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Question How often do HID ballasts go bad?? 3 at once?!?! No way...

So for the last several months I've had two sets of HID's in my truck, a set in the fogs and a set in some driving lights behind the grill...and it's worked perfectly.
So I was messing around with some lighting towards the back of the truck (the only thing I did towards the front of the truck was hook a power wire to the battery).. and when I go to check everything only one fog light works?!

Does anyone have any ideas? Would 3 ballasts go bad all at the same time? That seems VERY unlikely to me. ANY advice would be great, I already miss all the extra light from the HID's and want to get it fixed ASAP. Tomorrow after work I'll try to troubleshoot and see if the problem follows the bulbs or the ballasts.

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And an update...I turned the truck on this morning and looked at the lights, and now NONE of the HID lights work. The fogs are out, which were plug and play, and the grill lights are also out, which are wired to the battery using a relay.
The switch in the cab gets power from the battery for the grill lights because it illuminates, but that power isn't getting to the lights. It certainly seems to be related to the fog lights being out, everything has worked perfectly until yesterday.
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Obvious first place is the fuses. But there probably is more to it than that. Good luck tracking it down. There are so many areas to look when tracking down HID issues. What brand are you using?
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Yep, that's the very first thing I looked at. Not sure why one fog worked for a few hours longer than the other one though, that makes no sense to me.

And I'm using hidextra.com kits. They've worked wonderfully up until now, with no problems.
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maybe you could take each light and "jerry-rig" it straight to a battery to see if it's the lights themselves have blown. If they work then it's somewhere in the switching method, or bad connection of + and/or - contacts..............i'm not an expert but that's what i've tried in the past to test non-working lights.
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maybe you could take each light and "jerry-rig" it straight to a battery to see if it's the lights themselves have blown. If they work then it's somewhere in the switching method, or bad connection of + and/or - contacts..............i'm not an expert but that's what i've tried in the past to test non-working lights.

So with the grill lights I should be able to say, run the power wire from one light straight to the positive side of the battery without hurting anything? I was thinking of trying something along those lines after work today also. Thanks!

Any ideas about the fogs, would the same thing work with them?
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So with the grill lights I should be able to say, run the power wire from one light straight to the positive side of the battery without hurting anything? I was thinking of trying something along those lines after work today also. Thanks!

Any ideas about the fogs, would the same thing work with them?


I would rig a fuse in line before I did that just in case, but yes you should be able to directly connect to your battery and have them come on
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Ok thought so, thanks a ton guys! I'll try this as soon as I get off work today and post up the results.
As of now, the behind-the-grill-lights are driving lights converted to HID and I have them using the high beam wire as a trigger through a relay, then to an override switch, so out on country roads when I flip on my high beams they automatically come on and go off with them. It really helps out on dark nights.
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Ok thought so, thanks a ton guys! I'll try this as soon as I get off work today and post up the results.
As of now, the behind-the-grill-lights are driving lights converted to HID and I have them using the high beam wire as a trigger through a relay, then to an override switch, so out on country roads when I flip on my high beams they automatically come on and go off with them. It really helps out on dark nights.
Something you might want to do is mount them on their own circuit w/ their own switch. It might be a little more work, but being able to control everything independently is always nice.
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