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Old 10-18-2008
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Ok, I have a slight problem. I've searched and couldn't come up with anything. I had a set of pencil beam off-road lights given to me with the brushguard i bought. Don't know what brand they are. they had 55 watt H3 bulbs, one of which was blown. I bought 2 100 watt Pilot brand H3 bulbs. The 55 watt bulb is brighter than the 100 watts. All the wiring is good, new relay, clean connectors, good power and ground connections. I don't know what else to do other than buy more bulbs which i would rather not do. Anybody know of any possible solutions. Oh, and they come on slow also. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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Is the power source for the relay coming off the battery? It sounds like you don't have enough power getting to the lights. If you have a Digital Multimeter I would start tracing wires and checking voltage and continuity throughout the wiring.
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Well there is a reason it only came with 55 watt bulbs. Put 55's back in and it will work much better.
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I've gone to bigger bulbs as well, and to be honest, I couldn't tell the difference between the 55 and 100 watters.
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i have put 100w in mine and they got brighter
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Until they melt and they'll get dim really quick.
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the 100 watt bulbs are the problem
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I put 55s back in and they do better. I think i'm just gonna break down and get some KCs or Hellas that'll really shine! I need bright and long distance. So, any suggestions on which ones? I don't have much time to investigate cuz of work and other more important matters.
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I'm running both Hella's and PIAA's. IMO, the PIAA's are better. They shine way farther down the road.
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Regardless, you'll need to run some heavier gauge wire....which I believe is the root of your problem.
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