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Old 16th September 2008, 16:06   #1
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Would appreciate a feedback from anyone who has installed HIDs in the Civic Fog Lamps. How is the performance (I've found the stock fog lamps inadequate), what is the cost and what is the type of bulb - is it an H1?
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They are H11 if Im not mistaken.
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Do you get projector based HID fog lamps for the Civic?

I'd hate to destroy the eyes of the poor drivers on the other side with HIDs in reflectors.
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Do you get projector based HID fog lamps for the Civic?

I'd hate to destroy the eyes of the poor drivers on the other side with HIDs in reflectors.
No, I did not. I have the standard fog lamps. I did not want to put HIDs in the headlights, so was thinking of having them in the fogs. The standard one's throw is pathetic.
Any first hand experiences will be welcome.
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Halogen in the fogs provide more visibility than HID imo, unless your getting 3000k/4300k HID.

HID's in the fog would be somewhat better than HID's in the HL but it still would cause glare to oncoming traffic nevertheless. I had HID's in my fogs and now got rid of them.
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Dinu, don't get HIDs for fogs. I have (6000k) and its a complete waste. The throw is pathetic and all it does is add to the "cool" quotient.
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Dinu, don't get HIDs for fogs. I have (6000k) and its a complete waste. The throw is pathetic and all it does is add to the "cool" quotient.
Thanks Shuvd, you saved me some money.

Is there any way I can put the fogs to some use? Higher powered halogens, maybe? Or is it designed not to light up the road?
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Dinu

You have two options
1. Get higher powered halogen bulbs for the fog lamps. The yellower the colour the better.
2. Check to see if the fog lamps have provision for focusing them. If they do then you can get them focused to your liking.
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Dinu, don't get HIDs for fogs. I have (6000k) and its a complete waste. The throw is pathetic and all it does is add to the "cool" quotient.
You cannot complain after you used 6000k as fog lamps.

Use 4300k or 3000k if you want real fog lamps. Going above 5000k, you've crossed over into looks territory from works territory.

There are projector fogs out there. One needs to import them though.
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Unlike headlamp assemblies, most fog lamp reflectors are too small to make full use of the HID bulb, hence even a 4300k or 3000k would not have a significantly higher output. This of course differs from vehicle to vehicle, the civic is a little better off wrt to fogs when compared to swift, lancer etc.

Vikram_dada's suggestions are your best bet.

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Or is it designed not to light up the road?
Yeah it wont light up due to the positioning and build. In fact with the HIDs in the fogs I had max illumination on the sides of the vehicle (ie : footpaths/drain). A projector would solve this issue.
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The colour temperature is important when it comes to working in real fog. When the 6000k fails miserably, the 3000k will provide *some* illumination.

So we come back to projectors.

Can you get projectors for fog lamp assembly anywhere in India?
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So we come back to projectors.

Can you get projectors for fog lamp assembly anywhere in India?
Yes! Noidaboy, AZA & Yayati have done some retrofits.

If you can source projectors off a laura/sonata/camry/merc/bmw etc they can be retrofitted into HL/fogs.
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You get Projector Fogs for the Civic. Heres a pic of the same. I have installed 6000K HID into it and it throws brilliant light. I have gone in for 6000K because of the looks factor. I dont drive much in the night time and no way do i drive on poorly lit roads.

I am sure 3000K/4300K HID in these fog projectors will throw Brilliant light.

A Retro fit is also possible, the Sonata projector will be too big to fit inside the OE Fog of the civic, I think the Laura projector will be a perfect fit.
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HID = inconsiderate to the other road users. Especially anything over 4000K. It is a marketing gimmick. If you need better illumination go for "WELL FOCUSED" stock headlights. The fog lamps with HID's is a complete !@#$%^&*(&&^%%$#@!

You can go for regular halogens with 90/100W or 110/130 W they will provide you more "useable" light at a fraction of the cost.

Especially the real fog lights do not NEED HID's !! The regular golden yellow halogens do the job perfectly. The whole concept of the fog light is to spread light "close" to the car & not light up the street miles ahead



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P.S HID fans kindly excuse me. I live in the real world. If you have "real" projectors go ahead & use HID's

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You get Projector Fogs for the Civic. Heres a pic of the same. I have installed 6000K HID into it and it throws brilliant light. I have gone in for 6000K because of the looks factor. I dont drive much in the night time and no way do i drive on poorly lit roads.

I am sure 3000K/4300K HID in these fog projectors will throw Brilliant light.

A Retro fit is also possible, the Sonata projector will be too big to fit inside the OE Fog of the civic, I think the Laura projector will be a perfect fit.
Looks nice. I never knew fog projectors were available for Civic. Appreciate some details like price, availability etc.

On a lighter note, the projectors look photoshopped. Is it for real
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