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Old 06-23-2005, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default 100W bulbs in Hella 500's. OMFG!

So I've been driving around with a broken lens housing since someone backed into me last winter. Nice bouncy lights. Argh.

Anyway, last night I finally mounted a new housing, and put 100W bulbs into my driving pattern Hella 500's.

OMFG. It's almost as much of a difference as going from no aux lights to the 55W pair they come with. The only downsides are that:

1. I REALLY can't use them if there is any oncoming traffic less than a mile away.

2. The hot spot of the beams are *really* hot, which makes everything else seem dimmer, I think I'm going to need to add a pair of high-aimed fog pattern lamps to my bar to fill in.

Temperatures seem fine, the lenses were maybe 100-120 degrees after a 20 minute drive, and the backs of the housings were cool. Wiring was cool too.

I don't think I need to worry about nighttime moose any more. They need to worry about me, they'll burst into flames if the beam hits them square...
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Old 06-23-2005, 01:12 PM   #2
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i had 100w bulbs in my hellas beofre the yellow stars...be warned that 500's are proned to heat fractures, and you may end up with a huge crack down the lens...i know i have seen it on a couple of fog pattern 500's....dont think i have ever seen it on driving beams though..
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Old 06-23-2005, 01:24 PM   #3
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Welcome to joys of auxiliary lighting.

As long as your moving, you shouldn't have to worry much about heat fractures, though when stopped, it's recommended that you turn them off since you have bulbs over 55w. Did you upgrade the wiring or just plug straight into the OEM foglamp wiring?
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Old 06-23-2005, 06:26 PM   #4
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Welcome to joys of auxiliary lighting.

As long as your moving, you shouldn't have to worry much about heat fractures, though when stopped, it's recommended that you turn them off since you have bulbs over 55w. Did you upgrade the wiring or just plug straight into the OEM foglamp wiring?
The 500's are on a light bar with their own fused and relayed low-gauge wiring that runs straight off the battery. I haven't touched the (useless) stock fogs yet.
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Old 06-23-2005, 06:52 PM   #5
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be also warned that high wattage bulbs don't last as long as the lower wattage ones. I had some 160w ones that only lasted a couple of night time rallies.

RR

oh yeah, welcome to the world auxillary lighting. don't forget to post your set up in the "Ultimate Thread" for all to see.


here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=673117
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Old 10-16-2006, 12:57 AM   #6
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To bump an old thread.... have you run into any problems since, running this setup?
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