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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Sat, Jul-13-2019, 09:56:25 PM   #1
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Default Bulbs for ZKW Euro Ellipsoid headlights

I recently purchased a set of ZKW Euro ellipsoid headlights for my '98 M3 convertible.

After a very long wait for the units to arrive...they arrived without the PnP harness to mate them up with my stock US headlamp wiring. Grrr.

Well, today the PnP harness finally arrived and I began to assemble things. However...guess what.... there are **no light bulbs** in the units!

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1) What is the best H1 bulb which fits the ZKW base? Please include a link to your recommendation on Amazon.

2) Does one put the same H1 bulb in both the hi-beam and low-beam sides?

3) What is the right T10 bulb to be used (i.e., fits) the city lights socket? Again, link to product on Amazon would be appreciated.

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Default Re: Bulbs for ZKW Euro Ellipsoid headlights

Low/High: Osram Nightbreaker H1 x4
City: C194 5w x2

Nightbreakers are proper light color for maximum clarity at night. If you're into blue colors, don't even both buying bulbs, run as-is.
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Default Re: Bulbs for ZKW Euro Ellipsoid headlights

Thanks Braymond!

Here's what I ordered...

Low/High bulbs:



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If you're into blue colors, don't even both buying bulbs, run as-is.
So are you saying if I wire up the Low/High beams as such, they'll actually work but just be blue?
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So are you saying if I wire up the Low/High beams as such, they'll actually work but just be blue?
Haha. I was making fun of people who buy blue color temp bulbs because they think that shit is cool versus being able to see at night.
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Haha. I was making fun of people who buy blue color temp bulbs because they think that shit is cool versus being able to see at night.
Okay, since I'm on a roll with the dumb questions - here go a couple more:

1) Re: above discussion...begs the question then, why is the electrical spade even there?

2) When reconnecting the 900x connectors...how do you know which one is for low beams and which one is for high beams?
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Default Re: Bulbs for ZKW Euro Ellipsoid headlights

The yellow connector goes on the tail of the H1 bulb. You’ll see when you get the bulbs in hand. That spade is there for shipping only.

Some adapter kits use color coded and keyed 9005/9006 connectors. If not, just swap if wrong.
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The yellow connector goes on the tail of the H1 bulb. You’ll see when you get the bulbs in hand. That spade is there for shipping only.

Some adapter kits use color coded and keyed 9005/9006 connectors. If not, just swap if wrong.
Correct, in my case, the PNP harness I have were color coded. In other words, 1 female housing was gray and 1 was black. This matched up with the car side coloring of the 9005/6 housings. The wires matched up too - meaning, for example, both gray ends had yellow & brown wires. Both black ends had white & brown wires.

I did the driver's side tonight and low and high beams seemed to work perfectly.

However, I have 2 questions:

1) Braymond, if you look at the picture I posted above in the thread, I think it's more appropriate for the grounding (brown) wire to go to the upper spade - correct? In its current (no pun intended) position it is touching the backing plate of the bulb and possibly the hold down springy thing - which could short circuit things?

2) What is the condition to illuminate the city light?? Parking lights on? I tried a number of settings and couldn't get it to light up. I'm reasonably certain I spliced the city light in properly but could post up a pic later if need be.

I think I may either have a dead city-light bulb or possibly need to flip the bulb (could it be a polarity issue)?
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Default Re: Bulbs for ZKW Euro Ellipsoid headlights

Never mind, I solved it.

I moved the grounds to the upper spade and flipped the city light bulb for good measure. City light works now. Although I'll never know (don't care) if it was a grounding or a polarity issue - I'm a happy man.
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Welp, file this under "stuff nobody mentions"...

What do I do with the alarm horn? Physics denies the entry of the ZKW lights.

Do I move it over to the right side of the green sticker where there is a pair of drilled holes (above the high beam)?
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