BMW 1-Series Forum (F20) 135i - 1Addicts.com > Second Generation 1 Series Forum > 2012 BMW 1-Series Sporthatch (F20) Discussion > Upgraded Halogen Dipped Bulbs And Sidelights
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      10-21-2012, 03:36 PM   #1
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Upgraded Halogen Dipped Bulbs And Sidelights

Hi all!

So i'm fairly new to the 1 series area of this forum, not new too bmws though! So obviously you'll all agree that the f20 is a cracking motor but for those of us that didnt have pockets deep enough really wished we'd specced xenons because the halogens are really well.................shite!

I'm no stranger in researching and fitting xenon conversions and successfully converted my E90 m sport from halogen to genuine xenon headlights a good few years ago. I've also had an e46, X3 and megane sport that all came with factory xenons so know how much better they really are. I've also tried several different halogen bulb upgrades on other cars with stock halogens trying to get that close to xenon look and better light output!

I'm really against the hid/xenon kits that you can fit in place of the halogen bulbs for the fact they look really messy in the engine bay with wires and ballasts every where. More importantly how blindingly bright they are in the halogen reflector headlamps. They dont project properly and just literally piss light all over the place!!!!

So I think i've found the perfect upgrade and there from a uk supplier hids direct. The bulbs ive replaced so far are the dipped bulbs (h7) and the sidelights (h6w). Didnt want to do the drl's aswell untill i'd tried the sidelights for errors. The sidelight bulbs are led and a perfect match the led's around the car. Crisp white with a hint of blue. When you open the car at night its a massive improvement and all the under handle lights match the sidelights now.

The dipped bulbs are the closest match to xenon ive seen. The yellow has gone, the light is crisp white with also a hint of blue but they dont look boy racer or aftermarket. once they heat up they get even whiter! I had a 45 minute drive last night in the dark and the visibility has improved massively. I also wasnt flashed once so there not too bright for oncoming cars and importantly its a H7 bulb so a piece of piss to change. Both sidelights and dipped bulbs took me 10 minutes to change.

here is the link to the bulbs

http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/categor...bs/super-white


And the led sidelights

http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/canbus-...or-free-bulbs/


There are 100's of bulbs on the market claiming the xenon look but there either shite, cost a fortune or are really shite! For value for money and bang for your buck these are brilliant and im really happy!

Ive contacted the company again and they have the bulbs in stock in led for the drl bulbs too so they'll be getting ordered in the morning! Sack the yellow bulbs these led's and Headlight bulbs are miles better and I hope it helps a few of you guys. Please excuse the iphone pictures. There is a mixture of just the sidelights and sidelights with dipped beam

Name:  IMG_1203a.bmp
Views: 22360
Size:  918.9 KB

Name:  IMG_1204b.bmp
Views: 22981
Size:  918.9 KB

Name:  IMG_1205c.bmp
Views: 22451
Size:  918.9 KB

Name:  IMG_1206d.bmp
Views: 21992
Size:  918.9 KB

Name:  IMG_1207e.bmp
Views: 21730
Size:  918.9 KB

Name:  IMG_1202f.bmp
Views: 22159
Size:  918.9 KB
Appreciate 0
      10-21-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
iBeech
Captain
iBeech's Avatar
England
75
Rep
945
Posts

Drives: BMW 520D F11 2015
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sandbach

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Send a message via MSN to iBeech
Brilliant mate!! Must have mod for the halogen lights. Wish I'd have taken the extended lighting package and got the door handle lights
Appreciate 0
      10-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #3
LatinBimmer
Lieutenant
Peru
103
Rep
578
Posts

Drives: X5 2014 Sparkling Brown
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lima

iTrader: (0)

Looks great! So, to fit our F20, we should buy 1 pair of each link?
Appreciate 0
      10-21-2012, 06:49 PM   #4
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by iBeech View Post
Brilliant mate!! Must have mod for the halogen lights. Wish I'd have taken the extended lighting package and got the door handle lights
Cheers mate. Im chuffed with the bulbs! Wasnt holding out much hope as led's an these canbus wiring systems is a can of worms but there working perfect! It was by chance i was reading that the puddle lights only came with the comfort pack. So managed to sneak it onthe spec. Would of rathered the privacy glass tho! Still the puddle lights are a nice touch.
Appreciate 0
      10-21-2012, 06:53 PM   #5
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by LatinBimmer View Post
Looks great! So, to fit our F20, we should buy 1 pair of each link?
Yes mate. The link for the h7 bulbs brings up 100w and 55w. I have the ones on the right the 55w. Your high beam is also h7 so ill be getting another set too do them also. I wanted to try them first. As i said earlier they also have the drl bulbs which are 19.95. So 50 quid should upgrade everything. Main, dipped, side and drl.
Appreciate 0
      10-21-2012, 07:10 PM   #6
LatinBimmer
Lieutenant
Peru
103
Rep
578
Posts

Drives: X5 2014 Sparkling Brown
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lima

iTrader: (0)

Excuse my ignorance..what is drl? Do you have the correct link to this?
So, I need 3 types of bulbs to replace my headlights set?
Appreciate 0
      10-21-2012, 11:56 PM   #7
LatinBimmer
Lieutenant
Peru
103
Rep
578
Posts

Drives: X5 2014 Sparkling Brown
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lima

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeysix View Post
Yes mate. The link for the h7 bulbs brings up 100w and 55w. I have the ones on the right the 55w. Your high beam is also h7 so ill be getting another set too do them also. I wanted to try them first. As i said earlier they also have the drl bulbs which are 19.95. So 50 quid should upgrade everything. Main, dipped, side and drl.
Well, I. Just bought the same (except for the drl because I can't find the right ones) they ship internationally...I'll keep waiting...
If you find the link, let me know...and if you install those leds, let us know
Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 04:02 AM   #8
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by LatinBimmer View Post
Excuse my ignorance..what is drl? Do you have the correct link to this?
So, I need 3 types of bulbs to replace my headlights set?
Drl is daytime running light. The ones that are on by themselves during the day.

The bulbs needed are as follows

Dipped- h7
Main beam- h7
Sidelights- H6W
Drl- 581.

So 4 sets of bulbs will replace all except the indicator/turn signal.
Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 07:56 AM   #9
LatinBimmer
Lieutenant
Peru
103
Rep
578
Posts

Drives: X5 2014 Sparkling Brown
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lima

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeysix View Post
Drl is daytime running light. The ones that are on by themselves during the day.

The bulbs needed are as follows

Dipped- h7
Main beam- h7
Sidelights- H6W
Drl- 581.

So 4 sets of bulbs will replace all except the indicator/turn signal.
Thanks a lot!
I'll give it a try!...
Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 10:09 AM   #10
iBeech
Captain
iBeech's Avatar
England
75
Rep
945
Posts

Drives: BMW 520D F11 2015
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sandbach

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Send a message via MSN to iBeech
Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeysix View Post
Drl is daytime running light. The ones that are on by themselves during the day.

The bulbs needed are as follows

Dipped- h7
Main beam- h7
Sidelights- H6W
Drl- 581.

So 4 sets of bulbs will replace all except the indicator/turn signal.
struggling to find the DRL on that sight
Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 11:35 AM   #11
LatinBimmer
Lieutenant
Peru
103
Rep
578
Posts

Drives: X5 2014 Sparkling Brown
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lima

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by iBeech View Post
struggling to find the DRL on that sight
Here you go!

http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/581-bau...dicator-bulbs/
Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 11:56 AM   #12
iBeech
Captain
iBeech's Avatar
England
75
Rep
945
Posts

Drives: BMW 520D F11 2015
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Sandbach

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Send a message via MSN to iBeech
thanks- i dont have the door handle lights- does my shopping basket look right for upgrading all my lights?

Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by iBeech View Post
thanks- i dont have the door handle lights- does my shopping basket look right for upgrading all my lights?

Spot on mate. I'll go and find the drl's just now
Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 02:31 PM   #14
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by iBeech View Post
struggling to find the DRL on that sight
Here you go bud. I've not got these yet So not sure if they'll be error free but I'll be getting them too! I've just looked at your basket so you still need sidelights which are the h6w. I posted the link at the top. You've got your dipped, main and drl's in your basket just now

http://www.hids-direct.co.uk/581-py2...dicator-bulbs/

Last edited by mikeysix; 10-22-2012 at 02:34 PM.. Reason: Spelling
Appreciate 0
      10-22-2012, 04:14 PM   #15
twente
New Member
twente's Avatar
0
Rep
6
Posts

Drives: BMW 330D touring
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: nederland

iTrader: (0)

what is the standard color of xeon 7000 k?
Appreciate 0
      10-23-2012, 03:46 AM   #16
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by twente View Post
what is the standard color of xeon 7000 k?
OEM factory is 4300 k. 7000k would be very blue bordering purple
Appreciate 0
      10-23-2012, 04:20 AM   #17
fuzzer123456
Enlisted Member
fuzzer123456's Avatar
Scotland
0
Rep
37
Posts

Drives: 2012 118d M sport auto
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Scotland

iTrader: (0)

Excellent ill be having some of those indicator bulbs if they are error free

Sits on edge of the seat...
Appreciate 0
      10-29-2012, 11:28 AM   #18
fuzzer
Private
2
Rep
97
Posts

Drives: 2016 X3 20d SE
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Scotland

iTrader: (0)

Have you got the turn signals installed yet?
Appreciate 0
      10-30-2012, 11:46 PM   #19
LatinBimmer
Lieutenant
Peru
103
Rep
578
Posts

Drives: X5 2014 Sparkling Brown
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Lima

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by mikeysix View Post
OEM factory is 4300 k. 7000k would be very blue bordering purple
My lights arrived today! Can you give us some DIY instructions for replacement?
Appreciate 0
      10-31-2012, 04:25 AM   #20
Sportspack Mark
New Member
0
Rep
11
Posts

Drives: 2011 MINI Clubman Hampton
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Banbridge, Northern Ireland

iTrader: (0)

Thanks for the advice!
Appreciate 0
      10-31-2012, 10:56 AM   #21
mikeysix
Lieutenant
mikeysix's Avatar
Scotland
20
Rep
482
Posts

Drives: F30 318d m sport
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Kirkcaldy

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
Quote:
Originally Posted by LatinBimmer View Post
My lights arrived today! Can you give us some DIY instructions for replacement?
Its really straightforward. You wont have any issues. The cover inside the wheel arch is pretty stiff the first time you take it out so you may need to help prize it out from the engine bay! Good luck!
Appreciate 0
      10-31-2012, 01:03 PM   #22
logiclee
Private First Class
13
Rep
188
Posts

Drives: BMW 116i
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Notts, UK

iTrader: (0)

I've ordered.

Mtec H7 Super Whites for dip beam
Osram Nightbreaker+ for high beam
Mtec W21W Super Whites for DRL
And some blue/white sidelight bulbs.

Just need the car to put them in. Started production today so should just be a few weeks now. Ordered mid August so been a while coming.

Would love to change the front and rear indicator bulbs for LED error free bulbs if they work OK.
The rear arrow type turn signal is screaming out for LED.

Cheers
Lee
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:09 AM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST