Hey guys I got myself a lighting predicament with my new lighting i bought for my ranger. so I'm sharing it with you all
Anyways I bought a set of aftermarket headlamps with projector lights and while the main headlight beams work fine I keep blowing fuses in the wiring harness that came for the projector part of the new headlamps. This is something I figured was going to happen as the wiring looked pretty puny. I believe its 18AWG between the battery and the 12v 30amp relay with a 15amp atc fuse.
I have the two projectors with H3 lamps in them and then two H3 driving lamps spliced into that harness. Interestingly everything was working fine until i replaced the cheapo oem 55w bulbs with H3 Silverstars(65w) then the fuses started blowing.
Now I'm trying to decide what to do about it. I'm planing on rewiring the harness with thicker wires and upgrading to a 25amp fuse. However I'm still not sure if that would be enough. I cant seem to find any specs on the amp draw for the silver star h3 bulbs.
As for wire i will be using 12AWG wire and I keep finding conflicting reports on how many amps it can safely carry. I assume it can handle it because I've been to every different auto parts stores around town and they all had replacement fuse holders that support up to 30amp fuses with wire no larger then 12AWG. Yet the packaging on 12AWG wire rolls state up to 22amps
The second option for myself would to replace my projectors with HIDs that come with its own harness then use the current harness with its relay for my driving lights only. I would then have to run the switch wires through both relays so they both come on. If i do HIDs I'm not sure color temp to get. I'm going to be putting 4300k HID'S in my main headlamp beams shortly anyways. I'm thinking something with a slight tent of blue would look pretty cool in the projectors if you looked at them directly but I think it might look strange from a driving view on the road if its too blue. So I'm undecided between 6000k or 8000ks for my projectors.
Also if going with more HIDs i have no idea were i would stick 4 balasts in my 4.0 V6 engine compartment along with the wiring for three relays(main headlamp, projectors, driving lights).
So many gotchas and decisions
Feel free to help me make sense of this mess haha.
Oh yeah here's a picture of my lights on my truck: