At risk of getting yelled at...
Sevral months ago I asked this question and thereupon chased down twenty links, read several thousand words on the subject and decided 'There isn't a right way to go"
- The bulbs need a major wiring gauge upgrade or they won't be bright enough
- If the wires are upgraded the bulbs burn hotter which will melt the connector & bulb and explode ruining the housing
- Nobody makes a good HID retrofit for this vehicle a 1995 Dodge Spirit.
- I live several days south of the US border each way major gasoline and hotel costs. No UPS, or FedEx period.
A couple of days ago I got caught after dark. Couldn't help it, and could not avoid it. A hundred and thirty three miles from home. There is almost no traffic here so bright bulb glare isn't a problem and I avoid driving at night. These trips I make are to a cardiologist. I fight to try and get daytime appoinments. I am doing my homework. But I get caught.
It was the scariest four hour trip I have had in many years. Gravel construction. Unmarked pits in the road (15' deep) and gravel colored cattle on the road bed.
Now here coms the question...
If I just replace the OEM lamps with the Hella 100/80's and leave the wiring alone, the voltage drop through the OEM wiring will act as a resistor and although the bulbs may not get as bright as they would with a "wiring upgrade", they won't burn as hot, and the sockets will not get as hot. Right? (I hope).
I don't want to melt connector sockets, explode the headlight housing or end up parked vertically or have a bull horn hood ornament.in the front seat.
The lights operate through an OEM Bosch style relay, so 16 amps won't kill it, and as tiny as those headlight wires are, won't they pass 8 amps (each) without armaggedon?
I've got to do something. The lights have been checked and they are properly adjusted. No Sylvania "Silverstars" down here so that's out. I'm stuck with the Hella's. But i don't want to destroy stuff I cannot fix down here.
Thanks for your comments. Again, I have read link after link and they are all good stuff. But no one seems to answer clearly will WILL (not a theoretical 'could') happen if I try this out. Original wiring.