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Old 02-19-2021, 12:32 PM
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What I'm wondering, is there any point doing the fog light retrofit?
Why not simply connect these lights directly to tail lights on the quarter panel?
That is all I did.
I installed LED bulbs and wired them to the brake light portion of rear lights. So they illuminate nicely when stopping and lower back down when no brake pedal pressed. I was going to just wire them to the park lights, but I like the idea of more break lighting so no one behind can say they didn't see my brake lights. AND they serve as a backup to the filament brake lights, should it burn out.

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That is all I did.
I installed LED bulbs and wired them to the brake light portion of rear lights. So they illuminate nicely when stopping and lower back down when no brake pedal pressed. I was going to just wire them to the park lights, but I like the idea of more break lighting so no one behind can say they didn't see my brake lights. AND they serve as a backup to the filament brake lights, should it burn out.

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Did you have to put a capacitor on it to prevent the LED bulbs from flickering? A picture of your wiring would greatly be appreciated
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Hey, I will jump on computer tomorrow and send some pics, if I can find any. I have pdf or word doc guide on how to do properly if you need more instruction.

No I never needed to use any caps to reduce flickering.

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Hey, I will jump on computer tomorrow and send some pics, if I can find any. I have pdf or word doc guide on how to do properly if you need more instruction.

No I never needed to use any caps to reduce flickering.

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A guide would greatly appreciated, if you have one
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I sent you an email through xoutpost which has my email in it. If you didn't get it, let me know and I will send a PM through xoutpost next time. It's a great document showing exactly how to do it

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I sent you an email through xoutpost which has my email in it. If you didn't get it, let me know and I will send a PM through xoutpost next time. It's a great document showing exactly how to do it

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Got your message and replied - thanks!
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That is all I did.
... they serve as a backup to the filament brake lights, should it burn out.

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Since you have an '05 (LCI) If the brake light burns out, it will light the other tail light bulb at brighter capacity when you brake. (AFAIK) I did the rear fog mod, and I find it extremely useful when driving on foggy mornings in New England or in the mountains. (lets people behind you actually see you when driving in low visibility conditions) I have never had a problem seeing an e53's brake lights when driving behind other ones.
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That is all I did.
I installed LED bulbs and wired them to the brake light portion of rear lights. So they illuminate nicely when stopping and lower back down when no brake pedal pressed. I was going to just wire them to the park lights, but I like the idea of more break lighting so no one behind can say they didn't see my brake lights. AND they serve as a backup to the filament brake lights, should it burn out.

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In this case your brake lights, tail lights and fog lights are all on all the time and illuminate brighter when stopping?
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AFAIK rear fog lights are illegal in a lot of places because they can fool people into thinking that a car is coming at them, especially in places where they are not normally being used because they are/were illegal. So that could be something to consider.
I would say that any added lights should probably be LED (without loading resisters) to reduce the risk of burning out the LCM and/or connectors. It would probably be best to convert the filament bulbs on the same circuit to LED and code that way as well.
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