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      05-29-2006, 09:52 PM   #1
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German Xenons vs. Lexi Xenons

Has anyone noticed that with Lexus xenons the lights are almost purple from far away and when you are in the car the lights have a very definate end point that is more so blue than the hyper white of the typical xenon?

I keep seeing these strange purply-blue xenons that i think are aftermarket then I see they are on a Lexus.

I know on the Audis and the Bimmers the xenons are bright and definately hyper white but seem to blend better and arent as sharp and blue in color.

Has anyone else noticed this and/or can explain it to me?

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Yeah I think Japanese cars such as Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura tend to have much more blue/purple xenons. The color doesn't necessarily mean the light is cheaper, it's just for aesthetics.
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My friend has an IS350 and those xenons SUCK

They are hardley brighter than my current halognes
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style of functionality,

it's just each manufacturers preference

BMW goes for the best lighting, Lexus goes for riceboy fame.
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style of functionality,

it's just each manufacturers preference

BMW goes for the best lighting, Lexus goes for riceboy fame.


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i like a little blue in the xenon, but if is too much......is RICED
my friend has her C55's xenon almost Purple, but she's a girl so I guess is OK
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So you are saying that everybody on this forums that switch to 6000K bulbs is rice, if so I am a #1.)Ricer
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the color you're seeing is the optics...given the same D1S bulb and ballast the coloring on the Lexus will be different from that of the BMW. The optics that BMW uses and I think that they still do, are Hella...very good quality. Not sure what the Lexus uses...possibly Denso. If i remember correctly, from a distance approx 1/4 mile or less away, the BMW optics gives off more of a purplish/blue tint to them...most manufacturers use 4300 kelvin bulbs the rest is up to the optics.

But to say that it's rice is stretching it a little. The projector lens on the S2000 is by far the most superior lighting projector I have used. The cut off it clean and crisp and the light beam spread is incredible.
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It's all about the projectors. Bulbs have very little effect, because all auto manufacturers use bulbs in the 4000k-4500k range. Up close, if you look directly into any projected xenon light with a stock bulb, you won't see any hue. The blue/purple hue is an effect produced by the projector optics and the cut-off shield. Japanese cars don't necessarily have inferior projectors, as they most likely share suppliers with American and European manufacturers. The most purplish xenons I see are from Saabs and the old Audi TT.
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well my dad has a LS430 and his xenons are much cooler than E90. Better cutoff, better color, they're sweet.

there are actually several posts on this, on the better pattern, color of Lexus...
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the mot purplish i have seen are actually Porsche/Audi.

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It's all about the projectors. Bulbs have very little effect, because all auto manufacturers use bulbs in the 4000k-4500k range. Up close, if you look directly into any projected xenon light with a stock bulb, you won't see any hue. The blue/purple hue is an effect produced by the projector optics and the cut-off shield. Japanese cars don't necessarily have inferior projectors, as they most likely share suppliers with American and European manufacturers. The most purplish xenons I see are from Saabs and the old Audi TT.
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well my dad has a LS430 and his xenons are much cooler than E90. Better cutoff, better color, they're sweet.

there are actually several posts on this, on the better pattern, color of Lexus...
yeah my parents has the LS430 also and i have to admit they are one of the best xeons ive seen. cut off is crisp and the hue is prefect, nice and bright.

but who cares what they look like form the outside-in. theyre lights, it should matter more what they look like from the the drivers seat. if that means i get purple lights, than gimme my purples.
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i respect that, but i won't lie, exterior looks are important to me. I would prefer Euro headlamps and Brex or PMB for looks. But then again, I have 19" wheels I'm putting on, so those arent exactly great for performance/practicality either. I think a lot of users are into the exterior looks as well, but from a lighting point of view, they both probably light up the road equally well. I dont know, I don't have stock xenons to compare. I'll try driving my car after xenons and compare to the Lexus. Thats tough competition though because the LS430 lights up the whole road really well.

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yeah my parents has the LS430 also and i have to admit they are one of the best xeons ive seen. cut off is crisp and the hue is prefect, nice and bright.

but who cares what they look like form the outside-in. theyre lights, it should matter more what they look like from the the drivers seat. if that means i get purple lights, than gimme my purples.
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My friend has a Acura Tl and the Xenon do seem to be more blue. Regardless, the angels eyes on the E90 make the xenon look much nicer.
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because the blue or color xenon is not available on e90, so it's scarcity. That means ppl wants it, but bmw cannot satisfy their want. so ppl who wants is but they cannot, the only thing they can do is telling ppl what them have is the best, any others are bad, cheap, rice, etc. such as "mine is better than yours, no matter what you say, 100x better than yours!" so many "kids" here... meaning less. please go back to school to learn econ, if any of you major on econ, i feel sorry for your professor.
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because the blue or color xenon is not available on e90, so it's scarcity. That means ppl wants it, but bmw cannot satisfy their want. so ppl who wants is but they cannot, the only thing they can do is telling ppl what them have is the best, any others are bad, cheap, rice, etc. such as "mine is better than yours, no matter what you say, 100x better than yours!" so many "kids" here... meaning less. please go back to school to learn econ, if any of you major on econ, i feel sorry for your professor.
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because the blue or color xenon is not available on e90, so it's scarcity. That means ppl wants it, but bmw cannot satisfy their want. so ppl who wants is but they cannot, the only thing they can do is telling ppl what them have is the best, any others are bad, cheap, rice, etc. such as "mine is better than yours, no matter what you say, 100x better than yours!" so many "kids" here... meaning less. please go back to school to learn econ, if any of you major on econ, i feel sorry for your professor.

after trying to read this I feel sorry for your english professor


unless english is not your first language, then I applaud the effort and will try harder to understand next time.
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yeah my parents has the LS430 also and i have to admit they are one of the best xeons ive seen. cut off is crisp and the hue is prefect, nice and bright.

but who cares what they look like form the outside-in. theyre lights, it should matter more what they look like from the the drivers seat. if that means i get purple lights, than gimme my purples.
i agree completely. my parents also have the ls430, and the xenon lights are perfect on that car, way better than the hids on my e90. nice and bright with a slight blue tint, and it lights up the entire freeway. also, in that car, u can actually see the adaptive headlights rotating left and right. i dunno about other cars, but in my car, i can barely see the headlights rotating around a curve in the road.
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I rode with Hunter in his new and improved Euro Xenon equipped ride and noticed that while it shoots out nicely down the road, the Lexus lights it up that much down, PLUS the sides so much more. I've seen the adaptive feature at work, but i really don't think it helps much.

I drove my Dad's car last week.

So comfy and smooth you don't even know if its on.

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i agree completely. my parents also have the ls430, and the xenon lights are perfect on that car, way better than the hids on my e90. nice and bright with a slight blue tint, and it lights up the entire freeway. also, in that car, u can actually see the adaptive headlights rotating left and right. i dunno about other cars, but in my car, i can barely see the headlights rotating around a curve in the road.
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jap xenon looks cheaper IMO, so blue,

we have an old quote:"if somthing is done more and more than its limit, will turn out the opposit"
Jap cars trying 2 prove that they r elegant with xenons, had made it so blue that it's noticeble, but in a cheap way...

and i think that euro xenons r much brighter...
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Im glad the xenon is white in our cars... it is a much clearer light...


The blues sometimes look cheap.. just like the 'hid' halogen bulbs you find on civics...
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