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XenonDepot Xtreme HID bulbs showing 2 parellel lines?

I saw a bunch of recommendations for Xenon Depot products so I decided to order the HID kit from them. These were pretty expensive so I expected them to be pretty close to perfect after they were installed. However, I'm getting these parallel line hot spots and its been really distracting.

When I called and asked about it, they told me to rotate the bulbs but the 9012 bulbs only fit one way into the housing. After some back and forth, they were nice enough to send me a different pair; a pair of 9006 bulbs since supposedly they are the same but are able to be installed in a different position.

Once I received and tried to install them, again they only fit in 1 orientation and the parallel lines still exist. They ran out of ideas and suggested I clip the tabs that way I can fit them in another way.

I'm not very good with DIYs so I'm afraid if I mess up I'd lose the lights I paid nearly $200 for. Is there a way to fix it so the lines disappear? Would clipping be my only solution? If so, is there a guide on which tabs to clip?
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Number 1 is that it looks like you got 50 or 55 Watt ballast. If that's the case they are way too hot for the stock projectors. Number 2 the stock projectors are made for halogen and not hid. The light optics are different and there is no amount of turning that will change that. I did a retrofit on my headlights with proper projectors and the output is great. Look if the classifieds section for my ad and you will see how proper hid projectors look.
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They are 35 watt. I did a lot of searching on this forum and no one else seemed to have had this issue (or any issues for that matter) with xenon depot HIDs. Prior to purchasing, I called ahead and made sure these would work on a '18 RAV4 and they said it did. It's really upsetting that it turned out this way. Thanks for the help though.
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It has nothing to do with your hid kit. The stock projectors just are not designed for hid lights. That was one of the reasons I did my retrofit.
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HID for Projector headlights

My understanding based on what I read from different websites is that if you have a Projector headlights, it's best to use HID instead of LED. They say that LED works best on reflector housing.
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I do have projector headlights and I got HIDs since the LEDs I got burnt out in within a day as well as the replacement set. I wouldve preferred LEDs since they require less wires and plugs.
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I do have projector headlights and I got HIDs since the LEDs I got burnt out in within a day as well as the replacement set. I wouldve preferred LEDs since they require less wires and plugs.
You can still do LEDs. Just buy a quality set.
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do you have any recommendations?
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Have you guys seen the 'SNGL Projector specific hir2 9012 LED' on Amazon? The price is $189.99 with only 1 year warranty. There`s not a lot of review probably because of the price. If you're going to spend that amount, you might be better off buying HID with wire harness. The thing is it is hard to find a really good brand of hid. I checked the morimoto reviews on Google and people who used it said the quality has gone done and customer service is a joke. The same goes with DDM tuning.
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Have you guys seen the 'SNGL Projector specific hir2 9012 LED' on Amazon? The price is $189.99 with only 1 year warranty. There`s not a lot of review probably because of the price. If you're going to spend that amount, you might be better off buying HID with wire harness. The thing is it is hard to find a really good brand of hid. I checked the morimoto reviews on Google and people who used it said the quality has gone done and customer service is a joke. The same goes with DDM tuning.
I've been using Morimoto for years with no complaints. When a part goes bad under warranty the process is simple. I email them with a bad component issue. They will have you email them a pic of the destroyed component showing the serial number of that part. They will then ship you a replacement part. It's a simple process that works well. I get all my Morimoto stuff from The Retrofit Source.
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