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Dip dim relay

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Yes, remove the pink dim dip relay, make a jumper wire to fit between the 2 blue/red wires in relay socket, fit this securely & normal dip headlight operation should be restored, dim dip is not a MOT test item & the relevant law was repealed years ago, so no longer a UK road vehicle lighting requirement.

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As others have said: rip it out and fit a bypass-wire. Then drive on dip-beam whenever possible.

Your headlamp-bulbs will last a *lot* longer because they'll be running at the design voltage/temperature rather than at a half-hearted level which prevents the intended Halogen-bulb 'recirculation' of metal-ions from working.

Other road-users will welcome the improved illumination from your now-proper-powered headlamps to see by rather than the crippled-glow-worm-illumination from the miserable dim-dip version.

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Dim dip was ONLY intended for use in town/city centre roads where the street lightings was good, it was meant to assist pedestrians to see moving vehicle but without the glare from full power dip beam headlights, but it was ditched as EU said the UK couldn't have this system in use on UK market vehicles as it contradicted the EU regs for dipped headlights, so the law was ditched in UK & dim dip was no longer required from late 2006 IIRC, dim dip was never a reliable system or a MOT test item.

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2002 TD5 defender - with the "pink" dim-dip relay. which I have removed. it only had two contacts so have jumped those two contacts - I assume that's correct. lights seem to work OK - no obvious difference in amount of light coming from headlights

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