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Old 09-27-2010, 03:41 PM   #1
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I have a 2011 wrx hatch and I bought some headlight (low beam) blue colored bulbs for it. I installed one and i get a really bad smell, like melting wires. It's the same H11 55W 12V as the stock one is except for the bulb is blue rated at 4300k.

With the temp gun..after 30 seconds of being on for each

Stock Bulb Blue bulb
Outside of Headlight 110F 150F
Connector of bulb 105 107
Wires 108 108
Inside projector housing 107 110

so based on that, the temps seem good especially at the wires, connectors and inside the housing...so what the hell am i smelling....and its smells very strong...even after 30 secs with the blue bulbs. Like i said, the new blue bulbs are just regular H11 bulbs not xenon or hid or anything of the nature. I used this company before on many other cars and never had this issue.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:23 AM   #2
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Get rid of those crappy blue-coated bulbs before they overheat and damage your wiring and lights. Even though they are rated at the same wattage they will run hotter.
Read this-
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...blue/blue.html
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:03 AM   #3
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thanks. I took those out immediately anyway....never ran with them.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:17 AM   #4
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I just got my '11 WRX and just to clarify the low beam headlight bulb is an H11?
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Old 10-01-2010, 02:17 PM   #5
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It is an H11. H9 bulbs can be modified to fit and at 10 watts more than the H11 they pose very little danger of overheating the assemblies and melting wires. I've done this for my Mom's '09 2.5i Impreza using regular stock(not blue) H9s with great results so far-no burning smell and no charred wires after 8 months. Again-I did not use blue coated or higher wattage H9s and would not reccomend doing so. I'm speaking from my own experience-if you try this you do so at your own risk.

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Old 10-01-2010, 04:02 PM   #6
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Thanks! I just ordered my HID's and was hoping that I was right cause I already paid for them and told them I wanted an H11. Thats a load off my mind now, now if I can only be patient enough to wait for them to get here!! I feel like a feind! I have soo many things I wanna buy for this car
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:13 AM   #7
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Thanks! I just ordered my HID's and was hoping that I was right cause I already paid for them and told them I wanted an H11. Thats a load off my mind now, now if I can only be patient enough to wait for them to get here!! I feel like a feind! I have soo many things I wanna buy for this car
And now I suggest canceling that order. HIDs cannot be run safely/correctly in your stock headlights. If you want to run HIDs your ONLY options are a complete retrofit, STI headlights, or WRX Premium headlights.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:44 PM   #8
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yeah HID will run worse then regular according to my research as well. Not to mention the higher temps.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:34 PM   #9
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Read the daniel stern site. It tells you why it is bad putting in HID bulbs into non-HID projectors. There are also recommended halogen bulbs on his site. There are some good H11 halogens out there like the Osram Nightbreakers. I have those and they are much better than stock.
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Old 10-02-2010, 03:42 PM   #10
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HID's are fine in the stock projectors. Do the "squirrel finder" modification and be done with it.
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HID's are fine in the stock projectors. Do the "squirrel finder" modification and be done with it.
What's that and do u have a link to what to do? Thanks in advance! I'm pisses about this. Can someone post a link to the article as to why u can't.
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Old 10-02-2010, 04:47 PM   #12
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What's that and do u have a link to what to do? Thanks in advance! I'm pisses about this. Can someone post a link to the article as to why u can't.
Granted the stock projectors are made for halogen lights, you "can" get away with HID's in a halogen projector. It's not the best light output and spread. You do get glare and hotspots, but it's not as bad as everyone says it is imo. There is a thread about the squirrel finder mod on here you'll have to search for it. Good luck.
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Old 09-29-2011, 11:15 PM   #13
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I just got my '11 WRX and just to clarify the low beam headlight bulb is an H11?
Hi
Is the low beam H11 also running the Day Time or is that off the high beam 9005?
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