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Old 05-13-2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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So I have two HELLA ballasts and I'm running two HID bulbs I just recently purchases. Whenever I turn on my HID system, the light will flicker and then go off. Kind of like a flash on a camera. I usually have to turn it on and off several times to finally get it to stay on.
I recently figured out a system to leave the headlight switch on, wait for about 2-3mins, then turn them off and back on and then they will stay on.


What's causing this and how can I fix it?

Is it because they are cheap $65 bulbs?
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:13 AM   #2
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hella ballasts don't work with rebased bulbs, what you have are probably (convincing) replicas made in china by knockoff manufacturers that make bad kits.

unless they really are hellas and you have a retrofit running cheap d2s bulbs, in which case it maybe be bulbs or it may be wiring.

fyi, turning hids on and off in quick succession is the WORST thing you can do to them short of dropping them off a cliff. more info is needed to help you.
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:43 AM   #3
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wow ya you shouldn't turn 'em on and off and on and off so quickly like that.. they need time to warm up in order to light up at it's full capacity

kinda sounds like a wiring problem though.. check to see if that's legit and go from there
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Old 05-14-2008, 11:30 AM   #4
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it sounds like you arent using a relay harness to power the (knockoff hella) ballasts.

are your ballasts plugged directly into the stock headlight harness?


if so then the stock wiring is not providing enough amps to ignite your bulbs. this is why we reccommend using a relay harness
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:42 PM   #5
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it sounds like you arent using a relay harness to power the (knockoff hella) ballasts.

are your ballasts plugged directly into the stock headlight harness?


if so then the stock wiring is not providing enough amps to ignite your bulbs. this is why we reccommend using a relay harness
Well said, sounds like you need a harness
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Old 05-16-2008, 12:56 AM   #6
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buy one from caesar.

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Old 05-16-2008, 08:21 PM   #7
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maybe disconnect the DRL..?
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Old 05-18-2008, 04:05 AM   #8
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Hey everyone, sorry for the late reply...just came back from a long busy business trip.

Anyhoo....my hella ballasts are not hooked up to the factory old headlight wiring. I have a relay system that draws power directly from the car battery. When I turn on the my headlights it throws a relay. My system allows me to run my Hi and Lo beams at the same time. Only the Hi are using the factory wiring system.

So let me back up a bit. Prior to these new set of HID, rebased to H1 bulbs, I had another set that worked perfectly but unfortunately one of them burnt out so I decided to get a new set all together.

One thing visibly different was that my old bulbs used weather pack connectors and the new one uses to what I believe are metri pack connectors(the guy who sold me these bulbs said they were AMP but I seriously believe they are actually metri packs). anyways i do notice that the Metri pack connector have a smaller pin inside of them versus the thing rod and socket connectory type of the weather pack.

I am also sure my hella ballasts are genuine. I had them for about 6 years now and never had a problem with them...and if memory serves, I think it was before hella ballast replicas look alike started hitting the market. But I could be wrong....
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Old 05-19-2008, 04:57 PM   #9
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So i took my car out last night for a night drive and this is what i figure so far.....

So i have the engine on...and i turn the headlight to on all the way...of course the initial turn on always makes the HID flicker and it'll go off....if i leave it in the on position for about a minute or two, then turn it off....and turn it back on, the HID will then light up like normal.

I don't understand why this be!
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Old 05-20-2008, 12:05 AM   #10
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even genuine ballasts aren't supposed to last much longer than 6 years. i think it's a component somewhere not doing what it's supposed to... the relay harness would be the easy answer but that's just a cause, not the problem.
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Old 05-20-2008, 11:22 PM   #11
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i am having the same problem right now......please let me know what the cause of the problem is.......i'm thinking its a bad ground or something wrong with the wiring somewhere...its just on the passenger side that i am having the problem. it will flicker, turn on and then shut off.
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