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Old 04-24-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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35W Hid Fogs?

I know our fog lights are rated at 55W, but is there any problem with under-lamping and running a 35W Hid kit in there?

Will it negatively affect the ballast/bulbs/harness?
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Maybe I'm not searching properly, but I couldnt find a thread on this. Sorry if its a repost.


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Well if your putting a whole HID kit into the car then no there is no problem. That what the ballast is for.
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^^ Wrong.

The ballast is used in the igniting of the HID. Being that it takes such a LARGE amount of energy to do so THAT'S what the ballast is for and then used to regulate the power running to the HID.

However running a lower wattage HID setup will not hurt you. Nor should you be worried about that. I's the iginiting of the kit that worries most people.
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Hey on the 2008 sedans, the headlights draw 55w stock correct? I want to put a 55w hid kit in and need to make sure i dont need anything extra
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I was worried about the 55W kit being too bright or melting the fogs.
more so the brightness issue for me :P
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i dont think the hids will melt the fog light housings seeing as i have had my hids in my fogs for quite some time now and havent had that proble,
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Hey on the 2008 sedans, the headlights draw 55w stock correct? I want to put a 55w hid kit in and need to make sure i dont need anything extra
Some cars you would require a relay harness setup. 2003 jeep's are notorius for this. You will not need anything "extra" persay, a set of casper shields would be nice for the rest of traffic however that's all in personal choice.

These headlights are pretty basic. Plug and play i have done 3 for people on know.

As for the melting issue? The kelvin of your HID setup is your temp of your LIGHT, and your wattage basis is going to tell you if they will cause trouble.

Honestly 55w HID's are overkill, no matter what K you buy typically they will all look the same, and if you are going to be running HID heads and fogs, you should probably stick with 55w heads and 35 fogs.

I can't see the benefit myself of going with anything other then a 4000k, preferably a 3000k fog HID. While they look cool matched, fogs are designed for a purpose. And no matter what light you stick in it will not match the light color of your headlights. Use silverstars for example. Put them in both? and your fogs look a tad more yellow.

Anyways, you won't and honestly should not run into an issue of them melting the fogs. Why? Because they run damn near close to the temperature of the factory bulbs.

However, the only issue i have seen arise is that HID's bulb style can be a tad longer then that of your factory bulbs in some cases be it the seating or what have you.

Make sure when you install them the clearances all check out and such. Then you should be fine.
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Some cars you would require a relay harness setup. 2003 jeep's are notorius for this. You will not need anything "extra" persay, a set of casper shields would be nice for the rest of traffic however that's all in personal choice.

These headlights are pretty basic. Plug and play i have done 3 for people on know.

As for the melting issue? The kelvin of your HID setup is your temp of your LIGHT, and your wattage basis is going to tell you if they will cause trouble.

Honestly 55w HID's are overkill, no matter what K you buy typically they will all look the same, and if you are going to be running HID heads and fogs, you should probably stick with 55w heads and 35 fogs.

I can't see the benefit myself of going with anything other then a 4000k, preferably a 3000k fog HID. While they look cool matched, fogs are designed for a purpose. And no matter what light you stick in it will not match the light color of your headlights. Use silverstars for example. Put them in both? and your fogs look a tad more yellow.

Anyways, you won't and honestly should not run into an issue of them melting the fogs. Why? Because they run damn near close to the temperature of the factory bulbs.

However, the only issue i have seen arise is that HID's bulb style can be a tad longer then that of your factory bulbs in some cases be it the seating or what have you.

Make sure when you install them the clearances all check out and such. Then you should be fine.

I have projectors so the shield part is taken care of. I was making sure that 55w hid's won't overload my stock electrics in a 2008 sedan. I don't have fogs either.
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The factory single beam bulbs ARE 55 watt, when switched to the high beams they are running 65w. Just a small point of reference for you.

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Why thank you :) all I was looking for.
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