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02-17-2004 08:20 PM #1
Angel Eyes...Blue or Amber?
A week or so ago I mentioned that I had figured out how to easily change the color of the angel eyes on my 04 X5. Well, I finally got around to it and have decided to either make them blue to match the xenons, or amber to match the sidemarkers. But the problem is...I can't decide! What do you guys think?
Here's the pics...
This is just the angel eyes in the parking light position
...angel eyes with low xenons
...amber angel eye
...blue angel eye
02-17-2004 08:32 PM #2
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02-17-2004 11:33 PM #12
Sorta...sorry dude, I say keep it stock.....
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02-18-2004 12:34 AM #13
02-18-2004 01:58 AM #14
Keep it real and stick with amber. least imo.
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02-18-2004 09:39 AM #15
02-18-2004 10:53 AM #16
So I have pretty much decided to keep the angel eyes stock. The blue was "cool" but not the look I was going after. The amber matched the turns exactly as I wanted them to, but when the xenons are on they just look tacky. But...here's my DIY in case any of you wanted to give it a shot. There are a ton of ways this can be accomplished, but this should at least serve to spark some ideas so you can get it done how you like.
Well, first off, this is what the bulb housing looks like (color may vary):
It is located under the plastic hatch door in your headlamp and is directly below the high beam bulb. Simply unplug the harness (there are no clips, just wiggle and pull) and then turn the housing so that the fins are perfectly horizontal. This will unlock it, and then just pull.
Now I couldn't find a colored replacement bulb that was the same size. Furthermore, I couldn't even get the bulb out of the housing. Chris at Crevier informed me BMW does not intend for the bulb to be replaced directly. Instead the whole housing is replaced when the bulb burns out...it'll cost you $15 (keep this in mind if you mess up beyond repair).
So with that option out, you can then try to paint the bulb, with heat resistant paint, to the color of your choice. This seemed to messy for me, plus painted bulbs fade after a while...meaning it would probably have to be done again. Not good.
That leave us with the option I chose. Create a lense for the bulb. DO NOT attempt to use plastic, it WILL melt. This is a 12V 10W bulb and believe it or not, it runs pretty hot and often. So stay clear of plastic, gel covers, etc.
Glass. The best method I could find was to use tempered colored glass. You have to get creative at this point. You can find colored glass anywhere and in all sorts of price ranges. For example, I used colored oven safe dishes purchased at WalMart for $1 a piece. If you have money to burn, you can get camera lense filters...but they will set you back anywhere form $15-$30 each.
So now you have the colored glass. Now you have to cut it to size. A glass cutter would make this a snap, but is not necessary. Instead, you can chisel the glass. You have to be patient. Take it slow...tiny pieces at a time. Don't worry about making it a perfect circle (unless you are a perfectionist with a lot of time on your hands). You just have to make it small enough to fit inside the housing, but big enough so that it doesn't fall out. Unfortunately I do not have a pic with the glass filter in, but this is where you would put the glass inside the housing:
The final step is to permanently secure and seal it with heat resistant silcone. I did not perform this step as I wasn't ready to make it permanent. Anyway that's about it...you may have to get creative. Good Luck!
02-18-2004 11:45 AM #17
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02-24-2004 05:05 AM #19
Re: Angel Eyes...Blue or Amber?
I personally think that if you have xenon lights the blue angel eyes would be better because they will be on when you have your lights on not only in the parking position but also in the regular light position. If you have halogens then amber will look good all around the whole time.
06-05-2004 01:07 PM #20
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