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      12-11-2012, 12:45 AM   #1
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HID color temp to match Ae's?

Anyone know a roughly close color temp for HID's to match the AE's?

i want to get them installed in my fogs so i can run them Ae's+Fogs but i want them to match.

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      12-11-2012, 04:53 AM   #2
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I know the colour temp for the Xenons is 4300k, so I'd assume the angel eyes to be the same/similar, as they're designed to match?
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      12-22-2012, 03:13 PM   #3
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I put 7500k in and I think they match well

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Took delivery of my 335i yesterday, and <24 hours later it's been coded and now some of the bulbs have been changed. Figured I'd post some pictures before/after for those looking to do the same things.

I wanted 2 things, no "egg yolk" look in the front turn indicators, and I hate the yellow fog's - they needed to match the angel eyes

So that you guys can see the colors and comparison, I mounted my DSLR on a tripod prior to making the change to take the before pic, then just pulled the trigger to take the after. All images were shot in RAW then I made sure the color balance was identical between shots so as not to mis-represent the color changes

The first was accomplished with Solaris Invisibulbs - 1156 bulbs with 150 Degree Ofset - AKA: PY21W - I chose amber when lit

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Then the fogs - I went with GP Thunder H8 fog lights - the 7500K version

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I think the color just about perfectly matches the angel eyes

Btw - I was going to do a full DIY on how to change these, but they're so easy it didn't make sense to waste the time. Turn signals are accessed through a removable panel in the wheel well - a flat head screwdriver pries down two tabs in the top and pull it out - then reach in, twist and remove - reverse to replace. The fogs, pull 3 hex head screws out of the wheel well where the bumper meets the well lining, pull the lining back a little, unclip the fog light, twist and remove - reverse to replace
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I put 7500k in and I think they match well
i put in 6000k and they match perfectly
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      04-23-2013, 09:25 AM   #5
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Quick question for you guys... on the F30 does the LED brow match the AE's exactly or are the AE's a big bluer and the brow is a bit whiter?
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      04-23-2013, 10:03 PM   #6
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Quick question for you guys... on the F30 does the LED brow match the AE's exactly or are the AE's a big bluer and the brow is a bit whiter?
the brow uses the same led from the angel eyes to light it up
its the same color
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Where can you buy these bulbs? Are they easy to change? I have a 335i as well and I hate the yellow front fog lights. Also, is there a mod for changing the turn indicators from amber to color matched white?
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the brow uses the same led from the angel eyes to light it up
its the same color
oh ya? I have an F30 as a loaner atm and the brow looks whiter for some strange reason...
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oh ya? I have an F30 as a loaner atm and the brow looks whiter for some strange reason...
If you go to realoem.com and look up the headlights theres only one led in there so im assuming its using the same leds
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Not the case,

The LED that lights the angel eyes is a single high-powered LED, which is the part 1lyfe is referring to,

the brow is lit by a strip of LED's

If you doubt me, go into your garage, unlock your car from the keyfob and watch - both the AE's and brow light up, then a while later the brow turns off, then a few seconds the AE's turn off - they're different light sources

Check my signature, that's a pic with the AE's on, but the brow off

Personally, I haven't noticed a significant color temperature difference between the two, but I can imagine a world where BMW bought LED's from different vendors and different builds might have different variance in color temperature
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