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Old 09-16-2010, 01:01 AM   #1
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So i bought some new fog blubs for my 08 Impreza. Took stock ones out and they read 12v 51w. New ones say 12v 100w. Is it safe to use from the higher wattage?
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:49 AM   #2
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I'm not an expert, but I would assume that the ones you purchased might draw more power through the wiring harness - possible overheating. And, the bulbs might be too hot, and could possibly damage the fog lamp housing. Again, that's just what I think might happen.
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No. Do not put higher than stock wattage bulbs in the foglights or headlights, for the reasons stated above. Even with an upgraded wiring harness and relays, there is still the possibility of heat damage to the light housings over time.
Besides that, the additional light output may result in a less than optimal beam pattern from the fogs as they aren't designed to handle the extra light.
If what you're after is supplemental lighting for dark roads, buy some auxiliary driving lights and install them. Fog lights are not intended to serve this purpose and are for use in poor weather conditions only, you can't change that by putting brighter bulbs in them.
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No. Do not put higher than stock wattage bulbs in the foglights or headlights, for the reasons stated above. Even with an upgraded wiring harness and relays, there is still the possibility of heat damage to the light housings over time.
Besides that, the additional light output may result in a less than optimal beam pattern from the fogs as they aren't designed to handle the extra light.
If what you're after is supplemental lighting for dark roads, buy some auxiliary driving lights and install them. Fog lights are not intended to serve this purpose and are for use in poor weather conditions only, you can't change that by putting brighter bulbs in them.
Yeah thats what i intended to use them for, weather conditions. Not for running 24/7 in a DD car. I didnt even want these 100w bulbs. Its just that i didnt notice they were 100w till i took em home from the shop.

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Old 09-17-2010, 09:06 PM   #5
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It sounds like you're on the right track, but if it helps, I put Hella Optilux yellow bulbs in my fogs. I only use them in crappy weather. I'm no expert, but it helps me see lines in the road and that sort of thing better.
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