e90 3 Series LCI Lighting Update

Not major news but to all those not wanting to pay the premium for xenons (xenons are worth every penny by-the-way), we have some good news for you.

We have finally learned that all of the headlights, including the halogens will include the new and improved halos, fondly referred to as “angel eyes “. These will function as the Daytime Running Lights in place of the current use of the high beams. This is similar to the upgrade the LCI E60 5er received.

These are the current E90 halogen lights without the halos, the standard issue for the 328 models. The LCI lights have a much better look to them and should add to the overall front end look when combined with the other improvements.

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  • Chaz

    Nice! My car is getting built in 4 weeks, so I guess I miss out on the new toys. I just can’t wait any longer!

  • Barry

    I dont understand the difference between these angel eyes and the former. 🙁

  • Barry: I have updated the post to include the current halogen lights as well. There are no angel eyes on the current lights. I hope that helps, if not let me know!

  • Barry

    Ahh I see!! Thanks Michael.

  • Ron Michael

    I know you didn’t want to start a discussion about the merits of Xenon lights, but I have to disagree with them being worth every penny (and I’ve had them in my last 4 cars). Yes, they are brighter than halogens, but their cut-off point is very severe. I found that in my Z4 in pitch black, my daytime running lights lit up more of the road ahead then my Xenons. That’s just the daytime running lights! Yes they weren’t as bright, but I could still see a lot further ahead which in many cases is more important.

    Plus xenons do still annoying other drivers, rightfully so, especially when they are misaligned or have blue and purple fringes (which thankfully the most recent BMW Xenons do not have).

    So I think most of the time Xenons are just like 18″ or 19″ wheels – they’re just for show.

  • Rich

    Any idea whether they are keeping the ugly (IMHO) yellow reflectors in the headlights?

  • Chris B.

    ^Probably not. After the E92 (w/ the exception of the E82) all new Bimmers have had the orange reflectors relocated to the front fenderes.

    I’d like Xenons but not having the angle eyes is a real bummer. This is a welcomed change! With xenons you don’t need fogs and visibility is much better than with halogens, but they’re expensive, option and replacement wise.

  • Jack

    this website seriously rock, keep up the good work

  • Ron Michael I know you didn’t want to start a discussion about the merits of Xenon lights, but I have to disagree with them being worth every penny (and I’ve had them in my last 4 cars). Yes, they are brighter than halogens, but their cut-off point is very severe. I found that in my Z4 in pitch black, my daytime running lights lit up more of the road ahead then my Xenons. That’s just the daytime running lights! Yes they weren’t as bright, but I could still see a lot further ahead which in many cases is more important. Plus xenons do still annoying other drivers, rightfully so, especially when they are misaligned or have blue and purple fringes (which thankfully the most recent BMW Xenons do not have). So I think most of the time Xenons are just like 18″ or 19″ wheels – they’re just for show.text

    I can honestly disagree, the adaptive lights are excellent and greatly improve driving at night. Certain models do not have the latest generation lights and tend to be more purple. The heat of true xenons should be white. Many cheaper cars do not have auto leveling and thus the ocus will be off and blind on coming traffic. My wife has issues with night vision and the xenons have greatly improved her overall ability to drive and safety. Sounds like your z4 needed them raised a bit, which is two turns with a torx and is free under warranty. Xenons are not just bling, they are brighter, more like daylight, use less energy and last as long as the car in most applications. But to each his/her own. We welcome your opinion and understand that people can differ in opinion. We thank you for your input and hope you to contribute more!

  • Jack this website seriously rock, keep up the good work

    Jack, thanks and we will try our best!

  • rkw

    In my opinion, angel eyes perform poorly as daytime running lights. They are quite dim and barely visible during the day.

  • rkw May 10th, 2008 Link In my opinion, angel eyes perform poorly as daytime running lights. They are quite dim and barely visible during the day.

    But the fact that their so sexy I think makes up for it. Plus, do we Really need Daytime driving lights?

  • Chris B.
    But the fact that their so sexy I think makes up for it. Plus, do we Really need Daytime driving lights?

    Agreed on both counts.

  • Gragop

    In my opinion, I find it hard to believe that halogens have any advantage over xenons. I’ve had xenons on my last two cars and I think it truly is more of a safety option versus a blingy, “look at me” option. My buddy just traded his 2001 325Ci with halogens for a ’07 M Coupe with xenons. He said that he didn’t realize how much more visiblity they give you at night until driving with them.

    I don’t want to own a car without them as I know I’ve caught things at night(animals crossing the road, debris, etc.) that I might not have until much later with halogens.

  • Chris B.
    In my opinion, I find it hard to believe that halogens have any advantage over xenons. I’ve had xenons on my last two cars and I think it truly is more of a safety option versus a blingy, “look at me” option. My buddy just traded his 2001 325Ci with halogens for a ‘07 M Coupe with xenons. He said that he didn’t realize how much more visiblity they give you at night until driving with them. I don’t want to own a car without them as I know I’ve caught things at night(animals crossing the road, debris, etc.) that I might not have until much later with halogens.

    I can see that being a benefit. I’m getting older and my vision isn’t quite what it use to be. These could come in handy.

  • Luney

    Does anyone have a photo of their 2008 z4 with daytime running lights illuminated. I have a debate going with my dealer, regarding which lights in the cluster should be on.