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    Has anyone fitted the 80watt 'off road' replacement headlamps that halfords sells on a pre facelift Vectra? Can the electrics handle the extra load? I would have to change the 10amp fuse for a 15amp fuse as the brighter lamps would increase the load from 9.5 amps up to 13 amps. Do they generate a lot more heat? Enough to damage the housing?

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    People have fitted higher wattage bulbs - can't recall which exact wattage - and it's started to fry the wiring on the headlights!

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    it`s not the fuse....it`s the gauge that it`s limitted to the current load.

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    I was afraid that would be the case. My next idea would be a 40a relay with appropriate wiring, but then I'll have to deal with that warning light constantly throwing a wobbly.

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    Probably so mate....and I dont know how Canbuss affects what you mentioned...

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    I've run a 100w bulb on my motorbike for the past 7 years, original was 55/50. All I did, on advice from Kawasaki, was to apply copper grease to the bulb connector block to dissipate the heat. Not had a single problem.

    Food for thought but I'd still go down the relay route on a car just to be on the safe side.

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    If I recall from reading other posts, you have to either leave the original lamp taped up some where, our use a resistor or combination of resistors to fool the computer into thinking that there is a 'good' lamp installed

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    i know this may seem a silly question but why fit the 80w off road bulbs when you wont be off road and they are illegal to use other wise. it is just a comment or maybe me being an old git and realising all the times i was stopped when i was younger and fined of illegal stuff on my car ie neons long before fast and furious , coloured side light bulbs , fog lights on etc .

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    i got 100w bulbs in there fine, but the 80w road bulbs ment to damage your head light reflectors too, plus there illegal on a public road. im gona go for the hid conversion

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