low beam sockets melting/deteriorating

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Jan 23, 2019

On my 2007 Silverado I have had to replace the low beam sockets a couple times because they no longer connect good, they look like they get too hot. I am using the proper bulb. Is there a recommended replacement bulb to fix this problem? What about led bulbs? I would think they draw less amps.

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Led Bulbs can help

Check the socket, maybe need to be replaced.

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Discussion Starter · #3 · Jan 23, 2019

Yeah I have replaced the sockets a couple times.

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Only happen to me one time in my jeep, the guy in the store sold me a pair of ceramic sockets.

No more problems.

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If you’ve replaced the socket already, more than once, you’re either using the wrong bulb that is pulling too much power, or you have an issue elsewhere in the wiring.

LEDs do use less power, and are becoming to goto over HIDs due to similar or lower cost, and ease of installation, mostly being just the bulb and maybe a small ballast type piece…HIDs have a lot more wiring and junk, and sometimes need a relay.

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Is this a 2007 classic with the DRL’s below the headlights? I have seen the DRL’s in those burn many times due to how they regulated the lower power to them. Have not seen to many issues with standard headlights. The newer 07-13 (nnbs) trucks use a combined DDRL with the low beams…but not really seen that problem happening with them. Something is certainly not right if you keep burning them up. Have you checked with a volt meter to see if it is around 12V or something more?

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If you use OEM Spec Bulbs and the socket melts multiple times, you won´t solve the issue with other Bulbs. You would need to check all the wiring and electrical switches..

If you don´t use OEM Spec you probably got the wrong bulbs.. I would change to OEM Spec or LED if thats the case.

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If this is the newer version of the 07. I believe there was a ground issue on the older ones that would cause this. Search around the forum in that direction.

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Discussion Starter · #9 · Jan 23, 2019

This is the new body style (07-13). I am using OEM spec bulbs. I researched to be sure and had the parts guy check. He says he sells a lot of these sockets for the same issue…

I haven’t checked the voltage at the bulb but will tonight.

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It is common. A poor connection will get hot under not much of a load. Are you using dielectric grease? LEDs take less power to operate but good ones cost more than the halogen bulbs and pigtails combined. On a side note, there are some pretty good looking projector headlight assemblies available.

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Discussion Starter · #12 · Jan 25, 2019

I haven’t been using dielectric grease but I will.

Any recommendations for a good quality led?

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Any of the replacement LEDs from your local parts store should be fine. They will be cheaper online but there are a lot of very low quality ones. Stick to name brand GE, Sylvania Phillips

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