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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 11:13 AM Thread Starter
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I need to replace a burned out headlight and all the videos I have seen show how easy it is to do. The problem is that my low beams arenít like any of the videos Iíve seen. Mine look like this

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You have HID headlights, but they're also pretty easy (however, having done it myself, I'd say its a bit more complicated than halogens). There is good information in the 2015 FSM if you have access, otherwise this may be helpful:

https://www.subaruoutback.org/forums...hid-bulbs.html

This is the first I've heard of a Gen 5 HID burnout. You could also have a bad ballast. I would suggest swapping bulbs first to confirm it's the bulb.

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Thanks for the info and the link this helps a lot. I’ll try the bulbs first
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If you do end up replacing the bulbs (you could just replace one, but they might not match since HIDs color shift with age), make sure you're buying from an authorized distributor of whatever manufacturer you choose. I upgraded to slightly whiter (and brighter) Philips bulbs which are very commonly counterfeited. Refer to the manufacturer's website before buying, for example:

https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-au/c...-buy/retailers
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Thanks for the info and the link this helps a lot. Iíll try the bulbs first
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Wow I didn’t realize they we so expensive
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Ok found the ones you have and they are cheaper than the ones I was looking at.
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HID capsules are much more expensive than halogen lamps (~$75 each), which is a good reason to be sure before you buy a replacement. When shopping, be certain that you're comparing the proper D4S capsules, buying from a reputable supplier, and ensuring that they're made by a major manufacturer (Philips, Sylvania, Bosch, Hella, etc.). Avoid the cheap no-name capsules from "retrofit" vendors.
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@Yetimai, I have the 4800K Philips D4S (better match with the LED portion of the headlight), and, yes, they're very expensive (I paid $130/pr from xenondepot during their 2017 black friday sale). I believe they're still the brightest you can get (and NO stupid blue tint):

https://www.hidconcept.com/products/...ulbs-pack-of-2

You can get them a bit cheaper on Amazon, which Philips appears to endorse, however they all seem to involve 3rd party sellers, which I tend to steer clear of in cases like this. The price for these may have been boosted a bit by this test:

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This looks like a reliable seller for the OE ballast (84965SG000), if that turns out to be your problem:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-15-...r/352419081543 (seller: factory_oem_xenon)

A slightly botched attempt at comparison photos of the stock HIDs (84920CA000, which were ~2-3 years old) versus the Philips 42402XV2:



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