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Weste46 01-16-2013 08:59 AM

Silver boxes on angel eyes?
Just after the angel eyes, there are metal, silver boxes on both sides. Not the relay. One of the popped and smoked and stopped the function of my angel eyes so I was wondering what these are.


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Jesse M 01-16-2013 09:03 AM

Pictures would help .. ? Also, what brand/model are they? It's either an ignitor for the ccfl, or a transformer.

Weste46 01-16-2013 09:06 AM

Sorry I'm in school right now, no photos. They're Orion Lite's so LED.

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Weste46 01-16-2013 09:06 AM

What would a transformer do for LEDs?

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Jesse M 01-16-2013 09:09 AM

They just reduce voltage/current to properly power a system.

Solidjake 01-16-2013 10:26 AM

You mean white box?


It's just a circuit board that takes the input current and distributes it properly to the rings.

Weste46 01-16-2013 12:15 PM

They dont look like that. I'll take a picture in a couple hours!

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Weste46 01-16-2013 12:16 PM

Probably the same thing though. So if I blew one up, I probably can't fix it, huh?

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Alex323Ci 01-16-2013 01:42 PM

silver boxes sounds a lot like the ballasts for ccfl lights. but if you have LED nevermind.

JJR4884 01-16-2013 01:48 PM

OP might be talking about the silver/metal "tabs" on the pre-facelift angle eyes... they aren't a perfect circle like the facelift coupe ones above, lemme find a pic.

See how there is a metal "box"


OP, post a pic of your AE's.. if they look like the ones i posted, you have the wrong ones. You should not have a perfect circle AE, those are for facelift coupes only (2004-2006)

Weste46 01-16-2013 07:06 PM

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Sorry about that, totally spaced.. here are the photos.

They are wired directly to the angel eyes, about 6 inches out from them on both sides. I just tucked them away with zip ties.

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Solidjake 01-16-2013 09:58 PM

Those are CCFL angel eyes. I'd take them out completely and just put in Umnitza Orion Lites.

Weste46 01-17-2013 05:54 AM

These are LED's I've opened them up myself and I bought them from Umnitza. They are Orion Lites..

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Weste46 01-17-2013 05:56 AM

They had the half ring failure so I've open them up before. Absolutely LED.

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umnitza 01-18-2013 11:39 AM

Just to help with some perspective.

Orion V2 were originally built with white boxes to allow for proper regulation of power to the rings for maximum lifespan over 4 years ago.
Back then, some companies claimed their units didn't need these boxes (one of the companies was who we use now for Orion lite products). Over time, they understood their mistake in design and introduced the power regulation boxes now common in almost every single LED kit.

The OP has Orion Lite 60 LED rings. The little silver boxes rarely "fail" due to stress, but they are not water proof like our Orion v2, so based on your description of how it happened, water probably got in there and fried the circuitry. Please email us your name and information.

Weste46 01-18-2013 12:13 PM

I would assume my warranty is void.. I cut this box out for my dad (electrical engineer) to tell me what's up. However, he hadn't gotten around to it yet.

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Weste46 01-21-2013 06:35 PM

So, odd thing... I wired them back up without the side with the burnt box, and they don't turn on with the car being on... even if the interior lights are on, and the accessory wire tap looks good..

They only turn on when the car is turned off for about 10 seconds, I here a buzz then click, and then they work again.


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