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So i finally got around to installing HID's in my DRL location. Yes, some may think its stupid, but I actually love the result. I could care less about the practicality of it, i just wanted the look...and I got it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> The problem is that the lights flicker whenever the car is in drive <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> Almost to the effect of a strobe light. All the connections are tight and secure, so I have no idea what would cause this. They are fine in park, but soon as I go to drive they begin to flicker...Any of you lighting guru's know what the problem could be?<p><br>Oh yeah, props to Sharphid.com.. Great kit, complete plug and play <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Flickering HID DRL's (B.G.)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>B.G.</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">So i finally got around to installing HID's in my DRL location. Yes, some may think its stupid, but I actually love the result. I could care less about the practicality of it, i just wanted the look...and I got it <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> The problem is that the lights flicker whenever the car is in drive <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> Almost to the effect of a strobe light. All the connections are tight and secure, so I have no idea what would cause this. They are fine in park, but soon as I go to drive they begin to flicker...Any of you lighting guru's know what the problem could be?<p><br>Oh yeah, props to Sharphid.com.. Great kit, complete plug and play <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I've heard of this problem before, I think. It has to do with the ballasts receiving too much current from the DRL power lines. Try this, don't turn on your engine, do they still flicker?<br>
 

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Oh crud, I just read your post more...they flicker in drive only? hmmm, I guess it makes sense since in drive, there is more of a load on the electrical system (alternator/battery). You might have to opt for one of his HID battery connection kits to get rid of the flickering or connect it to another power source.
 

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The kit was complete plug and play. I did no splicing of any sort...Thought that I would avoid the additonal stress by getting the 35w kit <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I see on the SharpHID website that these HIDs are for off-road/racing use only. I'm contemplating changing my DRLs and maybe my fogs to HID, but now I'm a little worried that this mod will cause me to fail PA state inspection. B.G., have you heard of anyone failing inspection with an HID conversion? And which kit did you install, the 9006/HB4? Which color temp did you select. I'm looking for bright white to match my OEM Xenon headlamps.
 

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...sorry for the delayed response...<p>The S40 folks have issues w/ this when they do halogen headlamp upgrades. The halogen lamps in those cars are run via a PWM type of signal - the current to the bulbs is toggled on/off at a very fast rate to help reduce power consumption, increase bulb life, and also as part of the bulb-check system (that gives the 'bulb out' message). Because halogens aren't instand on-off (think of it as more of an 'analog' system), you don't notice this. You do it with a more 'digital' system (LED's, HID's, neon, fluorescent, etc) and you see the bulb pulsing on/off.<p>That's my guess anyway...<p>The proper solution would be to put a capacitor in-line to help 'smooth' the current, and possibly to run it off a relay from that 'steady' signal, as voltage might be reduced... this might lead to a bulb-out message though, not sure.<p>MAC, you should be fine w/ HID fogs for your PA inspection.
 

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Yeah, ive got the wiriing harness on the way that should hopefully fix the problem. I will update once i receive it... As for the PA inspection, id highly doubt it
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AthruC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>MAC, you should be fine w/ HID fogs for your PA inspection.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>You're probably right. I think the state inspection just requires that the foglights function properly.
 
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