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Old 26th June 2012, 01:43 PM
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Anybody have any experience with HID headlights specifically MKV VW (GTI/R32)?

Driver side HID is out. I'm hoping it is the bulb but it could be the ballast...

Any way to quickly check? I'm not familiar with the HID bulbs, is there a filament that I could see if its burnt out when removed?

I'm planning on just buying a bulb and if it works then it was the bulb otherwise I'll know its the ol' ballast.
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Old 26th June 2012, 02:02 PM
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Swap the bulbs from right to left and find out if it's the ballast that way?
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Old 26th June 2012, 03:24 PM
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No filament in HID bulbs, just gas/crystals so there is no way to visually inspect. Phreezee is right, first thing I would do is swap the bulbs to determine is its a bad bulb (most likely) or a bad ballast.

And if its the bulbs, you have your chance now to customize and get a different tint of HID light. You should always replace in pairs since the colour of a new bulb and a used bulb will be different. Stock colour is 4300k which i a yellowish white, 5000k is pure white and 6000k is bluish white. Anything over 6000k is for ricers.
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I heard the 6000k was nice, not too blue, but definately noticeable...anybody have 6000k bulbs? Do they look nicer than the 4300?

As well, I know it won't get noticed, but is anything above 4300k considered 'illegal'?
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Old 29th June 2012, 01:37 AM
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6000k is probably the go to colour for most people. Its close to where regular hid bulbs "colour shift" too after they are broken in.

I have 6000k bulbs in my Golf, looks fine.



I think its the stupid obvious colours that can be considered illegal.
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did you solve your HID problem?
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All fixed,

St James wanted to charge 1-1.5 hours for diagnostics to see if it was the bulb, ballast, or igniter. Then if it was the bulb they said 200 dollars for the OEM bulb, plus 1.5 hours or something to remove the bumber to put the new bulb in...? Simply put they wanted to charge me ~$500 dollars to find out the problem and replace the bulb. I phoned Graeme from Vdub diagnostics, he ordered me a new OEM bulb same day for 72 dollars I drove to see him, he swapped the bulbs, it was the bulb, and replaced with the new one for $72. I tried to pay him for replacing, he said he didn't charge for bulb replacement. Graeme from Vdub has saved me over $1000 dollars on my VW. The dealerships are horrible thieves. They aren't even high end costs, its just absolute BS what they try to convince you of and charge you....
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Old 27th July 2012, 03:19 PM
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Glad you got it fixed for a reasonable price. Are the colours of both headlights the same. Sometimes they may be different since one is a new bulb and one is broken in and colour shifted already.
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