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      10-01-2018, 01:44 AM   #1
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Ambient lighting retrofit ?

Has anyone done it yet ?

Bought a like-new M40i, only to realize that it doesn't have ambient lighting since it has the standard sensatac seats. I kind of got over the whole leather seat thing, but now this is bothering me more. lol
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      10-01-2018, 05:23 AM   #2
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I would just forget about it. Yes it's nice but tbh you don't even notice it unless you are driving in the dark and then it can almost be a bit annoying.
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      10-02-2018, 03:09 AM   #3
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Hi!

I have the same 'problem'... I also have a pre-ordered X3 so I couldn't make much choices in the packages. I thought that the car comes standard with some (orange) door lightings like my 4GC had. But it's all dark, no lightstrips in the inside doors, etc. I think BMW really should've put some 'simple' lights in there.

I'm really interesting in retrofitting these lights, I pretty much don't care a lot about the multi colour setting, only white would do great...

Maybe some China fabricate? AliExpress is slowly filling with all kinds of stuff (the most not very interesting )


The OEM parts are also available: https://bmwshop.ekris.nl/59745-bmw-x...anelid=63_1974

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      10-04-2018, 04:31 PM   #4
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Hi!

I have the same 'problem'... I also have a pre-ordered X3 so I couldn't make much choices in the packages. I thought that the car comes standard with some (orange) door lightings like my 4GC had. But it's all dark, no lightstrips in the inside doors, etc. I think BMW really should've put some 'simple' lights in there.

I'm really interesting in retrofitting these lights, I pretty much don't care a lot about the multi colour setting, only white would do great...

Maybe some China fabricate? AliExpress is slowly filling with all kinds of stuff (the most not very interesting )


The OEM parts are also available: https://bmwshop.ekris.nl/59745-bmw-x...anelid=63_1974



Yeah same sentiments. All my cars in the recent years has ambient lighting of some form. I donít need it to be fancy looking, but just enough to light up the cabin (but not too bright) to a point where you can see things and itís not pitch black.

I looked at the parts and parts-wise itís pretty straight forward. Pretty much an optical conductor, a cover/lense, and then the led module itself. Havenít checked whether thereís existing wiring in the doors already, but Iím sure can find the power somewhere in the door.

The bigger question is, assuming thereís already prewiring, I think thereís going to still coding to enable it. If there isnít existing wiring and the OEM led module is used with just power, I wonder what color it lights up as.

Also looking at the carpet lights which seems to be also missing along with the ambient lights, which is a similar issue to install, on top of each projector module being around $170 each.
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      03-27-2019, 11:21 PM   #5
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Cool ANy updates on Retrofit Ambient lighting X3

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I also have X3 M40i, didnt come with ambient lighting...didnt get leather. Wish i knew that before. I been looking into adding it. Has any one been successful at doing it? from where and what was cost?

I saw from Ebay --China, but dont know about that. OEM is what i want.
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      03-27-2019, 11:25 PM   #6
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I have it in my 30i and I have to say i love it and it's one of the nicer things I enjoy at night when cruising. Helps the mood to be quite honest. You do have to get it coded after the fact. The best coder for retrofits like this is BPMSport. Ask for Mike. He is literally the best in the world, apart from BMW themselves - this isn't an exaggeration either. 5 minutes talking to him and you'll realize what I'm talking about. Good luck and let us know what you decide to do!!! I think you'll be the first "lighting" retrofit if you go for it
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I'm confused. I thought all M40i in the U.S. came with Vernasca leather and ambient lighting standard. Guess I was wrong. At this price point and being a European luxury car, there should be some kind of base lighting package in my opinion. I really like it, though I just leave it orange, and if it was a $500-ish retrofit, I'd do it
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I just picked up my new 19 X3 M40i, w/o the ambient lighting. But I did notice that if u look under the trim where the light is, u will see that the LED light is already installed. So I'm thinking that the lights might not be connected? It might be worth while to remove one of the door panels to find out......
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coupegt....Have you checked to see if you have ticked / connected 'Ambient lighting' in the iDrive menu 'vehicle settings' ??
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coupegt....Have you checked to see if you have ticked / connected 'Ambient lighting' in the iDrive menu 'vehicle settings' ??
No, i have not tried this as my vehicle was spec with sensatec, and I have read that ambient lighting is spec w/ leather interior....
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I am interested in this too. I have the same interior without the ambient lighting. If there is a way to do it I would try it.
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      11-07-2019, 09:30 PM   #12
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Anyone have updates on this? Anyone retrofit or figure out if lights can be coded to turn on?
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      11-09-2019, 12:02 PM   #13
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Interested in a retrofit too....
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