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    HI guys very quick question.

    I know that if you fit LED or HID kits into vectras the error lamp comes on because of can-bus, I recently got a HID kit for nothing out of a Ford Fiesta (long story) .. Theres a good chance once I fit this to my car the error bulb on the speedo will come on.

    Is there anyone that could recommend just error free bulbs or what I need to buy the full kit ?

    And to be honest if its just the bulb on the speedo thats on I might just live with it or will a message come up on the audio display also ?

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    What you might find is that the can bus detects a what it thinks is a blown bulb an stops power to that lamp.

    If you get some one with tech 2 to activate xenons in the UEC then that should stop an any bulb warming message an they should work fine

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    another option is to keep a sidelight bulb in the relay

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    Ok, this is actually two different elements of the same thing here: LED lamps and HID kits.

    If you fit an HID kit you either need 'cancellers' fitted or many newer kits come 'CanBus compatible' that is with the cancellers built into the ballast units.

    For other lamps around the vehicle, if you replace with the LED equivalent you will notice them 'pulsing' when switched off due to the lamp check system passing a tiny current through each - a normal incandescent lamp reacts too slowly for anything to happen, but an LED will react to that voltage and briefly light up and then to randomly cause a lamp failure warning.
    With LEDs (even those marketed as 'CanBus compatible') you would need to add additional resistance at each lamp - as Soulman said one way is to keep a sidelight lamp in the circuit, others have cut the wire and added a resistor.



    (A 'quick question' .... on here.... you must be joking! )

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    Hahahaaa thanks for all the input, I'll see what i can do thanks

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    Right, I fitted the HID kit and the lights work fine with the ignition on but when you start the car the lights go out and the bulb error lamp on the dash comes on with the dip beam failure at the audio display. What would be the quick fix for this ? Just wanting to upgrade the lights for the up and coming winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyandy-UK View Post
    Ok, this is actually two different elements of the same thing here: LED lamps and HID kits.

    If you fit an HID kit you either need 'cancellers' fitted or many newer kits come 'CanBus compatible' that is with the cancellers built into the ballast units.

    For other lamps around the vehicle, if you replace with the LED equivalent you will notice them 'pulsing' when switched off due to the lamp check system passing a tiny current through each - a normal incandescent lamp reacts too slowly for anything to happen, but an LED will react to that voltage and briefly light up and then to randomly cause a lamp failure warning.
    With LEDs (even those marketed as 'CanBus compatible') you would need to add additional resistance at each lamp - as Soulman said one way is to keep a sidelight lamp in the circuit, others have cut the wire and added a resistor.



    (A 'quick question' .... on here.... you must be joking! )

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    Some HID kits dont like being on while you crank the ignition. Try starting the engine and then turning the lights on, I had to do this with my old set of HID bulbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    Some HID kits dont like being on while you crank the ignition. Try starting the engine and then turning the lights on, I had to do this with my old set of HID bulbs.

    that would be my guess , even factory xenons don't like it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rushy View Post
    Some HID kits dont like being on while you crank the ignition. Try starting the engine and then turning the lights on, I had to do this with my old set of HID bulbs.


    If my battery is slightly on the low side, one or both of my HIDs won't always spark up if I leave the lights on the auto setting.

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