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Light flash on an off when on bright

When on bright my head lights flash on and off. I've checked the dimmer switch and the ground. both seem to be fine.

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You will have to check any lose connections or bad terminals on the socket end of the lamp or on the relay. The on off action of the light may be caused by loose connections or a bad terminal.

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