BMW 5-Series Headlight Bulb Size

2016 Bmw 528 ChartBulb Number
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam
Brake Light Bulb
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front
Back Up Reverse Light Bulb
Cornering Light Bulb
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
Dome Light Bulb
Map Light Bulb
Interior Door Light Bulb

The BMW 5-Series has been in production since 1972. This executive sedan is currently in its seventh generation and boasts of LED technology for its headlamps. 

Bulb type used

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The bulb types used in the BMW 5-Series vary depending on the model picked. There are five models that come with different bulb types for the headlights and fog lights. These models include the 528i, 530i, 535i, 540i, and 550i. 

Depending on the model year, the 528i comes with either an H6024, 9005, 9006, D36, or H7 bulb for its high beam and low beam headlamps. It then uses the H1, 893, H16LED, or H8LED bulb for its fog lights. 

The 530i and 540i use an H6024, H6054, H4701, H4703, 9005, 9006, or 9003 bulb for their high beam and low beam headlights. They then use the 9140LED, 9145LED, or NEON bulbs for their fog lights. 

The 535i uses the 9003, H7, and H11 bulbs for its high beam and low beam headlights. It then uses the H16LED and H8LED bulbs for its fog lights. The 550i, on the other hand, comes with a D1S or NEON bulbs for its low beam and high beams. It then uses NEON bulbs for its fog lights. 

Upgrading to aftermarket LED/HID

LEDs are now a standard lighting feature on most cars. They are flexible in design and offer plenty of advantages. For older cars that may not be able to enjoy them, conversion kits are always available. They can be installed easily without needing much experience. 

Advantages of upgrading to LED/HID technology

  1. Improved durability 
  2. Maintenance-free
  3. Reduces glare
  4. Lowers driving fatigue
  5. Unmatched energy efficiency

How to choose the correct bulb size for LED/HID lamps

  • Consult your vehicle manufacturer

You can give your car dealer or vehicle manufacturer a call to find out what bulb size your vehicle uses. Have your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at hand as you might be asked for it. 

  • Check existing bulbs

If you can get ahold of your old bulbs, take a look at their casing for a part number. This number shows the bulb size that you should buy for your lamps. 

  • Online search 

Our BMW 5-Series light bulb replacement chart has all the information you require regarding your bulb sizes. Run a quick check by keying in your model year. This will generate the correct bulb sizes for your BMW 5-Series. 

  • Car manual

Your car manual contains part numbers that should help you determine what size of car parts you need. Go through it to identify what bulb sizes you require for your BMW 5-Series. 

Installing new bulbs

  1. Turn the wheel outward. 
  2. Find a flap within the fender lining. 
  3. Remove the flap to expose the headlight seal. 
  4. Remove the seal by turning it counter-clockwise
  5. Locate the bulb holder and remove the power connector.
  6. Remove the old bulb and replace it with a new one. 
  7. Test the new bulb to see if it works. 
  8. Screw everything back in place. 

Additional equipment

  1. Screwdriver
  2. Latex gloves

Q&A Section 

How much is a BMW headlight? 

The cost of replacing a BMW Headlight housing ranges between $20 and $3,000 depending on the model you drive and the type of headlight you choose. 

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