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#1 JimmyGoll

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Posted 27 August 2011 - 06:14 PM

Hello I have bought my mess of a civic about 2 months ago now, and inspection time is right around the corner. Well I need to get new headlights for it since I only have a high beam...no low beam at all. I am very new to all this and am just wondering what is my best/most cost effective way of fixing this. The guy I bought the car off of put some pretty cheap HID kit on it, with an aftermarket light housing. Can I get 2 "filament" light bulbs for high and low beams with HID? Can I simply put the OEM replacement bulb in even with the HID converters hooked up? Or will I need to buy a whole new light casing with OEM wires?

Sorry I know this is totally a stupid question, but I have never had to deal with headlights before and do not know the jist about them....any help is greatly appreciated!

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 04:11 PM

Hello I have bought my mess of a civic about 2 months ago now, and inspection time is right around the corner. Well I need to get new headlights for it since I only have a high beam...no low beam at all. I am very new to all this and am just wondering what is my best/most cost effective way of fixing this. The guy I bought the car off of put some pretty cheap HID kit on it, with an aftermarket light housing. Can I get 2 "filament" light bulbs for high and low beams with HID? Can I simply put the OEM replacement bulb in even with the HID converters hooked up? Or will I need to buy a whole new light casing with OEM wires?

Sorry I know this is totally a stupid question, but I have never had to deal with headlights before and do not know the jist about them....any help is greatly appreciated!



take a picture of the housings and i can tell ya exactly what to do, but the short story is to pull out the ballasts and bulbs, and replace with h4 (if its a single hi/lo bulb) or with a pair of h1 (if its a hi bulb lo bulb set up)

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE THE BALLASTS WITH HALOGEN BULBS

and to be honest, if you cant figure it out, you probably should not be messing with wiring, youll either end up shocking yourself, catching your car on fire, butchering your wiring, or doing it right. that is 75% odds you will screw it up somehow.

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 05:38 PM

Thanks for your response and caution haha! I'm pretty sure this is the housing - http://ep.yimg.com/c...353_2171_620477 . I'm not trying to mess with wiring if i don't have to! I'm not bad with wiring though but my only experience really comes from audio systems and computers. Reason I am asking this is I have 0 knowledge of how these bulbs work and figured I should ask before I go out and waist money on something that won't work...

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 08:35 PM

h4's, just disconect the 3 prong plug from the ballast and put a standard h4 bulb into the socket and plug the 3 hole socket into the 3 prong plug on the back of the h4 bulb

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Posted 28 August 2011 - 09:15 PM

and this will still work even with those hid boxes still attached or no?

Edit: Nvm i got it, thanks for the help!

Edited by JimmyGoll, 28 August 2011 - 09:23 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2011 - 09:46 PM

yeah that box is the ballast, steps up voltage to around 7000-20000 volts, which will blow your bulbs and arc with anything close. No bueno!