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Old 07-25-2013, 10:21 AM
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Have you guys already changed the angel eyes with a whiter light in the halogene headlights ? What kind of bulb do I need?
I don't think we have an answer yet, all we know is that it is definitely not H8!!
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Old 07-25-2013, 10:52 AM
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That is interesting Ninja! From what I've seen on forums, and can see on my X5, is that there are a couple of schools of thought on exactly what the actual globes are for the Angel Eyes themselves for our Halogen based E70s. Some say its H7's others (including the manual) indicate it could be H8.

Part of the issue is that there aren't a lot of people out there (no-one at least who can show us and who is contribution to a forum discussion on the subject) who are actually trying or have done an Angel Eye upgrade and Low Beam & High Beam Halogen globe update to their non-Xenon E70!

A lot of Xenon owners think they know what we're referring to when it comes to Angel Eye bulb upgrades but they seem to be two entirely different head lamp assembly's. It's clear you can see a bulb of some kind nestled between the low and high beam reflector lamps on our Halogen (Non-Xenon) based E70s that sits behind the body mounting that just can't be gotten to, which I and others are assuming can only be the Angel Eyes bulbs themselves as there are no other possible bulbs left to change!

All in all I'm almost certain there would be a full 3 bulb change required if you wanted to tackle a Halogen Low & High beam reflector upgrade with something like 35W LEDs (2 needed each side here with these possibly being H7s) and then also update your Angel Eyes with whatever globe that takes (1 in total and assumed to be H8) with an LED globe also.

Biggest issue in resolving this and identifying which bulbs are needed is actually working out the best way to get in and behind into the light recesses to undertake the changeover.

Most people seem to rule out taking it to the dealer - potentially high cost option. The other option then is how to remove the front headlamp assembly? Is it from within the engine bay somehow or can we go into the back of the headlamp assembly through the wheel arches.....? Just don't know the answer to these questions so I will have to get adventurous I think and poke around more unless someone has undertaken this and can save me and others the trouble of telling us the easiest way to get into the back of the headlamp assembly so you can actually take out the globes once and for all and clear up the rumors of exactly what globes are used and secondly then physically changing them over!

Keen to discuss more and try get clarity here on how to get into the headlamp assembly and determine which bulbs are in use........
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:58 PM
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I've already upgraded my low beam halogen bulbs to an aftermarket Philip 4300k HID kits, it works brilliantly given our headlights are already fitted with projectors. The installation was a bit difficult though as there are limited space in the headlight assembly.

So I took it to an independent BMW specialist, he put the car on a hoist and access the headlights from the wheel arch after removing the wheel arch inner linings, it wasn't an easy job, took him about 1 to 2hrs for the installation.

As for the AEs, I did more research last night and finally found a solution, apparently someone from UK has successfully done a conversion on a E70 X5 pre LCI halogen (non-xeono) healights, the AEs is an "E90 style led bulb set", he also post the link on ebay

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I found this on ebay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251035331292?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p398 4.m1423.l2649 but at 75 quid seems a bit expensive. I asked the seller for more info and he sent me this link http://xenonhid4u.co.uk/led-lighting-accessories-sidelights-interior-kits-number-plate-lights-daytime-running-lights-drl/angel-eyes-marker-kits/bmw-angel-eyes-led-upgrade-e90-91.html saying that his bulb looks identical, but has different resistors inside. He hasn't confirmed what wattage his are yet.

Hope this helps!
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:39 AM
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Thanks Ninja. Some very interesting reading there. I have logged a post in reply to the conversion work Nexus66 has undertaken.

It seems its a two step involved process for each side. Firstly, gain access to the area behind the lighting assembly through the wheel arch and undo everything either in the way or needing to be undone. Secondly, take off the headlamp unit to access the entire set of globes. You'd want to be making sure you're putting in some good high quality globes so that this process isn't repeated regularly if an angel eye globe blows.....

My question to you - what Phillips globes did you purchase for the low beam lamps? We're they H7s? To confirm something also, are you low beam lamps the projector units on the inside, closest to the grilled? Have you also considered and undertaken a globe change for the high beam halogen lamps? If not, presumably wouldn't these still be stock and throwing out a standard yellowish beam and not matching your upgraded low beams?
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Old 07-27-2013, 10:28 AM
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My question to you - what Phillips globes did you purchase for the low beam lamps? We're they H7s? To confirm something also, are you low beam lamps the projector units on the inside, closest to the grilled? Have you also considered and undertaken a globe change for the high beam halogen lamps? If not, presumably wouldn't these still be stock and throwing out a standard yellowish beam and not matching your upgraded low beams?
I bought the genuine Philips Canbus HID kit 4200k H7 to replace the halogen low beam lamps. I didn't bother replacing the high beam lamps nor the fog lights as I hardly use them.

Just wanted to replace the AEs for now..so tempted to order a pair from this UK seller

BMW X5 E70 LED White Angel Eyes Halo Marker Rings Upgrade | eBay
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Old 08-03-2013, 03:17 AM
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Has anyone already purchased this AE upgrade from eBay for the non xenon headlights? If someone wants to make some DIY

Also I have HID for the H7 from the brand PILOT with 6000k but somehow the light is not strong enough for me when I drive at night on a highway I don't see much more as halogene bulbs does someone have better experience ? The light also shines everywhere because of the halogene headlights have different projectors
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:12 PM
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Ninja

Do you have a cutt of line with the Philips HID ?
I have bought h7 from pilot and with 6000k bulbs but it seems that the light doesn't shine correct and doesn't have a cut of. Did your BMW dealer checked the light output ?

Also I have upgraded high beam with some white light bulbs
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Old 08-06-2013, 09:18 PM
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I didn't have any issues with my Philips HIDs, the light outputs were quite sharp and light shines accurately similar to my E90 LCI with OEM factory bi-xenon. Did you install them correctly?
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Anyone here that has problems with the aftermarket xenon h7 for the low beam I'm getting very bad light output and have 6000k in there
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My aftermarket HID philips is rated 4300k as I think 6000k is too white and doesn't shine as bright as OEM 4300k.
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