Q: Two new xenon light bulbs burn out instantly as soon as they are turned out.

asked by on

My drivers side xenon low beam light bulb was yellow. Tried to replace it and the first bulb light up for one second or less then burned out. Thought it was a dud. Exact same thing happened with next bulb. Is this being caused by the ballast giving it too much wattage? A D2S xenon bulb is what the car calls for. I have to admit I bought the cheap ones. But, I don't want to buy the expensive kind and then have them burn out due to a faulty ballast.

My car has 163000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If the old bulb wasn’t burnt out by the ballast, the new ones shouldn’t either. The most likely cause of your woes are the cheap bulbs. I would strongly suggest only purchasing name brand bulbs. They may be much more expensive, but they will last much, much longer than 30 seconds. Cheap knock off bulbs are made to very poor quality standards, and will almost certainly fail shortly after they install, if not immediately, just as you have already experienced. Your old bulb was only yellowing due to age, which is a normal condition for HID bulbs. If you want to have to have the bulbs replaced with new ones, YourMechanic can source and install quality bulbs for your car and make sure they work correctly.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Two new xenon light bulbs burn out instantly as soon as they are turned out.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: White smoke while idling

White smoke while idling is normally reason to believe that your BMW may need the valve stems replaced, however this can also be the sign of bad Crankcase Ventilation (CCV) gaskets. On top of those possibilities, there are many things...

Q: Q: Stalling

Hi there. What you are describing is quite similar to a fuel restriction or a problem with an fuel to air ratio sensor or component. Some common parts that can cause this problem include clogged or dirty fuel injectors or...

Q: Q: How do I turn on the parking lights?

To turn on the parking lights, first locate the turn signal lever, which protrudes from the left side of the steering column. Then, turn the Light switch to the headlights position. This will turn on the parking lights, as well...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...