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      07-21-2014, 01:07 AM   #1
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Anyone else disappointed by the M235i Xenon headlights?

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Makes me question if the car even has Xenons, but it comes standard so it must (unless they forgot to put the on my car? )

M235i on the left vs E350 w/ Xenons on the right.







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      07-21-2014, 01:52 AM   #2
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No. I love my headlights. They light up the road perfectly and look great too.
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      07-21-2014, 02:17 AM   #3
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While the M235i's xenon lights might not be as "blue" as the E350's, from your photos the BMW's are certainly illuminating the road/ground better and have a much better light pattern/cutoff. I assume the M235i lights are almost identical to the ones in my X1 and I find them to be absolutely fantastic. Best Xenons I have had yet.
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      07-21-2014, 02:18 AM   #4
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The xenon color on bmw is just right, on your mercedes is looks el-cheapo blue (honda style). You don't determine the type of bulb by color appearance, color has nothing to do with a type. In fact, despite being warmer and not having all bulbs turned on, your bmw light still looks brighter on a picture and illuminates the road better. I can tell you a lot of reasons why blue light is a cr@p, but You can google for it yourself.
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      07-21-2014, 02:57 AM   #5
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Hmm, odd that in those pictures the BMW does seem to light up the road better but while driving I actually feel the Mercedes lights up the road MUCH better. I took some new pictures using a tripod and it looks like the Mercedes lights are angled higher, which is probably why I feel the road further ahead is lit up better (I've already adjusted the BMW lights higher than how the car came, maybe I should go higher still?)

BMW on right, Mercedes on left.





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      07-21-2014, 03:51 AM   #6
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I have adaptive Xenon's and they are absolutely awesome. Very clever.
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      07-21-2014, 09:24 AM   #7
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and it's even better with Variable light distribution coded
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      07-21-2014, 09:28 AM   #8
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I love the Xenon's in my M235i.
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      07-21-2014, 09:29 AM   #9
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They may not look as blue, but visibility is great. No complaints here.
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The BMW lights look brighter with a better distribution. I used to like the blue tint of the old Xenons, but I think it is a bit passe anymore. In addition, a whiter light illuminates better than a blue.
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I noticed the Mercedes' fog lights are on in your comparison photo. Perhaps turn them off for a more fair light output comparison?
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      07-21-2014, 10:09 AM   #12
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Hmm, looks like I'm not crazy...Consumer Reports feels the same...

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"Standard xenon HIDs provide a very bright and uniform pattern of light but, unfortunately, they do not provide sufficient forward seeing distance to allow a driver time to see, react and brake for objects or pedestrians ahead. This is also what we've seen with other BMW sedans."
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I noticed the Mercedes' fog lights are on in your comparison photo. Perhaps turn them off for a more fair light output comparison?
Those are the LED DRL's, not the fog lights.
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that's where anti-dazzle high beam assist coding comes in




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Well yea, but my car doesn't have the camera in the windshield.
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mine either... don't remind me
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mine either... don't remind me
My wife's car (the E350) does on the other hand and IT'S AWESOME.
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I'm happy with them.
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Color = Wavelength.

Wavelength != brightness, cutoff, or intensity.

By that standard, you could buy the Autozone "Super Blue" halogen lamps and get "dat blue"
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