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The ultimate foglight upgrade H11 (not LED or HID)

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by crashnburn80, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. Mar 7, 2019 at 9:11 AM
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    Volsa H11 or GE Mega Light +130
     
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  2. Mar 7, 2019 at 9:33 AM
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    Looks to be but I wojld verify with GE directly
     
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  3. Mar 7, 2019 at 11:24 AM
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    I think you're mixed up because there are two ways to eliminate glare from the tip of a halogen bulb. (Glare being undirected light.) In more current headlights, there is a glare cap built into the headlight housing that the bulb sits behind. This cap reflects light from the tip of the bulb back at the reflector and thus out in front of the vehicle in the pattern the engineers designed. Since the glare cap is built into the housing, there is not need to add a painted on glare cap on the bulb.

    This brings us to the other way to prevent glare from the tip of a halogen bulb - by adding a painted on a glare cap. This type of bulb is designed to be used in housings that do not have a built in glare cap. The problem arises when you put a bulb with no painted on glare cap into a housing with no built in glare cap. You end up with what I'll just call "undisciplined" light aimed forward which shows up as glare for oncoming drivers. Does that make more sense?
     
  4. Mar 10, 2019 at 7:11 PM
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    So. Much. Information..

    Toying between these and Off Road Town LEDs... *sigh*
     
  6. Mar 12, 2019 at 7:15 PM
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    This upgrade will provide much wider pattern coverage and higher raw output, however the stock fog cut offs are not great, meaning it will also increase glare. The ORTown LED pods will have strong cut offs, but less area coverage. If you drive with your fogs on often with oncoming vehicles, the ORTown pods are a better fit.
     
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    I have one burned out currently so I don’t drive with them on anymore, but I would always leave them on. I have the fog light mod where they can come on anytime. I like the idea of this one, I’m just concerned with the life limits of these. I do all the driving for my shop so constant on so Texas summer temperatures are also a concern. I would go with the KC lights if it wasn’t an extra $100 bill on top of either option.
     
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    Got link or pic?
     
  10. Mar 13, 2019 at 9:48 AM
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    It’s in the very first post of this thread. He has pictures and data of all the output and appearance
     
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    The KCs are more expensive for sure, but the quality is worth it IMO if going to LED. The will provide fuller and wider area coverage than the ORTown lights and they are backed by a 23yr warranty. The light color of the KCs is also better at 5000k vs the higher color temp of the ORTown. If driving with your fogs on all the time, an SAE J583 LED is going to be a better fit. Any of the halogen options have reduced life over stock. The halogen upgrade is really intended for use only when needed, not full time use. If you wanted halogen full time, I would go with the Subaru housing fog mod for stronger cut offs and run H9s which will provide the same output level but lower temperature. An H9 has a 250 hour life span which is about 1/4 that of an standard H11, but H9s are inexpensive. I do think the KC G4s would be the best option for you.

    I'm not sure what you are refering to, the Off Road Town fogs? The LED fogs are all covered here:
    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/the-led-sae-j583-fog-pod-fog-light-review.554813/
     
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    Yea I’m leaning towards the G4 now. I’ve reached out to some friends to see what their cost is on them.
     
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    Trust me, you will not be disappointed with them.
     
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