Xenons I'm a bit Stuck!

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Hey, looking for some help.
The passenger side front Xenon (factory fitted) has packed up on my Signum (pic attached for fun), it would appear that Xenon headlights on a Vectra C or Signum are rare (rarer than rocking horse poo!), and so trying to find a second hand one has proved elusive and a new headlight would be a little over £600 from Vauxhall! I should mention that only the Xenon has stopped working, the side light, main beam and low speed turning light all still work.

So does any one have experience with Xenons? could I replace just the ballast? or know of a breakers\scrap yard\web site I haven't tried yet?
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I should really sort this out!!

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Reply #1

Rob it's either the ballast or the bulb.

Firstly I would try the bulb swap method as this just means swapping bulbs from one side to the other, HID bulbs are rated to last on average 6000-8000 hours, but a  quality HID bulb and ballast will last for about 4-6 years before needing replacement in comparison a halogen bulb is rated for 1600-3000 hours and will need to be replaced after about 2-3 years of usage.

Ballasts do go but in theory should still be a decent branded one and last a lifetime, even on a chicken in a circle car  :tongue:

Bulbs can be anything from £15 to £100 and ballasts £50 to £200 all brand new, used ballasts will be cheaper.

But you can just replace the part that's required and not the full headlight.

Ballasts here are new OEM and aren't that expensive Hella Gen 4 Oem HID Xenon Headlamp D2S/D2R Ballast Unit 5DV008 290-0 - HIDS DIRECT LTD Store | HIDS Direct Ltd. for HID Xenon kits, Xenon bulbs, MTEC bulbs, LED's, Car Parts and Air Suspension

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Thanks Carl, I had a sneaking suspicion you'd know summat!
I'll check those links in a mo, I've tried a new bulb and that didn't work! the easiest way to work on the head lights to remove them, and the bumper has to come off for that! not the biggest of jobs, just a PITA.
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Reply #4

Also look at HID Xenon Bulbs | HID Xenon Conversion Kits | CAR LED Bulbs UK - xenons4u.co.uk

I've seen them mentioned a lot on car forums. They do actual Xenon bulbs, rather than like eBay it's impossible to trawl through all the standard bulbs with "Xenon" written on the ad because it's a buzzword and they've been dipped in blue paint...

Does your manual not specify which type of Xenon bulb it is?
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Never taken one off a Vauxhall so I couldn't say for definite, but Frauds say you have to do the same on both a standard focus and an RS focus.....especially on the RS as they have an undertray fitted to the front bumper. 20 minutes it used to take to do headlight swap on the RS from standards to Xenons.

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Also where are the ballasts mounted on your headlights.....on the bottom, the back, inside/outside?

This could make all the difference, but looking at it it's either a 15 minutes job to remove the bumper which will be a PITA if on your own or I've just seen mentioned dropping it down a little on a forum, is it a facelift model as I'm not into Vauxhalls  :tongue:

This was for fitting side lights but mentions removing headlights

On the facelifted model, there's quite a lot less space, so you'll probably have to remove the headlamps. To get at the front headlamp screws you first have to remove the bumper (or slide it down a bit). Bumper removal is a 10-15 minute job... 3 screws on the front edge of each wheel arch, fixings where the bonnet meets the grill/bumper and also near the lower grill.


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