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      12-29-2016, 09:05 AM   #23
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regarding getting replacement halogens for the low-beams. Is there any reason why the aftermarket bulbs have such abysmal lifetime?
The coating they use on the bulb to make them appear whiter also causes them to run hotter. The hotter an element is the shorter the lifespan.
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Sure they are a bit brighter
They aren't. That same coating also reduces the lumens output. Whiter, yes, but whiter and brighter aren't the same thing. Knowing that I wanted it brighter is why I took the time to research the lumens output on all of the H7 options. The Osram Rallye is the only H7 with significantly (50%) higher lumens output than stock.
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That's no better than stock because it uses H7 halogen bulbs.
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Well, I just installed a 55w hid bulbs, and I got to say that the oem halogen housing worked better than expected - why isnt everyone doing this? The kit I got off amz (its the 4300k vipmotoz one with aqua colored ballasts and lifetime warranty) did not need a relay, and its about 2.5 to 3x brighter than stock. Plug & play. You do need to code out the high/low checks with bimmercode (on a side note, I have to say this app is required for all BMW owners - Its SO easy to use, and its cheap). While there isnt a sharp cutoff line, there is a dull one, and you are able to shape it away from oncoming traffic. There is a metal shroud in my headlight housing that will limit the upper level spread, and you can adjust vertical. Best part is no modification needed - I was able to screw the round cover back on with the wires coming out around the edge (the rubber gasket is forgiving), and the ballast mounted via zip in the engine bay. Took me about an hour because I removed the front wheels so I could really see in there. About as cheap as a set of silverstar ultras with 3x performance...
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Well, I just installed a 55w hid bulbs, and I got to say that the oem halogen housing worked better than expected - why isnt everyone doing this? The kit I got off amz (its the 4300k vipmotoz one with aqua colored ballasts and lifetime warranty) did not need a relay, and its about 2.5 to 3x brighter than stock. Plug & play. You do need to code out the high/low checks with bimmercode (on a side note, I have to say this app is required for all BMW owners - Its SO easy to use, and its cheap). While there isnt a sharp cutoff line, there is a dull one, and you are able to shape it away from oncoming traffic. There is a metal shroud in my headlight housing that will limit the upper level spread, and you can adjust vertical. Best part is no modification needed - I was able to screw the round cover back on with the wires coming out around the edge (the rubber gasket is forgiving), and the ballast mounted via zip in the engine bay. Took me about an hour because I removed the front wheels so I could really see in there. About as cheap as a set of silverstar ultras with 3x performance...
Can you share more info on the bulb ? Where to buy ?
Thanks.
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      04-23-2018, 05:36 PM   #28
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Can you share more info on the bulb ? Where to buy ?
Thanks.
Its a kit not just a bulb. You have to get a little bit creative mounting without cutting anything...

VIPMotoZ H7 Premium True 55W Xenon HID Conversion Kit - [Lifetime Replacement Warranty] - Exclusive Aqua Marine Canbus King Ballasts
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Now on the other side of internet Bullshit, I would point out the above link.

First, know this basic principal with Xenon lighting. The HIGHER the Kelvin (color), the LOWER the Lumen output. This is because the human eye is less sensitive to Blue and has a harder time seeing it.

So a 11000 Lumen output at 6000K (as the above states) is dimmer to the human eye than a 4000K output.

But let’s look at that 11000 Lumen output claim.

Google 11000 Lumen Xenon and see the results you get for Car Headlights.

Yes, there are 11000 Lumen Xenons for other uses, but the only 11000 Lumen output Xenon Headlights are the Amazon ad in question and similar eBay listings

So, the only 11000 Lumen Xenon Headlights in the known universe are made by some unknown Company that cannot be found via Google. Only these ads.

And read the power required for some of the projector 11000 Lumen bulbs. 3x, 4x even 5x the 55 Watts the Amazon product claims.

So are we to believe that all the name brand Xenon Companies can only produce Xenons at 3500 Lumens at 35 Watts while a unknown mystery company can produce 11000 Lumens at 55 Watts?

Wouldn’t the majors have bought the unknown out with that kind of “advanced technology”?

Now, we all know that LEDs uses far less wattage than bulb based systems, so riddle me this.

How can a legit company (CREE) led Headlight produce 12000 Lumens at 75W, while an unknown Xenon bulb can produce 11000 Lumens at 55W?

And how can Philips only get 8000 Lumens at 50 Watts IN AN LED while an unknown Xenon bulb can produce 11000 Lumens at 55W?

Seeing the Bullshit claims yet?

Bottom line, I’d still buy the Philips kits that are made in China and imported into USA for resale than the so called claims of that Amazon Company with technology 3x superior to what anyone else on the planet claims to have.
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Now on the other side of internet Bullshit, I would point out the above link.
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So are we to believe that all the name brand Xenon Companies can only produce Xenons at 3500 Lumens at 35 Watts while a unknown mystery company can produce 11000 Lumens at 55 Watts?
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Now on the other side of internet Bullshit, I would point out the above link.

First, know this basic principal with Xenon lighting. The HIGHER the Kelvin (color), the LOWER the Lumen output. This is because the human eye is less sensitive to Blue and has a harder time seeing it.

So a 11000 Lumen output at 6000K (as the above states) is dimmer to the human eye than a 4000K output.

But let’s look at that 11000 Lumen output claim.

Google 11000 Lumen Xenon and see the results you get for Car Headlights.

Yes, there are 11000 Lumen Xenons for other uses, but the only 11000 Lumen output Xenon Headlights are the Amazon ad in question and similar eBay listings

So, the only 11000 Lumen Xenon Headlights in the known universe are made by some unknown Company that cannot be found via Google. Only these ads.

And read the power required for some of the projector 11000 Lumen bulbs. 3x, 4x even 5x the 55 Watts the Amazon product claims.

So are we to believe that all the name brand Xenon Companies can only produce Xenons at 3500 Lumens at 35 Watts while a unknown mystery company can produce 11000 Lumens at 55 Watts?

Wouldn’t the majors have bought the unknown out with that kind of “advanced technology”?

Now, we all know that LEDs uses far less wattage than bulb based systems, so riddle me this.

How can a legit company (CREE) led Headlight produce 12000 Lumens at 75W, while an unknown Xenon bulb can produce 11000 Lumens at 55W?

And how can Philips only get 8000 Lumens at 50 Watts IN AN LED while an unknown Xenon bulb can produce 11000 Lumens at 55W?

Seeing the Bullshit claims yet?

Bottom line, I’d still buy the Philips kits that are made in China and imported into USA for resale than the so called claims of that Amazon Company with technology 3x superior to what anyone else on the planet claims to have.
Simple. 5400 lumens per bulb as described in tech specs - they are fudging 200 lumens by rounding to 11k - is that the other side of internet bullshit you are refering to? Who cares what you 'would' buy - you would buy this exact kit for 4x if it had a fake label with sylvania or osram on it. The fact is you dont know either way when buying online, so you might as well get a deal...
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Simple. 5400 lumens per bulb as described in tech specs - they are fudging 200 lumens by rounding to 11k - is that the other side of internet bullshit you are refering to? Who cares what you 'would' buy - you would buy this exact kit for 4x if it had a fake label with sylvania or osram on it. The fact is you dont know either way when buying online, so you might as well get a deal...
Well, that fuzzy math is 100% deceptive, but I sincerely thank you for the explanation.

As for buying counterfeit, as I have several Konica/Minolta Light Meters, I would know.
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Check out my thread, should definitely help:

http://f30.bimmerpost.com/forums/sho....php?t=1463063
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