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post #1 of 5 Old 10-26-2010, 06:54 AM Thread Starter
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Directly attaching additional fog lights to OE fog light wires

I bought Warn's 55W fog lights and was wondering - can I attach the new fog light's wires directly to the OEM fog light wires? Would that blow a fuse? I am trying to make the install simple, and have the OEM fog & Warn fog lights work together.

Thanks for any tips/advise. I enjoy adding all the modes to my JK, but I am lacking in the electrical department!!

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I wouldn't put that much current through the factory wiring and the relay in the TIPM. More than doubling the electrical load if you keep the stock fogs and the warns. Your best bet would be to use a relay for the warns, and trigger the relay with the factory fog light wiring..

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The OEM/stock wiring and load capacities are rated for 42W - that's the stock fog lights' wattage. Even if you were to replace the existing stock fogs, I wouldn't install 55W lights without a relay.

That being said, if you are looking for brighter fogs, I would consider an HID conversion of the fog lights. I purchased them from DDM Tuning and am very pleased. No need for new wiring either since they only draw 35W, but put out more than 70W! They are awesome and you can purchase the bulbs in a variety of color temperatures - I got the 3000K since I want less glare in fog, rain, snow, etc. and use them exclusively for that purpose.

Also, the conversion is fairly inexpensive and is plug and play. It took longer to bundle the wires neatly than it did to install the new bulbs. Just be sure to purchase the correct size and type. Also, there are differences between 2007/8/9 and 2010/11 models.

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Thanks for the info. Very interesting.

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Your best bet would be to use a relay for the warns, and trigger the relay with the factory fog light wiring..
X2 Real easy to do and will work just fine. If you try to draw more current than the factory fogs it won't work anyway and the lights will cut out.
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