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    Tried them out tonight for the first time in the dark, well impressed, at least twice as bright as bulbs, when I tried them with the engine off, I could hear a high pitched whine coming from them, is this normal?
    Also the flash once , then warm up when switched on?????
    driver side doesnt seem as bright as the passenger side, and may need adjusting, is there a how to align the beam at the correct height?

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    The high pitch noise is the ballast. It has to generate an extremely high voltage to illuminate the gas inside the bulb, it usually gets quiet after it's warmed up. And yes, they flash, then get brighter gradually. Again it's to do with the type of bulb

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterVV View Post
    driver side doesnt seem as bright as the passenger side, and may need adjusting, is there a how to align the beam at the correct height?

    The drivers side reflector seems a bit different in design to passenger side as the beam patterns are a slightly different shape I notice that too the bulb is as intense but the spread pattern is quite different, was the same on H7's just harder to notice

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    Mine don't make any noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jezzy View Post
    Mine don't make any noise.

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Mine make a bit of noise while warming up.

    If they are flashing, or one is brighter than the other etc. I would get the UEC reprogrammed to tell it that the car has xenons fitted. This sorts out a lot of problems people have with HIDs.

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