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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
Total Produced: 45,000+ - Years Produced: 2001 to 2006.


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Old Sun, May-04-2014, 03:35:17 AM   #11
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Actually they are quite complex. And having used my fair share of aftermarket and name brand bulbs, there absolutely is a difference. Even the "normal" name-brand bulbs are much better than the generic crap you can get online. The CBI's are a step above
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I have used DDM bulbs and I have friends who have bought lots of those cheap Chinese bulbs on eBay and there really is a difference in my opinion.
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I am on my phone so hopefully this link works...

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Like I said, 100% authentic and very good seller too.
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I'll vouch for the Osram Xenarcs as well. I just replaced the plain stock bulbs for these in the 6000k temp and they are outrageously good. So much more light. They don't seem any whiter than my old ones though so don't put much stock into the 6000k rating of these IMO.
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What about Philips Ultinon? I used those in my last car and paid close to $300/pair. You can tell the real ones with the blue ceramic lead and red die in the bulb where it arcs. Philips advertises there is no color shift if you have to replace a bulb when the other one is much older.

I have one good bulb and was thinking of getting another matching bulb to put into my newer car but I know there is always something better.
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What about Philips Ultinon? I used those in my last car and paid close to $300/pair. You can tell the real ones with the blue ceramic lead and red die in the bulb where it arcs. Philips advertises there is no color shift if you have to replace a bulb when the other one is much older.

I have one good bulb and was thinking of getting another matching bulb to put into my newer car but I know there is always something better.
The Osram CBIs are much better than the Ultinons. The only Philips bulb which might be close is the 85122XV.

Even if the bulb doesn't color shift, they do get dimmer with time. I would only replace in pairs
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Actually they are quite complex. And having used my fair share of aftermarket and name brand bulbs, there absolutely is a difference. Even the "normal" name-brand bulbs are much better than the generic crap you can get online. The CBI's are a step above
To be completely honest, I have Xb35's (5000k) and my buddy has CBI's (same projectors) I could BARELY tell a difference at all. You put someone like OP especially who's most likely not a light guru and he probably won't either. And the XB35's are what, $45? That's a steal. Especially because Morimoto's build quality is pretty good. I'd say get the CBI's if you just really want the best of the best, but for whatever they go now, what, $150-$200, not really worth it in my opinion. XB35's I'd say are easily the best bang for your buck bulb out there.
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Thank you everyone for all the good input I will look it up I don't mind paying $100 for a pair of bulbs as long as they don't flicker while I turn my car on or while I am driving @ night -_- makes my car look cheap driving with one bulb on
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Anyone have a picture of the difference from 5000k/ 6000k in the XB 35's?
What is the color cutoff? I mainly want the bright white with a blue hue cutoff maybe
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Anyone have a picture of the difference from 5000k/ 6000k in the XB 35's?
What is the color cutoff? I mainly want the bright white with a blue hue cutoff maybe
Cutoff color doesn't change with bulbs. Cutoff color will only change if you have a different projector or actually modify the actual projector itself. If you don't want to shell out the money on new projectors, you can buy ZKW lenses that give you more color to the cutoff, (the blue hue you want) and a sharper cutoff as well.

Go 5000k with the XB35's. Great output, and they look a lot better than 4300k. 6000k will be way too blue and it just looks cheap. Not to mention the output decrease.
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