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Old 12-02-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Whining ballast on start up?

I have converted my 2nd gen Tacoma fog lights to DDM 5000k HID. They have been installed for 4 months, work great. The passenger side ballast started making this screaming noise on start-up, then slowly goes away after 10-15 seconds. Light works great, always ignites..........dunno. Any thoughts on this issue?
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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Completely normal. Mine do that.
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:41 PM   #3
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Completely normal. Mine do that.
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:19 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, that is reassuring!! I thought maybe the ballast was on its way "out".
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Old 12-03-2011, 12:33 AM   #5
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Also those DDM ballast seem to case some static while listening to FM radio.
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Also those DDM ballast seem to case some static while listening to FM radio.
I think they all do do that.
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I think they all do do that.
With my projectors or anytime fogs (both Xentec HIDs) I have zero noise in my stereo system, the second I turn on my converted Hella 500s, (DDMs) bad static/interference on a moderate strength signal.
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If its a very high pitched whine, its normal- or at least on the 3 kits I've installed it is.

Never noticed static though
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With my projectors or anytime fogs (both Xentec HIDs) I have zero noise in my stereo system, the second I turn on my converted Hella 500s, (DDMs) bad static/interference on a moderate strength signal.
Well that can easily be fixed. What do you expect for cheap China lights?
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Well that can easily be fixed. What do you expect for cheap China lights?

I figured they both were cheap China crap. Are you saying the Xentecs are better quality than the DDMs?
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BTW, I have zero whine at start up on any of the three systems I'm running, at least none that I can tell/notice.
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I figured they both were cheap China crap. Are you saying the Xentecs are better quality than the DDMs?
I don't have any experience with Xentecs. I have had a DDM kit on my quad for 3 years now with no issues.
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I never noticed the 'whine' when I first installed them 4 months ago, just recently it started. However, only on one side. Well......I will run it until it blows then get another kit from phillips or a higher quality brand.
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