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Old 08-10-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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Depo Xenon Projector ... HELP ! :0

okay, so i recently recieved my depo brand hid xenon headlights w/ ccfl angel eyes as of july eleventh. i bought them from a reputable ebayer who supposently owns and operates www.speedstersource.com . yea i know, nothing on the website but his feedback was good so ...

the headlights were working good for about two weeks until one day i recieved a warning on my dash that my passenger side xenon was out. stepping out of the car i found that yes indeed it was, figuring the bulb burned out (though it shouldn't after two weeks) i headed to my local bmw dealer. half way there the warning disappeared and pulling over in a parking lot i found that well ... it came back on. i ignored the problem for a week until one night i found my passenger side angel eyes were out. pretty fed up i emailed the company asking them what's going on etc, they replied quickly though didn't really give me any advice. the next morning i went out of my way and voided my warranty by opening up the passenger side head light.

once opened i found four severed wires ( two black, two red ) including a broken plastic fuse case and a fuse rattling around inside. upon further inspection i noticed and pin pointed where the wires should be applied. once crimping was finished i replaced the broken fuse case w/ a solid working one and a new fuse inside. fearing possible future problems in the driver side headlight i took precaution and did the same as before. started my car i turned on my headlights and bam everything came on; no warnings. afterwards i emailed the company back letting them know the problem was solved but to be more careful when putting the units together.

no later than a week after my fix i recieved a warning on my dash that my driver side xenon was out! the problem is ... i haven't a clue. i've switched ballasts and bulbs etc but nothing. the funny thing is. it only is out half the time. if i start up my car and turn on my lights it's out, turn my lights off and on really fast it's out, turn my car off and start it back up, it's out. then turn my car on five minutes later and it's on? happens about twice a day and is really starting to get annoying for half the time when driving i'm doing so with a warning on my dash and a bulb out to oncoming traffic.

anyone have any idea of what is going on?! later today i plan on taking the headlight apart again and making sure all wires are secure and fastened. other than that i'm thinking it could be an ignitor issue? and if that, where can i get a replacement ignitor for an aftermarket (depo) made projector and at that ... how much and how hard would it be to install? would find it comforting if someone else on this site had or has a similar problems.

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Old 08-10-2007, 03:00 PM   #2
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Tyler,

Sorry to hear about all of your issues with the headlight. I don't have experience with the ebay kits but most HID kits consist of a bulb, ballast and igniter. Try swapping the bulb from one side to the other to see if the problem switches sides. If not, try the same with the ballast and then igniter to see which piece of the HID kit is causing the problem. You can then narrow it down and replace that specific component.
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Old 08-10-2007, 06:52 PM   #3
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I have had this same issue time and time again. Sorry to hear about your misfortune. I had P46s w/ an eBay HID kit. Luckily for me my HIDs have a 1 year replacement warranty but I have had 3 ballast die to date. After my warranty is up I'm just going to go w/ a reputable HID manufacture.

Double check all your connections, if those are good then it's the ballast almost 99% of the time (from my experience). Anyway, a lot of cheaper HID ballast die due to head issues, mine have seemed to be working better since I mounted them down in the bumper rail. Good luck!
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it kinda sounds like an igniter issue.
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:24 PM   #5
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thank for all the replies guys. i do have a couple updates though. as of late yesterday i switched the bulbs and ballasts etc. i mounted the ballasts to the bumper bar as said in a previous post and upon removing and swapping bulbs i found that the one giving me the trouble was smog covered from the inside out (bulb exploded) while the other perfectly working one was crystal clear. i did manage to cut the wires that power my driver side xenon though when mounting my xenons by using zip ties

regardless i used plastic connectors and crimpted/spliced etc then covered them in electrical tape to reduce rain/moisture from getting in etc. everything was working fine today with the exception of the one bulb being blown until later tonight. after leaving my car running for around ten minutes w/ the lights on i got a faint smell of smoke and found smoke slowly creeping out from beneathe me driver side xenon. no idea what it could of been but am hoping it's only the melting of the recently applied electrical tape (though i didn't recall a problem last night when driving). also, my xenon was a little more yellow-ish than blue-ish but i found that was only because i had my lights on without the car started fully, once done the xenon gave off a more vibrant blue.

anyway, it seems that the issue was that of a bulb, the smoke hopefully is explained by the electrical tape melting and with that said i should be recieving a replacement by the guys at speedstersource within the week and for the record. the headlights i have are depo brand even though i stated this numerous times earlier ... but i thought it may help cross out the fact of having a cheap hid kit, it seems that p46's as well as umnitza are depo brand.

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umnitza's and jlevi's are the depo brand, but it seems as though they take the headlight and modify it themselves. it's a little more well put together than the ebay ones.

for the smoke/fire, you might want to open up the headlight and check all the connections again. make sure they are good. i don't want to see you burn your car *knock on wood*
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yea, i should be recieving replacement bulbs this coming week but quick question ... tonight the side in which my good bulb in on didn't light up when i switched on my lights, turned them off and on again ... nothing. finally turned off my car and turned it back on followed by hitting the lights and it came on. tested it by turning on/off the car and turning on/off the lights 20+ times and came on everytime then too. you think it was just a misfire by the ignitor? also, if i needed to switch out ignitors does depo make a special ignitor for their headlights and where could i get one? also ... how cna i fully open up the back of the headlight casing to get to all the wires? it seems as if it was sealed and the only way in is through the front by taking off the chroms projector etc ... any help would greatly be appreciated.

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it sounds like you have an igniter issue. if the ballast or igniter is located outside of the headlight, try swapping them to isolate the problem.

i don't think they make a special igniter. it's just whatever HID kit that they used. if it was from jlevi, i can tell you that it's prolumen without a doubt. but since it's ebay, you'll have to contact your vendor.

and it's very bad to turn on/off your headlights 20+ times in a short period of time. degrades the life of the bulbs as well as everything else.

sounds like, the extra money you're saving is turning out to be a problem. maybe you should have just went with jlevi?
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well today going out and starting up my car both lights came on! and they're sending me a replacement set in the mail so if i start having problems w/ those then indeed i will try and replace my ignitor. if that doesn't work i guess jlevi is where i'll go. i still feel as if it's the bulb though b/c it has this cloudy/smog coating inside.

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wait ... is the ballast/ignitor on whole unit?
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because i have two metal boxes ... one that sits on each side and have swapped them ... problem didn't follow
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oh and extra money :balling: i septn $680 on these
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lol you can get p46s for just a little more.

i think it's on the whole unit. that could just be the ballast only.
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You can get P46s for as little as $625 with inexpensive HID kits.

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problems solved, bulb was bad ... phs

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