How do I know if my HID ballast is bad?
Signs That Your Ballast is Bad
- Dimming or Flickering Headlights. If your HID bulb cannot produce its full brightness or strobe periodically, this is most probably a ballast problem.
- Strange Sounds.
- Headlights Not Working.
- Changing Light Colors.
- Constantly Blowing Fuse.
- Damaged Casing.
- Burn Marks.
- Water or Oil Damage.
Can I use 55W ballast with 35W bulbs?
You can use 55w ballasts with standard 35w bulbs, but the life of the bulb will be shortened a bit, and their color will Wash Out a bit.
What causes a HID ballast to fail?
In most cases, ballast failure occurs as a result of the surrounding environment. Heat and moisture are great enemies to your HID ballast. When it is too cold or too hot, the ballast can burn out or fail to start headlights. A combination of heat and constant condensation can also cause severe corrosion over time.
How do I reset my HID ballast?
The ballast can only be reset by turning the headlight switch off and then on again. However, allow a few minutes cooling time between attempts to allow the ballast to cool down. If you reset have to repeatedly reset the ballast that’s often a sign of a bad HID bulb.
How can I make my HID lights brighter?
- Upgrade your headlight bulbs to LED. LEDs (light-emitting diode) are the brightest headlight bulbs.
- Upgrade your headlight bulbs to HID.
- Clean your headlights with a headlight restoration kit.
- Retrofit your headlights & fog lights.
- Buy premium halogen bulbs.
Do all HID lights need a ballast?
All HID bulbs require a ballast, which is sometimes integrated. No LED bulbs require a ballast, although some are engineered to work with an existing ballast. You will find ballast-compatible or “plug-and-play” LEDs that are designed to replace linear fluorescents, compact fluorescents, or HIDs.