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Was the light just look very bright white? does it have any blueish color, like what you see on Audi or BMW?

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Guys... the blue/purple you see in Audis are NOT from the actual HID capsule. Keep in mind that as you go up in Kelvin temperature, you are REDUCING light output.

4500K would give you the best output and performance. After about 5 hours of use, the light will turn more blue, but only SLIGHTLY.

I sell all the kits, and I would make more $ off people pushing the 5500 and 6000K kits, but I am a firm believer in selling quality and FUNCTIONALITY.

Adam, regarding the capsule shaking on bumps, make sure the retaining clip is secure, you might have loosened it during installation. It is bendable, so it might have been bent out a little. If that does not help, contact me and I will get you a spacer.

These kits retail on OUR site for $499.99 (MSRP $588) and are in such high demand that we have over 20+ backorders until next week. We are the largest online retailer of Catz HID and pass those savings onto you. These are NOT your typical Ebay, Hanabi, or "Philips Kits". It is a complete package w/ OEM supplied components.

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How is the beam pattern looking? Has it changed at all to your eyes from the halogens? Did you have to re-aim the lenses after installation? Bascially I'm tryign to gauge the real-world performance in reference to the "focally correct" bulbs.

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Installation Guide is now uploaded:

http://www.liteswap.com/ma6ingu.html


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Liteswap: I noticed that it doesn't look like the Catz setup is wired through relay directly to the battery, but rather it is wired directly to the factory wiring harness for the lights. Can the factory Mazda headlight wiring support the significantly higher turn-on current of the HID ballast? Or are the ballasts designed to soft-start? I am aware that it is possible to degrade the headlight cluster switch terminals over time if a relayed setup is not used in halogen->HID retrofits. How does Catz address this?

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We have never had any issues from customers with problems starting a HID kit or with factory wiring not being able to support the power load.


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The Catz HID kits are a series circuit design. The igniter and ballast manufacturer (Matsushita) developed an interesting series of film capacitors to deal increased current draw. EPCOS developed the MKT, MFT, and MKN capacitors for advanced automotive lighting.
The initial start-up is the most current consuming aspect of the HID conversion. Upon ignition, the system should draw less that 15 amps. When the igniter shuts off, usually 3-5 seconds after ignition, the ballast provides a secondary voltage to sustain the arc. The headlight circuit should be protected by a fuse or circuit breaker with at least a 15 amp current rating provided that the fuse or breaker only protects the headlight circuit. If the fuse or breaker protects another circuit, such as foglights or instrument lights for instance, the fuse rating may be required to be a little higher.

We have found that the current draw that is associated with igniter start-up does not seem to have a long term effect on associated headlight wiring or circuitry. We actually see more customers that have issues with high wattage halogen replacement bulbs as they draw their usable current at all times while they are in use.

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Huh, that's kind of weird, I dealt with a guy named Eric Wong when I was buying a diecast model. You would think it wasn't that common of a name...
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Excellent, thank you very much for the informative post. It looks like Catz has found a better solution than merely relaying the circuit like you need to do with integrated ballast/igniter systems. I think that dealing with the current draw issue electronically rather than electrically is more elegant. Very nice work! Thanks again...

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* * * * * * The Catz HID kits are a series circuit design. The igniter and ballast manufacturer (Matsushita) developed an interesting series of film capacitors to deal increased current draw. *EPCOS developed the MKT, MFT, and MKN capacitors for advanced automotive lighting.
The initial start-up is the most current consuming aspect of the HID conversion. *Upon ignition, the system should draw less that 15 amps. *When the igniter shuts off, usually 3-5 seconds after ignition, the ballast provides a secondary voltage to sustain the arc. *The headlight circuit should be protected by a fuse or circuit breaker with at least a 15 amp current rating provided that the fuse or breaker only protects the headlight circuit. *If the fuse or breaker protects another circuit, such as foglights or instrument lights for instance, the fuse rating may be required to be a little higher.
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We have found that the current draw that is associated with igniter start-up does not seem to have a long term effect on associated headlight wiring or circuitry. *We actually see more customers that have issues with high wattage halogen replacement bulbs as they draw their usable current at all times while they are in use. *

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