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Old 07-17-2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Default Tell me about your road lights. Need buying advice.

Hi everyone, I'm driving a 2012 STi hatchback and I'm looking to add a Rally Innovations light bar and a couple driving lights. I want to be able to see stupid animals on the road before I run into them while driving around backroad highways in BC.

The sheer variety of stuff available and trying to tell whether it's crap or not is a bit overwhelming. I've been recommended stuff by Hella (500FF), Cibie, PIAA (40 or 520), and Baja Designs (Fuegos). The Hellas are WAY cheaper than everything else, are they any good? What's the deal with the blue/yellow look on some of the PIAA lights? What would you recommend?

I understand HID gives you much more light output per watt of power, but is it worth $600 for a pair of 35 watt HIDs vs $200 for similar lamps with 55 watt halogens? I may only be using these things in a serious way two or three times a year.

What is a good way to wire up whatever I get on a 2012 STi? I've found other threads with vague descriptions of what was done, but no good instructions.

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Old 07-17-2012, 05:19 PM   #2
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Hella 500FF driving lamps and a set of clear stone-shields.

Example of stone-shields: http://www.rallylights.com/detail.aspx?ID=1726

Hella supplies a harness with a relay with a set of lamps. Or make your own harness.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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I would go with Hella 500's with 100w bulbs. You will need to upgrade the fuse to a 20 amp but it's totally worth it. With the 100w bulbs you see so much more and a lot farther down the road. The Hella's come with everything you need and are real easy to install. I have a set of 500's and 700's all with 100w bulbs. I see everything.

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Old 07-20-2012, 12:11 AM   #4
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I had Hella 500 driving lights on my bugeye - they helped a TON against deers.

Mind you, you have way more options than you think. First, stock bulbs suck and you can replace them VERY easily by better models, with just one little plastic tab cutoff. DYI instructions are on NASIOC, and it takes minutes.
We're not speaking about some crappy aftermarket cool blue bulbs - just different types of OEM bulbs, running ~10W higher, with no strain on the wires and a crystal clear glass. Lows can be upgraded from H11 to H9, and highs from 9005 to 9011(HIR).

The second possibility is switching to HID bixenons, using a TRS retrofit (which is what I did on my 08) setting you back ~350$ and a weekend of fiddling. The light output now is such that I don't feel the need for any additonal lights. This should be combined with the stock high beam upgrade.

Some approximate numbers:

stock lows: H11, 1350 lumens (out of which, roughly half are projected ahead due to the cutoff shield)
stock highs: 9005, 1700 lumens
Total: 1350/2+1700 = ~ 2400 lumens with everything turned on

better lows: H9, 2100 lumens
better highs: HIR (9011), 2300 lumens
Total: 2100/2+2300 = ~ 3400 lumens with everything turned on

HID lows: D2S, 3200 lumens
Better highs, HIR (9011), 2300 lumens
Total: 3200 +2300 = 5500 lumens with everything turned on.

(note that the bixenon feature raises the cutoff shield from the lows when high beam signal is on, which effectively doubles the amout of light going forward from them - and which is why for the total illumination I haven't divided the contribution of lows by two. This is NOT available on Subaru's OEM HIDs given they have a fixed shield and always illuminate in a low-beam patterns)

Finally, Hellas lights run on 55W H3 bulbs, which emit 1500 lumens.

Hope it helps!

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Old 07-20-2012, 04:13 PM   #5
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I'm looking at a similar option for my 2012 WRX, I'm gonna take a look at upgrading headlights but another quality option would be LED lights, Rigid Industries is who i have looked into and my roomate has Vision X on his car, they really light up the road, they are pretty steep in price, but in my case it is much cheaper than hitting a moose and destroying my car.

Also, it may be cheaper for you to work with a custom fabricator in your town to build the light bar, i am currently in the process of building one similar to this to hopefully mount up before winter/darkness befalls me up here in Alaska, check it out,

Also here is the link to Rigid Industries page, http://www.rigidindustries.com/Default.asp, check out the SR series lights for light bars and the Dually lights for fog light applications.
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