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      10-25-2005, 01:31 PM   #1
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Xenon interior lights

Has anyone installed these yet? and if so, did you have any problems installing any of the bulbs?
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On my E46, I installed these when I changed the turn signal blinker fluid.
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Has anyone installed these yet? and if so, did you have any problems installing any of the bulbs?
What would the reason be for Xenon interior lights?
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      10-25-2005, 04:41 PM   #4
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What would the reason be for Xenon interior lights?
May so he can see around the corners of the footwells, as he turns.
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      10-25-2005, 05:05 PM   #6
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Has anyone installed these yet? and if so, did you have any problems installing any of the bulbs?
Never heard of Xenon interior lights, sounds like bullshit to me.
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      10-25-2005, 05:22 PM   #7
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Perhaps a new kind of reading lamp designed to blind everyone aboard?
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      10-25-2005, 09:30 PM   #9
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It's not bullshit but indeed really is veritable. Bimmian had such mods forever. Whoops, now that I mentioned Bimmian, all these E90 fanatics will actually mod their rides with Bimmian mods! Oh, no! I'm supposed to be the only one with colored roundels!

Back to the main topic - the difference between "xenon" interior and the normal bulbs really isn't about "brighter" lighting although some may construe the modded lighting to be subjctively brighter. The disparity rests in the color of the bulb - while the stock OEM interior bulbs give off an incandescent/yellowish/amber light, the aftermarket interior bulbs give off a rather neutral, white/blue light. It adds a sense of customization for those repine for some.
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      10-25-2005, 09:34 PM   #10
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True xenon lights bulbs do not have filaments, and they can only work with ballasts. I think this is a little overkill, and I find it hard to believe a true interior HID lighting system exists...maybe "HID" halogen bulbs, but that's it.
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That's exactly why I said there is no increase in brightness.

They simply branded these aftermarket bulbs as "xenons" simply because they give off colored light similar to those of coeval xenon project headlamps.
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      10-25-2005, 09:43 PM   #12
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It's not bullshit but indeed really is veritable. Bimmian had such mods forever. Whoops, now that I mentioned Bimmian, all these E90 fanatics will actually mod their rides with Bimmian mods! Oh, no! I'm supposed to be the only one with colored roundels!

Back to the main topic - the difference between "xenon" interior and the normal bulbs really isn't about "brighter" lighting although some may construe the modded lighting to be subjctively brighter. The disparity rests in the color of the bulb - while the stock OEM interior bulbs give off an incandescent/yellowish/amber light, the aftermarket interior bulbs give off a rather neutral, white/blue light. It adds a sense of customization for those repine for some.
OK, I looked on the bimmian site. They are just blueish bulbs filled with some xenon gas. Not true xenon projectors. Now it makes more sense to me.
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True xenon lights bulbs do not have filaments, and they can only work with ballasts. I think this is a little overkill, and I find it hard to believe a true interior HID lighting system exists...maybe "HID" halogen bulbs, but that's it.
Slight correction...HID bulbs do not have filaments. You can fill 'regular' filament bulbs with Xenon gas just like you could with Halogen or some other inert gas. Apparently the gas allows the filament to burn hotter/brighter without severely shortening the life of the bulb.

I found some info here
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Adaptive xenon interior lights. That's what we need.
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Slight correction...HID bulbs do not have filaments. You can fill 'regular' filament bulbs with Xenon gas just like you could with Halogen or some other inert gas.
Huh! This is new to me! You're right, I should have said "hid" and not just xenon. But I didn't realize they made xenon bulbs with filaments. I always assumed xenon didn't have filaments, and halogens did, and those cheap halogen "xenon hid"s were just blue-colored bulbs!

Thanks for the info!
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      10-25-2005, 10:22 PM   #16
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maybe he meant hyper white light bulb.
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      10-25-2005, 10:59 PM   #17
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Aren't those LED lights?
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      12-01-2005, 12:53 PM   #18
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Does anyone have any pics? DIY ????????????????????
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      12-01-2005, 03:21 PM   #19
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You people are just so funny!
If anyone wants bright lighting inside their car, why not try & get hold of a lighthouse bulb & wire it up to a second battery?!
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      12-01-2005, 03:55 PM   #20
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I have installed those "xenon" interior lights. They are not real xenon lights, but they produce nice, xenon like color instead of original yellow and they are matching to the LED lights in the door handles. Installation was very easy, all process took me 15 min. Also, they are not brighter than original bulbs (central dome light actually looks dimmer)
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bmw330e90 can you write up a small DIY?
BMW0 - where would you get led's for the inside anyways ?
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