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Old 09-19-2011
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bad ground?

Would a bad ground make my foglights be really dim? lol tryed everything else only thing i can think of next is a bad ground idk anymore tho
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Resistance in the circuit. Either a bad connection, corrosion. Easiest thing is to get a voltmeter and see how much voltage you have at the connection.
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thanks ill take a look at it tomorrow and see :) i have a volt meter at work i can use :)
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I am guessing you checked to make sure the right bulbs are in there?
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yea i have its wierd had em all hooked up and there just dim def not what there sapose to be i dont understand redid the ground and know its a good one and there still like that not sure anyone else have any other ideas> lol
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I don't know much about electrical, but ill try. Maybe pull the bulb out and wire it directly to the battery to make sure they light up as bright as you are expecting, that way you arent chasing a problem that isnt there. Maybe your switch is going bad? Dirty lenses? did you touch the bulb when you put it in? is the the bulb making a good connection in the socket(it would be weird for both to mess up though)? Maybe try swapping around fuses or relays. Clean the connection where the relay sits or fuse sits and the connection on the relay and or fuse.

Again just random ideas I'm throwing at you, I don't really know.
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kk lol ive tryed a few of those already but ill try the others tomorrow and see how it works out lol im pretty sure there gonna be brighter than what they are but hey u never know lol thanks :)
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Are these aftermarket fogs ?
I did see where a guy ran the light feed off the ground side of a relay coil and had the same prob.
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yea there aftermarket. and im running my ground right into the chasis seems like its a way better ground than before i bought a volt meter thing just not sure how to use it lol
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there pilot navagators i think is what there called lol
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what did you use as your positive source? and did you use a relay or just a switch? also what gauge wire did you use?
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what did you use as your positive source? and did you use a relay or just a switch? also what gauge wire did you use?
These questions should definitively show the problem. I'm gonna go with too small of a wire gauge.
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i used direct to the battery and just a switch and it was a smaller wire that they supplied with it not really 100% sure on the gauge i have some 10 - 14 gauge i can use if needed tho lol and idk if i mentioned but i tryed to hook 4 of them to 1 switch and there is an inline fuse with the wires they gave me idk if that will matter or not. thanks all for ue imput and ive really never had this prob before lol
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and its def a possiblility that the gauge is to small its very small wire
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Sounds like you used too small of a gauge. The proper way would have been to use a relay, this would also avoid having to much current going through the switch.

What is the wattage of the bulbs?

Take a look at this thread by FireRanger on FRF:
http://tinyurl.com/3wrtdla

Had to use tinyurl link because you evidently can't link to another forum.
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55 watt i belive
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Do you have them hooked up in series with eachother? especially on small wire, that can cause them to light up dim.

Your best bet is to wire them up with a relay using 12 or 10 gauge wire and not have all the juice to the lights running through that little switch
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Each bulb at 12 volts and 55 watts is flowing 4.58 Amps of current. So 4 of these will be pulling 18.32 amps.
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oo i c that makes sense lol and yea i have them in a series with each other how hard would it be to wire them into a relay>
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Check out the link I posted. It shows you how to wire a relay.
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k thanks :)
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what size amp relay do u think >
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Most automotive relays have 30 amp ratings which is fine for your application.
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kk thanks lol i looked em up on the web and seen so many wasnt sure what one lol
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got the relay now just cant find the dang socket for it lol autozone and advanced dont have em for some reason
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