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post #1 of 17 Old 17th December 2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Resistors or not to resistors?

I bought a set of licence plate LED lamps to replace the OEM lamps from a reputable BMW internet supplier (Bimmian). Although these are stated to be "resistor'd" (is that a word?) the car still gives a warning light. Do I add a resistor to each side? Leave it alone and have the nag message show up or..........?
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By lamps are you referring to just the bulbs ? If it is just the bulb you have then you need the

LED/SMD canbus error free bulbs

Note: try installation with no ignition,

intstall and turn lights on to check,
if no light, turn off lights and install bulb opposite way round
Turn lights on, if works
Leave 5 to 10 minutes and turn ignition on

If it's the bulbs mentioned above then the installation steps above "should" ensure no error codes

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The Weisslicht LED licence plate light is a complete assembly. The lights work fine but I still get a bulb out message. I left a message with Bimmian, from whom I purchased, still waiting for a response.

WeissLicht LED License Plate Illumination Upgrade For BMW 6 Series and M6 - 2004-2010 - E63/E64 From Bimmian.com
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I have similar units, I'd suggest removing them and cleaning the connectors and re-installing the old ones to see if the message goes away.

If it clears then follow the procedure above but with one light at a time, that way you should find out if one light only or maybe both are faulty.

Even if a fault occurs would suggest a drive out and check again during next start up.

It's happened to me but only once since fitting over 18 months ago

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See my post here. You can use the same bulb I used for the side marker.

These LED bulbs have a built in load resistor so you wont get a fault light error.

Side marker LED upgrade

You can also use the 2012 BMW OE LED license plate lamp mod and get no errors. See my DIY post here:

License plate lamp upgrade to LED

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See my post here. You can use the same bulb I used for the side marker.

These LED bulbs have a built in load resistor so you wont get a fault light error.

Side marker LED upgrade

You can also use the 2012 BMW OE LED license plate lamp mod and get no errors. See my DIY post here:

License plate lamp upgrade to LED

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I bought a set of licence plate LED lamps to replace the OEM lamps from a reputable BMW internet supplier (Bimmian). Although these are stated to be "resistor'd" (is that a word?) the car still gives a warning light. Do I add a resistor to each side? Leave it alone and have the nag message show up or..........?

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See my post here. You can use the same bulb I used for the side marker.

These LED bulbs have a built in load resistor so you wont get a fault light error.

Side marker LED upgrade

You can also use the 2012 BMW OE LED license plate lamp mod and get no errors. See my DIY post here:

License plate lamp upgrade to LED
did the led from a 2012..... good mod no errors
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I've got to get used to this forum. I should have purchased the newer BMW OEM LED's. Should I be checking the M5 forum as well? I search and get 4900 or so threads to go through.


I better not ask about H7 upgrade then should I...as in xenonmatch titanium?
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Lots of great info on this forum. Lots of very helpful and nice people whom has done most of the homework already.

Try the "advance search" feature first and if you still cant find the info you want - then go ahead and post.

When creating a new post though - make the subject the title of the thread so that its easier to search later.

In this case - "License Plate Light LED" is what I recommend for search and also for thread title.


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I've got to get used to this forum. I should have purchased the newer BMW OEM LED's. Should I be checking the M5 forum as well? I search and get 4900 or so threads to go through.


I better not ask about H7 upgrade then should I...as in xenonmatch titanium?

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