Hey all. I am not an Outback owner, but my last car was a Legacy GT wagon, so don't hate on me too much
I am one of the people that helped jerami assemble this new lighting system. Most of the wiring he is talking about I had my hands on, so he thought I might be able shed some light (pun defiantly intended) on the situation. We are noobs when it comes to wiring like this, but we spent a good deal of time planning and testing before implementing.
Basically the new lights are running from the battery itself. The way it wired up now the lights can be independently switched on without the car even running. This was done to avoid tampering with any factory wiring harness and to be the most flexible.
There is no pulsing or flickering when any or all of the lights are activated and the dimness brings with light levels to what I would call 70-75% - not super low.
You can hear the RPMS raise and lower when lights are activated or deactivated. This goes for the headlights as well though, so no difference there.
The volts measured at the lights (when switched on of course) is ~12.3V. I have not tested the amps, because frankly, I don't know how lol. if someone could point us in the right direction that way, it might go a long way towards solving the issue. Right now, the light sets are grounded to the negative battery terminal itself.
My general thinking is that the battery just doesn't have the amps for this kind of task. Is that even correct thinking, electrically speaking?
Without getting even more specfic, which I think would require a diagram, I am pretty sure I have covered what I know. Thanks for all the input you all can give, it is definitely appreciated!