50w ballasts with stock HID housings

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  1. rkneeshaw

    rkneeshaw Full Access Member

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    The stock HID ballast mounts to the bottom of the OEM HID headlight and acts to "seal" the housing.

    If I were to replace the projectors and upgrade to a 50w ballast, I'm not sure how I'll find a 50w ballast that "seals" to the bottom of the OEM HID headlight housing exactly the way the stock ballast does.

    Those of you who have upgraded to a 50w ballast, what are you doing about mounting location and keeping the headlight sealed?
     
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    Not 50W - but close - The Retrofit Source does upgraded 45w ballasts that fit the stock location
     
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    what is stock watts? are these 45s much of a gain?
     
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    Stock is 35w
     
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    Here's how its done, custom backing plate bolts in place of the stock ballasts, or I guess you could just leave them there unplugged.

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    You will gain a little more brightness with the higher wattage ballast and at the same time less life on your HID bulbs because you are essentially overdriving the bulbs to produce more power!
     
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    I ran my CBI's with 50W ballasts for 6 years with no problems at all. I recently swapped over to CBB's but the CBI's were still great. So overdriving good bulbs IMO isn't a huge issue. My HIDs are on about 20hrs. a week, so mine had 6K+ hours on them with no degradation.
     
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    We used Morimoto's new 50w bulbs for this build. They are claiming same lifespan as 35w bulbs with 35w ballasts. And its a gain of around 2400 more lumen with the 50w ballasts so they are significantly brighter.

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    Good to hear buddy! I just noticed your "Ducati LS460's" in your sig, hahaha that was pre Raptor Retrofit, way back in the day!
     
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  9. EricM

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    So is it worth running a 50 W ballast in the stock projector? I don't accumulate a lot of hours on the lights, so shortening the lifespan of the lamp isn't a huge deal if the additional light output is significant.
     
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    I went with brand new Ozram light bulbs keeping same ballast. A lot brighter output and the factory ballast is made by Ozram anyway.
     

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