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Burned Foglight

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by I Liquid I, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. Oct 8, 2010 at 11:08 PM
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    I Liquid I

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    So I changed my bulbs a bit ago. For some unknown imbecilic reason I decided to try those cheap ebay bulbs for my fogs, since I dont really need them that much. They are supposedly "Xenon HID 100w 12v 5000k color temperature" bulbs. Anyhow, I just wanted to see how they looked.

    To my surprise, they light pretty damn good for not being a real HID... I decided to drive with them all the time at night, because IM COOL LIKE THAT!

    About 1 month later I see my driver's side foglight with white stuff inside. I though it was fogging up. When I took it out I saw it was getting burned from the inside out. :(

    Apart from the obvious change of fog housing... do you all really thing these flimsy bulbs couldve done this and that I should change them?
     
  2. Oct 9, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    5000 K runs pretty hot. You dont get that amount of lumens on the road with out having an enclosure that vents the heat. I would get those suckers out of there, repair the damage and move on.

    Editorial comment: I grew up driving and racing European sports cars and back then fog lights and driving lights were exactly that- not a fashion statement for main street cruisers; they were on when needed and off when not. OEM "fog" and "driving" lights on todays vehicles are, with few exceptions, a product of the Marketing Department.
    If you want some, get a function designed product that actual engineers have produced.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2010 at 9:28 AM
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    IIRC the OEM fogs are 45w, try and stay in that range. 100w will definitely burn the socket and melt the housing.
     
  4. Oct 9, 2010 at 9:29 AM
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  5. Oct 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    +1 it has nothing to do with the light output, it's the wattage that determines how much heat they give off.

    For example, 35W HID's given a lot more light output than the 55W headlights, but they actually run cooler than the stock headlights.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2010 at 3:14 PM
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    FWIW the stock fogs light output is 4000k
     
  7. Oct 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM
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    5000K is the color, not the actual temp of the bulb...

    Get some 43-45 watt bulbs.
     
  8. Oct 11, 2010 at 5:17 PM
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    fogs=35 watt HID's FTW
     
  9. Oct 11, 2010 at 10:12 PM
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    Did you touch the bulb with your bare hands when installing?
     
  10. Oct 11, 2010 at 10:46 PM
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    Sorry for taking so long to reply.

    No I did not touch bulb, else it could explode or whatever do to finger grease or whatever. :confused:

    I havent changed the bulbs yet. The fog light is done for anyhow, not like I can repair that, even worse when its inside. Ive checked my other fog and my headlights. There is nothing on them. I touch them (the plastic) and its not that hot. Sow for now imma keep running them I think, or I might just change all my bulbs into HID or something.

    TY to you all for the help. I need to check that about the 45w so that I dont mess up my Taco... which was flawless in the front till this happened... now I cant stop looking at it... :mad:
     
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