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    Hi,

    One side light has failed and my car is due to be MOT'd next weekend so I'm in a hurry to get this sorted.

    Could someone please explain what my options are here.

    I have had a look in the manual and it states that any work to be carried out to xenon headlamps should be carried out by 'suitably trained personnel' but surely this due to the potentially harmful voltages present and shouldn't be a problem once the power source has been isolated ? (adequate time for dissipation ?)

    I have had a look on the TIS It also seems that there may be the need to remove the inner wheel arch which I am fine with however have had a look and my car has a trap behind the lights. I wonder if this allows access to change the side light bulb ?

    Any info including type of bulb most welcome.

    Thanks.
     
     

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    OK, have done some looking and have found a couple of write-up's on how to get at and fit a replacement bulb and have narrowed that down to number 9 on the above image.

    This means that I can buy a direct replacement from BMW and fit if no problem - I hope !

    Anyway while I'm at it would anyone have any suggestions as to possible alternatives as my lights have that slight orange tint and would prefer the white light seen on more recent models. Is it just a question of buying aftermarket (LED?) or are there OEM alternatives ?

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    PS is the bulb that goes in the holder (No 9) a H6W by any chance and could just that be changed for something like H6W Philips Blue Vision? (although probably not after a blue tint )
     
     

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    No. 9 isn't a holder, it's a special type of bulb that comes as part of the holder. It's screwed onto the headlight under a cover IIRC
     
     

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