OAPINGT

Night time driving

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Hi I need to improve my high/low beam bulbs for night time driving!

 

Been told that the Osram night breaker laser are the best!

 

Cotswold have some for sale are they as good as the Osram ones ?

 

Has anyone done the same exercise or any advice?

 

And are they difficult to replace?

 

Now a days I just go to U Tube!

 

cheers

 

oapingt

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I've used Philips X-treme Vision + which are an improvement, but don't expect to see a huge difference because you won't, crap head lights are just that, and there's nothing you can do, short of replacing them, to fix that.

 

As long as you have have tiny hands with long multi jointed fingers and don't mind losing a fair bit of skin, swapping bulbs is a fairly simple job :)

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Changed the headlight bulbs and main beam bulbs for the Philips XTreme vision bulbs on my father in laws 520D

 

Christ, what a job that was!

 

Was better taking the wheel off rather than trying to do it with it on full lock etc

 

Doesn't help I've slab like hands, but did manage to get them changed easy enough, once I'd figured out how they came undone and how to try and get my hands into the smallest cavity on the back of headlights known to man!!!

 

The Philips bulbs are very good and obviously much better than the OEM Osram bulbs that were in already; I'd highly recommend them and they're c£17 a set on Amazon!

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Osram Night breaker laser's in the wife's car, massive improvement over the standard Toyota bulbs and I would go as far as saying that I would fit these bulbs to any non-xenon car on the way home from picking it up. Yep they really are that good - esp for the £18-20 they cost. 

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12 hours ago, OAPINGT said:

Hi I need to improve my high/low beam bulbs for night time driving!

 

Been told that the Osram night breaker laser are the best!

 

Cotswold have some for sale are they as good as the Osram ones ?

 

Has anyone done the same exercise or any advice?

 

And are they difficult to replace?

 

Now a days I just go to U Tube!

 

cheers

 

oapingt

What year is your GT?

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Hi E39touring

its a 2012 reg

But reading some of the replies it looks to big a challenge for me to fit them!!

oapingt

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Give it a try yourself, you may be pleasantly surprised as BMWs are so easy to work on due to the way they are designed. The clips come apart easy enough.

 

If you don't fancy it, please don't take it to Halfrauds fir them to fit.....get a mate or a 

 

10 hours ago, sshooie said:

 a Gynaecologist 

 

as apparantly they are good with their hands.:D

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1 hour ago, OAPINGT said:

Hi E39touring

its a 2012 reg

But reading some of the replies it looks to big a challenge for me to fit them!!

oapingt

Are you sure it doesn't have xenons?  I thought they were standard on the GT from Sept 2011.

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The easy way to tell if you have Xenons is there is no headlight beam height adjustment dial next to the light switch on the same panel as the light switch.

 

Although if you had Xenons you wouldn't be complaining about poor headlights!

 

Put the last 7 digits of your vin number into the link below and see if it lists Xenon headlights 

 

https://www.bmwvin.com

 

 

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Has anyone fitted a HID kit successful to F10?  or e60 for that matter, which probably has similar electrics.

 

As the F10 halogens are projector it should work OK,  self levelling aside.

 

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8 hours ago, bmwmike said:

As the F10 halogens are projector it should work OK,  self levelling aside.

 

 

What do folk mean by projection or projector when it comes to talking about headlights?

 

is it referring to the way the light is projected out of the headlight?

 

Daft question I know but I have never figured it out....

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Google 'projector vs reflector headlight'

 

That'll show and explain all you need to know :) 

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Reflector dish much better than projector for a halogen bulb.. or seems to be. so why they fit a projector to halogen?  my old e46 had great light output from the reflector halogens. Better than the f10. 

 

 

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Hi I do have a headlight beam hight adjustment dial next to the switch!

 

And have checked vin number,but no mention of xenon headlights!

 

So it looks like I've got the standard candles fitted !!

 

Just cant believe on a £40k car such crap lights !

 

do I have take the wheel off to get to the lights?

 

i don't have to have arms like orangutan do I ?

 

oapingt

 

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48 minutes ago, OAPINGT said:

i don't have to have arms like orangutan do I ?

no, but fingers like ET would help.

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8 hours ago, OAPINGT said:

Hi I do have a headlight beam hight adjustment dial next to the switch!

 

And have checked vin number,but no mention of xenon headlights!

 

So it looks like I've got the standard candles fitted !!

 

Just cant believe on a £40k car such crap lights !

 

do I have take the wheel off to get to the lights?

 

i don't have to have arms like orangutan do I ?

 

oapingt

 

 

You don't HAVE to take the alloys off, but as I stated above, it makes life a lot easier and only takes 5mins to get the car jacked up and wheel off!

 

When you see what it is you need to do, you'll see why taking the alloy off makes it simpler! 

 

The Philips X-treme or Osram Nightbreaker headlight bulbs will make a decent difference; they have to my father in laws car! Or, you could try and find a used set of xenons and retrofit them

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9 hours ago, OAPINGT said:

i don't have to have arms like orangutan do I ?

 

oapingt

 

 

Nooo, the wheels come off really easily, although you'll probably need a mini crane to put them back on again :)

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9 minutes ago, IanS100 said:

 

Nooo, the wheels come off really easily, although you'll probably need a mini crane to put them back on again :)

 

Unless they have corroded nicely onto the hub as all my AUC bought BMWs have when I've gone to remove the wheels. I even had to hammer off one of my summers on my F10 after only 6 months on the car and less than 3k miles! 

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44 minutes ago, IanS100 said:

 

Nooo, the wheels come off really easily, although you'll probably need a mini crane to put them back on again :)

 

Don't be soft, they're not that heavy!

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33 minutes ago, 535iAR said:

 

Unless they have corroded nicely onto the hub as all my AUC bought BMWs have when I've gone to remove the wheels. I even had to hammer off one of my summers on my F10 after only 6 months on the car and less than 3k miles! 

 

Aye; there is this! Had to use my hide mallet to get my father in laws front alloys off!

 

No copper slip to be seen anywhere, so centre bore got a good clean and wire brush, cleaned again and a smidge of copper slip applied to the centre ring and to the wheel bolts!

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1 hour ago, d_a_n1979 said:

 

Aye; there is this! Had to use my hide mallet to get my father in laws front alloys off!

 

No copper slip to be seen anywhere, so centre bore got a good clean and wire brush, cleaned again and a smidge of copper slip applied to the centre ring and to the wheel bolts!

 

Exactly what I did! Hide hammer to make contact repeatedly on tyre sidewall,  wire brush on a drill to clean mating surfaces and a thin brush of copper slip on the hub.

 

 

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Changing the bulbs is sooooo easy... After you've done it once 😂

Trust me the first time you'll change the bulbs it's surprisingly more difficult than you think.

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