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For those of you who added HIDs - ?

Hello all. On my last car, 2001 VW Passat, I replaced the head light assemblies and added HIDs. However the cost of the HIDs was around $200. I had read some stories about guys buying cheap China made sets on eBay for $70 and the ballast would go out after a few months. Here are the ones I was going to purchase: click here

Has anyone had any issues with their lights? Are you worried about the fact that you paid $19.99 + shipping for these. Please note I am not trying to sound like an a-hole. Just wondering if this is a really good deal or a too good to be true deal.

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OK, here are my 2 cents.
I did purchase a HID kit from hidguy. Shipping was really fast, ballasts are slim, but they have two parts, not only this small credit card like piece.

Contact with them kind of poor though...

But, what is most important. I discovered a very bad problem. Well, at least it happened with my Rondo where I have projector housing.
If you have time, go ahead and take a look here.
https://www.kia-forums.com/kia-carens...007-rondo.html
Also refer to this drawing. This is the essence of all problems. Simply, the electrode covers some of the light. Compare them (the drawings) to the H11B halogen bulb.
https://www.kia-forums.com/attachment...p-model-1-.pdf

Another thing was that I did not like the color. Color was flickering, sometimes getting greenish, more or less bluish, sometimes nice white... I ordered 5000K while they were more blue than my old 6000K... finally I got replacement, which was better, but still issue mentioned above (covered light).

I need to say though that the ballasts are much better in terms of energy use. To be exact on the start. The old ones (thick) would drain around 10 A for first seconds, and then would drop to 4A, while this one stays within 3.5-4.0 A all the time (so no need to put extra wiring or better fuses). Of course this is per ballast.

What I recommend is to find the right HID bulb.

And, my opinion now, I should have purchased them from eBay for 60USD, and not for 120...


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Not a problem whatsoever. I love them. No flicker no nothing I paid $50 with shipping for them on Ebay. I have the Xentec system with the second generation ballast. Love them. Look at the difference in full daylight! The second picture is the Xentec second generation ballast mounted right to the lamp pods. Just make sure the set you buy includes the smaller digital ballast and not the bigger analog type because they can flicker a bit.
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I have 2nd gen xentec with digital ballast as well, and I agree with EXV8 100%.
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What temp did you guys get. In my Passat, I got the 6000k but I am thinking of getting the 5000k model this time to blend in better with the high beams and fog lights.

Oh and as always, thanks for the replies!
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I have 5000K... they are pretty much a very pure white, can't really see any blue or yellow. They look like most factory HIDs that you see. But the brightness is so intense that it doesn't really match halogens.

If you click the temperature links on the left on the link below, you get a pretty good idea of the difference.

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Thanks smuook. Guess I am going to ordering the $50 ones from eBay this weekend
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6000K for me
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I would recommend 4300K. 6000K is pretty blue, 5000K is much better. But this is only me...


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I have 6000k on two of my vehicles, on the Kia they work great and very happy with them. I bought them locally with two years exchange warranty and paid more then Ebay prices..
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