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HID Flicker Troubleshooting - February 18, 2011, 11:28 PM

I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this question - but since I've never worked with HIDs before, I just need someone to verify it.

I've got a Trailtech X2 Eclipse (HID) that I got with a non-working low beam. I ordered a new low beam bulb and installed it... now upon turning the bike's electrical on (no engine) the low beam flickers, but doesn't seem able to ignite. the high beam bulb fires up just fine though, so I'm guessing it's not a battery problem. I'm hesitant to let the bulb keep flickering to see how long it ignites since my understanding is that doing this is extremely hard on the bulb and ballast.

It might be worth noting that the light has been wired so that the low beam stays on when the high beam switch is activated, so that both lights will theoretically run in high beam mode.

I'm guessing the low-beam ballast is toast, even though it allows the bulb to flicker. Is this a correct assumption?

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February 19, 2011, 11:21 AM

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I'm pretty sure I already know the answer to this question - but since I've never worked with HIDs before, I just need someone to verify it.

I've got a Trailtech X2 Eclipse (HID) that I got with a non-working low beam. I ordered a new low beam bulb and installed it... now upon turning the bike's electrical on (no engine) the low beam flickers, but doesn't seem able to ignite. the high beam bulb fires up just fine though, so I'm guessing it's not a battery problem. I'm hesitant to let the bulb keep flickering to see how long it ignites since my understanding is that doing this is extremely hard on the bulb and ballast.

It might be worth noting that the light has been wired so that the low beam stays on when the high beam switch is activated, so that both lights will theoretically run in high beam mode.

I'm guessing the low-beam ballast is toast, even though it allows the bulb to flicker. Is this a correct assumption?
If you replaced the bulb, then yes it would be the ballast. In commercial lighting HID's, when the bulb starts to act like this, then it is 95% of the time the ballast.(unless it has a seperate ignitor) which I seriously doubt in your case.


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February 19, 2011, 12:13 PM

If it is the ballast, you can get an inexpensive replacement system from DDM Tuning.



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February 19, 2011, 04:03 PM

DDM recently redid their website and they specialize in BMW mods now, lol. Also, this headlight unit uses mr16s instead of h4's. Thinking I'll restore the stock headlight and perhaps do a hid conversion on that.
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What?! All they specialize in is BMW now? That was stupid of them.



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February 19, 2011, 06:48 PM

whoops, nevermind, looks like the site was updated some more. they're still adding things... here's the kit:

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