This BMW 3 E46 compact kit contains everything you need to swap your old, blacked-out projectors for powerful new bi-xenon HID projectors. Using the exact same mounting points, it makes retrofitting quick and easy. And, most importantly, it will take your 3 series E46 to the next level – just check out the test pictures! This is way beyond what the majority of OEM projectors can achieve.
The E46-r projector is an incredibly bright bi-xenon projector, enabling you to use D2S xenon HID bulbs, including the most powerful options from Osram and Philips. Available bulb colour temperatures range from 4300K to 6500K. You will literally outshine the competition. The crystal-clear 3.0-inch lens throws a low beam with a bright hotspot and sharp cutoff. As for the high beam? It’s like the sun. And because only the projector is replaced, the leveling system keeps working as original.
Such a light output would not be possible without efficient ballasts. If you’re happy with the ballasts that you’ve already got, simply leave them in place. Alternatively, add a set of our Aharon digital 35W ballasts to your order. The Aharon ballast has – as opposed to many other aftermarket units – been tested to generate a full 35W. It comes in a rugged and extremely compact housing perfect for retrofitting, and its in-wire starter warms xenon HID bulbs in as little as five seconds. The Aharon ballast is also Canbus-proof, so you won’t get any bulb failure readings on your display. Please be advised, the input is a 9006 type connector, OEM ballasts usually have different input connectors. So you will need to find the Positive and Negative wire which are used for the low beam signal to connect to the input of the ballast. Also mounting will be different. So this requires some DIY. With the Aharon ballasts and wiring, power supply is strong, steady and reliable.
Lastly, this kit provides every single part that you will need for retrofitting. In order to keep the price low, we have however assumed that you will keep your existing xenon HID bulbs. Depending on how old those are, you may want to also order a new set of bulbs to get the most out of your retrofitted system. Xenon bulbs do lose up to 70% of their maximum brightness over time.
This complete BMW 3 E46 compact retrofit kit is inspected by our internal quality control and comes with a solid 2-year warranty. It also includes highly rated technical support from your lighting experts at Retrofitlab.com
Should you have any questions prior to purchase, please refer to our FAQ page or start a chat below. You can also download our free brightpaper on automotive lighting. Nothing beats making an educated decision!
We look forward to brightening your day (not to mention your night)
This is an easy retrofit that even complete novices can do, but those with more skills and experience will be quicker. Discounting removal and replacement of the headlights, you could expect the job to take anything from less than one to two hours.
You do not even have to open the BMW 3 E46 compact headlight. Simply remove the existing projector through the bulb access port at the rear and replace it with your upgraded projector. Done.
FAQ and DIY information
For general installation and DIY information, please check our FAQ and/or DIY pages.
FAQ for frequently asked questions, and answers :-), about products, product information ordering, shipping, returns, warranty, etc. You can find the FAQ PAGE HERE
DIY for Do It Yourself information about installation, product details etc. You can find the DIY PAGE HERE
This complete kit has been especially developed to enable retrofitting at home, saving you the cost of installation. However, should you prefer to have the kit installed by a professional? Check out LIST OF DEALERS / INSTALLERS
Please note that, for professional retrofits, you should order your Retrofitlab kit or parts directly from the workshop in question (it saves you money on shipping).
These products are not ECE or DOT/FMVSS108 approved and must not be used on public roads in any exterior application. Use on public roads will invalidate both the operating license and insurance coverage. You can find more info HERE
The product images are for illustration purposes only and may not be an exact representation of the product. Actual products may vary due to changes in manufacturing/product enhancements. You can find more info HERE
In the video below we compare the original projector with the new one used in this kit.
Worldwide Tracked shipping
We are based in Europe (the Netherlands) and we ship worldwide. So shipping to the United States, Australia, Canada etc. is not a problem at all.
All our orders have a track and trace / tracking code, so you can check the progress. The orders are processed by ourselves and send out from our own warehouse.
We are known for our fast deliveries. All delivery times start when we have received your payment. The products that are in stock will normally be shipped within 1 working day. The shipping time varies based on the destination. Please check the estimated shipping (working) days and costs below.
Almost all of our orders will be shipped by tracked parcel shipping. We try to use the best option based on price, delivery speed and service. Most of our shipments are shipped with UPS, sometimes we also use DPD or PostNL.
You can find the shipping costs and shipping times for parcel shipping for inside and outside the EU in the table below.
|Zone||Countries||Price||Working days est. delivery|
|Domestic - UPS||The Netherlands||€ 7,98||1-2|
|EUR 1 - UPS||Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg||€ 9,98||2-3|
|EUR 2 - UPS||Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.||€ 14,98||3-5|
|Rest of Europe - UPS||€ 18,98||5|
|US - UPS||United States||€ 32,50 / ~$ 35.5||5|
|Rest of the World - PostNL||€ 34,95||10|
When you choose parcel shipping, you can follow your shipment. You will receive an e-mail from us with a tracking code as soon as your order leaves our door.
The carriers for parcel shipping choose their own schedule for deliveries. Remember that you need to be present at the delivery address during working days from 9 till 5 in order to receive your order. It remains your responsibility to make arrangements for the way that the order is received at the delivery address. Orders we sent by envelope will arrive, even if you are not at home.
UK prices, shipping and taxes
UK prices / taxes are based on the order amount. For more information please see this FAQ item: UK prices and taxes.