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    TUV headlights

    I am considering these TUV-spec headlights, in order to obtain the superior headlight beam over the DOT lights. I'm concerned about connectors. Has anyone installed these? They are the ones at the bottom of the page, H7/HB3.



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    I can't answer your question but I have to ask, in the catalog, what the heck is "facelift" or "non facelift"?
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    I can't answer your question but I have to ask, in the catalog, what the heck is "facelift" or "non facelift"?
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    Are you sure that the DOT version has a different beam pattern compared to the Europe/TUV/rest-of-the-world version?

    The only differences I have seen so far is that:

    -the US version of the E39 facelift has an amber LED sidemarker inside the turn signal optics
    -absence of a knob for shifting the cutoff beam from lefthand trafic to righthand traffic (needed when entering the UK and Ireland from the European mainland).

    FWIW: I imported a US spec E39 525i to Europe (OEM facelift headlights, HID) and as far as I could tell the US HID beam pattern was identical to that of the European/TUV HID version. Maybe the beam patterns for halogen in the US and Europe are (still) different unlike the ones for HID?...
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    They are less expensive than HID's, however if you want better light output why aren't you going the HID route?
    Just a few mods.
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