CAN Bus LED bulbs are well-known in the market if you are looking for aftermarket LED lights bulbs to replace your stock halogen or incandescent lamps, and you must have seen many CAN bus LED bulbs for sure, and you are not sure what it means, what it functions or whether it can be used for your vehicle. Not every vehicle has been equipped with CAN Bus system, please check your owner’s manual or confirm with the dealership for it. Below we will show you commonly asked questions about CAN Bus LED bulbs:
CAN-Bus error free LED bulbs are those LED bulbs that have built-in resistors by internal or externally attached, just plug and play for most vehicles, no error code or flickering, easy installation. CAN Bus LED bulbs are especially designed for the vehicles equipped with CAN Bus system which can detect any difference if any change of the stock lamps. Due to LED bulbs draw much less power than stock lamps, when you upgrade stock lamps to LED bulbs, the vehicle's CAN bus system may detect the difference and cause error code or error message like "bulb out" on the dashboard or shows flickering on and off issue. Installing the resistors is to minimize the power drawing of the stock bulbs to trick the CAN-Bus system think the replacement LED bulbs are drawing the same power as the stock lamps, then the vehicle will not show any error messages.
CAN Bus means Controller Area Network Bus, which monitors your vehicle and reports operating conditions: a Controller Area Network (CAN bus) is a vehicle bus standard designed to allow micro-controllers and devices to communicate with each other in applications without a host computer. CAN Bus systems are commonly shown among European vehicles like Audi, BMW, VW, Volvo, Mercedes, Porsche and in some American vehicles like Ford Expedition, Explorer, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, etc. Many late American model vehicles are equipped with CAN Bus system too.
For most vehicles, installing CAN bus error free LED bulbs will just plug and play, no extra load resistors or decoders to be required, and no error code or flickering, yet due to each vehicle has different electric CAN Bus system' designs, currently no CAN Bus LED bulbs can 100% guarantee that the error free bulbs are compatible for all vehicles, so for some vehicles, extra load resistors or decoders are still to be required to avoid the "bulb out " error message or flickering issue after aftermarket LED lights bulbs upgrade.
It depends on your vehicle's type: If you own a European vehicle, big chances to need CAN Bus error free LED bulbs, because European cars or trucks like Audi, BMW, VW, Mercedes-Benz, Range Rover, Jaguar, etc. are equipped with CAN Bus system to monitor the lighting and activity operations.
CAN-Bus error free LED bulbs are commonly used for exterior lights upgrade like turn signal lights, headlights, fog lights, license plate lights, parking lights, etc. For most vehicle's interior lights replacement, no need error free LED bulbs, yet for some, it still requires to install error free LED bulbs.
CAN Bus LED bulbs can be used in non-CAN bus applications, but it depends on the application. Usually if non-CAN Bus LED bulbs can just plug and play for your vehicle, then CAN Bus LED bulbs are not recommended, for CAN Bus LED bulbs will draw much more resistance which may cause electric interference with other applications.
If you have installed CAN Bus error free LED bulbs, but you still meet the issue of error code or flickering issue, please follow below steps to troubleshoot:
Yet if you still meet the error code or flickering, for your vehicle, it is recommended to try to install extra decoders or load resistors to avoid the issue. CAN Bus LED bulbs can work with load resistors too.
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