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Old 01-08-2009, 02:23 PM   #1
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i installed an after market bulb and after two weeks of use its burned my front clear signal lens and damaged my signal socket. went to the dealer have them replaced my socket and then put back the original lens. what do you think is the cause of it? thanks for any feedback..
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:01 PM   #2
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What bulbs are these?
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:53 PM   #3
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Some aftermarket bulbs have too thick of a coating on them which causes them to overheat and melt the corners.

If you are looking for a set that does not overheat, you can go with our LEDs or Solaris Bulbs.
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i called the supplier, they gonna replaced the bulb, the problem is i could not use my clears, its burned...
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OEM corner lenses are about $30-35 at pelicanparts. I bought what Jlevi's selling, Solaris bulbs, they've been perfect.

See if they will take care of the lenses too, give them pics, or whatever. What manufacturer do we need to avoid? =}
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I'm not sure if replacing the bulb will solve the issue. It sounds like the coating on these bulbs are too thick and are causing the bulb to overheat. If you need a set of clears, we have them available as well.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:02 AM   #7
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Make sure the bulbs are at proper wattage as well
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I'm not sure if replacing the bulb will solve the issue. It sounds like the coating on these bulbs are too thick and are causing the bulb to overheat. If you need a set of clears, we have them available as well.

Hey Nick-

A week ago when I installed my new set of Solaris corners, the right bulb made my high beams and flashers blink (all at once non-stop) as soon as it went into the socket (I installed the other side first with no issues). When I pulled the passengers side corner out, all the blinking stopped followed...by a burnt thumb. Those guys heat up very hot and faster than any other bulb I've experienced. Could this, what seemed to by a unusually hot bulb, be related to my lights flashing wildly?

What do you make of this and have you heard of this happening before?
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Nick, just had my clears from you two weeks ago, thats why im disappointed..can't use my clears anymore, so im back to oem..sucks...
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Hey Nick-

A week ago when I installed my new set of Solaris corners, the right bulb made my high beams and flashers blink (all at once non-stop) as soon as it went into the socket (I installed the other side first with no issues). When I pulled the passengers side corner out, all the blinking stopped followed...by a burnt thumb. Those guys heat up very hot and faster than any other bulb I've experienced. Could this, what seemed to by a unusually hot bulb, be related to my lights flashing wildly?

What do you make of this and have you heard of this happening before?
That's very peculiar, I have never seen that happen before. There seems to be a short somewhere in your lighting circuit that is causing the high beams to flash. I am not sure what that would be without looking at it though.
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Everything is fine now. I just pulled the bulb out and put it back in. It was then like nothing happened after that.
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