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OK i just ordered a Sharp HID kit - H11 bulbs, 5000K 55W for my 2005 S60. I have installed at least ten kits for other people or older cars. I found the Sharp HID kit to be high quality and one of the easiest to hook up - and definitely appreciate the small ballast size.<p>Yet, when I hook everything up - I get nothing. Nothing but a "low beam error" message and the bulbs do not light up at all, not even for a second. I disconnected and reconnected everything several times just in case. Still no luck...<p>What am I doing wrong? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I know that sounds like the obvious but I don't believe so. I don't think it'd even be possible. They have a plug-in connector that plugs right into the factory wiring harness, so you don't have the individual positive and negative wires exposed that you normally just "slide in."<p>Then, the rest of the connectors are just plug-in to the ballast and from the bulbs. It's basically idiot proof. I don't get what I'm doing wrong.
 

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No - for a few reasons.<br>1) I read right on Sharp HID's blog that some people have not even needed that. Others said they ordered it and they still got the bulb out message.<p>2) It's one thing if the bulbs were lighting up and I got that message, but the bulbs did not light up at all. It's almost like as if the kit doesn't work...or somehow I don't have it hooked up right but as I said above its really idiot proof.
 

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with a battery harness, they will most definitely work but you still get the bulb out message. 2005+s60's just don't react well to these kinda of kits since the computer has so much control over electrical stuff.
 

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I would venture to guess that they dont work because the amperage use of the HID kit doesnt fit to the parameters of the module that is monitoring it. If you plug in the stock bulbs, and they work right away, its either going to be a module (CEM?) pulling power/ground or both HID light assemblies are faulty. I doubt the latter is the case.<p>On a side note, if your feeling adventurous, just run some heavy gauge wire to the positive and negative terminals of the connectors that cam with the kit, and then connect them to a 12 volt source. Im sure they will light right up.
 

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Check all your wires inside connectors. On one of my kits, a wire was pulled out, and didn't make a good connection.<br>The bulb should light up even with a bulb failure message. Did you try using all the DRL, ON/OFF switches on the knob?
 

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Well, I tried absolutely everything and I still can't get the kit to work on my S60.<p>I decided to just spring for a factory pair of headlights with built-in bi-xenons. I found a good deal online.<p>I am selling my flawless, virtually unused (bulbs still sealed in containers) kit here:<br><A HREF="http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=118002" TARGET="_blank">http://forums.swedespeed.com/zerothread?id=118002</A>
 

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Re: Can't get Sharp HID kit to work? (trebor)

my friend had the same problem with his on his mdx. We called them and they told us to take his cars h11 plug and plug it in upside down into the ballast. It then worked. <p><br>Edit: I think it was SharpHID or it was apexcon.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">my friend had the same problem with his on his mdx. We called them and they told us to take his cars h11 plug and plug it in upside down into the ballast. It then worked.<p><br>Edit: I think it was SharpHID or it was apexcon. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>I'll have to try that real quick...dont see how it will work though, the plug only seems to go in one way??
 

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yeah, we thought it would fit one way too but it ended fitting the wrong way. If yours is the same time as his was, then it should work fine.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>o2k</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">yeah, we thought it would fit one way too but it ended fitting the wrong way. If yours is the same time as his was, then it should work fine.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Ok I just tried putting the plug into the ballast upside down like you said and surprisingly it did fit. BUT, when I tried to start the car/lights, all the bulb would do is flicker 5 times and then shut off.<p>So, still doesn't work. At least I got the light to finally come on even for a second, but overall it does not work.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>trebor</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Ok I just tried putting the plug into the ballast upside down like you said and surprisingly it did fit. BUT, when I tried to start the car/lights, all the bulb would do is flicker 5 times and then shut off.<p>So, still doesn't work. At least I got the light to finally come on even for a second, but overall it does not work.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>did you plug in both sides? (left and right headlights)<p>If that doesn't work, I would call them and get some help.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>o2k</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>did you plug in both sides? (left and right headlights)<p>If that doesn't work, I would call them and get some help.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>no, just one the one side real quick. I can try both sides in the morning tomorrow though... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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alright. Hopefully this will work out for you. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Well I spoke (via email) to John Sharp and he gave me some great info. I am about to order the bulb out warning cancelers and greatly look forward to getting this kit to work once and for all 100%.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You will simply need to use the bulb out warning cancellers. This should<br>fix all of the issues you are having. As long as you are getting the bulbs<br>to turn on at all we know that the kit you have works. The cancellers will<br>help trick the computer of the car and prevent it from interfering. The<br>DRLs are in fact a non-issue on this car so no worries about them.<br> Also for future reference for any other products you may use the battery<br>has a hot post in the engine bay that Volvo ran so you could attach<br>accessories right in the engine bay. There are also multiple grounding<br>points around the engine bay so you will never need to access the battery<br>directly.</TD></TR></TABLE>
 
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