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Whining ballast on start up?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Marsey13, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. Marsey13

    Marsey13 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    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?
     
  2. Hiatt1991

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    Completely normal. Mine do that.
     
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  4. Marsey13

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    Thanks guys, that is reassuring!! I thought maybe the ballast was on its way "out".
     
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    Also those DDM ballast seem to case some static while listening to FM radio.
     
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    I think they all do do that.
     
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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.
     
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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 :notsure:
     
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    Well that can easily be fixed. What do you expect for cheap China lights?
     
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    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 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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