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Hello,
I recently purchased a 2012 Kia Soul ! Exclaim which has projector lenses for the low beam. I am dissatisfied by halogen performance, and even more disappointed that Kia does not offer HID headlights on the top of the line soul. Anyway, I purchased a conversion kit and hooked it up (I have installed many HID kits over the years on various vehicles) on the low beam. The right side always lights up fine, however, the left side never does. I thought perhaps it was a faulty kit, so I purchased another, and discovered the same problem occurred. I am wondering if any other exclaim owners have tried a HID conversion, and if they might have discovered a work-around to this problem. Could KIA have installed some kind of nasty anti-conversion feature? I know they take safety to a ridiculous extreme (overkill) like the never ending seat-belt chime. The only way I have found to use a HID conversion kit for low beams was to sacrifice high-beams. If I plug the low-beam conversion wires into the high-beam sockets they work fine. This problem is really irritating me, so any relevant information would be appreciated! Please don't post about how conversion kits are illegal and dangerous to use, I have read all that before. Thanks!
 

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Sounds like not enough power to ignite the lights. Most souls with a conversion need a relay kit to draw power directly from the battery instead of the light harness, which would explain why it works in the high beam harness. Buy a relay kit and your problem should be solved.

HID Kit Wire Relay Harness [Harness]

Note* I have no affiliation with this company nor have I ever bought from them. But they have a good pic of a relay harness kit so you can get the idea of what's involved. You can make your own simply with some wiring, relay and relay socket from your local auto parts store.
 

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Just wondering if you got it sorted out ? My previous cars have either had factory HID setups or been modded and I had assumed upgrading the projectors in my 2012 Soul! would be a pretty straight forward job. I'd like to fit some oem quality bulbs and ballasts so I can forget about them for the next 4-5 years after the install.
 

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The + model doesn't have the projectors like the ! model does with the premium package.
Do you guys know if the Projectors use the same H7 for the low beam as the regular reflector headlights ? If so I might just pop in some 65w Osram Rallye bulbs like I use on my motorcycle. Tons and tons of light output while running relatively cool.
 

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no they use a h11 bulb
Ya, I've been finding all sorts of little typos in the owners manual. Haven't had any real luck finding quality H11B bulbs yet. I did find 2 H11B specific HID kits, the one from the site sponsor diode dynamics
2012 Kia Soul Low Beam HID Conversion Kit
and hidguy
Our H11B HID Kits and Bulbs : HID Kit and Aftermarket car Lighting specialist-HIDGuy.Net

Back to the OP, which kit were you using and did a relay fix the issue ? I never imagined Kia would be using bulbs too modern to find aftermarket parts for.
 

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i have a 2013 ! model with projectors
Just to make sure because i want to upgrade to HID in Lows...

If Im buying a HID Kit i will need the relay harness.. right!?
 

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Just putting it out the... There is no more power in the high beam circuit than the low beam.

12v light up low beams, 12v light up high beams.... A relay kit shouldn't make a difference... Yeah you'll be drawing right from the battery... But it will be.... (drum roll please) 12v.

A relay kit migh allow you to use a heavier gauge wire... But the amperage required to turn on a normal headlight bulb is about the same required to turn on an HID ballast.
 
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