Standard headlights to xenon/white

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Hi need some help,

currently own a bmw 116i 2012, and I’m unhappy with the yellowy headlights that come standard with the car. Wanting some xenon lights or the closest you can get to xenon

Need to know what headlights to purchase and what is legal and what not


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Morning Jake

Welcome to the Forum

Your car must have headlamp leveling and/or headlamp cleaning systems to be legal when Xenon headlamps are fitted. 

Your standard lamps can be upgraded with some thing like Osram Nightbreaker which I find are very good in our other cars. The ultimate is Xenon but for this you will need the complete headlamp unit and ballast plus you may need some programming to get your car to recognise them. Check www.realoem.com to see if they were an option for your model. Then check www.newtis.info for installation information.

As for the headlamp units the famous Auction site and specialist BMW breakers are your best bet but if money no object your local Dealership will no doubt be willing to lighten your wallet.


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