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      12-22-2012, 04:40 PM   #1
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Brightest D1S

I feel the stock E92 335i D1S bulbs are simply not bright enough. I have adjusted the lights up and down (up to the point that it was illuminating small cars interiors) before and it doesn't make a difference. They simply are not bright enough especially now that it is raining out. My moms IS350 blows these lights away.

I did some research and there are quite a few recommendations for the Osram Cool Blue 5000k. Is this the brightest? Unfortunately it is hard to find a bulb comparison with wattage/lumens. Thanks guys.
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We carry a great d1s bulb, all our customers are very happy.
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      12-23-2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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I have the Osram CBI 5000k and they are awesome . Then again BMW projectors aren't the greatest either so a different bulb won't help a whole lot but you can see a difference.
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      12-23-2012, 04:24 PM   #5
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Go for an OEM manufacturer bulb if you want brighter. None of the aftermarket bulbs will be as bright (there's an incredibly detailed thread on hidplanet.com discussing this)

Like someone else mentioned, we don't have the best projectors in our cars--but they're far from crap. Give them a clear lens upgrade (available from theretrofitsource.com, I believe the $50 zkw-r lens is what you want) for a nicer cutoff line and a slight increase in light output

I've done a lot of research and the CBI is the brightest D1S bulb you can get. It puts out 3200-3400 lumens since it uses a different salt mix to get 5000k rather than a tint, and it appears much brighter due to the whiter color. Some equipment has measured those bulbs putting out closer to 4000 lumens, but I need to verify that testing method (and if the ballasts were boosted or not).

Expensive, yes. But so worth it. Get them from theretrofitsource.com I think they have the best price and they're definitely not counterfeit
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      12-23-2012, 07:54 PM   #6
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Osram CBI for sure.
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+1 on Osram CBI. OEM bulbs should be close to max lumen output though. It's just that the projectors BMW uses are garbage.

Lexus (and other Japanese cars) uses Stanley projectors and they are arguably the best in terms of output.
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Phillips Ultron D1S 6K

Phillips Ultron D1S 6000K is the way to go.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Philips-D1S-...-/140735781840


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I feel the stock E92 335i D1S bulbs are simply not bright enough. I have adjusted the lights up and down (up to the point that it was illuminating small cars interiors) before and it doesn't make a difference. They simply are not bright enough especially now that it is raining out. My moms IS350 blows these lights away.

I did some research and there are quite a few recommendations for the Osram Cool Blue 5000k. Is this the brightest? Unfortunately it is hard to find a bulb comparison with wattage/lumens. Thanks guys.
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      12-25-2012, 04:24 AM   #9
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Actually in EU we have a lot of bulb tests in automotive newspapers and in tv motor shows.
Actually the brightest d1s on market are :

- D1s Silverstar xenarc http://www.motivemods.com/OSRAM-Silv...osr-ss-d1s.htm

-D1S philips xtreme http://www.autolamps-online.com/prod...etCurrencyId=2

First is a bit yellowish its 4200k second one is 4800k pure white
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I got 6000k Xenoflo D1S bulbs a few months ago from Bimmian, had the dealer pop em in.
I get more compliments and even had the SAs from another dealer asking me where I got my Xenons from.
They're fantastic, and still going strong!
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Phillips Ultron D1S 6000K is the way to go.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Philips-D1S-...-/140735781840


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I feel the stock E92 335i D1S bulbs are simply not bright enough. I have adjusted the lights up and down (up to the point that it was illuminating small cars interiors) before and it doesn't make a difference. They simply are not bright enough especially now that it is raining out. My moms IS350 blows these lights away.

I did some research and there are quite a few recommendations for the Osram Cool Blue 5000k. Is this the brightest? Unfortunately it is hard to find a bulb comparison with wattage/lumens. Thanks guys.
If I could find an AUTHENTIC set of those elusive Philips Ultinons with the red salts, I'd snatch em up in a heartbeat.
But alas, I could not- hence my decision to go with the flo.
No regrets really.
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