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    Okay, so I've bought some HIDs and projector shrouds to fit to my E36. I understand that the current draw can be upwards of 20amps upon first start of cold lamps, but it then settles down to 3amps at normal operation.

    My question is: Have people who have installed HIDs into their BMWs, used a relay harness to avoid fuses blowing/wires melting. Would you say it's necessary to use one?


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    I'm about to do the same conversion and will probably look at using a relay of some kind... Although, I'm not sure what the ballasts would make of them? Do they not 'handle' the spike in some way?

    I'll happily update here once I have done mine to let you know but will watch this, in case anyone knows better
     
     

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    It's not the ballasts that are the problem, they generate the spike in current, it's the stock wiring which delivers the current. I fear that it may get too hot and melt (if the fuse doesn't blow first).
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    Had HID'S for 3 years now, no relay harness etc and never had a problem with them. I wouldn't bother personally
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