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  1. 1999 e36 Headlight Bulb Problems 
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    Hi All, First post so here we go. I have a 1999 E36 323i Touring and, in the past, fitted some more powerful headlight bulbs, 12v 100w bulbs and previously Phillips 'Blue Light' (?) 55w bulbs (the ones that give an intense white light). Both type blew after a few weeks/months of use. The bulbs in the main beams seemed to last longer but these are used less. Could it be that on the E36 the headlight unit glass is faired in behind the 'front glass' so does not get such effective cooling, as I guess that these high power bulbs burn hotter? Anyone else experienced this with an E36? Cheers, Dave.
     
     

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    12V 100W? Aren't you exceeding BMW's recommendation of 55W?
     
     

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    If you are putting in 100w bulbs I am not surprised they keep on blowing - stick to premium 55w bulbs - if you want more light try Philips X treme or Osram Night breakers - I am surprised you have not blown the fuses as well if running 100w bulbs. Are they even legal?? I thought that anything over 60w was for off road use only - but then I may be wrong.
     
     

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    I have run these in a variety of cars over the past years since my youth usually running 130/90w in a variety of cars.

    I have always found that they blow a lot easier/quicker than standard. I got fed up with using them in the end a few years back.
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    these bulbs draw much more current and if used for a long time the wires will melt, pop in some premium 55w or get a hid kit!
     
     

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    ....Or eat carrots.

    Have to agree with Steve, modern eelectricals aren't over engineered enough to withstand these bulbs without some element of risk.
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    I have installed 100w bulbs into my driving lights, but other comments are right, you need to install via a new relay.

    I did a post on this "Installing 100w GP Thunders" which included a how to and photos. Have a look here first.

    Otherwise, buy a HID kit...
     
     

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