Strip lighting. Fog light substitution.

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    Strip lighting. Fog light substitution.

    Let me see if I can post this from my Android phone. Since my iQ didn't come with fog lights I thought it would be cool to install strip lighting. My brother helped me install these earlier today. Now I just need to install white headlights. Not sure yet if I will go with HIDs.

    Edit: So I tried to go with non HID lights and bought a pack of Sylvania H11 Silverstar headlight with a rating of 4000K. Disappointment. When I plugged the Silverstar in the left headlight and compared it with the stock lamp, I didn't see any difference. This led me to believe that our stock bulbs are already 4000K. I need to go much higher, much whiter to match my new strip lighting.
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    Rex, tell us more about the install. What lights? How much? Where is the wiring harness? How hard to access? What switch turns them on? Photos of the install?

    Looks nice.

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    Thanks Dave. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures or recorded step by step instructions during installation. I got the strip lights from AutoZone. I'm sure you can pick up these lights at any auto parts store or even Walmart or Target.

    It runs on 12v and we've tapped the power from the parking/side marker lights. It comes on when you twist the headlight switch to the first stage to turn on the parking/side marker lights and dash and instrument panel lights. It also stays on when the headlights are on. The picture shows it with a bluish tint, however it's really pure white. The camera just has a funny way of showing it.

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    They look really nice. Do you know if there are other color besides white?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yunkikan View Post
    They look really nice. Do you know if there are other color besides white?
    They come in white, purple, red, green and blue (maybe other colors too). Remember, only white lights showing on the front and red lights showing on the rear are legal. Red and blue lights are reserved for law enforcements and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexIQ View Post
    They come in white, purple, red, green and blue (maybe other colors too). Remember, only white lights showing on the front and red lights showing on the rear are legal. Red and blue lights are reserved for law enforcements and such.
    Cool, thanks for the info.

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    Thank you for the update!

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    I like those Lights any idea what the K rating is on them, they look like they are bright.

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    Although it doesn't say, I believe it's somewhere around the 6000K. I know that 4000k is kind of white, 5000k is white, 6000k is white but getting a little bluish and 7000k is on the blue side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RexIQ View Post
    Let me see if I can post this from my Android phone. Since my iQ didn't come with fog lights I thought it would be cool to install strip lighting. My brother helped me install these earlier today. Now I just need to install white headlights. Not sure yet if I will go with HIDs.

    Edit: So I tried to go with non HID lights and bought a pack of Sylvania H11 Silverstar headlight with a rating of 4000K. Disappointment. When I plugged the Silverstar in the left headlight and compared it with the stock lamp, I didn't see any difference. This led me to believe that our stock bulbs are already 4000K. I need to go much higher, much whiter to match my new strip lighting.
    They look very nice Rex. I have the stock Scion fog lamps in mine but I am going to add either the light strips like you have or the LED strips under the headlight.

    Is there a red highlight around your upper grill?

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    Thanks. Yes, I've added red vinyl trimming around the lip. Looks nice I think :-)

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    Went to Autozone to get these. Are they the $29.95 ones made by Pilot Automotive?

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    Mine is from Alpena and they were only $19.99.
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    I'm planning on using the light strips as well but I think I'm going to use them to underline the actual headlight. My buddy with a Prius did it and it turned out great!

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    Take pics when you're done! I'm going to see what I can do with more of these lights as additional interior lighting. I'll just grab the power from the small, airplane-like cabin lighting (that's what my friends call that little interior light that we have). More later...

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