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Old 01-15-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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Aftermarket xenon kit not bright?

Hi guys I bought an aftermarket xenon kit for my facelift very. I bought h7 4000k kit and it wasn't that expensive 20!
However I have it plugged in and it seems less bright than the halogens in it before? Any ideas?
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Old 01-15-2015, 01:52 PM   #2
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it wasn't that expensive 20!
You answered your own question.

Also don't put HID bulbs into halogen headlights. You'll be one of those tools blinding everyone going down the road.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:10 PM   #3
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The best way is to get used OEM xenon headlights or go for the retrofit way.
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I thought it's ok so long as you have the glass reflector? So I was of the opinion xenon bulbs were xenon bulbs is it the ballast that's inferior as its cheap or the bulb itself?
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:40 PM   #5
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No, Its okay only if you have OEM HID projectors or retrofitted projectors. Stick with PIAA bulbs or 55watt higher end halogen bulbs. It'll be brighter for you and keep the focus of the light on the road not blinding others.
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I thought it's ok so long as you have the glass reflector? So I was of the opinion xenon bulbs were xenon bulbs is it the ballast that's inferior as its cheap or the bulb itself?
assuming the "glass reflector" you're talking about is a halogen projector?

The culprit is more than likely the bulb. Quality bulbs like the Osram 66240 CBI or Philips 85122+ are usually to the tune of $100 USD. You also need a quality projector too to prevent from blinding other drivers. Unfortunately it's not as easy to just plug in play.
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I thought it's ok so long as you have the glass reflector? So I was of the opinion xenon bulbs were xenon bulbs is it the ballast that's inferior as its cheap or the bulb itself?
Do your headlights look like this?

http://c1552172.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/253803_x800.jpg
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No like http://www.bmstyling.com/wp-content/...7/SSL28238.jpg

I thought this style was acceptable for retrofit? I just had h7 bulbs do osram make them?
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All H7 xenon bulbs are aftermarket, the only genuine xenon bulbs are D2S, D2R, D1S, etc

The kit you have is simply garbage. You need to spend over $100 USD for a quality kit like the ones below

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/com...last_output=26
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Hi guys I bought an aftermarket xenon kit for my facelift very. I bought h7 4000k kit and it wasn't that expensive 20!
However I have it plugged in and it seems less bright than the halogens in it before? Any ideas?
That's your problem. I doubt any quality retrofit will be available at that price.
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I think the ballasts will probably be ok it's the bulbs which are bad any idea of some decent ones to try?
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No, the ballasts are junk as well. Why do you think OEM ballasts/bulbs are so expensive in the hundreds???
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No, the ballasts are junk as well. Why do you think OEM ballasts/bulbs are so expensive in the hundreds???
X2.

When I did my retrofit, we hooked up my friend's cheap chinese ballasts to my Morimoto H1s, and holy crap was the output low.

Gotta spend the money for a decent set.
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