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HELLA 005700901 550 Series 12V/55W Halogen Fog Lamp Kit
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- All HELLA 550 Series lamps use bonded glass lenses, high-impact ABS housings and aluminum vapor-coated reflectors for rugged construction, even light distribution, and long-lasting durability over any terrain
- The HELLA 550 Series lamps' fog beam pattern is designed to work with the factory headlamps to provide the best possible visibility for increased driver safety and comfort with less eye fatigue under year-round weather conditions including fog or snow
- 4.69 inch high x 7.69 inch wide x 3.25 inch diameter
- Kits include two 550 Series Fog lamps, two H3 12V/55W bulbs, two white stone shields with HELLA logo, one wiring harness, mounting hardware and step-by-step mounting instructions
- One Year Limited Warranty
- Media: Automotive
- Item Quantity: 1
These lamps have everything it takes to be HELLA - world-class quality, brilliant performance, and off-road durability, all with great affordability. Choose your shape, in the size and beam pattern that best fits your ride. You get an impact-resistant reinforced ABS housing, bonded water-tight lens, and an aluminum vapor-coated reflector.
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I used my own custom switch, relay, and wiring setup, so I can't comment on the wiring kit that comes with these lights. It looks like a reasonable wiring setup and has good instructions, I just wanted a more custom install on my rig with switches that were better integrated into my dashboard and to use a custom wiring harness to drive all of my improved lighting (fog lights, driving lights, relay kit on factory headlamps, and extra back-up lights) without having a mess of wiring all over the place. For just adding one set of lights, the wiring kit should be just fine.
NOTE: If you break a lens on almost any Hella light, you pretty much have to buy a replacement single lamp, which is about half as much as the cost of the original kit. If you can even get a single replacement lens by itself, it's usually just as much as buying a single lamp. I found this out the hard way because my wife had the bad luck to hit an errant box that was bouncing around on the road and it caught one of these fog lights hard enough to crack the lens and nearly pull the light off it's mount. The light still works and was able to be adjusted again, but it's only a matter of time before the lens fails completely and falls out. Maybe the rock covers that come with the lights aren't such a bad idea to leave installed, but I use these lights enough to make the covers a hassle to remove every time I want to use them... Maybe if the lights weren't so darned good I wouldn't be tempted to use them quite so much... :-)
The lights and mounting hardware are solid despite the plastic back enclosure. The lights are large so they should be mounted to a sturdy metal part. Adjustment is easy thanks to a well designed bracket. They can be mounted upside down as well.
The included wiring harness is fine, but depending on the application (like connecting to an existing switch) extra parts or wiring might be required.
The covers are not useful because they aren't made to be used with the lights on. It's a pain to worry about putting them on and taking them off. Otherwise, it's a high quality kit and it's made in Germany. It's perfect for someone with a truck where there is plenty of mounting space, but will require a little more work to mount them on a smaller car.
Mounting 5/5 stars:
I installed these lights on my 1995 Toyota Tacoma. Mounting the lights was accomplished using two 2" wide x 5-3/16" long 90 degree "concrete angle" steel pieces from the hardware store at a cost of a couple dollars each, combined with bolts, nuts, and washers. The steel pieces had one hole pre-drilled on each side of the 90 degree angle, about 1/2" from each end, perfect for this application. I do not have a dedicated light bar or brush guard. My truck has a sub-structure for mounting the bumper, radiator, etc. that already has holes for mounting things like this. I mounted the lights on that sub-structure. The kit includes a steel bracket that clamps to the light housing with a bolt and nut as well as a second nut, bolt, and washer for mounting to your vehicle. Mounting the lights was the easiest part of the process for me.
Instructions: 3/5 stars
I'm not sure if the other reviewers received the same instructions that I did. My wiring instructions were pretty minimal. My instructions included two wiring schematics (one for low-beam operation, one for high or low-beam operation), a diagram for aiming the lights, a diagram showing how to assemble the mounting part of the light, and a diagram showing how to connect the positive and negative leads to the lightbulb. Mounting the lights, connecting the lightbulbs, and aiming the lights are pretty straightforward even without diagrams but the diagrams are worthwhile. The wiring schematics were the real letdown for me, specifically the assumption that the user will know how and where to splice the fog light system's green and blue wires into the vehicle's parking lights and low-beam headlights. I'm guessing lots of people know how / where to do this splice. I did not know where or how to do this splice and the schematic didn't provide the detail I needed to complete this task. I ended up wiring the entire system, mounting the relay and switch, and taking my truck to an auto electrical shop for them to complete the low-beam and parking light splice.
Provided parts: 3/5 stars
The lightbulbs themselves are high quality and provide bright, white light. For installation, the leads are easy to connect to the lightbulb using provided wires and crimp terminals. The housing for each light is plastic. The plastic for the housing seems pretty sturdy. My concern with the housing is the fit. The plastic housing includes a hole in the rear for running the bulb's + and - wires. This hole is about 1/2" in diameter, much larger than necessary for the two wires. Also, the housing seal is moderately tight around the lens. Time will tell if the housing is water tight enough to protect the insides. The kit does include a rubber stopper (probably intended to stop up the hole in the back of the housing?) but the stopper does not fit in the hole with wires in place and there is no [obvious] way to run the wires through the stopper. My suggestion is for Hella to make the hole in the rear of the plastic housing the proper size for two wires, forget about the stopper, and provide a gasket to create a seal between the housing and lens. The provided mounting hardware seems sturdy; steel bolts and brackets clamping to the plastic housing. The lenses are heavy and seem to be high quality glass. The fuse relay and switch are good quality. The switch includes a built-in green LED to indicate that the fog lights are turned on. Nice touch. It's worth noting that the kit includes wires and various connectors, the end user will need cut wires to length and apply all of the crimp and ring terminals. I'd recommend buying yourself some heat shrink tubing and zip ties to make the wiring process safer, stronger, and neater.
Light production: 5/5 stars
The light produced by the kit is outstanding and is the kit's saving grace in my opinion. The pattern is wide and forward light penetration is relatively shallow. Each beam spreads light across an arc of around 140 degrees. The light pattern makes the road much, much brighter immediately in front, and to the side of the vehicle. The light the lens/bulb combination provides is excellent, even with the provided stock bulbs. I would buy the stock Hella bulbs again as needed, they are that good.
Stone shields: 1/5 stars
I would rank the provided stone shields 0 out of 5 stars but I suppose the fact that the lights come with stone shields at all is worth 1 star. If you order these fog lights, I'd recommend ordering two of the clear stone shields as well (HELLA Clear Stone Shield for 550 Series Lamp). The white plastic covers that come with the lamps are completely useless unless you intend to remove and keep up with the covers EVERY time you want to use the fog lights. Yes, the white plastic covers will protect your lights but you can't use the lights unless you remove the covers. What's even the point if the lights are unprotected every time you want to use them? Do yourself a favor and buy the clear stone shields.