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Old 07-21-2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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im going to mount a set of driving lamps onto the front of my 04 wrx wagon. I am going to be fabricating my own light bar for this. After I bit of research I think im going to invest into a piar of Hella 700FF lights off rallylights.com

Would you guys recomend these lights, or should i just stick to the 500FF? On rallylights, they do not have the beam pattern listed for this light, since it si fairly new. Im going to be using these for driving around in Northern WI and the UP of michigan. I like being able to see deer, bears, cats, etc, and tehy should also come in handy when im running down the gravel roads in the area.

They list them for about $80. Which i think is a fairly good deal considering you get the housings, bulbs, relay, and wiring kit. Would it be better off if I bought a defferant set of lights PIAA, KC, etc I would like to not go much over this amount.

Also, im assuming my stock alternator should be capable to run both the low/high beams on my stock lights, and the auxilery lamps at the same time?
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:13 PM   #2
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there's a graph on rallylights that should show you their output compared to other lights

i would at least get a beefier battery and beefier grounds if you add anymore load on your electrical system
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Old 07-21-2008, 11:53 PM   #3
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Having seen the 500FF and 700FF in person, the 700s are enough brighter to justify the price difference. However, neither of those is as good as the 1000FFs.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:34 AM   #4
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Having seen the 500FF and 700FF in person, the 700s are enough brighter to justify the price difference. However, neither of those is as good as the 1000FFs.
http://www.rallylights.com/hella/ff1000.asp

For some reason I thought the FF1000 was discontinued. What does the WRX kit include that the regular lamp kit doesnt include. Do these lamp kits also include the 55W H1 bulb? You think they are worth the extra $50?
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:53 PM   #5
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They are discontinued, we're all buying up the last remnants. They're absolutely worth the extra money to me.

However, the friend who has the 700s thinks the opposite.

Basically, the 1000s have a smaller, brighter, center spot and have much more light in the periphery of the beam. The beam is also incredibly even with no hot/cold spots within it.

The 700s, on the other hand, have a much larger and dimmer center spot and have almost no light outside of that. The beam is riddled with hot and cold spots.

I guess one way to think about it is that the 700s are much more like a flood while the 1000s are much more like a pencil that has good peripheral as well.

I strongly prefer the 1000s due to the fact that that make stuff in the road (like a deer, downed tree, or the treeline straight ahead because the road has made a 90) light up really well and they're really good at allowing you to see stuff well off to the sides of the road (like a deer out in the middle of a field heading for the road). I will admit that if you're trying to bomb through a canyon/hills right at dusk, there's this awkward time where the center spot of the 1000s is really helpful but the light coming from the last of the sun is bright enough that you can't see the peripheral light coming from the Hellas. Makes cornering a little bit of an act of faith. As soon as it actually gets dark, you're good again.

On the other hand, he likes the 700s because they light up a very wide swath of light so he feels like he can see everywhere. That being said, he can't see as far and the majority of people who have ridden at night in both of our cars prefer my lights.
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Old 07-22-2008, 11:27 PM   #6
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ok, i am going to order the FF1000 tomorow, along with a new relay for my supertones.

Two more questions:
what is special about the WRX kit, and do these include the bulbs? I need to know if i should order some H1 bulbs along with it?

What is the size of the mounting bracket on the bottom of this. is 1.25x2.25 correct?
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Old 07-23-2008, 01:53 AM   #7
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when you combine the 1000's with your highs....HOLY CRAP is what you'll think. I just ran my setup for a few on the boonies tonight, and forgot just how bright that **** is...
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