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    E30 Bulb List

    here is a list of the various bulbs that are in our e30s. people create new threads just to ask what type of bulb they need. hopefully people will search and find this thread. making this into a sticky would help tremendously.

    E30 Bulb List:
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                                                          Osram/
    Location                           Qty Specs   Generic Sylvania BMW         Comments
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    Headlights - Sealed Beam, Low       2  35/35W  H5006   H5006    63121468226
    Headlights - Sealed Beam, High      2  50W     H5001   H5001    63121468272
    Headlights - US Ellipsoids, Lo      2  51W     HB4     9006     63217160786
    Headlights - US Ellipsoids, High    2  60W     HB3     9005     63217160785
    Headlights - Euro Ellipsoids, Low   2  55W     H1      64150    63217160777
    Headlights - Euro Ellipsoids, High  2  55W     H1      64150    63217160777
    Headlights - Euro Ellipsoids, City  2  5W      W5W     2825     63217160797
    Fog                                 2  55W     H3      64151    63217160779
    
    Front Marker/Turn                   2  21/5W   P21-5W  7528     63217160793
    Side Markers (Early)                4  4W      T4W     3893     07509063576
    Side Markers (Late)                 4  5W      W5W     2825     63217160797
    Tail (Early)                        2  10W     R10W    5008     07119905337
    Tail (Late)                         2  5W      R5W     5007     07119905336
    Rear Turn                           2  21W     P21W    7506     63217160789
    Stop                                2  21W     P21W    7506     63217160789
    Back-up                             2  21W     P21W    7506     63217160789
    High Stop                           1  21W     P21W    7506     63217160789
    High Stop - Cabrio                  1  18W             921      63251372632
    Euro Rear Fog                       2  21W     P21W    7506     63217160789
    License Plate                       2  5W      C5W     6418     63217160805 Festoon 37x11
    
    Glove Box                           1  5W      C5W     6418     63217160805 Festoon 37x11
    Dome                                2  10W     C10W    6411     63217160912 Festoon 41x11
    Dome - Convertible                  1  5W      H5W     64111    63311374798 Light next to check panel
    Trunk                               1  5W      C5W     6418     63217160805 Festoon 37x11
    Ashtrays - Front and Rear           2  1.2W    W1.2W   2721     63217167000
    Mirror Map Light                    2  10W     H10W    64113    63311375003
    Mirror Map Light (Alternate)        2  5W      H5W     64111    63311374798 I've seen recommendations to reduce wattage to 5W
    
    Instrument - Wedge Base            ?3  1.2W    W1.2W   2721     63217167000
    Instrument - Plastic Base          ?13 1.2W            2721MF   62111368299
    Instrument - Illumination           2  3W      W3W     2821     07119905358
    Light Switch                        1  1.2W    W1.2W   2721     63217167000
    Shifter - Automatic                 1  1.2W    W1.2W   2721     63217167000
    Check Panel                         1+ 1.2W            2721MF   62111368299 1 + 1 for each large indicator (e.g. seatbelt)
    Digital Clock                       1  1.2W            2721MF   62111368299
    Digital Clock/Temp                  1  1.2W            2721MF   62111368299
    OBC - Buttons                       1  1.2W            2721MF   62111368299
    OBC - Backlight                     1                           65811375461 Light bar
    HVAC Panel                          2  1.2W    W1.2W   2721     63217167000
    
    If a bulb is not listed here and it's one of the tiny lamps, it's most likely
    a 2721 or 2721MF. Some switches have replaceable bulbs that are not listed.
    source:
    http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1642770



    Below are bulb upgrades available from Mo Brighta:
    Originally posted by Mo Brighta View Post
    Be aware that these fit the majority of cars, in some cases a different bulb is used. Contact me, we'll figure it out.

    By position, with bulb number and candlepower output. Stock bulb no. and output follow in parens. Output in candlepower (cp) or lumens (lu).

    Standard incandescent- Krypton gas filled bulbs:
    Tail - 17311, 10 cp (R10W, 4 or 6 cp)
    Brake, rear turn, reverse, center brake (exc. 'vert) - P3497, 45 cp (P21, 32 cp)
    Front park/turn - P3496, 3/43 cp (P21-5, 5/32 cp)
    Side marker - 3886X, 7 cp (3893/1893, 3 cp)

    HIR = Halogen Infrared Reflector bulbs, Phillips
    HIR Headlight bulbs are the same watts as stock lamps!
    High beam (9011) - 2500 lu (HB3, ~1280 lu)
    Low Beam (9012) - ~1875 lu (HB4, 1140 lu)
    High/Low/Fog (H1, H3) - Narva RangePower +50 , ??? lu (std H1, H3, ?? lu)
    (RangePower claim: 'up to 50% more light')

    I will be glad to provide sets of these, it's how I try to keep you out of trouble. They're not usually available at auto parts chain stores.

    Watts are equal to or slightly higher than stock, and all bulb bases are nickel plated as required by BMW. I have used these lamps without any issues for ten years, and include them in all my 'Mo Brighta' upgrades to double size and triple output of rear lights. Even if you do not want the upgrade, these bulbs will help keep them 'off your tail' by lighting up more brightly. And they are mandatory for tinted / smoked tails!

    NO, they do not melt lenses or blow fuses or trigger the check panel.
    Last edited by blazinxpk; 11-03-2014, 11:51 AM.

    #2
    nice post

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      #3
      Originally posted by GT BMW E30 View Post
      nice post
      :up: thank you.

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        #4
        Thank you for posting, I actually need to change some bulbs out.

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          #5
          great info, I keep coming back here

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            #6
            Sticky this thread!

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              #7
              Originally posted by blazinxpk View Post
              Sticky this thread!
              There you go!

              1992 BMW 325iC
              1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 140hp

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                #8
                Originally posted by JasonC View Post
                There you go!
                Thank you sir!

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                  #9
                  Might sound like a dumb question, but what is high stop bulb? Is that the brake light beneath the rear window right above the trunk?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by pbmig View Post
                    Might sound like a dumb question, but what is high stop bulb? Is that the brake light beneath the rear window right above the trunk?
                    yes, you are correct.

                    it is also referred to as a "third brake light"

                    high stop light==third brake light

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                      #11
                      good info. thanks for posting the list.

                      form.follows.function IG @mplfoster

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                        #12
                        What would be great is if someone knows the led equiv that can replace some of these!
                        sigpic
                        2007 X3
                        1992 M Tech Cabrio
                        1988 Cabrio - sold
                        2001 X5 - sold
                        1997 e36 328 - gave to son

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                          #13
                          High Output versions for ...

                          Stop, Tail, Turn, Reverse, Side Markers, Headlights (HB3, HB4) also take high output versions that are:

                          Safe, at or very near stock wattage, so no danger to lens, and easy on the wires, fuses, switches, and other parts;
                          Brighter, from 33% to 150% more lumens;
                          Compliant with BMW spec, with Nickel base shell;
                          Perfect Match with the reflector design, the full lens area lights, brightly!

                          I will provide these bulb numbers to the OP if there is a demand, so he may post. It's his sticky, after all.

                          And thank you for this great resource, Blazinxpk!

                          Now, there's absolutely no excuse for NOT having the important spare bulbs (tail, brake, headlight) in your tool kit, so that when you see a 'bulb out' on the check panel, you can replace it 'tout suite.' Make your Check Panel feel useful... and help some clever German Engineer feel good about having invented that sometimes-cranky relay box in the trunk.
                          "Be Seen, and Not Hurt!"
                          Lighting Upgrades front and back for 2002, E9, E12, E21, E23, E24, E28, E30, E32, E36, E39, and others.
                          Tail Light Improvements keep them off your tail.
                          Headlight protection saves headlights from breakage.

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                            #14
                            Led upgrade?

                            Is anyone aware of an LED bulb that replaces the E30 cabriolet dome light?

                            Thanks.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Mo Brighta View Post
                              Stop, Tail, Turn, Reverse, Side Markers, Headlights (HB3, HB4) also take high output versions that are:

                              Safe, at or very near stock wattage, so no danger to lens, and easy on the wires, fuses, switches, and other parts;
                              Brighter, from 33% to 150% more lumens;
                              Compliant with BMW spec, with Nickel base shell;
                              Perfect Match with the reflector design, the full lens area lights, brightly!

                              I will provide these bulb numbers to the OP if there is a demand, so he may post. It's his sticky, after all.
                              Would you mind sharing, please?
                              :devil:Alex:devil:
                              '89 e30

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