Can you replace fog light bulbs with 50w LEDs?

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I see that the original halogen fog light bulbs are 35w H8, the most common LED replacement bulbs on Amazon are 50w, are they going to work as fog light replacements? Or is it going to draw too much power and potentially cause damage or simply not work?



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given how thin the wiring for the headlights on this car are I wouldn't replace 35 watt bulbs with 50 watt bulbs, the whole point of LED is to be a lower power draw not higher.
 

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I see that the original halogen fog light bulbs are 35w H8, the most common LED replacement bulbs on Amazon are 50w, are they going to work as fog light replacements? Or is it going to draw too much power and potentially cause damage or simply not work?
Isn't the 50W for the pair of LEDs whereas the 35W halogen is for a single bulb?
 

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I'd assume the "50w LEDs" are lumen equivalent (or more) to a 50w halogen bulb. They likely consume a fraction of 50w. If you post a link, we could likely verify this for you.

As an example... a set of H11 Hikaris were supposed to have about 3x the lumen output of stock halogens. Hikari stated they consume 28w, and the halogen bulbs generally draw 55w. Dual Hi/Lo filament bulbs are typically 55/65w.

I'd be shocked if fogs draw any more than headlights, assuming those were specifically made for that application.
 
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35 watts halogen bulb draw 3 amps ( 35w / 12volts
50 watts LED draw same current as a 9 watts "normal" bulb ; 9 w / 12 v = 0.75 amp

In theory we can say that to draw 3 amps like the 35 watt halogen, we should install a 140 watt LED

It is safe for a car ( or anything ) to use LED where you have any kind of bulb
 
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Is it safe? Yes. Can you? Yes. Should you?

Absolutely not.

Your foglights will now be totally useless as foglights, and every time they're on all oncoming traffic will be able to see is your LED foglights in reflector housings. If you want LED foglights, get Morimoto XBs or Touring OEM lights.
 

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Agreed that I believe it would be okay so far as power consumption. Remember that there is a fuse that protects the wiring. If you try to draw too much amperage through; the fuse is designed to be the sacrificial weak link.

But also agree that improper use of LED lighting on the road gives me a headache.

Good luck.
 

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Is it safe? Yes. Can you? Yes. Should you?

Absolutely not.

Your foglights will now be totally useless as foglights, and every time they're on all oncoming traffic will be able to see is your LED foglights in reflector housings. If you want LED foglights, get Morimoto XBs or Touring OEM lights.
I second this.
 

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Yeah 50W is a bit too much. Check out my Amazon store, I have the dual color fog lights that you can have both white and yellow output on the fog lights. They are 35W.
www.amazon.com/shop/civicsocialclub
 

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I'd assume the "50w LEDs" are lumen equivalent (or more) to a 50w halogen bulb. They likely consume a fraction of 50w. If you post a link, we could likely verify this for you.

As an example... a set of H11 Hikaris were supposed to have about 3x the lumen output of stock halogens. Hikari stated they consume 28w, and the halogen bulbs generally draw 55w. Dual Hi/Lo filament bulbs are typically 55/65w.

I'd be shocked if fogs draw any more than headlights, assuming those were specifically made for that application.
As an electrician I can tell you that you are correct, it's 50W equivalent, will not draw 50W
 

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As an electrician I can tell you that you are correct, it's 50W equivalent, will not draw 50W
...as an electrician, though not a real/licensed one, just one that’s given the title and a little training by the navy and turned loose to do their worst and to figure it out as we go... I appreciate it. :thumbsup:
 

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...as an electrician, though not a real/licensed one, just one that’s given the title and a little training by the navy and turned loose to do their worst and to figure it out as we go... I appreciate it. :thumbsup:
Ok idiot, goto home depot and buy a 50 or 60W led bulb and put a meter to it, if you can even figure that out and post your results of the draw, it's ok your meter won't do watts, I'll convert and do the math for you
 

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Ok idiot, goto home depot and buy a 50 or 60W led bulb and put a meter to it, if you can even figure that out and post your results of the draw, it's ok your meter won't do watts, I'll convert and do the math for you
I think you misunderstood his post. You might want to read it again.
 

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Ok idiot, goto home depot and buy a 50 or 60W led bulb and put a meter to it, if you can even figure that out and post your results of the draw, it's ok your meter won't do watts, I'll convert and do the math for you
Really? I was agreeing with you. I am well aware that they’re marketed as an ‘equivalent to’ incandescent bulbs based on their lumens.

I was just stating I’ve been an electrician in the navy for 17 years, though I don’t dismiss the licensing and abilities you have in your trade. You’re being an ass.
 

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Really? I was agreeing with you. I am well aware that they’re marketed as an ‘equivalent to’ incandescent bulbs based on their lumens.

I was just stating I’ve been an electrician in the navy for 17 years, though I don’t dismiss the licensing and abilities you have in your trade. You’re being an ass.
Debatable on who's being an ass, but whatever, I wasn't trained by the navy, or any other branch of the military either, eligible for my license in 18 months tho, didn't mean to come off wrong but at first glance it was a bit insulting
 

                           

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