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RealBmw 02 12-22-2005 02:22 PM

New Headlights
 
So it's time that I get some new headlights for the 02. I was looking at BavAuto and have two options. Let me know what you think.

Option 1:
Replace with OE sealed beam headlights. $15 per headlight.
http://files.unitedbimmer.com/ub.c/R... 02/68_020.jpg

Option 2:
Replace with Hella Quartz headlight replacements for $54 per headlight.
http://files.unitedbimmer.com/ub.c/R... 02/70_476.jpg

The Hella Quartz lights are not sealed beam, and you can replace the bulbs without replacing the whole unit. They should be much brighter, but I am not sure by what factor.

I am hesitant to make the upgrade because of the massive price difference. I used to make late night canyon runs multiple times a week, but now I only do so while on breaks from school.

What do you all think? Comments are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

-Adam

Numark318i 12-22-2005 05:09 PM

well i wet from sealed bulb to a non sealed bulb. I got ellipsoids and the difference is very noticable. I think those are ellipsoid also so yea I would invest in the hella lights. maybe you should buy them two at a time to save money.(ie. regular lights first then high beams.)

RealBmw 02 12-22-2005 05:12 PM

Thanks for the infor Numark. I was hoping someone would have some experience with the sealed beams. The 02 doesn't have separate highs/lows like the E30, so I only have to buy one set.

Numark318i 12-22-2005 05:30 PM

oh my bad. lol didnt even think about that. then for sure get them.

Neil 12-22-2005 07:58 PM

Light up the night
 
My unscientific analysis is that the Hellas "feel illegal" but no one has EVER commented/flashed or been bothered by them.

Neil 12-22-2005 08:02 PM

in-depth on lighting
 
Have you done the required reading?

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/p.../products.html

Daniel's educational website was a primary motivator for me to drop the required coin.

komodo 12-22-2005 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil
Have you done the required reading?

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/p.../products.html

Daniel's educational website was a primary motivator for me to drop the required coin.

I'm not as knowledgable on the sealed vs non-sealed part, but as far as looks, I like the crystal a lot more. Looks sharper and cleaner. :)

witeshark 12-22-2005 11:32 PM

The Hellas. Hell yeah! :)

Rooz 12-23-2005 08:49 AM

lol, I always upgrade when I get a chance to, so my vote is the upgrade

c1apton 12-23-2005 08:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Neil
My unscientific analysis is that the Hellas "feel illegal" but no one has EVER commented/flashed or been bothered by them.

They used to be illegal because laws required "sealed beam" but mfrs change that when they went to OEM equipment with capsules type bulbs.
Sealed beams were used for years but if you ever noticed, cars w/sealed beams always seem to be driving "one eyed" whenever there was a temp change. Reason was seal between glass & backing contract at different rates. Once air got in -"adios" Capsules last longer and aren't affected as bad by temp changes :iwave

RealBmw 02 12-28-2005 03:27 PM

Thanks for all of the great info everyone. I am definitely going for the upgraded ones now. I think they will be much brighter and this way I can upgrade the bulbs if they come out with brighter/whiter ones for my car. :cheers

-Adam

RealBmw 02 01-03-2006 07:05 PM

Still in the mail... pics when they arrive

RealBmw 02 01-26-2006 09:21 PM

alright, I know I said I would get pics when they arrived, but they were shipped to my parents house (since I am away at college) and my dad was too lazy to take pics before he put them in the car. So when I go home this weekend I will take some pics of them already in the car.

Neil 02-09-2006 07:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RealBmw 02
alright, I know I said I would get pics when they arrived, but they were shipped to my parents house (since I am away at college) and my dad was too lazy to take pics before he put them in the car. So when I go home this weekend I will take some pics of them already in the car.

Wow! What is your Dad's hourly rate?
I have been collecting bids for a rebuilt wooden console...
cheers,
Neil


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