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Does anyone have any experience with these? they would be bright enough for driving or fog lamps but I was thinking they might work as DRLs or auxiliary backup lights.

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according to the web page: "Note: The is a city light lamp and does not function like a driving or fog lamp."
so i assume you meant to say "they would _NOT_ be bright enough for driving or fog lamps" above. i suspect their use as DRLs or aux backup would be marginal.
 

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I saw the disclaimer, but thought someone might have actual experience with the product.

I have a long narrow driveway right next to my house, and the OEM backup lights don't really do the trick with the dark glass. I'm looking for an auxiliary backup light that I can mount under the rear bumper, possibly pointed toward the sides to light up the wall.
 

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yeah, i have a long alley to drive to get to the garage, so i'm empathetic to your situation, especially since i back into the garage.
it may be the only way to find out is to risk $25.
 

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I found the exact same part for under $10 delivered, so I ordered a set to experiment with. If they don't work out as auxiliary backup lamps, I'm certain I can find another application.
 

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They are good as DRL's. I have now added 2 more and they are 4 in a row for a very noticeable look from the front to avert the "pull out in front of you" people. These are very bright to look at from the front, but they really don't light up the road for night driving. They are a sharp light quality, and different enough in color and quality to get attention of other drivers, and for me that is all I was looking for, just to be seen.
 

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They are good as DRL's. I have now added 2 more and they are 4 in a row for a very noticeable look from the front to avert the "pull out in front of you" people. These are very bright to look at from the front, but they really don't light up the road for night driving. They are a sharp light quality, and different enough in color and quality to get attention of other drivers, and for me that is all I was looking for, just to be seen.
Looks good.
 

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They are good as DRL's. . . . These are very bright to look at from the front, but they really don't light up the road for night driving.
Thanks for the feedback.

If they don't help light up my homes' beige siding right next to the driveway, I may stiil use them as aux backup lights - cross traffic on my street is fierce. I might look at mounting them as DRLs, but I don't want to mess with adding the canadian relay and wiring for a $10 light kit.
 

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E_BikeR, it looks very good!!! Congrats.

And the pics with the mountains are amazing!!!! (you know what I mean, me living in Ohio but being used to the mountains)
 

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I have been meaning to make a post wondering if someone has done anything similar to the new Audi's. This is very close and probably the most practical. Good job.
 

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This is what I have been trying to perfect it. I need to re-do the plastic cover inside. And also adjust the projectors to align the beam more correctly. That's the most I can fit the LED inside the housing without redoing the oem black inner plastic housing. I'm still pondering how to fit more leds...
 

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WOW!!!! DUAL projectors AND LEDs!!

Very nice. You are going to need to post
some pix of how you did this. You will
not hear the end of it if you don't!!!

Looks really cool!!!!
 

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Thanks folks, you've answered my question. :)
 

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This is what I have been trying to perfect it. I need to re-do the plastic cover inside. And also adjust the projectors to align the beam more correctly. That's the most I can fit the LED inside the housing without redoing the oem black inner plastic housing. I'm still pondering how to fit more leds...
that is AWESOME more pictures please
 

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My attempt at making the cover...<P>
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Overcooked...<P>
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Still overcooked...<P>
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Checking the LEDs...<P>
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Daytime LED...<P>
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Nighttime LED with HID...<P>
 

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Daytime HID...<P>
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Closed up Daytime LED and HID...<P>

I'm still going to open up and redesign the housing. My goal is to put the LEDs from edge to edge. The led that I used was design for the car (12V), but I found that when I jumpstart my car the other day, I guess the voltage surge kill 1 of the led. I'm planning to install a 12V regulator just for the leds to keep them last longer. The HID projectors I used were FX35 Bi-Xenon 8000K 55W HID. They are extremely bright. You won't believe it. Both projectors have built-in solenoid for the high beam. Leaving my hid on for 5-10 mins would kill the battery (Maybe my battery not 100% full charge). I've adjusted them to shine the beam low so not to blind others and I did test them driving my friend's car to make sure its working legally. My plan is also to install a switch, so that I only use 1 pair of HID on normal use, and I can turn on the second pair when its needed. The outer pair was adjusted slightly at an angle to the sides, so when I'm driving on rural roads, I can see a whole lot more. Safety...
 

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I forgot to mention. I help replace my friend's oem hid to a 35W 8000K bulb. Mine is dual 55W 8000K. Since mine is 55W, the color is whiter, his is bluer, and once I turn on my lights, is like comparing a 25W home incandescent bulb to a 100W version, it is that much of a difference. The first night I drove was pretty intense, I was kind of worried with the police, but since I adjust the light at the correct angle as not to blind others, I've passed by police cars and they seems to be fine with it...
 

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man those are freaking crazy can we get a picture of how they shine on the road and the cut off.

one of the best retrofited headlights i have ever seen on a element.
great job

-Garrett
 

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Thanks for the remarks! ivc's HID install is sharp. This site is terrific for new ideas and designs.

Keep modding!
 
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