Replace my stock fog light bulbs?

Tiny
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  • 2003 PONTIAC SUNFIRE
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Can I replace my stock fog light bulbs with 9006 170w HID Xenon fog light bulbs in my 2003 pontiac sunfire 4 door 2.2 ecotec? If so do I need any other tools/wiring.
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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 AT 2:26 AM

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Tiny
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Fog lights are already rude and blinding to other drivers creating a safety hazard. No need to be even more obnoxious. Brighter lights don't let you see further, contrary to popular belief. Our eyes adjust to the brighter light close to the car and reduce our ability to see things further ahead. As proof, try driving down the highway at night with your lights off and only the moonlight. You'll be surprised at how far you can see.

If you can't see at night, check the head lamp lenses to see if they're yellowed or fogged. There are kits now for fixing that. It's a fairly common problem.

Also consider that the fog light bulbs already sit real close to the plastic lenses. Using bulbs that get hotter can melt those lenses. I don't mean to imply they will start a fire, but when such things do happen, lawyers and insurance investigators love to find modifications and non-standard parts like that.

The bulbs you've shown appear to be head light bulbs, not the smaller fog light bulbs. Those won't fit in the housings. The packaging is confusing. High intensity discharge bulbs are those extreme safety hazards to other drivers that belong on a pole in a parking lot. They require expensive power supplies to run, and they reduce your ability to see far away. People think they're seeing better because things closer are brighter.
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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012 AT 2:52 AM

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