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Old 06-01-2008, 12:02 AM   #1
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I am going to put 4 Hella 1000's on my car. Will I be able to do this without any electrical problems? Will the extra 200 watts cause any problems with fuses etc? Is there anything I have to add or change for this extra electrical usage?

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Old 06-01-2008, 12:56 AM   #2
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I would advise upgrading the wiring to 12g or even 10g depending on the wattage of your bulbs and I can't speak to much about the pull on the alt. and fuses....anyone else?
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:57 AM   #3
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Install new wiring with a relay to draw the power directly from the battery. Do NOT rely on the existing fog light wiring, it is not adequate for this.
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Old 06-01-2008, 11:51 AM   #4
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I agree with Mulder. You will need run an entirely new fused circuit from the battery to support that much power. As mentioned in an earlier reply, using 12ga wire will work fine for this application. I assume you will also be using a relay to control the power to the lights since this will be too much current for a normal switch to deal with. If you leave other high power accessories OFF (including the headlights, but not absolutely necessary) while using the lights then you may get by using the original alternator.

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Old 06-01-2008, 07:29 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone. Although I think I asked that question without thinking it through. I have the Halla FF1000 Free Form Driving Lamp System and it comes with the wiring harness, switch, relay and fuse.. I am planning to get a light bar for it and was thinking I was going to tie it in with my fogs... I am not, I will have them on their own system.. It was pretty late when I posted that..

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:58 AM   #6
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upgrading to a beefier alt and battery would be a good idea prior to installing all those lights as well
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:11 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Although I think I asked that question without thinking it through. I have the Halla FF1000 Free Form Driving Lamp System and it comes with the wiring harness, switch, relay and fuse.. I am planning to get a light bar for it and was thinking I was going to tie it in with my fogs... I am not, I will have them on their own system.. It was pretty late when I posted that..

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the included wiring may be a little questionable.

for 4 lamps i would use my own 12g wiring and some bosch relays.

dont know about hella's harnesses, but most of them that come with aux lamps are total junk.
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:23 PM   #8
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upgrading to a beefier alt and battery would be a good idea prior to installing all those lights as well
Thanks, this is sort of what I meant to ask on my original question. I figure around 220 watts more of lighting might cause some problems but was not sure. I would rather not replace my alternator.

jdubya301 I will have to take a look to see how that stuff looks. Not sure if anyone on here has the 1000's and used the supplies that come with it? Maybe someone with the 1000's can chime in?

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the wiring hella provides seem quite adequate for those lights.. i've got 2more sets lying around myself, but i'm not putting 'em on yet.. they are very very much beefier than any oem wiring.. so i wouldn't worry too much about it.. unless you're using some high wattage bulbs or hid lights or something

a beefier alt isn't really all that much expensive compared to others.. maniacelectronics sells reconned ones but with higher amperage for relative cheap.. that's my next step
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Thanks, this is sort of what I meant to ask on my original question. I figure around 220 watts more of lighting might cause some problems but was not sure. I would rather not replace my alternator.

jdubya301 I will have to take a look to see how that stuff looks. Not sure if anyone on here has the 1000's and used the supplies that come with it? Maybe someone with the 1000's can chime in?

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i have ff1ks but i let the guy who sold em to me kep the wiring harness. sorry!
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Old 06-03-2008, 11:01 PM   #11
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Thanks for the heads up. I will keep that in mind..
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Thanks for the heads up. I will keep that in mind..
no prob. the only reason why i worry about the wiring that comes with aux light kits is the chance of fire. i wouldnt be too worried about hella's stuff, but its just a heads up.

my dad had a cheapo foglight kit in his van, and one day he walked back, and noticed there was smoke coming from under the hood. the relays for the fogs had melted and caught fire. had he not had walked back/had a fire extinguisher, the van woulda been toast.
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my dad had a cheapo foglight kit in his van, and one day he walked back, and noticed there was smoke coming from under the hood. the relays for the fogs had melted and caught fire. had he not had walked back/had a fire extinguisher, the van woulda been toast.
was it a hack job or was the wiring done correctly?? or was the problem just crappy wires??

that sucks, man.. that's almost kaboom!!
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Old 06-05-2008, 02:07 PM   #14
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no hack job, it was just the substandard wiring/relay that came with a cheapo (40$) streetglow foglight kit. my dad even had it installed professionally at a car/audio place.
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