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Old 03-05-2013, 10:03 AM   #31
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I went with the DDM Tuning HID kits for my headlights and fogs a few months ago, and so far I'm very happy with them. At $60 for the headlights and $30 for the fogs, I find them a good value. I went with 4500K color, and I think that was a good choice. Very white.

The headlights are way brighter and whiter than the stock headlights, and also have a much wider pattern, so visibility is very much improved over stock. Despite what many people say about the stock housings not being designed for HID lights, I find that they do a pretty good job of controlling the light in regard to blinding oncoming drivers. They don't give a nice clean cutoff like vehicles with OEM HID's, but it's not bad. Do take the time to adjust your headlights after installation though, to make sure they're not pointing too high up. It does take a bit of work to run the wiring harness (the one that comes included with the hi/lo kits), and do the diode/capacitor fix described here, so it's not quite plug-and-play. I did try it without the diode/capacitor fix first, and found that it was indeed needed for my setup. I didn't need the error code eliminators for my setup, but that's not to say you won't since apparently others have reported needing it. I mounted my ballasts in the open space below the headlights.

The fogs are also much brighter than stock, however honestly I hardly ever use mine. I just wanted them to match my headlights when I do use them, and they're very easy to install, much easier than the headlights since no wiring harness or diode/capacitor fix is needed. You can use the stock wiring for the 35w bulbs, and it's very plug-and-play. I mounted my ballasts tucked inside the small rectangular space on the outside of the frame rails.

Here's what I purchased for my '09. Please note that bulb types are different for later models.

DDM HID Kit With Slim Ballast - 35W or 55W

Headlights:
Wattage: 55 Watt
Bulb Type: H13 Hi/Lo Beam
Bulb Color: 4500K
Mounting Brackets: none
HID Harness: none (included with the Hi/Lo kits)
Error Eliminator: none (I didn't need it, but it's possible you might.)
Adapter cables: none
$59.95

Fog lights:
Wattage: 35 Watt
Bulb Type: H10
Bulb Color: 4500K
Mounting Brackets: none
HID Harness: none (not needed)
Error Eliminator: none
Adapter cables: none
$29.95

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Quick Question regarding your set up. The site asks for certain options. Which did you go with for each of these:

Wattage
Bulb Color HID Harness
Error Eliminator
Adaptor cables
Mounting Brackets
I hope I've answered your question above.

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Can the stock fog light wiring handle a 35w bulb?
Yes. No need for the optional wiring harness for the fogs.

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Old 03-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #32
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Yes. No need for the optional wiring harness for the fogs.
thank you for your response, i was getting concerned due to the increase in watts and the increase in temperature.

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Old 03-05-2013, 11:18 AM   #33
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I may be looking to swap bulbs, but it will have to be the stock color, as I tried the 'blue' bulbs and switched back. I find the color absolutely useless in the fog and snow that we get here.

I'm a big fan of the PIAA Plasma Ion Yellows (Fogs) that I had in my GC. Wondering if they make them for the JK...
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:40 AM   #34
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thank you for your response, i was getting concerned due to the increase in watts and the increase in temperature.
The stock wires look to be around 14 or 16 gauge, which is more than sufficient for 35w at that length. Even 18 gauge should be able to handle it.

The temperature of the bulb is something to be aware of in the small stock fog light housings, which is why 55w is too much for the fogs, but 35w is good.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:07 AM   #35
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I want to upgrade my lights, I've read plenty of threads but hard to follow most. I'm just looking for a list of bulb sizes or part numbers or a kit for a 2012 JK; headlights, fog lights, reverser lights, and interior overhead lights. I don't think I'm worried about side and front turn signal I have clear replacements, and not worried about brake light bulbs since my taillights are sprayed with aev... Thanks

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