Many consider the BMW as the epitome of what a car should be - luxurious, sporty, dependable and safe. It also provides great driving experience, truckloads of fun factor and a great design. BMW engineers have given time in providing it the best in all aspects, and the headlights are one of those. Many have provided accolades for the great designs BMW headlights come in. They provide fluidity in the over all design and they always look so modern and innovative. Simplicity hasn't been one of BMW's virtues and they tend to give the ultimate in their designs. Their headlights benefit from these. Cutting-edge technology is provided to ensure the best in quality and that the purpose they serve is achieved and surpassed.
Headlights are provided in every vehicle to ensure visibility in darkness and on dim and foggy days. This is so that safety is achieved while on the road. Drivers must be able to see what is in front of them as well as being aware of the other vehicles with their headlights on. The technology in headlights has gone a ling way. Headlight bulbs have constantly improved to provide better lighting at lower energy costs to the battery and provide fewer glares for incoming vehicles. Most headlights use incandescent light bulbs, usually the halogen-type; either with separate high and low beam bulbs, or a single bulb on each side with dual filaments. New headlight lenses are coming out too day-by-day, lenses that are of high resistance to heat and made of the most durable materials to ensure durability in any type of weather condition. Euro Altezza lights provides great designs and is wildly popular these days. Accessories such as headlight covers and masks are also available to add aesthetic value to the Headlight.
Headlights come in pairs and are found in the front of the car. Many headlights used nowadays are the sealed beam type; this means that the reflector, lens array on the front, as well as bulb, is compressed into one unit that must be replaced together. Usually the parking lights and signal light can be found with the headlights. They are cast into one set consisting of multiple bulbs and reflectors. Colors are provided as to designate which light is used and for what purpose. Headlights can be switched between two modes or configurations: low beams and high beams. High beams radiate more light at a higher angle, letting the driver have a wider and longer range of visibility, but this may result to potentially blinding drivers of approaching vehicles.
· BMW is one of the best-selling premium car brands in the US. To keep up with the demand for their vehicles, they rely on over 100 parts companies in their supplier network.
· While shopping for a replacement headlight, you may have heard of the terms OEM and OE replacement,OEM parts are components manufactured by one of the companies that belong to BMW’s official supplier network whileOE replacement parts are components manufactured by any other parts maker that is not an official BMW OEM.
· OE replacement BMW headlights can be just as good, if not even better than OEM parts. This is because aftermarket parts suppliers typically reverse-engineer genuine parts while designing their own versions.
· The price, design, and fit of BMW headlights will vary depending on the model year and generation. The cost of a replacement BMW headlight assembly range anywhere between $20 to over $3,000.
BMW is undoubtedly one of the largest and most successful luxury car makers in the world. The brand is part of the German ‘Big Three’ which includes automakers such as Mercedes Benz and Audi. Beyond Europe, the Bavarian automaker has also proven its strong position in the American market, becoming the best-selling premium brand in the US five times since 2011.
Who manufactures genuine BMW headlights?
Like other vehicle manufacturers, BMW relies on a supplier network of over 100 parts companies. These suppliers are either Germany-based or subsidiaries of these companies. HELLA is one such example of BMW’s original equipment manufacturers (OEM). They are a lighting and electronics company that provides the LED technology for BMW headlights.
What’s the difference between OEM and OE Replacement BMW headlights?
While shopping for a replacement headlight, you may have heard of the terms OEM parts and OE replacement parts. While these two are categories are both functional equipment, they have minor differences that you should be aware of.
OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer
OEM parts are components manufactured by one of the companies that belong to BMW’s official supplier network. So when we talk about OEM BMW headlights, we’re referring to assemblies made by HELLA and BMW’s other subsidiaries.
OE Replacement or Aftermarket Parts
OE replacement parts are components manufactured by any other parts maker that is not an official BMW OEM. These parts may carry a different style or design than the genuine part but when compared, OEM and OE replacement parts are functionally equivalent.
Is an aftermarket BMW headlight assembly as good as OEM?
OE replacement BMW headlights can be just as good, if not even better than OEM parts. This is because aftermarket parts suppliers typically reverse-engineer genuine parts while designing their own versions. This allows them to identify any flaws or weaknesses that can be corrected in the OE replacement assembly.
Like any other purchase, the quality of OE replacement headlights will depend on who the manufacturer is and where you’re buying it from. CarParts.com has a strict vetting process that ensures that every item in our inventory is only of the best quality.
How much is a BMW headlight?
The price, design, and fit of BMW headlights will vary depending on the model year and generation. The cost of a replacement BMW headlight assembly ranges anywhere between $20 to over $3,000. These are sold individually, in sets of two, or as part of a kit.
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