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post #1 of 6 Old Aug 2nd, 2007, 9:54 pm Thread Starter
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Does Fashtek ballast get hot?

Received HID low beam today, pulled nosecone. I'm looking at the top of the headlight for the ballast, taking the advice of some who recommend making an attempt to minimize moisture exposure. Pulled the nosecone, looks like will fit well over the top portion of the clear section of headlight and black ABS cover. There is a step between the two, I'm thinking of building up the ABS section with a run or two of rubber insulation,(like they use to put on pickup truck rails to seal a cap/camper shell). That should yield a flat dampened platform to mount the ballast, then apply double sided tape to the ballast and mount using zipties as a backup.
The ballast doesn't get unusually hot does it? I read the instructions and no mention of it was made, but I am a bit weary of them as the language translation is rough,("Don't finger the lamp"). I'd at least take it out to dinner first before attempting that.
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I plugged mine in and let it run for 5 minuets while it was in my hands.. Mine only got luke warm.....
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Received HID low beam today, pulled nosecone. I'm looking at the top of the headlight for the ballast, taking the advice of some who recommend making an attempt to minimize moisture exposure. Pulled the nosecone, looks like will fit well over the top portion of the clear section of headlight and black ABS cover. There is a step between the two, I'm thinking of building up the ABS section with a run or two of rubber insulation,(like they use to put on pickup truck rails to seal a cap/camper shell). That should yield a flat dampened platform to mount the ballast, then apply double sided tape to the ballast and mount using zipties as a backup.
The ballast doesn't get unusually hot does it? I read the instructions and no mention of it was made, but I am a bit weary of them as the language translation is rough,("Don't finger the lamp"). I'd at least take it out to dinner first before attempting that.
Sounds like a perfect setup to me (I don't even remember how many I've done). Don't be such a cheapskate, take it to dinner, but be sure to clean it with alcohol afterwards.



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When I installed the H7 6000 from Fashtek I turned it on and left it for about an hour to see how hot it would get. It was barely warm to the touch so I installed the ballast in an out of the way location where there was air circulation but I felt it wasn't the greatest. Haven't had a problem of any kind so far, just great night time lighting.
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Thanks guy's, thats what I needed to hear. I've been a bit paranoid ever since I installed a load equalizer on my airhead cafe project. I installed led turn signals, and purchased a brand name load equalizer as the l.e.d.s weren't drawing enough voltage to allow them to blink. The package made a comment to be weary of mounting location as it is gets hot, basically a heat sink. I tried it out and was amazed how quickly it got hot, to the point I didn't want to use it. I ended up mounting a standard bulb inline to induce the load.

I'm looking forward to being able to see at night! Thanks again---Alan
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Received HID low beam today, pulled nosecone. I'm looking at the top of the headlight for the ballast, taking the advice of some who recommend making an attempt to minimize moisture exposure. Pulled the nosecone, looks like will fit well over the top portion of the clear section of headlight and black ABS cover. There is a step between the two, I'm thinking of building up the ABS section with a run or two of rubber insulation,(like they use to put on pickup truck rails to seal a cap/camper shell). That should yield a flat dampened platform to mount the ballast, then apply double sided tape to the ballast and mount using zipties as a backup.
The ballast doesn't get unusually hot does it? I read the instructions and no mention of it was made, but I am a bit weary of them as the language translation is rough,("Don't finger the lamp"). I'd at least take it out to dinner first before attempting that.
If you allow for cooling airflow around the ballast (just don't bury it where no air can get to it) you shouldn't have a problem. Mine is mounted on the flat area above the headlight inside the nose cone with double face tape and heavy duty velcro. It's been there for three years without a problem.
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