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I Need Some Electrical Help

What's up folks...

I need some help with a problem I have. On my headlights, I wired up the inner lights (H1s) to be used as a light on a switch. This way I can use them as DRL's if I want or at night...whatever I want. The way I did it was basically by using a JDM Fog switch in my center console. I then wired that to a basic relay, which I then used to run power to the lights.

This setup works great..except for one problem I'm having. The driver's side bulb has done well from the beginning. The passenger side has now blown three bulbs. I saw it yesterday...it was quite a different color so I figured it was about to blow...sure enough..it did. I thought there may be a loose connection but I can't find one anywhere. The only other thing is maybe the bulb is getting too much current? The amount of wire length to the driver's side is more...but not enough to cause a voltage or current drop I wouldn't think.

Can anyone guide me on what to check? I thought about maybe coating all connections with a lot of dialectric grease but I just don't think a faulty connection is the problem.

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Re: I Need Some Electrical Help

Do you have a ground on each side of the headlight for the new setup.

are you using the proper size wire

are you using the proper size fuse
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Re: I Need Some Electrical Help

Ditto. are you using the right relay? 100W relay will smoke your bulbs again and again. Did you at least ground off the Negative to the chassis? Most importantly why make DRL's out of the factory rig? Get a whole kit at wally world for 21.00.
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Re: I Need Some Electrical Help

First off, thanks for the help.

As far as wire size I used 16-18ga. wire. They are grounded.

For the relay, I used a 30amp relay. I'm not sure of the wattage. I'm sure that 30amp is prob. a bit on the high side but I think its the smallest one I found at RadioShack. I will check the ground for the relay but I'm almost positive that I did ground it to the chassis. It's just weird to me that I've only had an issue with one bulb, the other one has done awesome. I mean it surely seems like its getting too much current because the bulb looks almost like it melted on the inside when I take it out. I just don't see why the other one wouldn't do the same thing. The only difference is the length of the run of the wire.

And as far as the DRL module, I just wanted to be able to control them independently so I could have them off sometimes if I wanted to.
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