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      08-08-2012, 08:27 PM   #1
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HID OWNERS help! HID Fog light housing damage?!

Just bought a used m sport bumper and put 35 WATT 4500k HIDs on it the other day.

Today, worried about possibly having the fogs on too long, i inspect the fogs. The driver side housing is bubbling. At first i thought it was condensation but its actually the chrome bubbling off the interior housing. The passenger side is fine however. Previous owner says both are same age (never replaced).

misc. notes: While waiting on hid bulbs to come in, i drove my car with out anything in socket and noticed condensation on both fogs, driver a little more. Car sat in garage for a while before bulbs where installed but problem was never addressed.



Questions:
  1. Anyone have any theories whats going on?
  2. Anyone rocking HID anything and can check out there housing for bubbling/damage/melting?
  3. Do you think heat couple with possible water couldve bubbled housing?
  4. ARE THEY GOING TO EXPLODE?!?!?

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DRIVER after sticking my finger inside the housing

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Bulb Is Melting Housing. Oem Housings Not Made For Hid Bulbs.
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Bulb Is Melting Housing. Oem Housings Not Made For Hid Bulbs.
My fogs from other bumper ran HID all the time or 2 years, no problem

Also, don't quote me, but I've rear HIDs operate cooler than incandecent. Incandecent produces more infrared.

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As long as you stay with the 35W HID, and use quality bulbs, the housings will be fine. As stated above, most HID bulbs, of comparable wattage to halogen or incandesent, will run cooler.

Now if you had installed 55W HID - they are know to melt the oem housings.

I've had HPB 35W HID in my fogs for 2 years with nary a problem
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I have HPB 35W HID fog and been running about 2 yrs. No problem too.
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Cheap HID bulbs that put out a lot of UV and heat could, damage the chrome coating on the fog housing.

There was a rep projector fog that was definitely having this issue with HID kits being thrown in it, without adequate air-flow around the unit.
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As long as you stay with the 35W HID, and use quality bulbs, the housings will be fine. As stated above, most HID bulbs, of comparable wattage to halogen or incandesent, will run cooler.

Now if you had installed 55W HID - they are know to melt the oem housings.

I've had HPB 35W HID in my fogs for 2 years with nary a problem
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I have HPB 35W HID fog and been running about 2 yrs. No problem too.
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Cheap HID bulbs that put out a lot of UV and heat could, damage the chrome coating on the fog housing.

There was a rep projector fog that was definitely having this issue with HID kits being thrown in it, without adequate air-flow around the unit.
+1 to all of this!
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As long as you stay with the 35W HID, and use quality bulbs, the housings will be fine. As stated above, most HID bulbs, of comparable wattage to halogen or incandesent, will run cooler.

Now if you had installed 55W HID - they are know to melt the oem housings.

I've had HPB 35W HID in my fogs for 2 years with nary a problem
Well i have been running these for a while, one ballast replaced under warranty with no problems on my previous fog housing.

Bought new bulbs with same ballast and only one housing is reacting..


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I have HPB 35W HID fog and been running about 2 yrs. No problem too.
I was running cheap china DDM tuning as well with zero housing problems. Bought new bulbs for new housing and only one reacts..

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Cheap HID bulbs that put out a lot of UV and heat could, damage the chrome coating on the fog housing.

There was a rep projector fog that was definitely having this issue with HID kits being thrown in it, without adequate air-flow around the unit.
Makes perfect sense, now why only one housing reacting?
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Makes perfect sense, now why only one housing reacting?
Poor quality control on the bulbs is my best guess...
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Poor quality control on the bulbs is my best guess...
thats what im thinking. With that guess i have filed a warranty claim with them.
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How about the bums hid fog kit, good or bad product


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