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Old 08-13-2005, 10:49 PM   #1
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DDE problem

i have the jlevi predator chromiums for my 330i. i installed them with a switch and stuff, fun fun. it all works great, however, i noticed today, that one of the halos were a tad tad dimmer. Not by much but sorta noticable when you look at it. When i opened the hood, my dad, whom was standing away and looking at the light said that the light jumped back brighter and back to normal.

could this have been a bad connection? I have all my wires wrapped in electrical tape to basically water proof it. I really don't want to take it off but if i have to i will. The single halo is still currently a tad tad dimmer, not too too noticable but you can still see it. Has this happened to anybody? or what else could be the case?
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It could be a few things. I'd start off by making sure your ground and your positive connections are on properly.

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It's not a ground problem if only one halo is dimmed. It's from the box forward. A halo will either work or not work. There is no in between. It could be the output from one side of the circuitry in the box. OR.....I could be 99% correct in telling you that the pins in the connector to the halo are touching. Arching to each other and providing less voltage to the halo. I had the same problem a couple of times and just had to re-seat the pins and connector. You should fix it A.S.A.P. before something happens. Anything arching (even something small) in the engine bay is not a good thing.
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i do not think any wires are touching because i individually wrapped each set with electrical tape to prevent such a thing from happening. i will double check in the light though. this is kinda scaring me b/c i hate problems.
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its just a loose connection man. just unwrap the wires and put male and female connectors. or in worst case - just rewrap the individual wires tighter.

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you think so, i will do that tomorrow when there is light. i hope that is the problem. but why would a bad connection show a very faint but noticable dim light? i mean, if the connection was bad, it would be much dimmer, or flash on and off, or not even turn on! maybe this is just a quick sign of a bad connection. i will try to fix this tomorrow and post to see if it was the problem. thanks for your guys help.

ps> my dad thinks that the bulbs need time to warm up so that they would fully match. i did not think so since they were all cold from the start and they were all turned on evenly at the same time. though i did not leave it on for long, i do not think this was the problem.
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As I mentioned before, swap your ballasts. You have to find the ROOT of the problem which I am betting is either a ballast or connections issue. Since the ballast is easy to diagnose, start there.
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