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Old 01-31-2009
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hella's quit on me again.

i havent checked the problem, but im guessing relay again.

what gives??

and can someone tell me what the rating is for the fuses they're using with their hella 500's?
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You should be running a 30A relay and a 20A-25A fuse...


wait...they're only hellas...so you can get away with a lower rating fuse. i'm used to 100w+ lights.
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i think im running 30A fuse

could that be my problem?
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order the procomp wiring harness off summit racing for 4 lights its like 30$ i think i used it on my hellas with no issues at all and now im running my 4 procomp fog's on it and its as bright as can be you can just wire up on of the harness's for your 2 lights and save the second one for when or if you run 2 more lights
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I'm using hella's with 100watt bulbs havent blown a fuse and not using a relay

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I'm using hella's with 100watt bulbs havent blown a fuse and not using a relay
Real smart idea there
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Real smart idea there
are you being sarcastic? lol
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Yea he is. Never had a problem
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Yet, wait for it. What amperage switch are you running for them?
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i think im running 30A fuse

could that be my problem?
Unless the fuse is blown the fuse rating has nothing to do with it, you could run the lowest rated fuse that handles the lights (like 20/25A) to a 100A (but not safely). If your 30A fuse is intact, check the relay and make sure it is a 30A relay, some are lower for different applications (I'm sure you know this).

If the fuse or relay haven't failed check your switch, 12v+ supply, relay ground, signal input to switch and power 12v+ to lights. It's unlikely, but possible both lights have failed or come un-grounded, but I suspect a burnt relay/fuse is to blame.
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ground problem?
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main problem with relays is condensation and rusting contacts the quality of a relay counts and for you morons not running relays and direct to switches, remember to buy yourself a fire extinguisher
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that makes a lot of sense. under the engine bay has seen a bit of water and mud lately...

i'll go pick up a new relay tomorrow.
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when i had my hella's installed, the shop put the relays inside the truck, under the dash. when asked why not in the engine area, like most relays are mounted. the guy said: "you wnt your lights to work rain, snow, cold, right? then you want the relays mounted in a dry location"
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when i had my hella's installed, the shop put the relays inside the truck, under the dash. when asked why not in the engine area, like most relays are mounted. the guy said: "you wnt your lights to work rain, snow, cold, right? then you want the relays mounted in a dry location"
Thats a good point
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very good ppoint, so i think im just gonna wrap mine in a plastic bag or something lol
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that wont help there is still gonna be some condensation inside the housing its the quality of the relay that if the contacts will rust out how fast think about stock FORD relays they dont quit working every other day its a better relay
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well new relay fixed it.
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figured
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MOST Hella Relays are water resistent, but not waterproof. There are quite a few waterproof ones available too.
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