballasts.

No offense against Tom because he's obviously helped out lots of members here and elsewhere, including myself, but just remember his opinion could be a little biased since he's here in order to make a profit.
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Are you sure? Well the day lights run off of the highbeams (the inner lights). I guess it's just that not as much voltage is being sent through.

That's why I am wondering what would happen during the day for me. Would it light up a little like it is. Or would the rings light?


Too much too think about dammnit!
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Old 12-26-2009, 07:58 PM
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Yeah because the halogen bulbs in your highbeams will simply drop right into the new headlights. It's the lower voltage that runs through those halogens that makes them so they don't shine as brightly during the daytime as they would if you used them to flash at night.

As for the DEPO's, i'm not sure how they're wired since they come integrated into the headlights themselves, so maybe Tom can answer that. I know for when I added CCFL angel eyes to Sobi's X5, we could wire them to come on whenever we wanted them to...when the ignition comes on, when the domelights come on, parking lights only, headlights only, etc.

Slow down bro, this is exactly what I said about going to fast and ordering the wrong things. No matter who you order them from, you're probably not going to get them for a few weeks anyways, so don't rush it.
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Apprectiate your advise M5James.

It just occurred to me that I have running day lights (a must in Canada). How will that effect the upgrade? Would I need then also convert the high beams to HID as well??


Hopefully Tom will be here soon to offer his input.
You will not need to convert anything to be honest. The high beams will always be set as a halogen bulb so that you can run your daytime running lights. No need to worry
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Thank you Jurian. But this means during the day my headlights will still look yellow unless I switch to low beam at all times...or convert to HID.

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So I contacted HIDextra....shipping is: $35 for 1kit, $58 for 2kits, $65 for 3kits. Resistors to be included though. See what I meant when I told you shipping costs sometimes are high?? Not toooo bad in this case...but still! I am only an hour and half away from US border.

When I contacted seller on ebay for depo lights, he suggested that I take car to dealer to reprogram computer as he believes resistors are a bad idea...and to avoid any potential error codes.


I just now have to figure out how much everything will cost for the upgrade with each store. I am now even consider upgrading the high beam to HID for the running day lghts. But this is getting expensive.
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