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Old 07-15-2008, 03:04 AM   #1
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Default Hella 500 Bulb Questions.

So, here's what I'd like to get out of these lights.

1. I'd like them to function more like fog lights rather than BIG FAT FOCUSED BEAMS ON THE GROUND.

2. I'd like yellow light

If people could recommend me a bulb or something that will meet my needs, that would be incredible.

Also...erm...how do I change the bulbs in these things?
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Old 07-15-2008, 08:03 PM   #2
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well it sounds like you have the driving light. you need to get the fog light lents. they are fluted to spread out the light beam. for a yellow bulb....everone is going to tell you something different. i have tried a bunch and some are more yellow than others, but have less out put.

when i say "looking" i mean from the standpoint of a passer by not the driver.

hella yellowstars - nice output, but not to yellow "looking"
piaa ion crystals - expensive, short life but really yellow looking and the out put is pretty yellow also.
GP Thunder - i had these in my headlights. they "looked" great. the outputwas really yellow, but not soooo bright. (ebay)
mtecs - decent "lookin" but the output was more white than yellow.

to remove the bulbs there is a little screw on the bottom. removing this will release the lenses. and the bulbs are mounted behind the lenses.
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Old 07-15-2008, 09:43 PM   #3
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Get yellow fog light lenses and a white bulb.
Richard, owner of many, many rally cars over the years with lots of lights in the garage.
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Old 07-16-2008, 05:56 PM   #4
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so where do I get the fog light lens?
I do like these driving lights, but I need a much less focused output.
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:45 PM   #5
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If they are hella 500s, the fog and driving lenses (glass and metal) should be interchangeable within the plastic housing. Here's a sample of each lens; the fog lenses are the first two and the driving lens is the third light.

You can get the fog lenses with clear glass and use a yellow bulb, or get the ones with yellow lenses if they still make them. I got all my parts from rallylights.com.

I had had fog and driving lenses for my RS when I wasn't sure which one would be better.
In the stock position the driving lights were way too low and in all but the absolute worst weather the fog lights created too much near glare as well. To be honest they spent 99.9% of the time off with plastic covers over them. A much better (but more expensive) investment was a pair of Morette lights, which used standard Cibie H4 round headlights and Tango driving lights that were mounted high enough to provide excellent lighting in the pitch darkness of central Illinois where I was driving at the time.

Sadly they're not easy to come by, are expensive, and the plastic is pretty thin. But the optics are first rate, and easy to replace.

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Old 07-18-2008, 08:44 PM   #6
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