HIDs no high beams

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  1. MikeyB

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    I bought my car with HIDs and the running lights and low beams work fine but when I go to flash my highbeams the lights go off and go to the same brightness or sometimes they don't change at all they stay on low beams? I have HID ballasts I don't know what the problem is
     
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    are you sure you have a hi/lo hid kit? also even if you have bi-xenons they won't get brighter when you hit the high beams, they simply change the beam of light.
     
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    I have no idea, they were in the car when I bought it.. How can I check? Yeah well they don't change the beam of light.. I'm going to need it to pass inspection in 3 months so Im debating getting the white bulbs I forgot the brand and getting rid of HIDs all around cause theyre really not that bright but if I can figure this out itd be better
     
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    My F-150 is set up the same way. Since fords have one bulb for high and low, you have two options for HID's...you can either run a bulb that does not change (what you are describing now) or, in the case of my older truck, you can buy a bulb that has a magnet in it that refocuses the beam when you switch from high to low. Quote from DDMtuning.com: "Our High / Low HID kits come with a fused relay harness and controller that regulates the High / Low beam feature."
    On my older truck, the headlights work the same way they did from the factory, but the bulb does not increase it's brightness when you change it to high, it only repositions the beam to make it shine farther. My new truck, however, isn't running a HI/LO kit and when I switch from low to high the bulbs actually cut off completely. Also when I pull the switch back to flash high and low together they cut off. When low is selected the high beam indicator light still lights up on the dash. I think I can fix it by a jumper between the power for the high and low beams but I've just gotten used to how it functions and haven't fixed it yet. Hope this helps and wasn't confusing lol.
     
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    Yeah you need bi xenons with the proper relay. You most likely have a standard low beam kit

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    I also forgot to mention when I turn my lights on most of the time only the right one works, but if I turn them on and off about 100 times theyll both go on
     
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    Does anyone have Sylvania SilverStar Halogens? If so are they brighter than HIDs? Because I need bright lights to shine through my lights
     
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    On my new truck, whenever I hit the unlock button and the lights flash, about fifty percent of the time my driver side light will not come on. But when I crank the truck and turn the headlights in it works fine. Tis a mystery lol.
     
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    On my new truck, whenever I hit the unlock button and the lights flash, about fifty percent of the time my driver side light will not come on. But when I crank the truck and turn the headlights in it works fine. Tis a mystery lol.
     
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    no halogen headlight bulb is going to come close to how bright HIDs are. sounds like you should remove your kit and figure out what you have, it's obviously not working properly as is. if all else fails you can buy a hi/low kit from DDM tuning for not much money.
     
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    Alright thanks for all the help guys
     
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    My DDM let me down as far as fog lights go but then again I dragged my ballasts for literally miles on the highway so... lol. But yeah I like their kits. Headlights still work good

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    There are a couple of things that could be going on. IF you have a bizenon setup you will be able to follow the 2nd set of wires from the high beams to the light and when the brights are switched on you will hear a clicking noise from the light.

    If you don't hear anything you either do not have a bizenon setup or its not wired up. You might look too see if there is a 2nd set of power wires coming from the light not currently hooked up.

    Sounds like either cheap hids or that they did not ground them well enough or use a relay pack with the flashing.

    No halogen bulb is as bright as an hid. Some will say it, they are fulla shit..
     
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    Okay I looked today and my ballasts say xenon bulbs only.. So I need bixenon ballasts?
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    the ballasts do not have anything to do with the them being bi-zenon's which is why I said to look at the housings and see if there is another set of wires going to it.
     
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    A proper Halogen bulb will be far more effective then a HID bulb in a Halogen Housing.
     
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    hmmm well seeing as I've tried both I'll go ahead and disagree with that.
     
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    Ive vey done both also. The HID bulb which is not made for a halogen housing just scatters. It appears to throw more light out and it does. But the effectiveness isn't there. The proper halogen bulb will produce more effective light pattern.
     
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    I think you two are arguing the definition of "effectively". I have too agree that sticking HID bulbs into a standard mount ends up with much more uncontrolled scattering of light and why so many people complain about others with HIDs. We have all see them and if you aim them down enough I guess its ok but if you just want some different colored headlights to look cool them make them in halogen.

    But to each his own - effectively....
     
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    Exactly it's not as effective as a halogen bulb. :)