Different Headlights?

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Mazda, Protege5
So I recently purchased a dual beam headlight assembly, just one, because I've come to find out that I have a socket for high beam that is not being used by the current headlight assembly. Which is a single beam headlight, and everytime I tried to turn on highbeams it never worked, then I found out I have separate socket for the high beam. Went to put on the new dual beam assembly and the 9003 low beam doesn't fit the assembly hole, only h7 does. Bought one and turns out the socket is bigger than the small prongs the h7 light bulb comes with. So I'm so confused on what do to or maybe I bought an assembly that is a diff variant for our type of cars.

So I'm here to ask what should I do, and whether I bought that wrong headlight. Any help will be appreciated :)
I'll try to provide pics.
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2002 323 protege
P5's should have the dual beam headlight, it would seem that someone has fitted sedan lights to your's, not factory.
 
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protege5
P5's should have the dual beam headlight, it would seem that someone has fitted sedan lights to your's, not factory.

mine has separate high beam and low beam bulbs. Don't think it was ever changed out but if the sedan one fits maybe i should. Maybe then i'd stop burning out the damn low beam bulbs every 6 months lol
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
All P5's came with two bulb headlight housings and the sedan single bulb housing fits right on to the P5.

Don't think it was ever changed out but if the sedan one fits maybe i should. Maybe then i'd stop burning out the damn low beam bulbs every 6 months lol

It might work ??? The single bulb design might last longer ??
You'd have to wire in a new three terminal connector (high beam+, low beam+ and a common ground.)

Replacing your connector for your existing low beams may help with bulbs burning out... They tend to get all burnt and crispy and may lead to premature bulb burnout ??



The three terminal connector is listed under "Protg"... The two terminal connectors are under "Protg 5"

 
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protege5
All P5's came with two bulb headlight housings and the sedan single bulb housing fits right on to the P5.



It might work ??? The single bulb design might last longer ??
You'd have to wire in a new three terminal connector (high beam+, low beam+ and a common ground.)

Replacing your connector for your existing low beams may help with bulbs burning out... They tend to get all burnt and crispy and may lead to premature bulb burnout ??



The three terminal connector is listed under "Protg"... The two terminal connectors are under "Protg 5"

I'm wondering. I've never had a car go through as many headlight bulbs as this one. I actually just ordered a 10 pack of ebay bulbs for $10.99 because i'm tired of paying $10 each for the Sylvania ones at walmart lol. I've gone through 2 headlight bulbs on the driver's side in the last 2 or 3 months. I can also confirm the socket/connector is fine, no issue. Wiring the headlights would be no problem, that's the easy part. if they physically bolt in the same i may have to give it a try. I'm about due to replace them anyway because they're so sandblasted/weathered

Does anyone know if the sedan protege's eat headlight bulbs as frequently as the p5?

I've never had a car go through as many headlight bulbs as this thing does. I bought my Sequoia back in early 2010 and now that i think about it, I don't think i've ever replaced the bulbs in it...
 
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pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
There's been a bunch of threads about how our car loves to eat headlight bulbs.

Oddly enough, I've had my car 9 years and I've only replaced my bulbs twice,... And our low beams are always on with our daytime running lights.
I dunno ??
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
... And thank you man, I've never would've known they have an adapter for it! :D

That adaptor isn't shown or mentioned in either the owners manual or the service manual. And it looks like part of the bulb... I wonder how many people threw it out with the bulb then had to dig it out of the garbage when the new bulb wouldn't plug in ??

It's as if the whole headlight system for our car was an afterthought and they just used some spare parts they found in some warehouse.
 

Breeegz

Looking for John Connor
Contributor
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2003 Protege 5 -- 2016 Ford Expedition
I had the same problem with mine, until I put in HID's for the low beams. Since 2006, I've only had to replace one ballast, and today the HID kits are much better (and cheaper) than the one I bought in 2006 as part of a group buy. If you can swing it, I highly suggest it. It's one of my favorite mods.
 
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02 Protege LX, 03 P5 (x2), 09 Miata, 07 Mazda3, 13 Fit, 09 Ody
Sylvania's have a 1 yr warranty. You should be getting free ones for replacement.
 

pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
I don't know why they show two of them?

The high beams are are a different bulb and socket.

I'm pretty sure that there is no adapter on the high beam, but I'm not positive.

The sedan uses a single bulb for both high and low beam.
Perhaps that's part of the confusion?

Perhaps the adapter works as a heat sink?

Use dielectric grease, it helps prevent burning of the connections.

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pcb

The Diagram Dude
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2002 MP5
I'm almost positive that those two adapters are exactly the same.

The high beam on the P5 is completely different.


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There is no place to put that adapter on the high beam bulb.

But, if you had a sedan headlight housing, you could use the adapter in some way.

Perhaps if you had HID low beams and regular high beam lighting, you could use the adapter and a bulb intended for the sedan.
 
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2003 protege 5
That adapter is used because the prongs on an h7 bulb are more narrow than the 9003/h4. Which is the spacing on the wiring plug for the p5. Its like mazda just used same plug for both cars but wired them different? I guess it could also act as a heat sink too. Or be the reason p5 s use so many bulbs. The hi beam is a 9005 i believe and the plug goes right onto the bulb no adapter needed.
I would agree that a retrofit to hids - if time and money permit - are far superior to regular bulbs in terms of output and life expectancy. Assuming you use quality parts. Mine lasted 10 years with alot of night driving.