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6000k (to go with the other 2 sets) 3 23.08%
4300k (more yellow, possible more beneficial IIRC) 4 30.77%
Other 5 38.46%
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Which HID temp for my fogs?

Currently I have 6000k in both my headlights and offroad lights:

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Should I keep with the 6000k? or would some 4300k be better?
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In my humble opinion, 4.3K is a waste, as you can get that look with silverstar bulbs. Keep 'em matching. 6K
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If you drive in fog/rain/snow get the 4300k. If you just are driving in normal roads/offroad go 6k. The 4300k just makes it easier to see the road in bad weather conditions.
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well consider i rarely drive my truck as is...

i mainly drive it in winter when i head to the mountains...

and of course the occasional off roading excursion...

Oh and Trent I am still waiting to hear back my from buddy about that grille...
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3000k !
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id say 3000k. or 6000k.

i posted up the pic for you with 3000k fogs on my car over on rps.
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anything below 6k.. after like 5300k you start loosing light and gaining color.. 4300k ftw
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well consider i rarely drive my truck as is...

i mainly drive it in winter when i head to the mountains...

and of course the occasional off roading excursion...

Oh and Trent I am still waiting to hear back my from buddy about that grille...
I've heard 6k reflects real bad in the snow. No worries about the grille, I'm getting new tires so I don't have the money at this moment. Still let me know when you find out though.
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I know this is headlights and not a Ranger but it looks cool.
I will eventually put in 3000k hid fogs, I have yellow halogen fogs right
now and they look awesome on a snowy road.

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Justin.....I was going to match my fogs to my 4300k or 6000k headlamps....then i drove in the fog/heavy rain. I couldn't see ****! Espicially when on snow covered roads......both the 4300s and the 6000s reflected back at you and you couldnt see all too well.....


Whoever said 4300 is a waste, it's not. I loved having them....they were great on night trails and night drives in the mountains. Still WAYYYY better than any halogen out there. Hands down.


SO........

6000k headlamps, 3000k fogs......












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In my humble opinion, 4.3K is a waste, as you can get that look with silverstar bulbs. Keep 'em matching. 6K
BUT, it's not just "a look" that your going after......it's the overall performance of the lighting. 4300k kicks *** compaired to silverstars or 130w halogens.
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Shane thanks for that info!

I think I may go 3000k then, it doesn't look as good, but for safety it will be the best route to go.

Where did you mount your ballasts at? That was my other concern due to lack of anything behind the valance.
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I'm tellin' ya......you'll hate 6000k in the fogs. I notice some people don't even have hids and don't know what it's like.....just go 3000 for safety sake. fyi......3000k is a 4300k bulb that's has been coated with this rainbow stuff.


You might be able to see them in this pic......bottom corners of the grille, behind the grille. Used 3m sticky tape to attach them. Had some difficulty finding a good spot for them...just not enough wire, and i didn't want to cut/splice/lengthen. Location works very good...i've been in a few rain storms since and havn't had any issues.

One below the PA speaker, one below the aftermarket horn.

EDIT...yea...you can see them. silver/red, look in the gap between the bumper and grille.

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3000k Ftw
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crap i think i have already used those spots for my ballasts on my OR lights...
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For heavy rain and weather conditions, 3000k is about your only choice.. I fully plan on switchign out my fogs to 3,000.. and hell, maybe even when I get my offroad lights behind the grill.. thsoe might go 3000 as well, or at least 4300
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Trevor (TrePaul86) has his fog ballasts mounted as follows...

Passenger: Both ballasts stacked under the air filter.
Driver: Cramped....but one between the battery and fender, the other between the battery and core support.

His wires were longer than mine, and his bumper is tight against his grille, thus giving him just a little extra moutning room.
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i have a feeling i will have to extend the wires then...did your fogs come with a relay for everything? or did you have to wire up everything?
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The 9145 or whatever hid bulbs(direct fit into the housing) came with the plug that plugged into the stock harness......DIDNT work...so i cut and crimped and made it work. No relay yet. Just the normal "direct fit" kit. Wire from stock plug to the ballast, ballast to bulb. That's it.
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