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DIY: Installing Light Package on my BMW e93
Published by Jose_JN
05-02-2012
DIY: Installing Light Package on my BMW e93

Hi mates!

This time I am showing you how to install the light package inside your Bimmer. This is only valid for e92 or e93 but maybe you could adapt it to e90 or other models...

This package is composed by 4 lighting pipes which are installed in the leather panels. I have also retrofitted the rear footwell lights which are very usefull on the e93 because they don't have lights at the rear seats...

This is a quite difficult DIY because you have to drill your panels and this is not a plug&play installation.

Luckly for us, the holes are marked at the panels.
You have to drill them, then install the mouldings and glue them to the panel.
There are many ways to glue them to the door panel but the original is melting the plastic pipes in the mouldings and fix them.
I did it in this way but if you use screws and washers could be better because you could adjust better the moulding to its position.

Then, you have to give electricity to the LEDs, I connect them to the power windows switches lights for the front lights and the light at the lighter for the rear part.

This is the video where I show you how to do it. Remember that you can see in HD, better for focus on the details



Be careful with:
- Insulate the wiring and connections!
- Be careful when drilling the leather because it has a quilted inside which could roll up easily in the drill bit
- Be careful with the transparent pipes, they are very fragiles

For me, they are wonderful, now, I have a warm light which illuminates the entire car but not very bright.

Regards!
PS: Remeber that you can watch my other DIY at JoseJJn - YouTube
PS2: Sorry if I made some mistakes writing in English, it isn't my mother tongue...
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By yakev724 on 05-02-2012, 04:35 PM
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It can be a pain to properly crimp those contacts without an expensive AMP tool, so you can order the contacts already crimped to wire via part nos.:

Female - 61130005197
Male - 61130005198
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By Jose_JN on 05-03-2012, 12:21 AM
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It can be a pain to properly crimp those contacts without an expensive AMP tool, so you can order the contacts already crimped to wire via part nos.:

Female - 61130005197
Male - 61130005198
I decided to solder them to the wire instead of crimping them.
Thanks for this parts I used them in other DIY when I saw them.

As you said, it is easier with the contacts crimped from factory.

Regards.
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By FrozenM5 on 05-08-2012, 10:49 PM
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Well done!
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By FrozenM5 on 05-08-2012, 11:05 PM
Nice

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By Jose_JN on 05-09-2012, 05:06 PM
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Thanks a lot!

Thinking about next retrofit!
Maybe illuminated door sills but they are absurdly expensive.

Regards!
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By Jose_JN on 05-11-2012, 01:38 PM
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If someone wants to try to install them on a e90, this are the dimensions:
Front e92/e93 = 89cm (~35 inches)
Rear e93 = 54cm (21.26 inches)

I don't know about rear e92 because they are different from e93, but I bet that they are about the same.

Keep in mind that they are not perfectly straight! They have the shape of the doors and the line between the leather and de plastic part of the panel.

The front mouldings are too long for an e90 but you could tweak them (cut, paste and paint)

Regards
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By Agent11br on 08-22-2012, 01:42 PM
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Jose what two wires (coloring and bundle) do you tap in the door panel for the power source? It's hard to tell in your video and I do not have a full shop manual handy.

TIA
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White with a red stripe -> Positive
Brown -> Negative

TEST IT WITH A VOLTMETER BEFORE CUTTING THEM. You can connect the voltmeter to the windows panel connector and turn the ignition on (don't worry, it is not dangerous even if the windows panel is not connected but be very careful of not short circuiting them!)

The value should be around 9v (remember that the brightness can be seted with the BC menu)

Regards!
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By Agent11br on 08-24-2012, 02:38 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jose_JN View Post
White with a red stripe -> Positive
Brown -> Negative

TEST IT WITH A VOLTMETER BEFORE CUTTING THEM. You can connect the voltmeter to the windows panel connector and turn the ignition on (don't worry, it is not dangerous even if the windows panel is not connected but be very careful of not short circuiting them!)

The value should be around 9v (remember that the brightness can be seted with the BC menu)

Regards!
Thanks for the info!
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By Najt on 04-24-2013, 07:48 AM
I have the light package in my car as origin . But i think the inner lights are to low. is it possible to recode some ecu to make them light stronger?
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By Jose_JN on 04-25-2013, 03:18 AM
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I am sorry but I don't think so.

You can adjust it from the dash board (the same adjust that the inner lights brightness)

The other thing you could do is open the led case and change the limiter resistor for other with low value or change them for high bright leds. It is not very complicated

Regards
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