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      02-07-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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Replace DRL bulb?

So, how easy would it be to change those 2 bulbs to something more bule/white looking? ANy ideas on what would be involved(how to get to the bulbs?)
So, here is a picture of the car non xenons DRL, its like the bottom half of the inner circles...

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My guess is those are just halogen bulbs, most likely found any any auto parts store like Auto Zone. Sylvania makes regular oem halogen bulbs, but they also make upgrade bulbs which are brighter/whiter for a higher price (ie; Cool Blue and Silverstar). The downside to those brighter/whiter bulbs is they burn at a higher temp and therefore their lifespans aren't as long as the oem bulbs. I used to install those brighter/whiter bulbs but I got tired of changing them when they burned out. Unfortunately they only lasted 1/2 the time of the oem bulbs. Sometimes they lasted only several months.

So yea, you can probably put whiter and bluer bulbs in there. Just be prepared to change them considerably a lot more often then the OEM bulbs.

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Its a 6W Halogen bulb in the non-Xenons DRL
They dont give the bulb type for this one but should probably be easy to change

EDIT: Looking at the wrong lamp, Its a 24W PW24W bulb in the DRL
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Hmm, sounds good, will just need to find out how to access the bulbs(hopfully its easy and doesnt involve removing the front bumper or anything crazy lol) Maybe i can open the hood and it will be easily accessible
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I would just try and fork over the extra 900 bucks for the Xenons. After market will cost more, probably and xenons not only look better but are safer.
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I would just try and fork over the extra 900 bucks for the Xenons. After market will cost more, probably and xenons not only look better but are safer.
Thats not an option, you have to get ZPP...im not paying 3grand just to have zenons lol
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Hmm, sounds good, will just need to find out how to access the bulbs(hopfully its easy and doesnt involve removing the front bumper or anything crazy lol) Maybe i can open the hood and it will be easily accessible
RTFM (literally) - starting on p. 280.
DRL is a 24W bulb
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      02-08-2012, 10:11 AM   #8
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RTFM (literally) - starting on p. 280.
DRL is a 24W bulb
Good find, just checked it out, looks doable
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Looks like i can get 24watt led lights and put replace the regular DRL with some leds, should be cool looking
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Looking at other pictures of new F30 without the Xenon headlights, they still have the angle eyes or halo lights as per E92 model.
As far as I can tell with Xenon headlights the angel eyes are LED and presumably halogen for cars without Xenon

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Looking at other pictures of new F30 without the Xenon headlights, they still have the angle eyes or halo lights as per E92 model.
As far as I can tell with Xenon headlights the angel eyes are LED and presumably halogen for cars without Xenon
Dude, the car in your picture has Xenons. The one in the pictures from justinnum1 has halogens. Halogen cars don't have corona rings.
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That car is xenons^....non xenon cars have no type of (rings) just a halogen bulb drl, bottom half of the inner rings

And i think it will look cool replacing the halogen DRL with a led
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Cheers all,

Must have been more than 1 white car used in the collection of pictures.
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you ever replace it?
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Looks like i can get 24watt led lights and put replace the regular DRL with some leds, should be cool looking
That sounds like a great easy upgrade, post some pics when you do it!
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Have you considered an LED bulb replacement? That would last longer and you could get different hues of white and blue. I usually use VLED's. They have good stuff.
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Have you considered an LED bulb replacement? That would last longer and you could get different hues of white and blue. I usually use VLED's. They have good stuff.
do they even have 24w LEDs?
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do they even have 24w LEDs?
I'm not sure. I'll check out the website and see what I can come up with.
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The LED wattage will be lower than incandescent bulbs. What you need are LEDs with the proper base and roughly the equivalent lumen output.
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Yea, I couldn't find anything.
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Just pull the bulb and look at the stamping. I think you need PY24W such as these:
http://www.highperformancebulbs.com/bmwpy5ulhipo.html
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Just pull the bulb and look at the stamping. I think you need PY24W such as these:
http://www.highperformancebulbs.com/bmwpy5ulhipo.html
Yep, those are the ones. Just make sure it's from a reputable distributor. I've purchased some that didn't haave good enough heat sinking and they died in just a month or two. (Waste of 60 bucks ) Happy Bulb hunting
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