BMW 1 Series Coupe Forum / 1 Series Convertible Forum (1M / tii / 135i / 128i / Coupe / Cabrio / Hatchback) (BMW E82 E88 128i 130i 135i)
 





 

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      07-09-2019, 10:39 AM   #1
The_Druc
New Member
2
Rep
16
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW 128i
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Boston, MA

iTrader: (0)

My 128i doesn't have Angel Eyes, what are my lights called?

I just purchased a '11 128i Coupe (I'm in the US) and realized that it doesn't have angel eye headlamps.
As I want to know my car better, what would my headlights be called? Standard, HID, Xeons, Adaptive?
I can google and find inexpensive headlight conversions, but I'm also reading that the conversion is labor intensive and nearly impossible. I can't parse if I should consider an upgrade as a weekend project, or is it so difficult I shouldn't even consider it?

https://www.amazon.com/VIPMOTOZ-2008...ype=automotive
__________________
2011 128i M-Sport 6MT
Space gray over black
Appreciate 0
      07-09-2019, 11:38 AM   #2
Rmtt
Captain
Rmtt's Avatar
United_States
810
Rep
971
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW 128i
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: South Carolina

iTrader: (1)

Run your VIN # through a VIN decoder and it will tell you. I have a 2011, and it came with Standard Halogen lights. I bought a complete set of Depo's V2 off of Fleabay from seller FishCakes for less than $400. Wait until they have a 10%-15% coupon like I did and get them even cheaper.

Look in the 128I threads, and you will see my install. It just involved removing the front bumper and changing the lights.

This car has the easiest bumper I have ever taken off. It took me maybe 2 hours to install them taking my time.

I have pics of what they look like in my thread.
__________________
2011 128i: 3:73 Rear Diff, 3SI Intake, AA Headers, Magnaflow Catback, AFE Scoops, Turner Motorsports Silicone Hose, Charcoal Delete, StageFP Stage 2 Tune..Milvs Coming!!

2008 Z51 C6 LS3 w/ LG SuperPros, Ported Fast 102 Intake, RPM Level 2 Transmission, "Small Cam" Vararam SnakeCharmer CAI - 461whp / 467wtq
Appreciate 0
      07-09-2019, 03:07 PM   #3
The_Druc
New Member
2
Rep
16
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW 128i
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Boston, MA

iTrader: (0)

The only references to lighting in my VIN is
S563A Light package
S520A Fog lights

Thanks for the guidance about the lightning update you did.
Appreciate 0
      07-09-2019, 03:43 PM   #4
Rush1
Enlisted Member
Rush1's Avatar
30
Rep
40
Posts

Drives: 128i convertible
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

My buddy who used to work for a BMW service center is going to install HID's on mine. I also have halogens. From my understanding, converting to angel eyes would cost alot of money, time, and disassembly. With the HID conversion, it's plug-n-play.
Appreciate 0
      07-10-2019, 05:55 AM   #5
Rmtt
Captain
Rmtt's Avatar
United_States
810
Rep
971
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW 128i
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: South Carolina

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rush1 View Post
My buddy who used to work for a BMW service center is going to install HID's on mine. I also have halogens. From my understanding, converting to angel eyes would cost alot of money, time, and disassembly. With the HID conversion, it's plug-n-play.
I converted my Halogens to Angel Eyes for less than $400 and 2 hours of time. It has plenty of light for me.

You get the entire headlight with clear corners already assembled. I also got the ones with the black buckets.
__________________
2011 128i: 3:73 Rear Diff, 3SI Intake, AA Headers, Magnaflow Catback, AFE Scoops, Turner Motorsports Silicone Hose, Charcoal Delete, StageFP Stage 2 Tune..Milvs Coming!!

2008 Z51 C6 LS3 w/ LG SuperPros, Ported Fast 102 Intake, RPM Level 2 Transmission, "Small Cam" Vararam SnakeCharmer CAI - 461whp / 467wtq
Appreciate 1
Rush130.00

      07-10-2019, 06:01 AM   #6
Rmtt
Captain
Rmtt's Avatar
United_States
810
Rep
971
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW 128i
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: South Carolina

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by The_Druc View Post
The only references to lighting in my VIN is
S563A Light package
S520A Fog lights

Thanks for the guidance about the lightning update you did.
Maybe someone else will chime in, but I think that Light Package code is for Ambient Lighting only. Xenons have S522A listed under the VIN # if I remember correctly.

I have Halogens and Fog Lights. Bought the Depo's which are a complete assembly. There are plenty of DIY's for installing these.

Very simple!
__________________
2011 128i: 3:73 Rear Diff, 3SI Intake, AA Headers, Magnaflow Catback, AFE Scoops, Turner Motorsports Silicone Hose, Charcoal Delete, StageFP Stage 2 Tune..Milvs Coming!!

2008 Z51 C6 LS3 w/ LG SuperPros, Ported Fast 102 Intake, RPM Level 2 Transmission, "Small Cam" Vararam SnakeCharmer CAI - 461whp / 467wtq
Appreciate 0
      07-10-2019, 09:49 AM   #7
Rush1
Enlisted Member
Rush1's Avatar
30
Rep
40
Posts

Drives: 128i convertible
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

Thanks for your advice! Please share some pictures of your car's upgraded angel eyes.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rmtt View Post
Maybe someone else will chime in, but I think that Light Package code is for Ambient Lighting only. Xenons have S522A listed under the VIN # if I remember correctly.

I have Halogens and Fog Lights. Bought the Depo's which are a complete assembly. There are plenty of DIY's for installing these.

Very simple!
Appreciate 0
      07-10-2019, 10:20 AM   #8
Rmtt
Captain
Rmtt's Avatar
United_States
810
Rep
971
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW 128i
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: South Carolina

iTrader: (1)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rush1 View Post
Thanks for your advice! Please share some pictures of your car's upgraded angel eyes.
Have a look in the Cosmetic section. I have a thread in there with pictures. I don't have any pics loaded on my computer at the moment, or I would post them up.

In that thread...I loaded them straight from my phone and I left my phone at home today...not that I'm complaining!
__________________
2011 128i: 3:73 Rear Diff, 3SI Intake, AA Headers, Magnaflow Catback, AFE Scoops, Turner Motorsports Silicone Hose, Charcoal Delete, StageFP Stage 2 Tune..Milvs Coming!!

2008 Z51 C6 LS3 w/ LG SuperPros, Ported Fast 102 Intake, RPM Level 2 Transmission, "Small Cam" Vararam SnakeCharmer CAI - 461whp / 467wtq

Last edited by Rmtt; 07-10-2019 at 10:33 AM..
Appreciate 1
Rush130.00

      07-10-2019, 02:15 PM   #9
low135
Captain
low135's Avatar
1325
Rep
906
Posts

Drives: E88 135i
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Clearwater

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rush1 View Post
My buddy who used to work for a BMW service center is going to install HID's on mine. I also have halogens. From my understanding, converting to angel eyes would cost alot of money, time, and disassembly. With the HID conversion, it's plug-n-play.
HIDs in a non projector housing is awful and really bad for oncoming traffic. You'd need proper projector retrofit to really utilize HIDs to their potential safely. You can get much better than stock bulbs and not be a total knob on the road
Appreciate 0
      07-10-2019, 03:46 PM   #10
chris_flies
Sideways and Smiling
chris_flies's Avatar
United_States
2063
Rep
2,297
Posts

Drives: In Exuberance
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Woodbridge, VA, USA

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2009 BMW 128i  [5.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by low135 View Post
HIDs in a non projector housing is awful and really bad for oncoming traffic. You'd need proper projector retrofit to really utilize HIDs to their potential safely. You can get much better than stock bulbs and not be a total knob on the road
People with HID's in reflector housings are the lowest form of human beings known to exist. The only people I'd put lower than that are murderers, rapists, and people/animal abusers (and other scummy scum sacks).

Rush1 Just buy the damned projector housing and enjoy proper, safe-for-you-AND-other-people light projection. Don't be that guy. I hate those guys.
__________________
2009 128i 6-Speed Coupé | Monaco Blue with Black Sensatec | chris_flies' 128i thread
N/A is Supreme
Appreciate 3
Rush130.00
low1351324.50
Gangplank1194.00

      07-12-2019, 05:27 AM   #11
Gangplank
Colonel
Gangplank's Avatar
United_States
1194
Rep
2,583
Posts

Drives: 2011 e82 135i n55 Sprt DCT - S
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Port St. Lucie, FL

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2011 135i  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by chris_flies View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by low135 View Post
HIDs in a non projector housing is awful and really bad for oncoming traffic. You'd need proper projector retrofit to really utilize HIDs to their potential safely. You can get much better than stock bulbs and not be a total knob on the road
People with HID's in reflector housings are the lowest form of human beings known to exist. The only people I'd put lower than that are murderers, rapists, and people/animal abusers (and other scummy scum sacks).

Rush1 Just buy the damned projector housing and enjoy proper, safe-for-you-AND-other-people light projection. Don't be that guy. I hate those guys.
Actually your comment isn't harsh enough. HID in reflector housing no designed for it are dangerous & intentional disregard for others safety on the road.
__________________
2011 135i DCT | Sport pkg | PPK | Ohlins R&T swift sprigns | M3 front arms | Diff. brace | RSFB inserts.
Appreciate 1
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:06 PM.




1addicts
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST