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    Default fitted my hid bulbs today,but have a problem

    i have fitted my hid bulbs today,i have no issues in the way they work or aim,but i have a shadow,both bulbs are fitted the same way up but anyone have any ideas? also how did you get the bulbs held in? i have used cable ties and the bulbs are very secure.
    here is the pic of the headlights on,the shadow is coming from the left headlight

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    Do you mean proper HID units or uprated bulbs?
    Check the bulbs are seated correctly and not got sny dirt on them.

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    these are the hid units with ballast,bulbs did not look dirty and as headlight aim is correct i would say bulbs are seated correctly,but i did make sure the bulbs were secure and seated properly before refitting the headlight

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    Faulty HID unit? Is it possible to swap the bulbs from left to right? If there is still a shadow then that would point to a faulty bulb.

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    It's a reasonably well documented phenomenon & most if not all aftermarket HIDs do it including mine.

    Check out this thread
    Last edited by Ian S100; 21st December 2008 at 23:18.

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    suppose it is something i will have to put up with then,it is wierd why only the left side bulb is affected.

    on another question i asked how did you secure the bulbs in the headlights?

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    Have you tried turning the bulbs 180 degrees?

    I got used to the dark patch & it really doesn't make any difference as it's straight in front of the car but must admit if I could get rid of it I would

    In the HIDS4U kit there are special split bulb holders although they did need a bit of bending & shaping to make them usable. If I were doing it again I would just split the original holder
    Last edited by Ian S100; 21st December 2008 at 23:35.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S100 View Post
    Have you tried turning the bulbs 180 degrees?

    I got used to the dark patch & it really doesn't make any difference as it's straight in front of the car but must admit if I could get rid of it I would
    no not yet as i only found out when i drove the car this evening

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