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Old 06-04-2008, 01:07 AM
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Wire fog lights to parking lights?

So most of these JDM fog lights have no switch or wiring. So I was thinking about just wiring them to the running lights instead. I almost always drive with my lights on anyways (I live in Seattle and 90% of the time it is gray and overcast here). What do you guys think? I mean yeah it would be cleaner to get a switch and do all the wiring but... well I'm lazy.
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Old 06-04-2008, 04:37 AM
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I think it's illegal to have them and not have a seperate switch. But having said that, that's the only issue I have with it.

Having played around under the dash of the lude I think it would be so much simpler to just find a switch and loom assembly than to try and tap power off of the headlights, but each to their own.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:15 AM
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i think it would be way better to rig them to the parkin lights so it looks more legit from the inside jus fliiping the swith on the turning signal once... especially cuz u wont have jus the fog lights on and not the running light or headlights...but then again if u dont want the fog lights on and u jus want the headlights on then u have a problem then u have 2 switched to worry bout so its all ur personal opinion...my friend took his cruise control out and used that for his foglights so if ud like u can do somethin like taht too
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Old 06-05-2008, 03:07 AM
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I had mine hooked up to my side markers awhile back and everything worked just fine...I of course ran an inline fuse just to be safe
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What is the wattage are the bulbs? If they are standard 55w halogen bulb then I would run them off a relay triggered by the low beams. That way they work as factory fogs would and you wouldnt worry about overloading a small circuit like your park lamps that is only protected by a 10a fuse and uses small wiring. Relays will be your best friend if you take a few minutes and understand their potential. If they are just like a 17w or some small incandesent lamp then Im sure you will be fine.
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If you're lazy wouldn't it be easier to just get the wiring harness that goes to it?
the car should already be wired for the fogs
the OE wiring harness should plug right in to a connection somewhere behind the bumper I believe.
the only actual work you have to do is mounting the relay under the dash, and I'm pretty sure it shares a screw hole with another relay that's already there.
search around, I know I've found PDF with the installation instructions on one of the sites that sells the full kits.
like passwordjdm or something
if I happen to find it I'll throw the link up here for you
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HAHA I thought I just told someone this the other day... turns out I did
not the PDF I found but good enough anyway
http://www.honda-tech.com/zerothread/2314019

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LOL here's the PDF from HandA
http://www.handa-accessories.com/pre...efoglights.pdf
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What is the wattage are the bulbs?
Foglights bulbs are exactly the same as headlight bulbs. Ahh, the joys of Prelude ownership...
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Yeah...they all suck!! lol. Im kindof a lighting geek. I sooooo badly want PIAA GTX bulbs. I had them in my Tacoma and they were phenominal. The color was a great mix of intensity and ilumination under foul weather. I got the Xtreme Whites and I dont know if there isnt enough glass to get a good color or what but my rear was a little sore after and I bought them even at cost. I would love some retros its just out of my budget.

So, Im not real sure if I would run the fogs off the parks. 55w x2 is close to 10a and the factroy circuit is protected at 15 or maybe even 10. The park lights of the vehicle are ususally around 4-6a. Kinda on the verge. Entirely possible you will run them with out issue. Your choice, your car.
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What kind of experience should you have if you were to install them properly yourself? Is it going to cost me alot to get the swtich and wiring? Everyone selling the JDM fogs want $300 and that's without any bulbs/wires/switch.
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Fitting them with all the required looms etc takes an hour tops, and can be done by anybody who has a small knowledge. You basically have to plug one wire at the front, bolt and earth, then fit the lights in using the factory mounting system, easy.

Then you get under the dash, the destructions ask you to locate another plug, so you can plug another wire into it. Plug a few more into the connections that are already there and you're set.

You say that they are selling without the wires or switch, how did they run them?
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Fitting them with all the required looms etc takes an hour tops, and can be done by anybody who has a small knowledge. You basically have to plug one wire at the front, bolt and earth, then fit the lights in using the factory mounting system, easy.

Then you get under the dash, the destructions ask you to locate another plug, so you can plug another wire into it. Plug a few more into the connections that are already there and you're set.

You say that they are selling without the wires or switch, how did they run them?
I'm assuming they're leaving the car wired so they can install whatever fogs they want.
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Um don't know if this will help you would have to figure the wiring from USDM to JDM though

http://www.handaaccessories.com/prel...efoglights.pdf

Plus find the parts.
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Um don't know if this will help you would have to figure the wiring from USDM to JDM though

http://www.handaaccessories.com/prel...efoglights.pdf

Plus find the parts.
Actually that is kind of helpful, thanks.
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No problem hope you find a solution.
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Um don't know if this will help you would have to figure the wiring from USDM to JDM though
The only difference is the plug on the back of the switch to my knowledge.
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Um don't know if this will help you would have to figure the wiring from USDM to JDM though

http://www.handaaccessories.com/prel...efoglights.pdf

Plus find the parts.
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Re: Wire fog lights to parking lights?

From what I know it is illegal (in Ontario) to have your fog lights wired as parking lights or not have it's own switch. Technically, it's illegal to have more then 2 sets of running lights at once, so if your high beams are on. Your fogs are SUPPOSE to turn off but that's never the case :)
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