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Old 01-04-2010, 02:05 PM
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I have a HID headlight bulb that i need to replace and was curious if there was any specific thing i should be looking for when buying the replacements?

otherwise i will be heading over to my local autozone and picking up a pair of silverstars for 49.99

any suggests are welcome, i love to treat my car well and want only the best :P

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:23 PM
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well after a little research

It seems that i need D2S bulbs?

what is the color temp i need to get or does that matter?

do i need to replace both bulbs at the same time?
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Old 01-04-2010, 07:29 PM
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Honestly - if you have factory xenons - you will NOT be heading over to autozone for silverstars lol Those are not true H.I.Ds. Factory xenons are 4300k temperature and yes, they are D2S style/size bulbs. Fog lamps are H3, and high beams H7. When shopping for new xenons, research the quality and reviews on the manufacturer that produces them and see what others think of their quality. Of you can go to Audi and pay out the a$$. Expect to pay around $100? for both bulbs - I believe that is what I paid online (not saying that was the BEST deal out there, but pretty good compared to the main suppliers). I went with 8000k bulbs (bluish white - a little less light output then the 4300k, however I love the color/look so personally, I'm okay with that.) IMHO, I'd replace both them, even if you go with 4300k again - as I'm sure your car is aged and the other bulb will be more faded then the new one. Hope this helps!
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:59 AM
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01A6Turbo - You are a god among men, I really appreciate your assistance and the willingness to help out someone who isn't very savvy with this type of thing.


So just to confirm I would have no problem putting any a different temperature bulb with the stock ballasts? I would hate to buy 6000's and have them not work :P


Again thanks for the assistance, I think ill be making a chart or something along those lines for sticky here?
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Old 01-05-2010, 03:01 PM
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right now the light bulb on the right is dead i guess its the "low beam" because its just the normal one thats usually one when i turn headlights on since this car is from US no DRLS anyways my question is which bulb does it have because i thought it would H7, its an 2001 Audi A6. I want to replace ASAP. Also, i recommend checking out Ebay with this type of stuff always did before for other car it was great and cheap.
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Old 01-06-2010, 01:37 PM
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The only 2001 A6 sizes i could find where here.

http://www.modifiedlife.com/2001-aud...-size-diagram/

Take a peak.
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Old 01-06-2010, 08:28 PM
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Hi I am in the same boat you are....my right side headlight went out and I already ordered my bulbs n they came in today...I will be installing them tomorrow....Dont bother with AUDI dealerships...they wanted 240$ for ONE bulb....I ordered a pair off amazon...I will get back to you tomorrow on how they turn out...but from other peoples reviews and opinions that i researched for a few hours there is no need to spend that much money...I ordered these in 6000K http://www.amazon.com/6000K-Xenon-Bu...2827529&sr=8-2
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Old 01-07-2010, 12:09 PM
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I ended up picking this pair up from Amazon, full title and price below. Should be here tomarrow!

"Halo Automotive D2S 6,000k HID Bulb (12v/35w) - Twin Pack"
Automotive; $75.00
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gahndai - lol no god here, just glad to help out w/ the information you needed For what you posted above it sounds like you ordered the right ones. To install are plug n play since you already have factory HID/ballasts. Literally twist off the old bulb, take out of connector, push in new bulb and twist back in to headlamp. Should take you no longer than 5-10 mins per bulb. I've heard of halo brand and have seen them on eBay - I, however, have not heard of what people think about them or what experience they have had. The brand I ended up purchasing was Super Vision HID - 12v/35w 8000k bulbs. So far I've had them for approx. 1 year and 15k miles - I have had absolutely no problems with them.
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Bearz - those would be it Good luck with your install brother.

SilverAudi - Yes, those would be your "low beams" - which on our cars happens to be HID (high intensity discharge) bulbs [not on all models though] over halogen (ugly yellowish "normal" light bulb with no xenon gas). You need two D2S 12v/35w 4300k/6000k/8000k/10000k/12000k (your preference on color) to replace your burnt out bulb.
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hey guys i just replaced mine the other day just a little fyi for next time go with ddmtuning next time i got the 6k for about 30 shipped and they are awsome
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Bearz - those would be it Good luck with your install brother.

SilverAudi - Yes, those would be your "low beams" - which on our cars happens to be HID (high intensity discharge) bulbs [not on all models though] over halogen (ugly yellowish "normal" light bulb with no xenon gas). You need two D2S 12v/35w 4300k/6000k/8000k/10000k/12000k (your preference on color) to replace your burnt out bulb.
YES THATS THE ANSWER I WAS LOOKING FOR THX ALot mAN GONNA GET TODAY
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:51 PM
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Soooo... I recieved my new bulbs today! But it did not fix the bulb outage unfortunately. I switched the bulb to the other side and it turned on, which really isnt a big deal because I love the new 6000ks.

Should I just assume that its the ballast, or is there anything else that I can try before buying a replacement? I would hate to get a ballast then have it not work either.

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Old 01-12-2010, 02:47 PM
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Bump for ballast love?!
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gahndai: What year/milage is your a6 brother? Please clarify by what you mean you "switched the bulb to the other side and it turned on." Meaning the bulb you originally believed to be burnt out (let's say passenger side for shitz n giggles) you removed both bulbs, and then put the passenger side ("burnt out bulb") into the driver side headlamp and the suspected "burnt out bulb" powered on? Have you tried to put the "driver side good bulb" into the "bad passenger" side? If that bulb does then not light, I would suggest replacing your ballasts as that would be a tale-tell sign your ballast unfortunately died.
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I drive a 2002 Audi A6 Quattro. Around 102k miles.

Yes i move the bulb that was suspected to be out to the other side and it turned on. I then moved the known good bulb to the other side and it would not.

I have been eying a used ballast on ebay that came out of the same car I own, but maybe I should buy new?

To replace the ballast I will need to remove the tire and then the interior wheel well plastic stuffs, then I will have access to the ballast?

I have not worked on many cars in my day but am a smart guy if you can point me in the right direction.

You have been a HUGH help thus far, thank you!
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:53 PM
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Received the new ballast and was able to remove the plastic wheel well cover and access the ballast easily. Once the cover was off replacing took only about 30 min. One screw holds the ballast in place with a bracket that slides into the frame.

Thanks for all your help guys!
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Old 01-30-2010, 12:35 AM
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Good thing I read this thread. I've been looking online for bulbs, one of my HIDs is burnt(I think), tomorrow I will do the switch test, I never thought of it
I just had my ride at the dealer for a warrantied therm sensor though and they wanted $285+ tax for 1 bulb ya, ok there boss, don't touch the light just get the sensor fixed
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