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Old 02-16-2010, 08:22 PM
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HID Help

Hello. I purchased a 99 Prelude with HID pre-installed. One of the headlights has gone out and I am not entirely sure what details I need in terms of replacing it. I admit that I am a novice when it comes to cars but since I do not have prior knowledge of the type of bulb, if it even is the bulb, how do I determine which bulb matches the working one?
From all of the posts I have read, they are wired through ballasts (right and left) and initially, they would work on occasion when I switched my lights on for a duration of about 1 week. Now the right ones are completely out so I drive with my hi-beams on.
If someone can please direct me to a resource or explanation of how I can install myself, I would greatly appreciate. If there is someone in the Los Angeles area, I am willing to pay for your services so that I can learn as well. Thank you.
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Re: HID Help

you have to buy a new bulb set up i would go on ebay.Xenon HID H1 10000K Conversion Bulb Prelude 97-99 00-01 : eBay Motors (item 350317482374 end time Mar-17-10 09:10:27 PDT)
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Re: HID Help

Thank you for the reply. How do I know if my current set up can handle 10,000k? Are most HID set ups compatible with all ranges?
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yea thats just the color they are. i just put mine in today those have a blue look to them
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Re: HID Help

I'm not sure how you would go about testing them or even finding out what brand or type they are (except for maybe looking at the ballasts to see if there's some type of identification on them or at least a name), as I don't have any experience with HIDs, but just to help you out in case you try to buy a new set, the numbers you see with them ( e.g. 10,000k or 6,000k and so on), are just color types. So if you go to buy them, just know:
3,000k = yellow (normally used in fog lights)
4,000k-5,000k = white (very good for seeing things clearly and normally recommended)
6,000k = slight hint of blue but mainly white
8,000k = more blue
10,000k = much more pronounced blue color and not as bright as the lower numbers.
10,000k and up I would not recommend for a daily driver as they aren't as bright as say, 5,000k and the color will fatigue your eyes for any long drives (maybe even 8,000k is too high... but that would be a matter of opinion)

This is all information I've found while exploring the idea of HIDs for my car, so if you already know this than sorry for repeating it. But if anything, here's a free
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Re: HID Help

Danke. This has been very helpful. I'll probably stick to the 4000k/5000k range.

To be on the safe side I should probably just buy a whole new set of bulbs so I don't want to make the mistake of mismatching my existing left bulb.

I was looking at various websites and they list Philips bulbs (single bulb) for $70. This seems quite high to me compared to the cheaper ebay listings as I am not sure about the difference in quality. There seems to be many brands but I have no idea which is reliable, etc.
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The ddm tuning HID kit is $50 with a lifetime warranty. Do you have any local mechanics? I'm sure they will help you out with the problem for free.
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im for a set of hid's soon they rock ..... can see miles better lol {:)
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Re: HID Help

I would try to see if it is not the ballast that is bad, It happend to me and My ballast was bad. swich the bulb that is not working to the other balast, if it doesn t work then its defanaly the bulb, if it works then it your ballast.
just saying that so you don't buy a spare HID bulb and then its your ballast =S
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Re: HID Help

Thanks Carlos. I had not even thought about switching the bulb to the other ballast to make sure that it wasn't an issue with the ballast.
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Re: HID Help

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Thanks Carlos. I had not even thought about switching the bulb to the other ballast to make sure that it wasn't an issue with the ballast.
No problem, there more chance of it been the bulb but you never know.
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