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Old 02-27-2008, 05:10 PM   #1
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An attempt to make 9-3 headlights and foglights suck less. A test.

I bought some bulbs last week from RallyLights.com thanks to a belated birthday gift card.

I bought Osram Optilux 85/80W Hyper with 2400/1750 lumens, by, and Hella 55watt Yellow star fogs.


Stock 55w/60w bulbs:

Osram Optilux 80w/85w:

Stock Fog bulbs:

Hella Yellow star:


I did not take pictures of the high beams, but I can tell based on what I saw on the garage the pattern is much better.

I also called rallylights and asked about the wattage and factory wiring. These are about the most watts you can get and still keep your harness and whatnot.


I'm happy so far. We'll see how they do out in the "country" next week.


I'm pretty "meh" on the fogs though.
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:12 PM   #2
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are the optilux the +whatever bulbs?



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Yellowstars make a big difference on clear optics with a round lamp (ie Hella 500's or 700's). I can't imagine the cut glass, rectangular lamps of the 93 fog setup would work well with it...The Optilux's look good, sounds like it might be a decent upgrade for the 93 headlights.

You try e-codes yet?
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Nice. Would the Optilux work on the 9-5, I wonder . . .
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Old 02-27-2008, 05:35 PM   #5
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I saw a similar improvement when I installed Osram nightbreaker +90's in my 900. Only downside is the $$$ price.
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That damn light control relays says something like 60/65w Max. Anyone had some higher wattage bulbs in for a long period of time?
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Old 02-27-2008, 06:00 PM   #7
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Yeah about the wattage, I'd figure a fuse would blow or something. That or melt some wireing?

Right?
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How do these stack up next to the osram night breakers? Or since they are a higher wattage, they are thus superior?
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Yeah about the wattage, I'd figure a fuse would blow or something. That or melt some wireing?

Right?

They were on for 30 minutes tonight. If I was to let the smoke out of something, I imagine it would have happened by now.

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How do these stack up next to the osram night breakers? Or since they are a higher wattage, they are thus superior?
I don't know!

Specs on the night breakers?




As for the E-codes...I want to get a set, but 150 is a bit much. I'll see what presents itself.


I'm like the fogs more now, there is a more even, noticeable light than before.
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Dude I told you about that mod to the fog lights.....it really works.
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Palmer, what size lights does your car take?

I have a bunch of donors of varying brands now that I have ordered HIDs.

If you have h7 and/or h3 I have a few PIAA set ups you might want to try.
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9-3 are H4 for the headlights, and H1 for the fogs.


Thanks for the offer though, I would like to try some different bulbs in the fogs...

They are called "yellowstar" but they look pretty white to me.

I want yellow like in an 80's benz.
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I picked my HID set up for under $200, and it would been less if I didn't have to upgrade my wattage to accomidate HAL.

They make hid fogs in a slick 3000k yellow, I don't know how they would look sans a projector.

Doesn't GS offer projector fogs for your model?

That would be sweet.

Sweet and friggin expensive.
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The projectors are 160.


For 150 I could get Ecode headlight lenses that are better (supposedly). I would feel better about spending the money on those instead of the fogs.

I would like to see pictures of the ecodes like mine to "prove" it though.

The HID fog setup would be sweet.

Have you seen a Lexus IS300 light setup? Stock, those look killer.


Hmm, I wonder what a set of IS fogs goes for...
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The projectors are 160.


For 150 I could get Ecode headlight lenses that are better (supposedly). I would feel better about spending the money on those instead of the fogs.

I would like to see pictures of the ecodes like mine to "prove" it though.

The HID fog setup would be sweet.

Have you seen a Lexus IS300 light setup? Stock, those look killer.


Hmm, I wonder what a set of IS fogs goes for...
You just inspired me.

I just had PIAA Super plasma H3 fogs installed, I just don't like them.

So, I just order a set of 55w H3 HID in 3000k super yellow for the fogs.

My first set hasn't even arrived yet but what the hell.
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Haha, sweet. You must know what I mean about the IS lighting then.


Take pictures!
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I was using 80/100w in projector housings without lenses. Stock wires/fuses.

I assume that the inner plastic housings would have melted from the heat but the wires and fuses were fine.

They were in there roughly 9 months including SOC '07.


I don't have them in at the mo, for the sole reason that my headlights were changed by insurance after busting them in a little bump-in with a Honda.


I am currently using 65/75w until I can re-do my projectors.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:29 AM   #19
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Have you seen a Lexus IS300 light setup? Stock, those look killer.


Hmm, I wonder what a set of IS fogs goes for...
Maybe try these? My buddy had them on his STI.
They're colored capsules that you install into your fog housings. My friend said he's never had any problems with heat build up causing shorter bulb life with these installed.

They look really nice and are ALOT more yellow than any non hid yellow bulb I have seen.
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Old 02-28-2008, 08:31 AM   #20
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Huh, I'll have to check those out.
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