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Old 09-07-2013, 07:25 PM   #1
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100w Bulbs in stock fog housings

Obviously I would need to run relays and heavy duty harnesses, but in theory can you run that hot of a bulb in the stock glass housings? I am curious because I do a lot of back country driving for work and while the Sylvania zXe H1s are the best bulbs I have had yet, I want to try the Philips Rally Vision H1s which are 100w.

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Old 09-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #2
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I had a 2004 Ford Focus wagon
The stock light bulbs would melt the lamp socket!!!
Now having said that there was a lower Wattage bulb that would fit in there, but never tried it

You need to TOFTT [take one for the team] and report back
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^ Huh... I run my fogs all the time and I've never had a problem?

Also, why do you need more wattage? The point of fog lights are to... you know... work in the fog... My experience with brighter bulbs makes it harder to see in the fog... Unless your just trying to be showy, I'd just keep using what came in them... Of course I've been curious with 3M's yellow tint combined with brighter bulbs...
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:09 AM   #4
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The stock fog housings are plastic. I can't imagine that you wouldn't melt them. And really, they're for lighting low and out...regular bulbs do a fine job of spotting deer and raccoons and such before they can become one with your rad. I do a lot of night driving down gravel roads, and love the fogs for their anti-wildlife capabilities.
If you're one of those guys who aim your fogs like Kleig lights, we all hate you for blinding us.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:10 AM   #5
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The housings can take the wattage no problem. It's the wiring that will melt. Unless of course you upgrade the wiring like you mentioned.

HIDs run ever hotter and the housing can take those heats too. Although your not suppose to run HIDs in non-projector housings. I'm just sayin.
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The stock SAP package housings are mostly metal with glass optics. I would also be looking to aim them futher down, and yes, yellow laminX was part of the equation.

I am more concerned about the rear reflector.

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Only the projector hosuing is metal, with the glass optic. It sits in a plastic housing. I've got factory projectors on my mazda I run HIDs with no issues.

On my focus a had aftermarket black housings which came with updated wiring. I ran 90/100w bulbs with no relay, just plug and play for 4 years never once had a issue with melting anything. But I've heard running those bulbs on stock housings with stock harness it will melt the wires.
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My aftermarket black housings on my focus.


My mazda housings w/ HIDs.



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Old 09-09-2013, 10:38 PM   #9
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So you just "upgraded" the plug and a short length of the wire? I've seen companies the sell an upgraded extension of sorts. I have wondered if that would really work. The theory is right anyways.

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The OP is asking about higher wattage bulbs for the tiny ST fog light assemblies where the bulb sits about 1/4" from the plastic lens, not for the huge aftermarket headlight assemblies.

Fog lights were sold on ebay with halo's and glass lens that would likely fit ST. They would probably take the heat. I seriously doubt if this project is about better vision. The 100W fogs are illegal and rude.
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