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Old 03-20-2013, 12:43 AM   #1
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I was thinking about replacing the factory fogs with some driving lights to aid the low beams. My idea was that the factory fog location is low enough that driving lights shouldn't blind oncoming traffic. (I'll aim them down if need be) Thoughts on this? Also, if I did this, would there be a way to use the stock switch to turn them on/off? IIRC the stock switch only supplies ground to the factory fogs, so would I be able to use this to ground a relay to power the driving lights?

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:29 AM   #2
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Unless the coupes are different, the stock switch triggers the relay under the hood. You should be able to wire in aftermarket lights directly in place of the OEMs. Fitment is another question; there are several aftermarket round lights that perfectly match the OEMs on the sedans/wagons, but the coupes are an odd duck.

There's also a simple mod to keep them on with the high beams. I posted a thread about it, but for some reason not finding it.

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Old 03-20-2013, 08:35 AM   #3
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I had read that the stock wiring wouldn't be able to handle the increased draw from aftermarket lights. It'd be fairly simple to upgrade it though.

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:30 AM   #4
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I've been running 55-watt H3s in my '96 SW2 for prob. close to 10 years now. All OEM wiring, except the last bit spliced into the H3 connector. No problems.

The thing you don't want to do is put higher power bulbs in the stock _housings_. The brighter bulbs burn hotter, and will melt the plastic housings.

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Old 03-20-2013, 12:48 PM   #5
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Cool. Think driving lights in place of fogs would blind oncoming traffic (even though they're low and would be aimed)?

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Old 03-20-2013, 01:22 PM   #6
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They'll probably be no worse than the fogs... but that depends on how bright they are

I'm thinking about going to LED driving lights, aimed low... mostly so other drivers can see me (may disable the DRLs)

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Old 03-20-2013, 03:38 PM   #7
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I've never been "flashed" having my driving lights on. I've walked out 10, 50, 100 yards in front of the car and looked at them from the equivalent of a passenger car driver's seat position. Not blinding at all. And even though they're driving lights, they throw a fair amount of light to the sides of the road, which is priceless for spotting crossing critters on small rural roads.

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Have you considered a pair of small machine guns instead?

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Old 03-20-2013, 09:05 PM   #9
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I've never been "flashed" having my driving lights on. I've walked out 10, 50, 100 yards in front of the car and looked at them from the equivalent of a passenger car driver's seat position. Not blinding at all. And even though they're driving lights, they throw a fair amount of light to the sides of the road, which is priceless for spotting crossing critters on small rural roads.
What lights do you have? Also, I've DEFINITELY considered mounted guns

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So I might get some driving lights this weekend...Are the $20-30 ones any good? I don't need anything REALLY bright, just enough to light up a little further for the low beams.

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Not really. For decent results you have to spring for the largest reflector area you can tolerate and the high quality bulbs. Once you find the physical size criteria then you can find out who makes the good lights and go shopping for a used set. Plan on buying good bulbs as well.

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Not really. For decent results you have to spring for the largest reflector area you can tolerate and the high quality bulbs. Once you find the physical size criteria then you can find out who makes the good lights and go shopping for a used set. Plan on buying good bulbs as well.
By largest reflector area, would that mean the biggest size light I can find?

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Round lights make a round beam that is modified by the lens. Oval or rectangular lamps produce a similarly shaped beam. Rectangular or oval lamps are about all that will fit and not look strange. This will provide some ideas. http://www.rallylights.com/hella/Aux...LampsGrid.aspx

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/p.../products.html

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