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      10-24-2012, 05:54 PM   #1
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How long do xenons last?

Just curious, if there is a claim that LED headlights last 10,000 hours and put out 5,500k, what are the specs on the xenons?
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      10-24-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Xenon bulbs usually last about 3000 hours with the Kelvin temp. of around 3400K to 4000K.
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      10-24-2012, 06:09 PM   #3
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I'm curious to this as well. I leave my daytime lights on all the time (love the way they look) but concerned if they will burn out prematurely.
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I would say about four years. But then the whole how much do you drive the car how long do you have your headlights on for all play into it.
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I was looking online and thought, not bad, xenon replacement bulbs for $30 to $70. Then I saw the OEM--$240 list each.....oh yeah apparently the OEMs are 4300k....
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I wouldn't dare keep that yellow angel eye look

Swapped them out the day after I bought the car for some white LED ones.
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just keep topping up your headlight fluid and you should be good
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just keep topping up your headlight fluid and you should be good
Yea that's what I say but no one listens.
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I was looking online and thought, not bad, xenon replacement bulbs for $30 to $70. Then I saw the OEM--$240 list each.....oh yeah apparently the OEMs are 4300k....
My left bulb turned a purplish tint and began losing brightness a month ago. Got the SAME bulb that BMW sells (Osram Sylvania Xenarc)for 250.00 at pep boys for 100.00. Put the Weisslicht angel eyes in also and love the color compared to stock. So the left bulb went after 4.2 years but the right one is still burning like new. Also went w/the Sliverstar zXe fogs. Fog color diff is more noticable in the shadows coming off the driveway in the bottom photo. No photo of the bad headlight bulb but it was noticeably purple tinted.



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I have factory xenons and mine is a 2007 and never been replaced. But probably will now that I have said that...
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My left bulb turned a purplish tint and began losing brightness a month ago. Got the SAME bulb that BMW sells (Osram Sylvania Xenarc)for 250.00 at pep boys for 100.00. Put the Weisslicht angel eyes in also and love the color compared to stock. So the left bulb went after 4.2 years but the right one is still burning like new. Also went w/the Sliverstar zXe fogs. Fog color diff is more noticable in the shadows coming off the driveway in the bottom photo. No photo of the bad headlight bulb but it was noticeably purple tinted.



Lol... you went out in the rain to swap AE bulbs?! What a trooper.. just couldn't wait eh.
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My left bulb turned a purplish tint and began losing brightness a month ago. Got the SAME bulb that BMW sells (Osram Sylvania Xenarc)for 250.00 at pep boys for 100.00. Put the Weisslicht angel eyes in also and love the color compared to stock. So the left bulb went after 4.2 years but the right one is still burning like new. Also went w/the Sliverstar zXe fogs. Fog color diff is more noticable in the shadows coming off the driveway in the bottom photo. No photo of the bad headlight bulb but it was noticeably purple tinted.
Thanks bro this is all good info! I could live with $100 ea. if it's just like original....nice angel eyes btw
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In searching the web, is it a D1S that we need, and that's all that describes it except for 4300K? Doesn't seem too bad then....when the time comes.
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I think I have LED ones (2011 E93 "lci"). Should these last forever?
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I think I have LED ones (2011 E93 "lci"). Should these last forever?
No bulb lasts forever.......
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Xenons - I try my best to take care of mine because I would hate to have to replace one and have the color not match 100% with my other headlight. I generally,
-turn off my lights before I turn off the car
-turn on my car before I turn on my lights

This prevents a surge of power entering/exiting the ballast. I'm not sure if this makes a difference but I've always done it and I've never had bulbs or ballasts go out on me. I just didn't like the lights on while I start my car and see the flicker of the lights as the alternator powers up.
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In searching the web, is it a D1S that we need, and that's all that describes it except for 4300K? Doesn't seem too bad then....when the time comes.
Yes, D1S is for pre-lci
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      10-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #18
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Each time it ignites, it takes some life away. But if you only turn in on at dusk, likely the life of the car. Parking garages, tunnels, shady roads will cycle the lights a lot in auto, contributing to premature failure.
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It all depends...I had an 02 325i with 136,000 miles when I got rid of it with the original Xenons...
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I think its the luck of the draw, 2006 330i with original xenons in auto mode for their entire life and 150k on the clock they are still working.
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      12-23-2012, 11:52 PM   #21
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BMW says they should last the life of the car, which is roughly aimed for about 10 years. Over time, the output will decrease slowly and then they will eventually go purple and die out. Not common.
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