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    E39 light

    I got an 03 e39 540i, my high intensity discharge light are shitty so I bought some 55 watt ballast and bulbs to see if that helps I was wondering if anyone has run 55watt ballast in their e39 car before without problem since I know itís gonna need more power

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    Headlight adjusters... tons of info on the E39 sub-forum.
    Wade
    E39 - 1997 528i 5 Speed, Aubergine
    E39 - 1997 528i 5 speed, Aspen Silver


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    E39 2000 528iAT, Alpine White
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    Adjusters are fine, I just wanna know if the 55watt wouldnít cause problems and yes the beam is at the right height
    Last edited by E39guyE46; 01-16-2020 at 05:03 PM. Reason: K

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    Bulbs will output more heat killing your already half dead reflector coating even faster. e39's electrical will handle 55w just fine.

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    Alright thank you, morimoto retrofit is scheduled for the summer rn itís too cold outside

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    The difference between brightness of 35 vs 50watt is negligible IMO, but the difference between 15+ yo reflector bowls and brand new ones is far more dramatic. Keep it at 35 to prolong the lifespan of those coatings and use good quality bulbs.

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