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Old 12-29-2006, 01:30 AM   #1
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Melted sockets from Hologen Headlamps...

I just don't get it...

okay, I owned a (used) 2005 ZX3 and I installed a pair of Luminics 9007 Ultra White lamps, after about 5 months of no problems I noticed that one headlight went out so I went to change the bulb and I noticed that the socket had melted. I went to the Ford dealer and they said that the bulbs were drawing too much voltage and I needed to upgrade my wiring to handle hologen bulbs. I spent the $400 to have the work done. It worked, but soon after that I noticed that my tail lights started to melt...

*Anyways* Long story short...

I traded my 05 in for a brand new 07 ZX3 about a month ago. I figured that this car would be different and I wouldn't need to install a wiring harness for the new car. Well, I was wrong. My sockets are now melted and now I have to pay to get them replaced.

The Luminics bulbs match the same wattage as the stock bulbs... Is there any of you with an 05-07 with hologen bulbs that do not melt your sockets??? I don't want to upgrade the wiring to have the same problem with the upgrade overheating my tail lights.

I think that I'm just gonna admit defeat and get the sockets replaced and put back the stock bulbs if I can't find some bulbs that don't melt my sockets!


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or you can go HIDs if you want cool looking bright lights that actually run less wattage then stock. You know, I had a similiar problem with an old Mustang I had. I had aftermarket lights on various cars with no problems. If you want my advice, try a different brand headlight. I have never heard of the rears melting though. There are many people running Hoesn and other aftermarket higher wttage bulbs that don't melt their harnesses. I have APC headlights the old style really bright blue cool ones they don't make any more cuz they got sued on an 04 stang with no problems.
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On the rears, go LED. A little more expensive, you buy once. Halogens or other high powered lamps for reverse lights are ok.

For the fronts, keep in mind that HID's require expensive ballasts. You can find decent conversion kits for $450 without dual elements (goodbye highs) and higher for dual element. Watch where you aim those things. There should be a law against inconsiderate people installing aftermarket HID's.
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I really wouldn't mind replacing the whole entire headlight system for a projector headlight system, but I can't find anyone that makes them.

I'm gonna try one more time and just try a different bulb and hope it works. I really hate the way stock light bulbs look.
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Where can I find a conversion kit?
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I really wouldn't mind replacing the whole entire headlight system for a projector headlight system, but I can't find anyone that makes them.

I'm gonna try one more time and just try a different bulb and hope it works. I really hate the way stock light bulbs look.
yeah, as for actual head lamps on the 05+ you are sol (they don't make any). If you replaced your hood, front bumper, fenders and something else, you could buy the mach HID kit from the SVT. Them are some sweet lights. I run HIDs with no projectors or high beams. They are also very bright and nice. I think the stock unit just puts out a crappy light pattern. There is also the more time consuming route of building your own HID projectors headlamps involving buying a set of stock headlamps, gutting them and installing say S2000, or TSX projectors or something from anoither car in place of the stock stuff inside. I had a buddy do that with a SER spec v and it worked great. i actually have a few pictures. But I would just try a different bulb brand.
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yeah, as for actual head lamps on the 05+ you are sol (they don't make any). If you replaced your hood, front bumper, fenders and something else, you could buy the mach HID kit from the SVT. Them are some sweet lights. I run HIDs with no projectors or high beams. They are also very bright and nice. I think the stock unit just puts out a crappy light pattern. There is also the more time consuming route of building your own HID projectors headlamps involving buying a set of stock headlamps, gutting them and installing say S2000, or TSX projectors or something from anoither car in place of the stock stuff inside. I had a buddy do that with a SER spec v and it worked great. i actually have a few pictures. But I would just try a different bulb brand.
I did find a HID conversion kit on this site.

http://www.cqlight.ca/product_info.php?products_id=99

They have the 9007 & H11 conversion kits... Kinda pricey
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Here's mine with 8300 K HID's on it. I got a Hella kit off ebay for about 350 couple years ago. They are certainly not cheap, with the ballast being the most important part.
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