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Hella Lights "Surging"

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Kyle, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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    Kyle

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    I just did the conversion for the Hella 500FF and it all went perfect. Except that just one of the Hella's is almost surging like blinking??? I think it might do this because I am running 1 hot from the the switch... butt connected into the 2 Hot's for the ballasts. Both grounds are good already checked them. Is that a bad idea. Hope it didnt come out confusing hard to explain whats happening:confused:.
     
  2. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:31 PM
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    can the bulb be goin out?
     
  3. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:33 PM
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    check that connection. do you have subs?

    also how did u get the bulb to stay in there without silicone (or whatever you used) dripping into the reflector
     
  4. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:33 PM
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    brand new just installed them yesterday.
     
  5. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    I used an apoxy that didnt drip into the light housing i made sure. And yes i have a sub but it was not on when this occurs.
     
  6. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:39 PM
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    hmm. thats weird. is it both lights?

    do u have a miltimeter? if so check the voltage and amperage going into the ballasts and coming out, see if there is fluxuations there.
     
  7. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:40 PM
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    is the hot wire either on the batter or on the switch secure? could the grounds be moving in the wind?
     
  8. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:42 PM
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    No just one light. Its almost like one of the lights is getting full power and the other one "surging" is not. I have a multimeter i will check the power. That has to be it right??
     
  9. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:48 PM
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    not necessarily. if you can see if you can swap the ballasts around. if ther surging swtiches its a ballast prob, if it doesnt it could be a bulb problem. how long did you run them? sufficient warm up time? remember hid's dont like to be switched on and off as much as reg halogens could be. its hard on em
     
  10. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:51 PM
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    Yes i allowed them to warm up fully. idk i will switch them tomorrow and see what happens. Thanks for the advice!
     
  11. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM
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    maybe you have one bad ballast?
     
  12. Jul 25, 2010 at 10:59 PM
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    could be the problem idk
     
  13. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:05 PM
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    id say is a ballast problem. but where do you have the relay power coming from? straight from the battery?
     
  14. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:05 PM
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    If its not too hard than switch the ballast.
     
  15. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:09 PM
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    I have them hard wired no relay. Because all you need is the hot to the switch going to the 2 hot for the ballast and then your ground for your ballast.
    Here is a pic but you cant see the surge lol.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:11 PM
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    yes but a relay is a big help. it takes a lot of strain off your switch, so all the current doesnt have to go through the small connections in the switch.

    for safetys sake you should have a fused and switched relay
     
  17. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:15 PM
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    true maybe i should put one in huh
     
  18. Jul 25, 2010 at 11:24 PM
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