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Old 02-10-2017, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Sorry to open another thread but I really need some input here, today my truck went through state inspection and all passed with flying colors EXCEPT the low beams, they said they were too dim (in fact they are).

I see the low beams use an hid bowl-like (the round lens inside the housing instead of the traditional reflector) but the truck has halogens, is that normal?

Lenses are not fogged, high beams and fogs work both perfectly.

I really don't want to spend on buying new housings or installing hid's, I want to keep the halogens but I need more light output. Do the bowls themselves burn and glaze over the time? That's the only thing I can think of. Once again, thanks...

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Yes your description matches the standard headlamps. The only thing that comes to mind is the possibility that the low beam relay has a high resistance. To eliminate this being a problem swap the high and low relays around and see if it makes any difference. Bit of a long shot but costs nothing to try. If your owners handbook doesn't show where they are, I'll find a diagram.
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Hey thanks Darrel, just found out headlights were not properly seated in the housing and I guess they were old af, I replaced them and they are much brighter now, the only bad thing is that I found that one of the retaining clips was broken and loose inside the rubber boot so I guess if I can't repair it with some super glue 'll have to buy the whole housing.
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I think it's quite common for the screw part to snap off, not sure of the best repair/bodge though.
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Fixed it! Had to remove the whole bumper fascia to remove the headlight (thanks forum) but after that it was really straight forward, the little piece didn't break, it just snapped off the screw (pretty delicate design IMHO) but got it all fixed and working again, this evening I'll be taking some pictures of the new light output to make a before/ after comparison.
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So, quick before and after:

Before: old PHILIPS H7, they were not correctly installed and a bit dim so no light output at all:


After: SYLVANIA H7 extravision correctly installed:


By pictures you cannot tell there is much difference but beleive me THERE IS.

Gonna wait for tonigh to take a pic from the driver's seat.
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