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Old 05-23-2005, 12:08 AM   #1
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Default 85watt bulbs for foglights

i have an 03 wrx,

one of my 55watt foglight bulbs burned out, ive had some 85watt fogs sitting around for a while now that i was curious about. Basically im wondering what is the worst that could happen if i used these 85watt bulbs for a relatively short period of time (the drive back up to connecitcut from georgia.. probably 6-8 hours worth of fog light use)

could i blow a fuse? or is the worst that could happen is some melted fog light wires?

thanks. i would just like the extra light output while driving so far at night.
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:10 AM   #2
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6-8 hours stop withthe ***** footin it
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:41 AM   #3
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its a 950mile drive. i leave around 12am im thinking 6hours of darkness till sunrise right? 6am is around sunrise?

the day before thanksgiving this year when i was sdriving home it took 18.5 hours due to rediculous traffic... that sucked. normally it takes 12-13 hours
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Old 05-23-2005, 02:40 AM   #4
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i ran 85W yellowstars in my 01 RS for a couple of months...before that 100W bulbs.....there is no problem....you may discolor the center reflector cap...but i never blew any fuses.
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Old 05-23-2005, 05:18 PM   #5
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Can you not turn your foglights off? Over 50 MPH they're only going to reduce your vision anyway.

Worst case scenario is the wires melt and start a fire. Second worse is a melt that takes out other wires. Third worse is the plastick reflectors melt. None of these are likely, but then I've never used the foglights on my WRX. I had Hella 500s on my RS and hardly used those, either.
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Old 05-24-2005, 01:29 PM   #6
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i ran 85W yellowstars in my 01 RS for a couple of months...before that 100W bulbs.....there is no problem....you may discolor the center reflector cap...but i never blew any fuses.
Not only might the reflector cap discolor, it may MISFORM, due to the heat. This cap is VERY important in helping the lamp deliver it's beam pattern. Once it is melted or changed in shape due to the heat, no bulb will correct the pattern.
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Old 05-24-2005, 02:34 PM   #7
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I've run 110W bulbs in there, I've never had a problem. But I would agree with ATX25RS with the discoloration potential.

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Old 05-26-2005, 08:40 AM   #8
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Can you not turn your foglights off? Over 50 MPH they're only going to reduce your vision anyway.
Is it because you are over-driving your lights above 50MPH when the high beams are not on? Is that what you mean by reducing your vision?

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Old 05-26-2005, 10:55 AM   #9
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how will it be reducing my vision? ill be driving on lots of highway with no street lights or anything. so i would think all the light i can get would be helpful. its reallllly dark and just the stock headlights SUCK
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how will it be reducing my vision? ill be driving on lots of highway with no street lights or anything. so i would think all the light i can get would be helpful. its reallllly dark and just the stock headlights SUCK
Foglights are foreground light. More foreground light contracts the pupil, reducing the amount you can see at longer distances, which is important the faster you go. Sure it "looks" better but it isn't, at least on the highway. It's not an issue of more light as much as where the light is pointed.

Try turning your gauge lights down (or off) as well. Light in the cabin is also distracting, and the Green gauges do have some glare. I'll agree the new WRX headlights are terrible (makes me really miss my RS), but foglights aren't the solution. Turning the gauges down will make a noticible difference; and since the warning lights aren't on the dimmer switch you won't miss any emergencies.
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Foglights are foreground light. More foreground light contracts the pupil, reducing the amount you can see at longer distances,
Does bulb color make a difference in this regard, like changing to amber bulbs?

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Old 05-26-2005, 11:31 AM   #12
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Does bulb color make a difference in this regard, like changing to amber bulbs?

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They will reduce glare, but not as much as if they were not on in the first place. For times when foglights are useful, yellow will do better than white or blue.
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They will reduce glare, but not as much as if they were not on in the first place. For times when foglights are useful, yellow will do better than white or blue.
I appreciate the feedback. I purchased Hella 500s to replace the factory MY02 WRX ones and had wondered about that.

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