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EcoSport’s headlights are designed to accept bulbs with H4 specifications. H4 and HS1 bulbs are different bulb specifications but with almost identical dimensions—HS1 bulbs have wider center pin (A) compared to an H4 (B). Also, a standard HS1 bulb is rated at 35W/35W, while a standard H4 bulb is rated at 60W/55W (HS1 is less bright than an H4).
With just a minor modification, it is possible to swap the H4 with an HS1 bulb. While an H4 bulb fits on an HS1 mounting fixture without modification, fitting an HS1 on an H4 slot requires bending of its reference pin.
HS1 bulbs are intended for use in motorcycle headlights as they feature low wattage and relatively high light output. In this particular modification, I used an OSRAM 12V 35W-35W HS1 bulb. Due to lower wattage than the stock bulb (35W vs 55W), the light output appears to be a bit dim, but adequate enough for normal city driving conditions.
Important: This is just a test to see if HS1 and H4 bulbs can be swapped. I’ll be reverting back soon to an H4 OSRAM Night Breaker Laser .
EcoSport’s luggage compartment’s light bulb may be replaced by prying out the luggage compartment’s light bulb assembly, and then replacing the bulb by pulling it out from its socket. The luggage compartment light uses a W5W light bulb, identical to the ones used in cabin dome and reading lights as well as the rear plate number lights, with LED replacements available.
EcoSport’s third brake light may be removed by prying out two metal clips that secure it in place. To watch a video on how to remove the third brake light assembly, head directly to Removing EcoSport’s Brake Light Assembly.
One of our readers sent me a set of LED replacement for the cabin and external lights (2 for the dome lights, 1 for the luggage light, 1 for the map light, and 2 for the rear plate lights). While the car does not need bulb replacement at the moment (no busted bulb yet), I may try swapping the LEDs just to try them out. I will be posting a tutorial and a review about these LEDs soon.
Cabin lights not only illuminate the inside of your cabin, it also alerts you of an open door (when set to auto, the lights dim only when all doors are closed). To replace a busted bulb, simply pull the cabin light assembly by applying slight pressure on the appropriate tabs. No tools are needed to remove the cabin light assembly, but it can be very difficult to remove if done incorrectly. The front and rear cabin lights can be removed following the same procedure.
European standards require vehicles to have one (or two) rear fog lights, and one (or two) reverse lights. In the case of an EcoSport, it is equipped with only one reverse light and one rear fog light. In this modification, I have removed the red rear fog light assembly and replace it with a white left reverse light assembly, tapped on to the wiring harness of the right reverse light.
Every EcoSport owner must know how to replace the headlight bulbs. Not only that it is unsafe to drive with defective headlights, the law also requires turning the headlights on not later than one-half hour after sunset and until at least one-half hour before sunrise, and whenever weather conditions require—something you cannot comply with if your headlights are defective.
To replace a defective headlight bulb, follow the steps below:
1. Open the hood.
2. Remove the headlight cover.
3. Remove the bulb socket.
4. Remove the bulb (by removing the bulb’s clip).
5. Replace the bulb (H4).
6. Secure the bulb’s clip.
7. Replace the bulb’s socket.
8. Replace the headlight cover.
9. Close the hood.
EcoSport’s stock halogen fog light bulbs may be upgraded to dual-color LEDs. These LEDs feature white and yellow colors that may come handy in various weather conditions. Switching between white and yellow is as simple as pressing the on-off switch (depending on your preference, tri-color LEDs are also available in the market).
Fog lights are very useful in illuminating the road during weather conditions that may hamper visibility, such as heavy rains and fog. It is important to replace busted fog lights as soon as you notice them.
One of the simplest and most cost-effective upgrades to an EcoSport’s headlight would be the replacement of the stock bulb with an LED emitter (some refer to this as “LED bulb” but technically, it is not a “bulb”, but rather, an “emitter”). About a year ago, I’ve upgraded our headlights to an LED, and performed a comparison with the stock halogen bulb.
Clearly, LED emitters illuminate the road far better than stock bulbs. Always install LEDs properly by directing the low beam to the ground, to avoid causing glare to oncoming vehicles.
To watch a video on how I replaced the stock halogen bulbs with a pair of hi-performance LED emitters, head to Installing LED Headlights.
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