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Old 01-19-2014, 06:24 AM   #1
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Fuse failure Hella 500 Driving lights

I tried to use my lights yesterday, and they wouldn't come on. When I looked at the fuses I noticed one of them had gotten really hot and melted the plastic casing around it, and melted the solder in the connector. I'm just glad it didn't start a fire or anything. Anybody have an idea of what could cause this? I've had the lights for over a year and never had any problems with them before.





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Old 01-27-2014, 01:51 PM   #2
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This exact same thing happened to me. The fuse holders that hella sends are absolute crap. Go to an auto parts store and get a new one. I happened to have 2 sets of lights so i bought two. Then splice that new one in there. I think i even put a different size fuse in it (one that could handle more load).

As a side note. I put 100w lights in my hella 500ff and the light is incredible.

Interested to see how this turns out.
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This exact same thing happened to me. The fuse holders that hella sends are absolute crap. Go to an auto parts store and get a new one. I happened to have 2 sets of lights so i bought two. Then splice that new one in there. I think i even put a different size fuse in it (one that could handle more load).

As a side note. I put 100w lights in my hella 500ff and the light is incredible.

Interested to see how this turns out.
I think putting in a larger fuse would make the problem more dangerous. The filament that was in the 15 A fuse never failed, so it got really hot.
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Poor connection that got hot not an over load. The little plastic fuse holders are worthless for that much load. get a heavy duty ATC fuse holder. A pair of 100 watt lamps draw about 17 amps.
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I just ripped all the wiring out after it happened. I'm gonna start over with better stuff than what came with the light kit. I got a Bosch relay, heavy duty inline fuses, oem fog light switch, solder connections with shrink tubing. Gonna do it right so I never have problems again. I hate having to go back and fix stuff.
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