Disclaimer: I'm live in the UK, hence all this is RHD.
An aquaintance is upgrading his '98 BMW 5-series with 'xenon' light to
post '00 spec 'xenon' 'angel-eyes' units. He has offered me the old
lights at a very reasonable price, but I was just wondering whether
these headlights are any good or not?
An alternative was to go the H1IR route (I currently have '98 halogen
h3/h4) but the bulbs seem impossible to get hold of this side of the
Thanks for any input you may have,
H3/H4 is the fog light lamps, the headlamps should be the 9006/9007, or
something like that. My fogs are H4, my low beams are the 9007. Actually, I
forget if my low beams are 9006 or 9007, but they are common bulbs in any
Well, mine was a 1999, pre-facelift, no angel eyes and the std bulbs were
9006/9007. Of that I can assure you, as I fitted some replacement phillips
ones in an attempt to improve the std crap lighting.
Right. So they must have made the change pre angel eyes?
I was surprised at just how much better the angel eyes are as lights -
even halogen. And my old ones weren't in bad condition - although bulbs do
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Nope. I can assure you your recollection is faulty. 9007 is a
dual-filament bulb not used in any BMW of any model year in any
configuration in any market.
Numerous BMWs in numerous markets have used 9005 high and 9006 low beam
9006 (HB4) and 9005 (HB3) are worldwide-approved bulbs. Not a _lot_ of
cars use them outside North America, but some do.
9004 (HB1) and 9007 (HB5) are North America only, not homologated
elsewhere in the world.
H13 (Ford and Wagner are mistakenly calling "9008") is worldwide, as are
H1, H3, H7, H8, H9, H10, H11 and H12.
H14 is homologated for Europe/Rest of world but so far used only in Japan.
Sorry, I forgot about the EU spec.
I once had Cibie (now Hella, I think) headlamps that I put on a Mustang, and
they took the H3 or H4. My 3 Series takes an H-something as the fog light,
but I wonder now if that designation is different over here.
You could be right. All I do is pull the offending lamp and carry it into
the store for a replacement. I don't need to remember what I put in because
I know that the next time I put one in, I get the designation from the one
that comes out. Part of what is different is the connectors and the shape,
these two items preclude putting the wrong bulb in the right spot.
I said earlier that my fogs are H4, but on second thought and your prompt, I
do believe they are H1. I have an H3 or H4 from some other application at
home in my stock pile, and it doesn't fit my car, which is why it is still
in my stock pile. It came from a fog light in my past though, of this I am
all but certain. I can't remember any EU spec lighting on any of my cars in
the past 15 years, so I can't imagine why it would be around my house.
The 9007 is the combination high and low beam, isn't it?
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