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That looks more like 8000K to me.

I also have to ask what wattage the bulbs are? 35w or 55w?

The lower the wattage of the bulb, the bluer the light emitted will be.

For example a 35w 8000k bulb will look bluer than a 55w 8000k bulb.
 

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I also note you have concerns about a 'no error' / 'HID warning cancel' system.

You needn't worry about those where the W163 is concerned.

The truck doesn't have a bulb out warning light like other Mercedes.
 

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I'll check the watts later. I had to use a Warning canceler because the lights would work fine with engine off but when the engine is on they would flicker then turn off after 2-5 seconds.
 

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I'll check the watts later. I had to use a Warning canceler because the lights would work fine with engine off but when the engine is on they would flicker then turn off after 2-5 seconds.
I'm intrigued!

Conventional wisdom on this Forum, in relation to the problem which you describe above, suggests that this happens because the vehicle AAM module is not set to work with HID lights - This setting is usually done by a dealer.

But if you managed to 'fix' this problem with the HID canceller that's good and something which a lot of other members will want to know more about.
 

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Wow I feel like a mad scientist :) where could I get a 6000k 55watt hid bulb?
 

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IF you've had the older HID bulbs for a while, you should go ahead and change both. Over time the color of your HIDs will change, so if you put a new bulb in and keep an older bulb...it'll look like you have two different bulb colors (i.e. I have a neighbor with a BMW with one red/pink HID and one blue-ish HID)


and just as an option, I prefer www.theretrofitsource.com. They're more expensive, but MY OPINION is that they're of better quality and they offer OEM bulbs if you want those as well.
 

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while were on the subject. my right oem (35w) HID light is flickering occasionally. Does that point to a bad ballast or a bad bulb?

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Hey buddy!

In my experience this has meant a bad ballast.

May not be in your case though.
 

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If you want to test to see if it's the bulb or the ballast:

Put your left working bulb into your right headlight assembly, and take note as to whether it is still flickering. If it's still flickering, then you know it's not the bulb, it's the ballast.

The ballast would make sense to me.
 
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