: H.I.D Bulb Replacement

12-28-08, 12:08 PM
My passenger side H.I.D. low beam has burnt out. I am curious to what type of bulb i need to replace it and any kind of directions on how to do it myself.

12-28-08, 03:07 PM
Yep go buy a D2S Bulb, they are avilable on ebay for around 25$ used...

If you get a 85122 bulb you might have a color difference between the DS and PS... I would recomend the 85122+ which is so far the brightest and whitest bulb available ...

The headlight is held by 3 screws 2 on top and 1 on bottom then there is a cap held by another 3 screws... remove those, remove the plug and you will find the bulb, then simply remove replace and reinstall everything...

I have upgraded my bulbs to higher K rating and found reduced lighting on the road so I stuck with the OEM stuff... Philips D2S bulbs all the way...

12-29-08, 01:28 AM
thats true about the Kelvin color rating, the coating on the bulb to get the bluer light restricts the output
(OEM) 4300k ~ 3200 lumens
(Bluer) 6000k ~ 2400 lumens
it only gets worse from there
blue coatings on regular bulbs also reduces output as well even though it may seem "brighter"

12-29-08, 06:51 PM
I still have my OEM bulbs so if you are intrested let me know I will send you one of them for 20$ shipped!... They have a few hundred hours on them and will look exact same color as your other bulb... otherwise you will have one yellowish and one bluish bulb due to color shift from bulb ageing...

12-29-08, 10:20 PM
They have a few hundred hours on them and will look exact same color as your other bulb... otherwise you will have one yellowish and one bluish bulb due to color shift from bulb aging...

Truth :yup:

01-01-09, 06:43 PM
Thanks for all the help. I'll be looking into getting new bulbs sometime this week. I was told that the price for one new H.I.D. bulb would run me about $90.00

01-01-09, 06:47 PM
CateraMV6, i tried sending you a private message but i was unable to. I am interested in the replacement bulb that you offered me. If you could send me a private message or email me that would be great.

01-01-09, 07:22 PM
there's a reputable seller on ebay, akinaboy, i have bought stuff from him before with good results, and he was recommended to me by the hidplanet forum
here's a used bulb for 34 shipped http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/85122-PHILIPS-HID-XENON-D2S-BULB-ACURA-AUDI-BMW-BENZ_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a15Q 7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3911Q2ec0Q2em14QQh ashZitem370133797507QQitemZ370133797507QQptZMotors Q5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories
and here's a new one for 68 shipped http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/New-PHILIPS-HID-XENON-D2S-BULB-BMW-AUDI-ACURA-INFINITI_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ66Q3a2Q7c65Q3 a15Q7c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3911Q2ec0Q2em1 4QQhashZitem250339948540QQitemZ250339948540QQptZMo torsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories
and a new pair for 130 shipped http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/PHILIPS-OEM-D2S-HID-XENON-BULBS-ACURA-CL-TL-TSX-RL-MDX_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a15Q7 c39Q3a1Q7c240Q3a1318QQ_trksidZp3911Q2ec0Q2em14QQha shZitem370127535691QQitemZ370127535691QQptZMotorsQ 5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories

01-10-09, 11:27 AM
thanks for the help. I ended up finding a pair of philips bulbs off of ebay for a decent price so i just went with those. i have another problem and was curios to see if any of you have a clue to this. After i installed the bulb on the side that brunt out, theres not power going to that bulb now. any idea of what the problem might be?

CaterMV6, i tried to send you another private message, i was unable to again because im a new user i believe.

01-10-09, 03:48 PM
If your bulb is not powering up then your ballast is shot!...

Check all fuses but I think the Low beams run off the same fuse so if your one side works then the other side is burned out...

Take a tester and test the positive and negative leads on the plug that connects to the ballast...

If those are working then go on ebay and get a replacement ballast... also if you get the regular generic HID ballsts then you will need the D2S adapters... those are dirt cheap, you hook up the new ballast in the same place with the same exact connector, then you attach the end of it with the other adapter and you hook it up to the bulb... that should be your fix!

01-13-09, 04:33 PM
Is there a certain type of ballast i need or would anything off of ebay fit my car?

01-13-09, 04:47 PM
Would any ballast off of ebay work or would it have to be just for the catera. and.. What is a ball park price for a new ballast?

01-13-09, 09:11 PM
i pretty sure any ballast would work, but you might have to splice some wires at most. Worst comes to worst, the full HID kit off eBay will probably run you cheaper than one OEM ballast, plus you have TWO new ballasts and bulbs!

01-14-09, 12:47 PM
Well the ballasts come with some sort of original harness designed to adapt to any style HID bulb... you will need to buy an adapter and get the adapter to attach to the universal Ballast. its called D2S adapter cables.

Otherwise the OEM hella ballasts can run around 100$ a pc... but you will be just fine with a universal one!...

They can be had for around 30$.... or I got a spare one if you like I can probably send it to you... PM or email me if you want it..

09-04-10, 01:53 AM
Hey guys.. I'm about to replace my dead ballasts too with a universal ballast off ebay. How would I go about connecting the universal ballast in place of my dead oem ones? Would my car's wire harness connector plug in to the universal ballast (are the connectors for ballasts all the same no matter what car brand??) or would I need to cut the connectors off and splice them?