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35W and 55W difference?

Been wanting to get a 55W HID kit, but don't they draw more juice and possibly melt wiring? That's what I had heard awhile back...but is that BS?
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Been wanting to get a 55W HID kit, but don't they draw more juice and possibly melt wiring? That's what I had heard awhile back...but is that BS?
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They do draw more power yes, but they will not melt the wiring. For one, even IF hooked up to the vehicle's factory wiring, there are fuses to prevent such an issue, and additionally such a power draw would be way outside the ballasts safety controls.
Being that they are Bixenon kits for your truck, it comes with a full relayed wiring harness to power the ballasts and control low/high function. The power is relayed directly off the battery and therefor bypasses the vehicle's wiring. The load on the vehicle wiring is just enough to control the relay, a mere fraction what the stock halogen bulbs are pulling through it right now.

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Hey Todd, i purchased the 35 watt 9145 hid kit along with 9145 relay wiring harness Hid & retro fit. I was under the impression that with this harness, i could just plug into the stock wiring harness and that would be it. Thought that i could pull power from the stock harness. The power wire is way to short to reach either battery as well the wires to the ballasts from the fog lights. It does not even come close to reaching. Have you come across this problem before? If not were is everyone hooking the power wire to?
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I have a cheap 55 watt kit hooked up with just the harness included to my factory harness, my kit came with a fused power wire to power the ballasts, the light harness is only used for a signal. Been running this way for over a year without any issues. I say go for it!! you'll be happy you did, or you could just always wonder what its like to have 55's

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Hey Todd, i purchased the 35 watt 9145 hid kit along with 9145 relay wiring harness Hid & retro fit. I was under the impression that with this harness, i could just plug into the stock wiring harness and that would be it. Thought that i could pull power from the stock harness. The power wire is way to short to reach either battery as well the wires to the ballasts from the fog lights. It does not even come close to reaching. Have you come across this problem before? If not were is everyone hooking the power wire to?
You can hook up the kit plug and play to the factory wiring, however the problem is in many cases that the fog wiring circuit is only fused to 10A. That's not even adequate for the stock bulbs, and and the 10A fuse itself can create a restriction.
But, we know what the problem is with the wiring though, you have the fogs in the middle of the bumper, right? We can make a harness to fit that accordingly, as the wiring lengths are atypical for the application. Just shoot us an EMAIL and we'll get you taken care of.

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I have a cheap 55 watt kit hooked up with just the harness included to my factory harness, my kit came with a fused power wire to power the ballasts, the light harness is only used for a signal. Been running this way for over a year without any issues. I say go for it!! you'll be happy you did, or you could just always wonder what its like to have 55's
That is the same type of wiring setup he has there, its just his fog are not in the usual location as all other vehicles, so the wiring is too long in some spots and too short in others.

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