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Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

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I just got my 2010 mazda 3 Sport with Xenon lights. But the color of my fog lights are different and that doesn't look good at all !!

I want to make them same color as my headlights, which are blue-ish. But at the same time i'm kinda tempted to change them to yellow which in my opinion are kinda cool. So I first I was wondering in your opinion which one looks better ? and how can I do it ? can i do it my self or i should take it to a shop ? Thank you very much guys for reading

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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

Since the 2010 fog light housings are reflector, if you convert them to HID I would only use them when you need them; otherwise they could be a nuisance to oncoming traffic.

From what you've written, it sounds as if you're more concerned with the looks rather than the function so I would suggest staying away from HID.

Also, the "blue" Xenon lights that come with the Mazda are actually white. The projector lens is refracting the white light into a blue spectrum at certain viewing angles. Plus, being in close proximity to the amber turn signals will alter your visual perception of the headlights, creating the illusion of being blue. Easiest way to prove this is for you to turn on your headlights, get out in front of your car, and look in the direction you would as if you were driving. The ground illuminated by your headlights will be white (with exception near the cutoff, where refraction occurs).

Depending on your local law enforcement, blue lights may be illegal. Another con is that blue lights produce less lumens; ie, your stock bulbs will be brighter and more effective than blue replacements.

Yellow is pretty trendy currently, but the benefits are that they are most likely legal and also more effectively illuminate the road in foggy conditions.

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Oh. And you can find plenty of how-tos on this website if you wanted to do it yourself.

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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

If you go the yellow fog route, itd be alot cheaper and alot better to get just yellow halogen bulbs or film to cover the fog lens

The hids, like stated above, would be very bright in a relfector housing
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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

Does anyone find that the fog lights in the 2010 are .... not very affective?

In a dark area, I flip the foglights off and on, and see no perceptible difference in road illumination.

I'm wondering if brighter bulbs in the reflector housing would just make them...better?

Or, since they don't seem to be doing much, why not throw functionality out the window --- anyone know anything about LED fog bulbs?
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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

[quote author=matthewf01 link=topic=168593.msg3572273#msg3572273 date=1268845406]
...Or, since they don't seem to be doing much, why not throw functionality out the window --- anyone know anything about LED fog bulbs?
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I started a thread about this that got shuffled into the pre-MY10 section when Exterior Lighting got broken up. There are some good reasons as to why LED fogs are a poor idea.
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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

thank you very much atrnpg and pooley, your comments really helped me. well, as i read your comments, i see that if I want to get the HID lights for my fog lights, its not a good idea and they are also so expensive. I got a quote from a local shop for the installation and the HID kit for $150, which I can just two yellow halogen lights and get canadiantire to install them for me for about $50.

I know the Xenon lights on my mazda are actually white, i saw them in white in som angels before.

Yellow sure is nice, but if I get a matching color that would be so much better.

and actually, I just dont want it for my car to look better, that my second goal, cuz I live in an area which is foggy for most of the winter and fall, I use fog light so much and I need them to be effective, not like the stock ones which dont make any difference at all !!

So is there any other ways that I can get the same color as my headlights, and a bright and effective color without using HID ? or I have to with HID or just swtich them to yellow halogen lights ??

and one last question is that are there different yellow halogen lights ? like different in their brightness ? or they are all the same and have the same brightness ?

again thank you very much guys for the replies

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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

[quote author=matthewf01 link=topic=168593.msg3572273#msg3572273 date=1268845406]
Does anyone find that the fog lights in the 2010 are .... not very affective?

In a dark area, I flip the foglights off and on, and see no perceptible difference in road illumination.
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I've been thinking the same thing... I don't notice a difference...


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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

They seem to be miss allinged. They point almost straight down. Though fog lights should only illuminate the ground right in front of the car, they have gone too far with this one.
However, I have not installed the HID yet, but I am sure that will improve the visibility with them....

[quote author=matthewf01 link=topic=168593.msg3572273#msg3572273 date=1268845406]
Does anyone find that the fog lights in the 2010 are .... not very affective?

In a dark area, I flip the foglights off and on, and see no perceptible difference in road illumination.

I'm wondering if brighter bulbs in the reflector housing would just make them...better?

Or, since they don't seem to be doing much, why not throw functionality out the window --- anyone know anything about LED fog bulbs?
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Re: Changing my Fog Lights to HID ones ? How ? Help Please :)

[quote author=sokhangoo link=topic=168593.msg3573522#msg3573522 date=1268906178]
thank you very much atrnpg and pooley, your comments really helped me. well, as i read your comments, i see that if I want to get the HID lights for my fog lights, its not a good idea and they are also so expensive. I got a quote from a local shop for the installation and the HID kit for $150, which I can just two yellow halogen lights and get canadiantire to install them for me for about $50.

I know the Xenon lights on my mazda are actually white, i saw them in white in som angels before.

Yellow sure is nice, but if I get a matching color that would be so much better.

and actually, I just dont want it for my car to look better, that my second goal, cuz I live in an area which is foggy for most of the winter and fall, I use fog light so much and I need them to be effective, not like the stock ones which dont make any difference at all !!

So is there any other ways that I can get the same color as my headlights, and a bright and effective color without using HID ? or I have to with HID or just swtich them to yellow halogen lights ??

and one last question is that are there different yellow halogen lights ? like different in their brightness ? or they are all the same and have the same brightness ?

again thank you very much guys for the replies
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You can get halogen bulbs to match any color(any typical headlight color anyway) or brightness. Just search for cool white 9006 bulbs. Something like that will look more like the HID. You can do the same for the yellow in 9006 too.
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