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Old 12-10-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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Default HID low beams AND HID Fogs? Power Draw?

I got the 35w 6000k DDM Raptor kit for my Lowbeams, and i just noticed one of my fog lights is burnt out (which really bugs me and I swear every Bonneville or GP i see has only one working fog light) and I want to install the 55w 6000 or 8000k kit for my Fog Lights!

I was just curious of what kind of power draw i might see. I know thats kind of a weird question, especially coming from a guy with a SPL system in his trunk but now that i spent a little time tuning, and using some conservative action (running at 4 ohms instead of 1) I dont have a bouncy volt gauge any more. I actually had a buddy stop by to hear my system so i took him for a ride and he is like "Oh My Fricken Lord thats loud! and your lights dont even dim" and it made me smile.

what kind of constant draw does a 55w HID kit pull? And i know this question has been asked a dozen times, but do we have a difinitive answer to whether a 55w kit will produce to much heat for the small confines of a fog light housing?
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I am running 55W 6000k HIDs for lows and 55W 4300k for highs and 35W 6000k for fog (plug n play) Had a problem when set up the 55W tried just plug an play but must have been to hard on the factory wiring cause only 1 would stay one so I got the extra wiring harness/kit it came with a relay wired it direct to power source and seems fine and that was about a year ago so they my pull a bit power........hope this helps keep in mind that my kit was pretty cheap so I guess you pay for quality!
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I am running 55W 6000k HIDs for lows and 55W 4300k for highs and 35W 6000k for fog (plug n play) Had a problem when set up the 55W tried just plug an play but must have been to hard on the factory wiring cause only 1 would stay one so I got the extra wiring harness/kit it came with a relay wired it direct to power source and seems fine and that was about a year ago so they my pull a bit power........hope this helps keep in mind that my kit was pretty cheap so I guess you pay for quality!
Yes, you do pay for quality. DDMTuning is one place many people have had great experiences with. I have their 55W kit in my Regal on the low beams. I have some ebay brand in the Bonneville, 35W low beams, and one of them has a hard time turning on sometimes.

High beam HIDs is a really bad idea. Those ballasts do not like being constantly turned on and off. In addition, high beams are generally supposed to be available for use in emergency situations. HIDs, especially 55W HIDs, take a while to warm up to maximum brightness.

Raptor, I would not recommend 55W HIDs for your fog lights. That'* way too bright of a light to use as a fog light on your car given the design of the reflector, and so is the 35W HID. You will blind a lot of people and likely get pulled over and ticketed for it. The GXP guys have project foglight lenses that are more forgiving of HIDs.

Power draw will be as labeled, 55W or 35W depending on the kit you use.

There is no definitive answer yet for whether or not the 55W HIDs produce too much heat for a foglight housing. There have been claims made that the reflector or surrounding plastics were damaged, but I have yet to see a single shred of evidence or proof that this has actually happened. You'd figure someone would take a picture if their HID damaged their housing due to heat, but so far I haven't seen a single one. If you MUST use a HID in your fog light housing, stick with a 35W and get your lens tinted.
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