I’ve upgraded the stock halogen headlight bulb of our EcoSport from 55/60W to 90/100W bulb. It resulted to more light output but generated a lot of heat. It also posed greater electrical load than the stock bulb, thus requiring a thicker wire harness. I used 4 relays (two for high beams, two for low beams), a few meters of thick stranded wire (harness) with protective sleeve, two ceramic bulb socket connectors, and two 10A fuses.
Notice the difference in the amount of light output in high and low beams with the high wattage halogen bulb (90/100 watts) and stock halogen bulb (55/60 watts).
Never install high wattage bulbs without the proper upgrades in wiring (harness) and fuse protection, doing so may cause the stock wiring to fail as they were never designed to accommodate load beyond the rated load of the stock bulb.
I have also tested light bulbs with 100W low beam and 130W high beam, and despite the increase in wattage, the headlight assembly dissipates the heat well. After a few months of testing, there appears to be no damage to the reflector (I will update this post if melting or any sort of damage occurs later on).
I have installed a pair of 55W auxiliary lights that turn on only when the high beams are on. The lights switch on and off with the help of an electronic switch called a relay. The relay is connected in parallel to the line that powers the high beams, and thus, is energized only when the headlights are in high beam mode.
To watch a video on how to install a pair of auxiliary lights that only turn on with the high beams, head directly to Auxiliary High Beam Lights.
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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).