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Unread 07-01-2015, 10:21 PM   #11
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While I'm not in disagreement, my point is made from the aspect of the old school high wattage bulbs that used to be the "cool blue" craze back in the 1990's. Typical auto headlights run 55watt lowbeam and 65 watt highbeams. The high power blue halogens of that era ran 80 watt lowbeam and 100 watt high beam. The bulb life was no different than stock, but the plug and wires within a couple inches of the plug would melt if no relay was installed. This is what I was speaking of. I've not experienced any difference in lifespan of bulbs on carts in reference to the difference in using 12v or 16v nonreduced.
Now you are mixing apples and oranges! By upping the bulb wattage, you have lowered the resistance increased the current flow proportionately. Of course things are going to get hot when you do that. Bulb life is the same because the composition and construction of the filament and gas mix are different.

Raising the voltage is a different situation and not subject to the same problems as you describe here.
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Unread 07-01-2015, 10:29 PM   #12
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Now you are mixing apples and oranges! By upping the bulb wattage, you have lowered the resistance increased the current flow proportionately. Of course things are going to get hot when you do that. Bulb life is the same because the composition and construction of the filament and gas mix are different.

Raising the voltage is a different situation and not subject to the same problems as you describe here.
Ah but what you don't realize is that I also use different bulbs from time to time as well. The stock bulb is, if I recall like 21 watt I think (that may be off a bit as I can't call the watts off the top of my head) and I install a 35 watt bulb so I'm still playing with all apples at this point. I just neglected to mention that
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