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Old 09-21-2011, 10:10 AM   #1
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Broken HID, replace bulb or ballast

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Its been nearly a year and my hid on one side finally gave out. I need to fix this problem but im not sure whether i should be changing my bulb or my ballast... how can one tell?

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plug the working bulb into the "broken hid"

should be able to tell if it is the ballast or bulb. my guess is the bulb.
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:39 AM   #3
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I'v never had an HID bulb burnt out on me.
I'v had 2 ballasts go though.
Just swap the bulbs and you'll know right away.
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Not to threadjack, but I have 2 good ballasts and 2 burnt out bulbs. Where can I get replacement bulbs that fit my ballasts? The kits are from DDM tuning, driving without hid's sucks! I haven't found a definitive answer as to what to do and DDMtuning doesn't list bulbs by themselves
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Is your bulb as "rebased" one or standard D2R/S ones? If it is the later ones you can just get any D2R or S bulbs. If not you have to contact your seller and get the rebased one.. though I suspect they are all the same too.

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Not to threadjack, but I have 2 good ballasts and 2 burnt out bulbs. Where can I get replacement bulbs that fit my ballasts? The kits are from DDM tuning, driving without hid's sucks! I haven't found a definitive answer as to what to do and DDMtuning doesn't list bulbs by themselves
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I find ballasts life especially in the retrofit situation depends on the age of the car (the more electric noise generated, the shorter the ballast life will be). I ideally one would test out the existing electrical system, from alternator to battery, ground etc.. then wire the lights directly from the battery.

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I'v never had an HID bulb burnt out on me.
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Just swap the bulbs and you'll know right away.
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Is your bulb as "rebased" one or standard D2R/S ones? If it is the later ones you can just get any D2R or S bulbs. If not you have to contact your seller and get the rebased one.. though I suspect they are all the same too.
here's what they look like, photos off my berry:



What do you think I can do? The bulbs said 9006 Hb4, whatever that means.
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Get a 9006 rebased bulb.

If you don't know what 9006 means, you shouldn't be messing with your lighting system.

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here's what they look like, photos off my berry:



What do you think I can do? The bulbs said 9006 Hb4, whatever that means.
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Get a 9006 rebased bulb.

If you don't know what 9006 means, you shouldn't be messing with your lighting system.
9006 is my bulb size I was WTF-ing hb4, but I realize now it's another name for 9006.
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