Lamps and bulbs

Lamps and bulbs make an essential contribution to vehicle safety. They should, therefore, be handled carefully. BMW recommends having your BMW center perform any work that you do not feel competent to perform yourself or that is not described here.

bare fingers, as even minute amounts of contamination will burn into the bulb's Never touch the glass of new bulbs with your bare fingers, as even minute amounts of contamination will burn into the bulb's surface and reduce its service life. Use a clean tissue, cloth or something similar, or hold the bulb by its base.

You can obtain a selection of replacement bulbs at your BMW center.

Only change bulbs while they are cool to the touch; otherwise, you could suffer burns.

by switching off the consumer in question; otherwise, short-circuits could result. When working on electrical systems, always begin by switching off the consumer in question; otherwise, short-circuits could result. To avoid possible injury or equipment damage when replacing bulbs, observe any instructions provided by the bulb manufacturer.

is not described here, please contact your BMW center or a workshop that works according If the routine for changing a particular bulb is not described here, please contact your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.

Light-emitting diodes LED

Light-emitting diodes installed behind translucent lenses serve as the light sources for many of the controls and displays in your vehicle. These light-emitting diodes, which operate using a concept similar to that applied in conventional lasers, are officially designated as Class 1 light-emitting diodes.

directly to the unfiltered light source for several hours; otherwise, this could Do not remove the covers or expose the eyes directly to the unfiltered light source for several hours; otherwise, this could cause irritation of the retina.

Headlight lenses

In cool or humid weather, condensation may form on the interior of outside lamps. When the light is switched on, the condensation will disappear after a short time. The headlamp glasses do not need to be changed.

At high humidities, e.g. water droplets may form in the lights; have these checked by your BMW center.

Xenon lamps

These bulbs have a very long service life and are highly unlikely to fail. If a xenon lamp fails nevertheless, switch on the fog lamps and continue the journey with great care, provided that local legislation does not prohibit this.

bulb replacements, performed only by a BMW center or a workshop that works according Have any work on the xenon lamp system, including bulb replacements, performed only by a BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel. Due to high voltage, there is a risk of fatal injury if work on the xenon lamps is carried out improperly.

Removing the headlamp cover

1.  Pull the wire brackets over the notches, see arrows, and fold to the side.

2.  Fold away the headlamp cover.

2.  Fold away the headlamp cover.

and ensure that both wire brackets are securely in place; otherwise, leaks could Be careful when attaching the headlamp cover and ensure that both wire brackets are securely in place; otherwise, leaks could occur and cause damage to the headlamp system.

Attach the headlamp cover in reverse order.

Halogen headlamps

Halogen low beams and high beams

H7 bulb, 55 watts

within the H7 bulb is pressurized. Otherwise, there is a risk of injury if the bulb Always wear gloves and eye protection; the atmosphere within the H7 bulb is pressurized. Otherwise, there is a risk of injury if the bulb is damaged.

The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.

The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.

1.  High beams
2.  Low-beam headlamps

1.  Remove the headlamp cover.
2.  Disconnect the plug from the lamp.
3.  Push the wire bracket to the side out of the mounting, arrow 1, and fold it down, arrow 2.
4.  Remove the bulb.
5.  Insert a new bulb with the notch at the top.
6.  Fold up the wire bracket and engage it.
7.  Connect the plug.
8.  Attach the headlamp cover.

Parking lamps, roadside parking lamps

W5W bulb, 5 watts

1.  Remove the headlamp cover.

The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.

The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.

2.  Pull out the bulb holder.
3.  Remove and replace the bulb.
4.  Reinsert the bulb holder.
5.  Attach the headlamp cover.

Xenon headlamps

Parking lamps, roadside parking lamps, daytime running lights

H8 bulb, 35 watts

The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.

The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.

1.  Remove the headlamp cover.
2.  Turn the bulb, see arrow, and remove it.
3.  Pull off the connector and replace the bulb.
4.  Attach the connector, insert the bulb and turn it all the way in the opposite direction.
5.  Attach the headlamp cover.

Corner-illuminating lamp

H3 bulb, 55 watts

The figure shows the right-hand headlamp.

1.  Remove the top headlamp cover, using the screwdriver to push the detents to one side.

2.  Turn the bulb holder, see arrow, and remove it.

2.  Turn the bulb holder, see arrow, and remove it.

3.  Slide the bulb out of the holder and pull off the connector.

3.  Slide the bulb out of the holder and pull off the connector.
4.  Replace the bulb and attach the connector.
5.  Insert the bulb holder and turn it all the way in the opposite direction.
6.  Attach the headlamp cover.

Turn signals, front

PY21W bulb, 21 watts

The turn signal bulb can be changed via a cover in the wheel arch.

1.  Turn the respective wheel inwards.

1.  Turn the respective wheel inwards.
2.  Using a coin, turn both locks of the cover all the way to the left, arrows 1, and remove the cover.
3.  Turn the bulb holder to the left and remove it, arrow 2.
4.  Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
5.  Insert the bulb holder and lock it by turning it to the right.
6.  Attach the cover by positioning the bottom edge first and then turning both locks all the way to the right.

Side turn signals

W5W bulb, 5 watts

1.  Press the rear edge of the lamp toward the front with your fingertip, arrow 1and pivot it out, arrow 2.

2.  While simultaneously lifting the retaining tab, rotate bulb holder to

2.  While simultaneously lifting the retaining tab, rotate bulb holder to the left and remove.
3.  Remove lamp and replace it.

To install, insert front end of the lamp and press into place at the back.

Tail lamps with halogen headlamps

> Turn signal:

PY21W bulb, 21 watts

> Backup lamp:

W16W bulb, 16 watts

> Brake lamps:

P21W bulb, 21 watts

> Brake Force Display lamp: H21W bulb, 21 watts

1.  Inner brake lamp/tail lamp

1.  Inner brake lamp/tail lamp
2.  Outer brake lamp/parking/tail lamp
3.  Reflector
4.  Lateral reflector
5.  Turn signal
6.  Backup lamp
7.  Brake Force Display lamp/tail lamp

Tail lamps with xenon headlamps

> Turn signal:

PY21W bulb, 21 watts

> Backup lamp:

W16W bulb, 16 watts

> Brake lamps:

P21W bulb, 21 watts

> Brake Force Display lamp: H21W bulb, 21 watts

1.  Roadside parking lamp and tail lamp LED

1.  Roadside parking lamp and tail lamp LED
2.  Inner brake lamp
3.  Outer brake lamp
4.  Reflector
5.  Lateral reflector
6.  Turn signal
7.  Backup lamp
8.  Brake Force Display lamp

Replacing tail lamps

Outer brake lamp

The outer brake lamp can be accessed through a single socket.

The outer brake lamp can be accessed through a single socket.

The figure shows the right side of the vehicle.

1.  Remove the cover from the panel of the cargo area.
2.  Turn the bulb holder to the left, see arrow, and remove it.
3.  Apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
4.  Attach the bulb holder and turn it all the way in the opposite direction.
5.  Reattach the cover.

uses LED technology. After replacing the bulb, ensure that the bulb holder is properly With Xenon headlamps, the parking/tail lamp uses LED technology. After replacing the bulb, ensure that the bulb holder is properly seated; otherwise, the roadside parking lamp/tail lamp may not work.

Inner brake lamp, turn signal, backup lamp and Brake Force Display lamp

The bulbs are integrated in a single bulb holder.

The bulbs are integrated in a single bulb holder.

1.  Remove the cover from the panel of the cargo area.
2.  Detach the bulb holder by pressing together the clips, see arrows, and remove it.
3.  Brake lamps and turn signal: apply gentle pressure to the bulb while turning it to the left for removal and replacement.
4.  Backup lamp: pull the bulb out of the socket and replace it.
5.  Attach the bulb holder and let it snap into place.
6.  Reattach the cover.

License plate lamps, center brake lamp, and parking/tail lamp

These lamps use LED technology for operation. In the event of a malfunction, please contact your BMW center or a workshop that works according to BMW repair procedures with correspondingly trained personnel.

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