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Best Fog Lamps for 20007 G5 SE?

I got the bumper inserts for the fogs and wondering if anyone knows of what fog lamps would work best. I also want these wired so that they are hot only during key "on". If anyone has a recommendation that would be awesome.


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I bought a Morimoto 50w 6K HID kit for my fogs from theretrofitsource.com, and they came with wiring harness with a relay on it. I wired the relay's power directly to the positive terminal under the hood, and the relay on switch I ran through the firewall to an on/off switch, which connected to a fuse in my fuse box under my dash. It gives power to the HID's only when I turn the car on or when it is all the way in accessory, but I can turn them off via the switch. Best way to do it IMO.

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I bought a Morimoto 50w 6K HID kit for my fogs from theretrofitsource.com, and they came with wiring harness with a relay on it. I wired the relay's power directly to the positive terminal under the hood, and the relay on switch I ran through the firewall to an on/off switch, which connected to a fuse in my fuse box under my dash. It gives power to the HID's only when I turn the car on or when it is all the way in accessory, but I can turn them off via the switch. Best way to do it IMO.
Does this keep the ballast charged up too? I'm guessing no, or your battery would be dead all the time, but just want to be certain.

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I got the bumper inserts for the fogs and wondering if anyone knows of what fog lamps would work best. I also want these wired so that they are hot only during key "on". If anyone has a recommendation that would be awesome.


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You can use the switch idea mentioned above, or just hook your power line of the fog up to the ignition or ACC wire rather than the battery. Then whenever the car is on, the fogs are on.
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Does this keep the ballast charged up too? I'm guessing no, or your battery would be dead all the time, but just want to be certain.
no, ballasts don't charge up, if the ballasts have power then the HID's are on. Relays are basically switches, so the circuit is closed when the car is off, even though the relay is connected directly to the positive battery terminal. It draws no power whatsoever when the car is off.

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no, ballasts don't charge up, if the ballasts have power then the HID's are on.
unless the relay were on the bulb side of the ballast, butI don't see the point to that as it would fry the ballast and drain the battery. I bet its been done tho to avoid the charge up look of the bulbs. I've already considered making my own relay to do this for my fogs so they dont have to charge up every time i turn on the high beams

and to the OP, for fogs, its not as important which kit you get. You can spend the big bucks for a top quality one, or $30 for an ebay kit, theyre just fog lights so if something happens its not a huge deal until its fixed. Just get something with a warranty for at least a year. I personally use a kit from ebay for $40, and its worked awesome. Just ordered headlights from the same seller (no China for me though).
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I watched my head light kit for about a month and the price dropped from $100 down to $70 (with free shipping) for a week long sale.

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unless the relay were on the bulb side of the ballast, butI don't see the point to that as it would fry the ballast and drain the battery. I bet its been done tho to avoid the charge up look of the bulbs. I've already considered making my own relay to do this for my fogs so they dont have to charge up every time i turn on the high beams
to put them on that side of the ballast, you'd have to cut the wires connecting the bulb to the ballast, voiding any warranty you would have on the HID kit. And yeah you'd fry the ballasts too. Also, it's the xenon gas in the bulbs that take a few seconds to warm up, so even if the ballasts were already "charged", you'd still have a warm-up period. However, if you buy the good quality brand kits, such as my Morimoto 5five kits I have in my retros and fogs, they are quickfire, which makes them warm up significantly faster than most kits, almost eliminating "warm-up" time.

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to put them on that side of the ballast, you'd have to cut the wires connecting the bulb to the ballast, voiding any warranty you would have on the HID kit. And yeah you'd fry the ballasts too. Also, it's the xenon gas in the bulbs that take a few seconds to warm up, so even if the ballasts were already "charged", you'd still have a warm-up period. However, if you buy the good quality brand kits, such as my Morimoto 5five kits I have in my retros and fogs, they are quickfire, which makes them warm up significantly faster than most kits, almost eliminating "warm-up" time.
Yeah good point, I didnt even think about the gas actually. Come to think of it, the voltage output on the ballast would probably cook the relay also.
I gotta start buying better brand stuff being such a perfectionist I guess haha.
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Yeah good point, I didnt even think about the gas actually. Come to think of it, the voltage output on the ballast would probably cook the relay also.
I gotta start buying better brand stuff being such a perfectionist I guess haha.
TheRetrofitSourcesells pretty awesome HID kits. Granted they are a bit more pricey, but their customer service is excellent. I had a problem with one HID ballast, they shipped a replacement out to me the same day I emailed them, no questions. All I had to do was cut the wire off the broken one and send them a picture. They are great.

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