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    Evening all .

    When I first got my HID kit it was a 35w one i.e. 35w bulbs and ballasts, I`ve since changed the bulbs for 55w metal based ones but it occurred to me the other day that they may not be running at the full 55w because the ballasts are 35w ones. Anybody here tell me if I`m right or wrong?

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    The ballasts will be putting out 35w

    so too increase brightness go get some 50w ballasts and keep 35s in a safe place to run as back ups should the others fail

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    I`m not an expert but I`m 99% sure that you wont get 55w of 35w ballast.

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    Didn`t think so, I take it it`s the same as running a 12v bulb off a 9v battery?

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    Different thing altogether. The wattage is the power it draws. They should be running at 55w but you run the risk of burning out the ballast if it is only rated for 35w. More like trying to run something 5amp off a 4amp fuse. It might not blow staight away, but it will blow.

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    Never did understand this electrickery Cheers, new ones on order

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