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Unread 11-29-2007, 11:45 AM   #1
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Anyone Else with Headlight Issues after changing them?

Background:
I changed my bulbs to some xenon aftermarket bulbs about a year ago. They were some who knows brand but looked really good... the white color I was looking for. The cheap part might of been my mistake

6 months in, they would shut off if I clicked the switch to the on position but since the daytimes kept working, I just dealt with it. I also noticed that the dimmer on the same switch stopped working as well. During an oil change Jeep said it was the switch and ordered one since they didnt have it in stock.

Fast Forward to now:
The Wednesday night b4 Thanksgiving they stopped working all together. Of course it would happen on a foggy night in NY on Thanksgiving weekend right in time for cops looking to hit quotas. Jeep was closed till the Monday after so I spent the weekend going home when the streetlights came on.

Jeep changed the switch and still didnt get it to work. They called me today and said the aftermarket bulbs made the sensitive computer system wacky... even though I did put the stocks back in. I did give them a heads up about having the other bulbs in to make everyone's life easier.

THE POINT OF MY THREAD:
Has anyone else gone through this and for those with aftermarket bulbs, what brands to do you have. I was looking at the Lumics Titanium or Ultra Whites. I like the white look but was considering the Titaniums due to the price difference... want to see what the hype is all about.

Thanks in advance


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Unread 11-29-2007, 01:12 PM   #2
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Hi
Had this with people trying to hook up fog lights. As long as they are the same amp rating you shouldn’t have a problem.
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Unread 11-29-2007, 02:46 PM   #3
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I didnt check for that last time... Thanks for the heads up
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Unread 12-01-2007, 02:53 PM   #4
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Anyone know the amp rating for the Jeep Compass off hand?
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Unread 12-01-2007, 03:10 PM   #5
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Standard Sylvania. 4.29 amps @ 55 watts; 5.078 amps @ 65 watts.
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Unread 12-05-2007, 07:00 PM   #6
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Gramps... What if one of the highbeam wattage is lower than the stock...
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Unread 12-05-2007, 07:09 PM   #7
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I'm not sure. Maybe merlinTec can find out for us. I want to say probably OK but this integrated circuitry is new to me too.
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Unread 12-05-2007, 10:41 PM   #8
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I just dont want the comp to recognize that the wattage is a little lower and act up on me again... thanks for the effort
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Unread 12-06-2007, 02:13 PM   #9
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Tried to find the limits for this but I can’t. Not even when I looked up the technical replay for the dealer that was fitting the fog lights they didn’t say what the limits where. However there is a fault code for both high and low control circuits so it is monitored. Reading the training manual the circuits designed to shut down in the event of a short circuit of it’s outputs (too higher current draw). So I would say a lower wattage shouldn’t trigger a fault but don’t hold me to that. Sorry I can’t give you a better answer without contacting technical.
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Unread 12-07-2007, 05:48 PM   #10
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I tried installing HID lights on my compass using the plug & play kit. HID's are rated at 35 watts. The computer and car went carzy. It will definitely recognize a lower wattage and cause problems. Now, how much of a lower wattage is the question. Will it recognize a 1 watt drop????Where is the cut-off?

I would also like to swap out the fog light bulbs with some silverstars. Has anyone had success here?
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