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Old 12-28-2004, 04:11 AM   #1
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I have a Brightstar 6500k H1 kit installed in my low beams on my 04.

Recently my driver side light has been acting up on me. Most of the time when I turn on the car, it will light up dimly for a second or two and then go out. Sometimes it will turn on and stay on, again very dimly, flickering on and off.

I know that these ballasts will turn off power to the bulb if the voltage gets too high, or too low. Is it possible that with the cold weather lately, coupled with my stock battery, that it isn't putting out enough power to run the light? The passenger side one works fine, so I am pretty confused.

The car sometimes has trouble turning over in the extreme cold like we have had here lately, so that leads me to believe that it could be a power issue. I am going to check things out with a multimeter tomorrow, but I am wondering if any of you guys have had a similiar problem and could tell me whether you thought it was a ballast/ignitor/bulb/voltage problem etc.

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Old 12-28-2004, 04:21 AM   #2
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Well it could be anything in your setup. But my guess is the ballasts. Depending on brand ballasts are known to go bad. Bulbs rarely go bad.

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Old 12-28-2004, 04:44 AM   #3
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Just swap your passenger side ballast with your driver side ballast. If it works fine then you know its the ballast. Wish you luck on trying to find a replacement ballast. Brightstar has seemed to have disappeared off the face of the planet ever since importhookup stopped selling them.

http://www.recall-warnings.com/auto-content-20266.html
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Old 12-28-2004, 05:10 AM   #4
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I have the exact same problem with the 5000K set. It started about a month ago when I noticed that the driver side light was noticeably bluer (and pulsing a bit) than the passenger side light. Since then, it has been getting steadily dimmer, and finally today it will only flicker a bit on startup and that's it. I'm pretty sure that at least in my case, it's the bulb though. When the problem started, I swapped the ballasts, and then the igniters, and neither helped.
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Old 12-28-2004, 08:07 AM   #5
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Please read the HID FAQ at the top of the forum for info on proper ballast grounding (your most likely problem) and discussion on retrofits in the 04/05's.
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Old 12-28-2004, 01:56 PM   #6
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Please read the HID FAQ at the top of the forum for info on proper ballast grounding (your most likely problem) and discussion on retrofits in the 04/05's.

Thank you, my apologies for not reading the FAQ at the top

I think it may be the bulb, as the passenger side setup works fine, I am going to tear it all apart tonight and figure out what is messed up through the process of elimination. Is it possible for the bulbs to be bad, but still light up a little bit?
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Old 12-28-2004, 02:35 PM   #7
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Since the factory switched grounding is marginal, it's possible for one side to work while the other doesn't. To test the bulbs just swap them from side to side and see if the problem follows.
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Old 12-28-2004, 04:51 PM   #8
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I just pulled my bulbs out, and there is no question that the bulb is the problem. There is a lot of white stuff inside the bad bulb that isn't in the other one...
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Old 12-28-2004, 08:01 PM   #9
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If brightstar is out of business or whatever, is there any way to get other bulbs to work with these ballasts?

I have tried calling importhookup all day and they have not answered.
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Old 12-28-2004, 08:08 PM   #10
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Sourcing components for HID kits may be difficult since it's no longer legal to sell them in the US, so most vendors no longer carry them and some of the kit mfrs. have gone out of business or closed up their US shops.
With rebased bulbs you need to match the electrical connections used on the bulbs so they will work with the ballasts/ignitors you have.
You can start checking on Ebay and maybe get lucky, but be sure to see good pics of anything before you buy.
Or, you could take the opportunity and ditch the retrofit for a set of STi lights.
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Old 12-28-2004, 08:10 PM   #11
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You can run pretty much any brand of bulb with the ballasts that you already have. Just make sure that they are H1 D2R bulbs and the same Kalvin rating (color temp) and that they have the same connectors.
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