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CityKnight 01-12-14 10:29 PM

Headlights Changed Color ???
 
I have HID Lights (don't know what brand; they came on the car when purchased), and as of recently I've noticed my headlights have changed color; though it's not the glass housing, but I mean the "light" itself. They used to look White (or Yellow depending on the angle) like so:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...el/photo-3.jpg

Http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...l/IMG_1667.jpg

Now, I (clearly) have one Blue, and one Yellow, as seen here:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...psqvywnqcx.jpg

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d1...psvdhpsyg8.jpg

What's happened???

97-SC300 01-12-14 10:45 PM

Swap the right and left bulbs to see if its a problem with the bulb itself or with the ballast. Most cheap aftermarket bulbs will change color gradually over time. With all these $40 eBay kits floating around I'm surprised they light up at all lol. I'd invest in some genuine Philips or Osram bulbs and retrofit some Hella ballasts in there. Not cheap but it will be OEM quality.

scENFORCER 01-13-14 12:05 AM

I've had my DDM HID's for about a month now and one light appears to have a green tint while it's warming up. I checked where I mounted my ballasts and they seemed a bit wet, which is frustrating since other posts here on CL say that was a dry location.
I have a feeling it has somehing to do with the ballasts and wires being wet. The weather has been extremely rainy here lately, we'll see if anything changes once things dry up. Otherwise at lead DDM has a lifetime warranty.

CityKnight 04-03-14 04:34 PM

The dimmed light goes out once in a while; I have to flick the lights on and off again to illuminate it.
I swapped the ballasts, and same thing on the other side; only the good ballast lit up.
However, the side that originally dimmed, was still dim.
They've always been blue while warming up, but now it just stays blue, as per the pics.

Does this mean I need a new bulb, and a new ballast?

97-SC300 04-03-14 04:56 PM

Just get a new kit. It's cheap enough to buy that then mess around and repair this ****ty kit which obviously is t that good

uras300 04-03-14 05:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 97-SC300 (Post 8466024)
Just get a new kit. It's cheap enough to buy that then mess around and repair this ****ty kit which obviously is t that good

+1 Get the Morimoto kit from retrofit source. DDM is cheap for a reason; poor quality. A proper kit will out last the cheaper alternative and save you from a headache in the future.

TheAzn 04-03-14 06:53 PM

Got my kit from XtremeHID. Love them.

My ballast had aged and made the lights burn less blue. Installed the new kit using old bulbs, they're nice and blue again.

Kira X 04-03-14 07:02 PM

Another option is going with LED bulbs. V-LEDs sells an LED bulb kit for $120 after a 5% off coupon for signing up for their E-mails list.

I got one and it works pretty good.

jpw 04-04-14 09:19 AM

Kira re: the LED bulbs - how is the brightness in the LED's ? How is it compared to a stock and an HID ? thanks

oldManTan 04-04-14 01:02 PM

i got diode dynamics HID kits, waterproof and shockproof housings and super small too, the ballast is the size of a small wallet. never had any problems, had em on my xb for 2 years, now just plugged in some other bulbs on my SC and still work awesome.

Ali SC3 04-04-14 02:46 PM

In my experience if you just hook the HID kit up to the factory harness for the lights, you will have ignitor or bulb problems in the short run if your car has other electrical issues, or even in the long run if you don't because these circuits are not deisgned for the initial burst of load the ignitor needs, and usually its the ignitor/ballast that goes bad first when it is trying to fire and fails to.

The answer is the very very inexpensive HID relay harness they sell online, when using those on cars that pop bulbs or ignitors left and right the relay harness has always taken care of the issue and with working ignitors the problem doesn't happen again because it draws power straight from the battery. worth a shot if you still connect your ignitors straight to the SC harness try the relay harness.

Blkexcoupe 04-05-14 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kira X (Post 8466218)
Another option is going with LED bulbs. V-LEDs sells an LED bulb kit for $120 after a 5% off coupon for signing up for their E-mails list.

I got one and it works pretty good.

Would you happen to have any pictures of the output with LED bulbs? I've been wanting to try a set.


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