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  • What is the Difference Between Putco 9006 and 9006XS Headlight Bulbs
  • The difference between the 9006 and the 9006xs bulbs is the type of base the light has. A 9006 size bulb will have a 90 degree angle base, like part # P239006NB, while a 9006xs bulb will have a straight base to plug into, like part # P239006XDW. I am including a picture that will show the difference in the two bulbs. A 9006 bulb and a 9006XS bulb will fit different vehicles, so you will need to check your owners manual or your current bulb size for the correct bulb that you will need....
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  • Are Load Resistors Needed for LED Backup and Brake/Tail Lights
  • When changing from incandescent or halogen type bulbs to LEDs, load resistors are required. For the blinker circuits you can use load-resistors like the Putco LED Light Bulb Load-Resistors # P230004A-2 to prevent hyperflashing of the blinkers. This kit includes two resistors and connectors for installing a pair of bulbs as turn signal lamps. Check out the installation instructions I have attached for part # P230004A-2. I have also included a link to our exterior LED automobile lights...
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  • Troubleshooting LED Tail Light Bulbs Flickering when Vehicle Lights are Turned Off
  • The flicker you are referring to with LED bulbs is known as hyper flashing. This occurs because the LED bulbs require so much less power than incandescent bulbs. So when your lights are on, the power to the bulbs is reduced due to the draw on the headlights and running lights, but when they are turned off the power is too great for proper function without adding load resistors. I recommend adding the Putco LED Light Bulb Load-Resistors - Aluminum - Qty 2 # P230004A-2 to your wiring for...
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  • How Do I Install Load Resistors for the LED Lights on my 2007 Dodge 3500 Flatbed
  • You will wire a load resistor into the wiring of each light socket that has an LED bulb and flashes. So basically you will need to wire a load resistor into any bulb that blinks or has a dual intensity feature that lights up when the brakes, blinkers, or emergency flashers are operated. To do this correctly, you will need to wire the load resistor on the positive wire and then either ground it to the ground wire of the bulb, or to a good frame ground. You will need to do this for all...
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  • How To Replace Day Time Running Lights on 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • I checked on how to change the daytime running light bulbs on your 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe. The removal of the headlamp assembly is as follows. 1. Remove the six bolts on top of the grill. 2. Remove the two (7mm) screws, three push pins, and two pop style pins in the wheel well. 3. Pull the wheel well lining towards you and remove the two (10mm) bolts that go upwards into the fender, this will release the bumper mounting bracket. 4. Remove the three (10mm) bolts holding the headlamp...
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  • Power Consumption Comparison Between 921 LED Bulb and a 921 Incandescent Bulb
  • LED bulbs in general draw a much smaller percentage of power than incandescent bulbs so the Putco LED Bulb, # P340921W-360, will draw less power than the incandescent bulb, # 30-90-021. I do not have the specific amperage rating for each of these bulbs, but I can tell you that the typical 921 incandescent bulb draws approximately 1.4 amps and the typical 921 LED bulb draws only .4 amps. That should give you an idea of how they compare to each other.
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  • Availability of a 921 LED Bulb that is Brighter than a 921 Incandescent Bulb
  • In the case of the 921 bulb style, you will not necessarily get a brighter light with an LED model like the Putco 921 LED Bulbs, # P340921W-360, that you mentioned. In my opinion the light from this light is whiter than the light from and incandescent bulb like the replacement 921 bulb, # 30-90-021, which has a more yellow tone to it. I feel that the incandescent bulb provides more light for working on close tasks and the LED light provides better overall light coverage. At this time...
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  • Load Resistors Needed When Installing Aftermarket LED Bulbs In GMC Sierra To Prevent Hyperflashing
  • Per Putco, you would need 1 load resistor inline with the wiring harness feeding LED bulb for a turn signal. I believe your Sierra has two bulbs per side, one for the running lamp, one for the brake/turn signal. You only need to install Load Resistors on the circuits feeding the turn signals. I would recommend the Putco # P230004A-2 resistors. Their finned aluminum body will be very effective at shedding excess heat. I have provided a diagram showing how the resistors should be wired.
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  • How Do You Replace Low Beam Lights on 2004 Mazda 6
  • I can relate to your problem, my car uses the same type of bulb and there is also very little room to get your hand in to change the headlight bulb. I did some research and found that other Mazda 6 owners run into the same problems. I found that to provide additional room there are a few things you can unbolt or remove temporarily. Before you begin, it is best to disconnect your negative battery terminal. Also, when replacing the bulbs, you will want to make sure to wear gloves as...
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  • Recommended H1 Headlight Bulb for a Projector Housing
  • Generally speaking, LED bulbs do not work well in a projector housing. This has to do with the direction the bulbs project the light. LED bulbs are more or less designed to be used in a reflective headlight housing. Therefore, the Silver-Lux Headlight Bulbs part # P3000H1 will be a good fit for your high-beam headlight but not for your low-beam headlights. For your low-beam headlights in a projector housing, I recommend using the Putco PURE High-Performance H1 Halogen Headlight Bulbs...
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  • Why Do LED Taillights on Vehicle Cause "Bulb Burned Out" Message on Dash
  • When you replace incandescent bulbs on a vehicle's turn signal circuit with LEDs the blinker circuit doesn't want to work right. This is due to the amperage rating being too low on the LEDs and thermal flasher units needing to see a specific amperage rating to work right. Now with some vehicles if the circuit doesn't see a specific amperage load on the circuit it thinks the bulb has burned out. The LEDs will cause this. A load resistor puts that same amperage back on the circuit so that...
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  • How to Install LED Light Bulb Load Resistor for Use with Trailer with LED Lighting
  • The Putco LED Light Bulb Aluminum Load-Resistor Kit # P230004A wires in parallel with each trailer lighting circuit. For a trailer with LED lighting (that does not present the same electrical load as an incandescent type bulb) you will wire one resistor inline with each circuit, so for a typical 4-pole installation you'll need three, for left turn/stop, right turn/stop and running light circuits. The kit includes quick-splice connectors.
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  • Is Load Resistor Required for Converting 3rd Brake Light to LED Bulb
  • Load resistors can be required for LED lights when the vehicle wiring is unable to recognize the light's presence due to its very low power draw. Standard incandescent bulb lights draw more power and so they are more easily "seen" by the wiring harness. Load resistors like # P230004A-2 drain away some power and so they mimic the characteristics of incandescent lights. You can try a load resistor to see if it corrects the blown fuse for your IOD display but usually it is only blinking...
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  • Replacement 1157 LED Bulbs for a Travel Trailer
  • First, what a lot of people do not know about LED lights is that if you are using them behind a red lens then the LED bulb needs to be red as well. Otherwise you will end up with a dim pink light when using white LEDs. LED bulb # P241157R-360 is a pair of red LEDs so they would work well behind a red lens. When used as stop, tail, turn bulbs behind a red lens they are DOT compliant.
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  • Troubleshooting LED Trailer Lights that Flicker When Vehicle is Off
  • What you are experiencing is due to the fact that LED taillights only require a very small amount of amperage to illuminate. A tiny amount can cause them to illuminate. Trailer wring for the most part goes totally dead when the vehicle is off. But there can be small amounts of voltage that would normally not get noticed if the trailer had incandescent bulbs. It really isn't a problem unless it bothers you. The flickering wouldn't be enough to drain your battery. But if you want it to...
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  • Recommended Replacement Fog Light Bulbs For 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500
  • They are not the same as the 5202 bulb is a smaller and more rounded bulb, however, the H16 is a legitimate replacement bulb. Obviously they look a little different, but they function the same way and are interchangible in that way. I recommend the Putco PURE High-Performance H16 Halogen Fog-Light Bulbs # P230001NB in nitro blue for your replacement bulbs. I've attached a video to assist.
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  • Replacement LEDs for Bulbs in Side Mirror Lights On 2010 Ford F350
  • We have exactly what you're looking for! Putco offers the LED Mirror Lamp Replacements, part # P230921W that will replace the existing 921 wedge-type bulbs in your side mirrors. LEDs are brighter, longer lasting and draw only a fraction of the power of similar incandescent bulbs.
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  • Turn Signals Hyperflashing on a 2011 GMC Sierra Denali 3500HD
  • As you probably know, adding LED lights can cause a hyperflash problem with turn signals. You would need to add a load resistor like # P230004A to every light that was changed to LED. You have to make sure that the load resistors are installed correctly. One wire will connect to the power wire going to the bulb. The other wire you will ground to the truck frame or grounding point. I have included a picture that shows how it should install.
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  • Which High-Performance Headlight Bulbs and Wiring Harnesses for 2011 Dodge Ram 1500
  • The bulb needed will depend on if your Ram is equipped with the dual or the quad headlights. For dual headlights, The H13 bulb part # P230013NB would be used, and functions as both the hi and lo beam. The H11 bulb, part # P230011NB is used in the quad headlight set-up as the low beam, with the 9005 bulb part # P239005NB as the hi beam. The OEM headlight socket harness uses a relatively small wire gauge that can overheat and melt due to the higher power draw and heat output of the...
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  • LED 3157 Bulb Recommendation for Converting from Incandescent to LED
  • For a red LED version of the 3157 bulb you have on your vehicle I would recommend the Putco Plasma 3157 part # P243157R-360. The price is available at the link below, these are sold in pairs. If the bulbs you are replacing carry the blinker circuit you will need to install a load resistor like the # P230004A-2 sold in pairs on each circuit there is an LED that blinks. Otherwise they will hyperflash, meaning they will blink very fast. If these bulbs aren't on a blinker circuit the load...
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  • What is the Difference Between a 9006 and a 9006XS Head Light Bulb for a 2006 Cadillac CTS
  • One of my colleagues has found that the difference between the 9006 and the 9006xs bulbs is the type of base the light has. A 9006 bulb will have a 90 degree angle base whereas the XS bulb will have a straight base. For example, compare 9006 bulb # P239006NB with XS bulb # VX-L9006XS. Certain vehicles require a certain style so you cannot interchange them. I have included a link to all of the lights we have for a 2006 Cadillac CTS. A 9145 bulb is the same as an H10 like the Putco...
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  • Recommended Truck Bed Stake Anchors for 2015 Chevy Silverado
  • I recommend the nifty Putco Pop up Anchors, part # P99901. This is a universal fit item designed to fit most pickup trucks with the exception of GM New Body trucks, which it does not sound like you have. They are secured in the stake bed pocket by tightening the included screws and expanding the blocks on the underside of the rail of your 2015 Chevrolet Silverado truck. To determine if your 2015 Chevrolet Silverado is the old or the new body style all you have to do is look at the back...
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  • Low Beam Headlight and Fog Lamp Bulbs for 2013 Kia Optima
  • When it comes to replacing the low beam bulbs on your 2013 Kia Optima, one option is the Putco PURE High-Performance H11B Ion Spark White Halogen Bulbs, # P230011BSW. The bright white light offers a subtle blue tint for a custom look and is designed to improve visibility. For your fog lamps, one option would be to go with the Putco PURE High-Performance H8 Mirror White Halogen Headlight Bulbs, # P230008MW. These bulbs also offer the subtle blue tint and are designed with the high color...
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  • Installing Resistors To Prevent Hyperflashing Brake Lights On 2004 Dodge Ram 1500
  • It sounds like you are trying to deal with hyperflashing on your 2004 Dodge Ram. You will need to install resistors on any of the light circuits that are having this problem like brakes, turn signals or flashers. You can use a circuit tester like part # 3808 to identify the lights with the issue. Then attach a wire on one end of the # P230004C to the positive wire for the light. The white wire on the other end of the # P230004C will need to be grounded to the frame or metal surface....
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  • Using H4 Headlight Bulbs with 3 Prongs on 1964 Cadillac with 2 Prong Receptacle
  • My dad used to have a 1967 Cadillac Sedan DeVille. I have been inside and out of the car helping him work on it. I think your best option is to use wiring harness # P239003HD. It has a 3-prong receptacle and the wiring for the bulb. Better yet you could use # P230004HW which includes the heavier wire and receptacles along with relays to protect the old wiring on your Caddy.
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  • Headlight Bulb Recommendation for a 2009 Ford E-350 Super Duty
  • We do have halogen headlight bulbs that will fit your 2009 Ford E-350 Super Duty. Your vehicle will need H13 bulbs like the Putco PURE High-Performance H13 Halogen Bulbs, # P230012NW. These bulbs can be used for low or high beam headlights and have the same Night White color as the bulbs you referenced.
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  • Can a 55W H7 Halogen Bulb be Replaced With a 100W H7 Halogen Bulb
  • Generally speaking no, a 55 watt bulb can not be replaced with a 100 watt bulb as the wattage is almost double and could cause serious damage to the vehicle's electrical circuit. However, if the socket that the lightbulb will be plugged into is rated for 100 watts then yes you can use an H7 100 watt halogen bulb on your 2007 Nissan Qashqai. For a H7 55 watt halogen bulb I recommend using the Putco PURE High-Performance H7 Halogen Headlight Bulbs part # P230007MW and for a H7 100 watt...
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  • Looking for LED Headlight Bulb Upgrade Kit for 2011 Honda CR-V That Does Not Use a Fan
  • I have just what you are looking for! The Putco Nite-Lux Headlight Bulb Upgrade Kit, # P270004, for your 2011 Honda CR-V is a plug and play set-up without a fan. Putco has designed these to be more efficient for compact applications and has replaced the noisy fans that are typically found on many LED bulbs with a 100 percent copper cloth heat-sink. I have included a short video for you.
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  • Installing LED Front Turn Signal and Running Lights and Resistors on a 2007 Nissan Frontier
  • It sounds as if you have a wiring issue. When installing the Putco 3157 LED Bulbs, # P233157A360, on your Frontier, you will need to keep in mind that this bulb is a two filament bulb and has two circuits going into the bulb. The 3 wires you are seeing should be two 12 volt wires and one ground wire. Use a circuit tester, item # 3808 if needed, and determine which wires are which. You should get one wire with turn signal and one wire with the tail light signal, the third wire being ground. Once...
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  • Is a Load Resistor Needed On All LED Lights that are Hyperflashing
  • If you are experiencing a hyper flashing situation with the LED lights, you would need to use one load resistor, such as # P230004C, per affected circuit. The load resistors will increase the power draw so the vehicle does not think there is a bulb out or going out. I have linked a video showing an installation for you.
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