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Xentec HID (Xenon) Review

10th July 2008

Xentec HID (Xenon) Review

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It has been some time now since I decided to upgrade my lighting system to use HID. Last week, I decided to go ahead and did a quick search and found a HID system that is being sold at Amazon under the name Xentec. Honestly, they seemed like they’re a respectable company and the product looked good too, so I ordered my 6000K HID from them.

I received the package yesterday and it looked like this:

After I removed all the parts from the box, it looked like this:

Honestly, they looked good and I was expecting the best out of this brand. So, I didn’t waste any time. I installed the HID system in my car (there’s a DIY about how to install the HID in your car here and BTW, you don’t need to use any relays). Everything went great and the car looked like this:

So, I was very happy with the result and the HID color was just fantastic. Looked OEM. So, I went home and decided to write a post about this company and to recommend it to you, the readers of the BMW E36 Blog. I also decided to shoot a video of how it looks at night and about the visibility. So, I waited until it became dark and went to the car to shoot the video.

I was shocked to find out that the left light didn’t turn on. First, I thought the problem was in the wiring, so, I checked everything and couldn’t find any problem. Finally, I discovered, after some diagnostics, that the left Ballast has failed. Can you believe that? it didn’t work more than half hour and it’s already dead.

I’ve replaced that ballast and now everything looks awesome, but I’m still worried the other ballast will fail really soon. I hope not though.

Bottom line… don’t go with Xentec. I’m sorry, but a ballast that can’t serve more than half hour is just rubbish.

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There are currently 9 responses to “Xentec HID (Xenon) Review”

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  1. 1 On July 10th, 2008, How to Install HID inside your BMW E36 - DIY | BMW E36 Blog said:

    […] XenTec HID conversion kit H1 10000K Single Beam Xenon (sky blue). You can read all about it in my Xentec HID Review. Anyway, the article is below and I think it’s really great if you’re interested in […]

  2. 2 On July 12th, 2008, jm3k3rd3mik said:

    Is not better the 10.000K ? You can see very good with 6.000K ?
    I hear that the best of them is 10.000K.
    Btw look great in your car. How can i post some pictures with my car ?
    I have an account in your site, but……i dont know. Thanks !!!

  3. 3 On July 12th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @jm3k3rd3mik: AFAIK, the 6000K is the closest match to make your lighting look OEM. I didn’t try the other types.

    About the pics, you can send them to me and I will post them.

  4. 4 On July 12th, 2008, jm3k3rd3mik said:

    where i can send the pics tu you? say me your email or where to send them. thanks a lot !!!

  5. 5 On July 12th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @jm3k3rd3mik: it’s tony sticks at bmw e36 blog dot com

  6. 6 On July 13th, 2008, Anthony said:

    @Tony Sticks:
    OEM HID is almost always around 4300K. 6000K has a little hint of blue whereas 4300K is pure white.

  7. 7 On July 14th, 2008, Tony Sticks said:

    @Anthony: Yes, but it looks great on any E36. I honestly prefer a hint of blue over the pure white color, but that’s just me. I don’t know about you.

  8. 8 On December 22nd, 2008, Paul said:

    I bought this kit for my pickup but came across a similar kit from Xetronic after I had already purchased the Xentec kit. The amount of information that the Xetronic website offers about thier kits is amazing and after reading several reviews from other websites about the Xentec kit, I am convinced that I probably bought a sub-par kit. The Xetronic kit is waterproof and has a vid of someone illuminating the kit and submerging it in a fishtank and nothing happens the the light, has faulty wireing protection for those of us who arent pros at installing these, and is all Japanese not some knockoff Chinese brand or components. I guess its true that you realy do get what you pay for. Here is the link:

    Its worth a look if youre thinking about getting a very high quality kit.

  9. 9 On July 25th, 2011, Miguel said:

    Sadly i did not read this review on time, i had the exact same problem. DO NOT buy xentec.