ASM Lighting - HID Xenon Conversions
HID Xenon Light Troubleshooting
AR-01 Automotive Relay AR-01 Automotive Relay
AR-02 Installation Guide AR-01 No Warning Light Installation Guide
AR-02 Installation Guide AR-02 Installation Guide
AR-02D Installation Guide AR-02D Installation Guide
9004/9007 Installation Guide 9004/9007 Installation Guide

What is HID?

HID, High Intensity Discharge, refers to lighting technology that relies on an electrical charge to ignite xenon gas in a sealed bulb, similar to the lightning phenomenon in the sky. HID lighting does not have a filament but instead creates light by igniting an electrical discharge between two electrodes in an air tight tiny quartz capsule filled with xenon gas. HID lighting are also called Xenon lighting, referring to the gas inside the bulb.

Comparison of HID & Halogen
HID Part Number : 9007 bulb fitment 8k is the color and kelven temp of the bulb.

The Xenon HID Bulb is a High Intensity Discharge Bulb filled with a mixture of "noble" gases including Xenon. Unlike a halogen bulb, the Xenon bulbs has no filament. The light arc is created between two electrodes. As is the case with other gas discharge bulbs, the Xenon HID bulb has an electronic starter for quick ignition and requires an electronic ballast to function properly.

ASM Lighting HID Installation Instructions

PRE-INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS - We highly advise professional installation.

  • Check the headlight housings to ensure they are not damaged.
  • Make sure the vehicle does not have any pre-existing electrical problems.
  • The vehicle must have a pre-existing 12V NEGATIVE ground system.
  • Vehicles with a single fuse for both lights must have a fuse at least 30 amps.
  • If there is one fuse per headlight, each fuse must be at least 20 amps.
  • Before attaching the power adapter, identify the ballast's positive and negative wires. The positive wires are white or red. Negative wires are black.
  • Never touch any bulb with your bare hands. If touched accidentally, use alcohol to clean the surface.
  • Before connecting the wires and harness, you must clean all connectors, especially the AMP connector. Make sure the installation is in A DUST FREE condition. If the installation is not completely DUST FREE, and bulbs or ballast are defective after the attempted installation, they are not covered by the warranty due to installation error.
  • Once the headlights are installed, start the engine and turn on the lights. You should leave the lights on for at least five (15) minutes to ensure that the burn-in process is complete.

* Due to the occurrence of high voltage, please make sure the connections among the ballast, the igniter, and the light bulb are properly insulated and packed when installing the HID lamp.

* Do not look into the light directly when the HID is lit up to avoid visual hazards.

* Avoid contact with the light bulb while it is lit or has just been extinguished to prevent burning by its high temperature.

Please do not install the ballast, the igniter, and the connection wires close to the engine or places where water may penetrate to avoid any overheating or leakage, causing the shortening or malfunctioning of the components.

After installation and testing, make sure that the ballast and the igniter are fixed firmly in place. Depending on the space available, tie the wires in small bundles with cable ties in an orderly manner. Avoid simply knitting or bundling all of the wires together to prevent degradation.

Step by Step Installation

  • Please see insert for diagram schematic reference for proper installation.
  • Turn off the power of your vehicle and remove the original light bulb. Replace the fuse with the 20A fuse that comes with the package.
  • Turn on the power and confirm the position and the functionality of both polarities (positive and negative) of the power connector with a voltmeter. * If the power connector of your vehicle has been oxidized or corroded due to a long-term usage, please clean or do any necessary replacement to ensure good contact.
  • Disconnect the battery. Assemble the connection wire, the ballast (stabilizer), the igniter, and the light bulb according to the installation schematics provided. Avoid contacting the light bulb with bare hand, place the light bulb horizontally and safely, and keep the wire of the light bulb well separate from the metallic vehicle body to avoid leakage of voltage.
  • Confirm proper connections and assembly. Turn on the power to start the light bulb with a cold ignition. Leave it lit to 10 minutes for the metal halide compound to stabilize, and then start the light bulb with hot ignition once every second to check for the lighting up procedure and for any leakage. If functioning properly, the light should be constant.
  • Turn off the power. Insert the light bulb into the headlamp housing firmly and cautiously. Avoid collisions of the bulb and the housing and insert gently. Place the sealing pad back to the original position. *Make sure that the metallic piece of the light bulb does not touch the light shield. Leaving the light bulb in contact or too close to the shield will cause severe voltage leakage and the light bulb will fail to be ignited. You may adjust the light shield forward as needed.
  • Please install the ballast in places with good heat dissipation, away from the engine and other heat sources. Fix it into place with fixture provided. Make a final - round check of the connections and notes of caution.
  • Turn on the power. The lamp should light up steadily if installation is completed properly.

Basic HID Troubleshooting

Problem: In many cases, especially for those cars that have Auto "ON" or Daytime Running Lights; one or both lights cannot Ignite Initially, Discharge Bulb turns off just after the car starts, or even sometimes, bulb just turns off when driving.

Damage: Fried ballast, internally damage or burn the discharge bulb Gas Capsule.

Solution: You MUST Disconnect the Daytime Running Light or Auto Switch ON function immediately before the actual HID Conversion. Due to the Steady levels of battery voltage is required at 12V or Plus before the initial Ignites of each HID Systems; you must prohibit the less voltage draw of car battery at HID s start time. Daytime Running Light is 7V or less power output, and auto switch on headlight is always turn on seconds right before the car to start the ignition to charge the battery, which means Battery is focus on charging the ignition and waiting for alternator to recharge it back to 12V. Therefore, in both situations, battery is drawing much less power than 12V to initially ignite the HID headlight. Please perform the following:

  • If you have Daytime Running Light please follow your car s service manual; disconnect the fuse or wiring of Daytime Running lights only.
  • If you have Auto Switch On Headlights, please switch the function to Manual Switch On headlights. To avoid further damages, always remember to start your engine before turn on the HID system!

Recommended in using a AR0-1 Switchsmart connection for daytime running cars this will allow the headlights to be turned on by the battery and the the daytime running circuit which is usually 7v or less this unit will fix all problems in this case as long as there is no lamp out sensor.

Problem: Just Installed the HID system a few weeks ago, everything works out fine with system. But lately, the one or both Discharge Bulbs are began to flickering when starts!?

Damage: Fried ballast, damaged bulb, and multiple internal wiring damages.

Solution: Disconnect all the connectors immediately. Clean every connector with alcohol. Wait more than 5 minutes (reset ballast Safety Stages Chip) then reconnect or reinstall every connector. Then check all the connection between ballast and factory harness (Power Source); check all the connection between igniters and bulbs (yellow silicone connectors); check your upgraded fuse, they must be 20amp minimum. Remember, every connector have to be 100% well connected to each other. Do not loss mating or mis-wiring any connections.

If the vehicle has a lamp out sensor a Switchsmart AR0-2D is required for all BY-XENON( High and Low in same bulb) If high is separate then you will need to connect the blue high wire from Switchsmart dirct to highbeam lamp.

Problem: Lights do not turn on.

Damage: N/A

Solution: Check all connections and grounds.

Some GM products are a reverse polarity you will need to start with one side and reverse connection.

AR-01 Automotive Relay Operation Description:

AR-01 Installation GuideAR-01 Installation Guide

AR-01 Automotive RelayThe AR-01 Automotive Relay Provides a simple solution for the hookup of powered accessories in any 12VDC system, such as those found in Automobiles, Trucks, Motorcycles, Boats, RV's ATV's, Trailers etc. The AR-01 is capable of switching and powering up to 30 Amps. The AR-01 consumes no power while it is not triggered, so there is no worry of draining batteries when not used. The AR-01 is contained in a RUGGED ABS plastic housing with a mounting hole provided. The unit is fully EPOXY ENCAPSULATED making it completely WATERPROOF. All electrical connections are made externally with automotive grade wire.

The AR-01 requires 12VDC and a GROUND connection to be applied to the POWER CONNECTION (+ RED and - BLK) wires respectively in order to operate.

There are three RELAY SWITCH CONNECTIONS, which consist of a common switch connection (COM) YEL wire, a Normally Closed (NC) WHT/BLK wire and a Normally Open (NO) WHT connection. The load or devise which should be switched is connected in series with these connections. Most applications will require only two of these wires to be connected.

The Normally Open connection is used when it is desired to switch the Load ON, and the Normally Closed connection is used when it is desired to switch the Load OFF.


The RELAY SWITCH CONNECTIONS must be connected in Series with the load, and MUST NEVER be Connected across the Battery or Power source terminals.

NOTE: It is good practice to install an appropriately sized fuse into this circuit for protection of the Load and the AR-01 Relay contacts.

There are two operating modes of the AR-01, SWITCH and FLASHING. Each operating mode has two trigger methods, a Positive Trigger and a Negative Trigger. The FLASHING mode causes the AR-01 switch to turn ON and OFF at a repetitive rate of approximately 53 cycles per minute or (0.88 hertz). The SWITCH mode turns the load either ON or OFF depending on the RELAY SWITCH CONNECTION.


NEGATIVE TRIGGER is a direct connection to the AR-01 Relay Coil. As such this signal will override all other control signals. To make the trigger function, connect the GREEN wire to circuit GROUND. 150ma of current is required. The coil will activate with a voltage above GROUND, but not more than 5VDC, otherwise the coil may not "pull-in" reliably.

POSITIVE TRIGGER is the most sensitive, to function connect the BLU wire to a minimum voltage of 1.0VDC @ 0.5ma to operate and the voltage can be as high as 14VDC @ 7.5ma. This sensitivity is excellent for Triggering the AR-01 directly from speaker connections when a separate remote signal is not available.

FLASHING NEGATIVE TRIGGER will activate the AR-01 Flashing function when the BRN wire is connected to circuit GROUND or a voltage up to 5VDC above GROUND. This signal requires 2.5ma to 1.0ma of current to operate.

FLASHING POSITIVE TRIGGER will activate the AR-01 Flashing function when the GRY wire is connected to 5VDC to 14VDC above circuit GROUND. This signal requires 6ma to 18ma of current to operate.

AR-01 Installation GuideAR-01 Installation Guide

NOTE: Activating either the POSITIVE or NEGATIVE TRIGGER during either flashing mode will cause the AR-01 to operate continuously, thereby interrupting the flashing mode of operation. All four control signals are protected from reverse hook-up, as well as the two Power connections (+ RED and - BLK).

AR-02D HID and BI-XENONAR-01 No Warning Light Installation Guide

Used for cars that has NO Headlight Malfunction Warning System and either a Single OR Dual Headlight Beam

Cars: GMC, Dodge (with out warning lights)

AR-01 No Warning Light Installation Guide

AR-02 HID - Fixes Warning Indicators:

AR-02 Installation GuideAR-02 Installation Guide

AR-02 HID - Fixes Warning IndicatorsThe AR-02 is used in all automobiles equipped with a Headlight Malfunction Warning System. The Vehicles Headlight Malfunction Warning System usually has indicators located in or around the instrument panel cluster to alert the vehicle operator when a headlight malfunctions.


The headlight circuit is incapable of powering HID lights directly due to the excessive current draw during start-up of the ballast which could be as much as 10 amp's., causing the HID lights to flicker, and ultimately not start.

To eliminate the problem of insufficient power to the HID ballasts and lights, installers provide an alternate source of power to the HID lights through a device like the Switch Smart Automotive Relay. This method does the job of providing the needed power, but since the headlight circuit is not sufficiently loaded, any vehicle equipped with a Headlight Malfunction Warning System, will have Fault indicators lighted on the instrument cluster.


THE AR-02 HID RESTORES normal operation to the Vehicle's Headlight Malfunction Warning System. The vehicles Headlight Malfunction Warning System will not falsely indicate a malfunction. In the event of a HID LAMP or BALLAST malfunction, the Vehicle's Headlight Malfunction Warning System will correctly report the defect.

AR-02 HID is simple to install:

  • One AR-02 HID is required for each ballast installed in the vehicle, nothing else is required!
  • The AR-02 HID OUTPUT (YELLOW wire) is connected to the HID Ballast.
  • The AR-02 HID POWER INPUT (RED wire) is connected to the automobile BATTERY (+) TERMINAL
  • The AR-02 HID GROUND connection (BLACK wire) is connected to the HEADLIGHT CIRCUIT GROUND connection.

AR-02 Installation GuideAR-02 Installation Guide

NOTE: AR-02 is included in all ASM Lighting kits for automobiles equipped with a Headlight Malfunction Warning System.

AR-02D - Headlight Malfunction Warning Systems/Dual Headlight Beam

AR-02D HID and BI-XENONAR-02D HID and BI-XENON Guide   AR-02D FASTON CONNECTION DIAGRAMAR-02D Faston Connection Diagram

This is used for cars that has Headlight Malfunction Warning Systems and a Dual Headlight Beam.

Cars: Dodge (with headlight malfunction warning systems)


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