Featuring incredible driving dynamics that really live up to the BMW slogan, “Designed For Driving Pleasure”, the BMW 1 Series E81 has become one of the most popular hatchbacks around. It also presented BMW’s new engine system Efficient Dynamics upon its launch in 2007, providing a whole new level of fuel economy and lower emissions. Having remained in production until 2012, the lighting technology in these cars is however more than 15 years old today.
Factory-fitted options included H7/H7 halogen and D1S bi-xenon headlights, both manufactured by Automotive Lighting.
The halogen version features an H7 reflector that produces an average light beam even when new. In many cases, its light output has been further compromised as bulb heat and general ageing cause the reflective layer to peel off.
The bi-xenon setup features a 3.0-inch projector, designed in the late 90s. These projectors are known to lose their reflective layer right to the point where they become black inside, causing dangerously low light output.
Needless to say, buying new or used original headlights for your BMW 1 E81 is not recommended. But there is fortunately no need for that. Whether your car was factory-fitted with H7/H7 halogen or D1S bi-xenon headlights, there are upgrade kits that will fit inside your existing headlights.
These complete retrofit kits not only provide you with superior brightness and durability; they are also more affordable than average BMW 1 E81 xenon headlights with bulbs and ballasts, and since all components are brand new, they come with a 2-year warranty. Additional benefits over OEM headlights include Canbus-proof designs and effortless halogen-to-xenon conversions. What’s more, the levelling systems will work without any adjustments to the headlight connectors, and you can use any ballasts that you might already own to save further on xenon upgrades.
No matter which retrofit upgrade kit you pick, you will improve the light output considerably, making for safer and more enjoyable driving. And, of course, your BMW 1 E81 will look awesome with the luxurious bright light of the latest xenon technology.