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    Am at work and cant access the ebay link, but I assume that is just for the led bulb type thing, and not for the holder etc ?

    Thanks for your help so far !
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by barachello View Post
    I might try to give mine a good clean first to see where it gets me.

    Can anyone tell me the correct wattage for the festoon bulbs for the number plate light ?

    Also, regarding the led light replacement, after reading a few threads, is £25 around the correct price ?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BMW-24-LED-E46...item2a059f1ec0


    thanks

    you do relise that in your link, on the ebay page it says will not fit E46,

    if your having trouble with getting standard bulbs to work, i dont think putting LED bulbs in will get you anywhere

    Do you have a multimeter? or something that measures volts?
    turn the head lights on, check for volts between the two contacts

    if you have no volts you have a fuse or wireing problem, if you have volts you have a bulb issue so putting LED's or new bulbs should fix the problem,

    i changed my standard bulbs for LED's i found that somebody before me had put bigger bulbs in and the contacts had been pushed too far apart, i squeezed them back in a bit and the new bulbs fitted properly
     
     

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    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes I did realise, I just wanted to know if this was what everyone was talking about as I did not see how changing the bulbs for LED's would solve a problem that may be being caused by a the bulb holder part.

    I do have a multimeter, and will try it tomorrow.

    Would you know which fuse is concerned with the lights, or even what wattage the bulbs should be ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barachello View Post
    Thanks for your reply.

    Yes I did realise, I just wanted to know if this was what everyone was talking about as I did not see how changing the bulbs for LED's would solve a problem that may be being caused by a the bulb holder part.

    I do have a multimeter, and will try it tomorrow.

    Would you know which fuse is concerned with the lights, or even what wattage the bulbs should be ?

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    i dont know what fuse numbers you need to look at,

    i think they are 5w, i will take a look at my bulbs later for you,
     
     

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    Right,

    just checked the readings between the terminals and power is getting there until a bulb is put in, so I am guessing the bulbs are wrong.

    The bulbs are 12v10w, surely they should be 12v5w ?
     
     

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    thanks for that mate, already had it suggested
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by barachello View Post
    Right,

    just checked the readings between the terminals and power is getting there until a bulb is put in, so I am guessing the bulbs are wrong.

    The bulbs are 12v10w, surely they should be 12v5w ?
    if you have volts between the two terminals, putting a 5w or a 10w in would make no diffrence, jus one would be a bit brighter, and one would draw more current than the other but not alot, one 5w bulb wouldnt draw more than 1A,

    you could work it out if you care, (I=P/V)

    Are you sure that the bulbs are good?
    these are normal 12v filement bulbs? not LED's?
     
     

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    Hi

    Yes they are normal bulbs, and look brand new, with the filament intact. I have only owned the car since last Friday, but it went through the mot last Wednesday.

    If it's not the bulbs then I am at a bit of a loss!
     
     

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    put your multimeter on continutiy and put a test lead on each side of the bulb to test if it is broken or not,
     
     

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