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    Hi Chaps,

    I was wondering if you could help me out!

    I wanted to freshen up the frontend of my 325 E46, I decided to get hold of some 501 led bulbs to replace the yellow looking oem sidelight bulbs.

    Here comes the problem:

    The bulbs seems to fit and work fine and however i have a constant warning light on my dashboard .

    Can anyone help?????
     
     

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    i have the same problem with my led number plate lights on my e46 compact!! grrrr someone please help meeee please
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin3554 View Post
    Hi Chaps,

    I was wondering if you could help me out!

    I wanted to freshen up the frontend of my 325 E46, I decided to get hold of some 501 led bulbs to replace the yellow looking oem sidelight bulbs.

    Here comes the problem:

    The bulbs seems to fit and work fine and however i have a constant warning light on my dashboard .

    Can anyone help?????
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    i have the same problem with my led number plate lights on my e46 compact!! grrrr someone please help meeee please
    You guys are getting the warning lights because the impedance is not matched. You need to buy some power resistors to match this resistance.
     
     

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    where can i get power resistors mate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottyy View Post
    where can i get power resistors mate?

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    Your local Maplins will have them
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Your local Maplins will have them
    i have this same problem after fitting my sidelights with led bulbs, but also, my front indicator lights stay illuminated at all times when side lights are on.

    have you any idea what resistor is needed, and where to install it.

    thanks in advance.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by honest_al View Post
    i have this same problem after fitting my sidelights with led bulbs, but also, my front indicator lights stay illuminated at all times when side lights are on.

    have you any idea what resistor is needed, and where to install it.

    thanks in advance.
    You will need THESE. 22 or 33 Ohm should do it. They will get hot so don't enclose them when you install them
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    You will need THESE. 22 or 33 Ohm should do it. They will get hot so don't enclose them when you install them
    hope i am not sounding stupid, but where do i install this resistor, and any risks to blowing or damaging anything.

    thanks again Neil
     
     

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    When I did mine Al, I put them in parallel with the side light circuit in the engine bay...this was before I fitted angels
     
     

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    oops, just realised i called you Neil instead of Neal, sorry m8.

    so if i am thinking correctly, i would cut the live wire to my side lights, and insert this resistor in between the connection ends, and either solder the points to get a good connection or use terminal block if i want to botch job it LOL.
     
     

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