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Re: hid light kit 2388

We have converted all six of our lights in the roof on our 2188 to HIDs. The only kit that I could find that will retrofit was the inside set that are the hi/lows. The other 4 will take some modification to make them work. I took the bulb holder out of the lens and took a 9004 single beam bulb and ground down the base to the right diameter. Once it is ground down enough to slide all the way down to the lip on the housing I just put a bead of silicone around it to hold it in place. We have the outside 2 @ 35W the middle 2 @ 55W and the inside 2 @ 35W hi/low.

It seems that the majority of the HID kits are made in China and most ballasts come from there. Our kits that we sell are all from China. We have had better luck with the regular ballasts then the slim ballasts.

By the way the light output is amazing almost like working in daylight. We also put a 35W at the end of our auger and a 35W at the back so there's no shortage of light on the combine.

This also got rid of the connection problems that we had with our roof lights
 

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We have a 2588 and our lighting aint worth a crap...What can I do about this? every time that i turn the lights on at night it seems that another light has blown or aint working...how can i put brighter lights on the machine to make it brighter at nite?? I aint but 17 and i need some help on what to get. Also our 25 ft head was totaled this year due to my 14 year old cousin warping the head and i was wondering if it could run a thirty foot head in 40 bushel beans and 100 bushel wheat?
 

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Every HID bulb needs a ballast. You can get HID fixtures that have internal ballasts.

On the early 2588 with the bulb and socket assembly it is more difficult to replace the existing bulbs with HID bulbs but it can be done. Also when you rewire the bulbs you get rid of the spade connectors on the socket so this gets rid of some of the connection issues.
 

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Those are Halogen bulbs with zenon gas. They claim to give you more lumens which some do but they are not to be confused with HID technology. These bulbs still use a filament to create light where a HID is exciting zenon gas with high voltage that is provided by the ballast to give you the bright white light without a filament.
 

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I looked on the parts page for the lighting on the 2388s and the very latest 23s had the 9005 bulbs in the housings. I don't know what year your combine is. If it's a late model then I would definitely go with the HIDs but then I'm not afraid to spend a few hundred on lighting. On the older ones it's a bit more challenging to get the bulbs to fit but we made it work and it was mostly time and you probably wouldn't get any warranty on the bulb if something went wrong.

I don't know much about the zenon filled halogen bulbs but it seems as tho it's hard to get much over 1000 lumens out of a 55w halogen bulb. I believe those are what some call the silverstar and they will put out more light then your typical halogen. A 35w HID will put out about 3200 lumens and a 55w will put out about 4800 lumens so watt for watt you do get a lot more light. I think the HID lights totally overpower the fixtures on the roof of the combines but it's still worth the money for the system. Try putting a set in and you will be surprised at the difference between the two.

One thing to keep in mind is voltage drop on an HID light system. A HID ballast will draw the rated wattage of the ballast till the voltage drops to below it's operating parameters and then will cut out. So if your voltage drops to 10 volts on a long wire your amperage draw will increase accordingly. So instead of drawing 2.9 amps it will draw 3.5 amps plus the ballast draw. On the other hand a halogen bulb will just get dimmer as your voltage drops.
 

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I have a couple kits of 50w 4300K from MobileHid.com and they work GREAT!!!!!All you do is put in the bulb in your lens and plug in ballast(plug & play) They make a BIG difference over stock and the best thing is they are under $250(four two lights)

If you have radio noice from the HID's he makes a radio interference box to help that out

Clifford from MobileHid is a good guy to deal with also
 

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The new 88 series combines that CaseIH has just come out with now have oval lights like the 7010/8010. There is a factory HID options one is 2 HID lights, the other is 6 HID lights. The 6 HID light option has a special lens in the inner 2 lights for distance so this system not only provides great lighting in front of the header, but reaches out quite a distance. I don’t know if this is available as a dealer install option or not, but if it is, the new combines use the same roof as the 2588’s so it will bolt right in. The connector for the oval halogen light also plugs into the ballast for the HID light, not sure if this connection is the same on the 2588’s but you can buy pigtails with this connector at most auto parts stores and splice them in. I would suggest that the inner distance lights get wired to the low beam circuit so they shut off while roading, don’t want to blind the oncoming traffic. You might also have to change the fuses to 30amps because the ballast has a very high inrush current that drops down as the lights warm up. The overall current is actually less than the halogen lights after the HID lights are warmed up.
 

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Get a 50w 4300k kit for your 9004 bulb. Put them in a flood lamp if possible(to much power for trap lens to shine sideways)
 
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