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Old 01-02-2005, 04:04 PM   #1
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Ok, i'm getting a set of Hella 500's (driving pattern) in a week or so, and want to increase the output of the stock Fog lights. I was looking at rallylights.com's Yellow Star H3 bulbs (i'm 90% sure that their H3's that I need, if not someone correct me). I noticed that they had 3 wattages listed, 55w (stock) 85w, and 110w. I was wondering, since i've got a few relays sitting around, and am going to be upgrading the factory wiring harness anyway, how high of a wattage could I go and still not burn the stock glass/plastic in the fog lights?

I'm also going to be getting some Osram Silverstars for the stock headlights (but this is more of a than relavent to the thread)

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Old 01-02-2005, 04:12 PM   #2
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i ran my hella 500's with 100W bulbs with no problems at all.....and yes it is H3
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Old 01-02-2005, 04:36 PM   #3
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I ran the Hella 500s with 160w bulbs with no problems. If you have the Lexan covers turn the lights off when you aren't moving
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Old 01-02-2005, 04:42 PM   #4
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Ok, I obviously didn't explain well enough. I'm getting Hella's, but I want to upgrade my STOCK RS fog lights. I dont even have the Hella's yet, and i'm sure they'll do well (or at least i'll decide what to do once I get them).

I just want to know how much the subaru, stock RS fog lights can handle before they start to burn.

(thanks for the quick replys though)
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Old 01-02-2005, 04:48 PM   #5
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oOooOooo

Not sure what the bulbs are, but you may want to go a head and make a new relay harness. The stock wiring may not handle much more the 60-80 watts. The plastic lens may not survive more than 100w.

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Old 01-02-2005, 08:12 PM   #6
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oOooOooo
i ran 100w bulbs in my GC with no problems for years....the only thing it will do is discolor the center reflector...but i never burned anything out...

plastic lens - rapid_roo? the fogs are glass....at least they were in my GC and the 02-03 i have seen....
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Old 01-02-2005, 08:17 PM   #7
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Meh, dont care about that, it's already discolored yellow.

Guess i'm going to have to use those relays...
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Old 01-02-2005, 11:30 PM   #8
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plastic lens - rapid_roo? the fogs are glass....at least they were in my GC and the 02-03 i have seen....
sorry, my only reference to a GC on hand is my old GC...a 95 LX. And the fogs sure look plastic, they're all glazed over and cracked like plastic. They don't even work anymore ( I could be wrong, I am too lazy to actually look at them now... its to wet and cold out there )
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well having gone through about 3 sets of stock fogs on the GC i can promise you they are glass...
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I stand corrected. They sure looked plastic I still haven't decided what to do with them. I am not sure if the wiring is even intact, I know that the bulbs are all missing and they like to hold water.

oh well its the daily driver, so I am not going to worry about it too much. What I need to do is finish the lights on my WRX
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/\ does your 95LX have an RS bumper/fogs?

I thought those had the little projector ones.

I assure you however, the RS fogs are made of glass, and do break easily when subjected to road debris (rocks).
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mine look like these


I tapped on them earlier this evening and they do feel like glass. I had assumed they were plastic because they looked so fogged over and glazed, and cracked like weathered plastic.

if the harnesses and sockets are still intact, I may just load them with some Narva Yellowstars.
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I may just load them with some Narva Yellowstars.
Narva Golds? or Hella YellowStars? or is there such a thing?
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mine look like these

I tapped on them earlier this evening and they do feel like glass.
That looks familiar
I concur. The lens is not plastic iirc.
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Narva Golds? or Hella YellowStars? or is there such a thing?
I think they are called Narva Golds. Not sure right now, they've been sitting in a box since they came from www.rallylights.com last summer Never had the chance to convert the lights over to them.

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That looks familiar
I concur. The lens is not plastic iirc.
yeah I took it from The Ultimate Aux Lighting Thread because I couldn't find the link that the former owner of this car had on the net, and I have yet to take digital pictures of it. Mine looks the same, except its green and doesn't move as fast.
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