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Old 01-28-2012, 03:46 PM   #1
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Low Buck Plug-n-play Fog Lights

After swapping out my OEM front bumper for an aftermarket one, I found myself missing my fog lights. As a result I started looking for solutions to get them back. Ideally, I wanted something that was cheap and something that was plug-n-play with the factory wiring. The first thing I did was buy a set of these plugs from Steve White Motors so I could tap into the factory wiring. Cost= ~$21

Mopar Fog Light Installation Kit = 82210549AB

Then I tried to find a set of cheap fog lights that would work with the factory system. Everything I had read online said it was a crap-shoot whether aftermarket 55w fog lights would work or whether the TIPM would shut them down due to too much current draw. I decided to take a chance and pick-up a $20 set of Optiplex lights from Wal-Mart. After all, it was only $20 and I would know whether the 55w lights would work. I temporarily wired the lights up and sure enough, the TIPM shut them down. Since I couldn't afford HID's or LED's I had to come up with another solution.

After scouring the internet for hours looking at different lights, bulbs, etc. I found the H3 style bulbs in the lights I bought come in several different wattages. Armed with this knowledge I called my local Napa to see what they had in stock for H3 bulbs. All they had was 55w and up. I found some on their website but it wasn't stated what the wattage was. I gave my local Napa the part number and asked them to order them. I had a hunch they were 35w bulbs since their part number was LMP BP1235H3. When the bulbs came in, sure enough, they were 35watts. I installed them in the lights and soldered all my wires together and they work like a charm. All said and done it cost me like $55. Maybe down the road I'll get a set of HID's but for now I've got my fog lights back at least.

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Old 01-30-2012, 12:06 AM   #2
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I like it, I've been thinking about getting some replacement fog lights. I also lost mine when I removed the front bumper. I'd like to have something comparable to what came on the jeep that I can run all the time with my headlights like I used to with my factory fogs. These just might work out for my needs.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:16 AM   #3
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I've also noticed that a lot off aftermarket fog lights used H3 bulbs, so you can really choose any style light you want and then just swap in the 35w bulbs. For example, Hella 500FF fog light use H3 bulbs.

Edit: These KC fog lights. also use an H3 bulb.
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