Diode Dynamics LED Fog Lamps/HID Low Beams

Discussion in 'Fiesta ST Exterior Upgrades' started by kamakazee, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    Hey guys! So I got the chance to go to Modbargain's monthly Ford meet on Wednesday, graciously hosted by Mike and Nick. There was a decent crowd of Fost and Fist owners. Most of us were lucky enough to see a demonstration of how much brighter a set of Diode Dynamics LED fog lamps can be compared to the OEM units. Needless to say, I was convinced enough to order a set the next day from Mike. Here's a link that demonstrates the difference:
    http://www.modbargains.com/diode-dynamics-luxeon-led-fog-lights-fiesta-st-focus-st-mustang.htm

    These are rated at 5000K so they are still white with no shade of blue which I wanted to avoid. Since I wanted the low beams to match the whiter fog lamps, I also ordered a set of Diode Dynamics H11 5000K HID kit. Both of these will be installed by Modbargains once they call me up when they come in. I'll be sure to post an update review on the products.
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  3. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    Alrighty, so today I took my car in to Modbargains to have them install the Diode Dynamics HID low beams and LED fog lights. Based on what I can see so far, the light produced is a true white and is probably 2-3 times as bright as the OEM halogens. I was concerned that the HID in the reflective housing was going to produce an obnoxious glare but good news is that it seems like cut off line is more defined than I expected.

    As for the fog lights, I would say the light projection is about as perfect as it gets with a clean cut-off line. Nick at Modbargains claims that the light output is even higher than the OEM HIDs on the FoST and I must agree with him as I saw the demo first hand at the monthly Ford meet. For folks who don't feel like forking out over $800 for the OEM Euro headlights, this set-up for about $330 is a great alternative considering the high quality of the product. Both sets are rated at 5000k so they are virtually identical in terms of color temperature.

    A big thank you to Mike, Nick and the rest of the guys at Modbargains for the great customer service and making this happen. Total install time was approximately an hour but here are the results:

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  4. haste

    haste Member

    looks good!
     
  5. Ed_the_sledd

    Ed_the_sledd Member

    wow. looks great! what front/side splitters are those? and how much did they cost? your entire car looks great!​
     
  6. BRGT350

    BRGT350 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    strongly considering their fog lamps for my ST. The price is cheaper than buying a set of Hella fog lamps and I don't have to fabricate some sort of mounting system.
     
  7. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    Thanks man! I got those from Bojix Design. I believe they are around 400-500 but its been a while. I would call them for price and availability.
     
  8. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    Those Diode Dynamics Luxeon type A fog lights are a true bolt on. You'll love them!
     
  9. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    I know Modbargains have a few of these LED fog lights in stock. For about $160, you really can't beat the price for what you're getting.
     
  10. Jonnyz

    Jonnyz Member

    Well looks like my wallet is going to be getting lighter soon.
     
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  11. Firesail

    Firesail Active Member

    Me too.
     
  12. BlueBomber

    BlueBomber Active Member

    And theres now a 5% off 10th anniversary sale too because the meet was the day of our 10th yr being in Business!

    Thanks for the kind words Tony, I have a bunch more pics for you guys coming soon
     
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  13. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    Here are some great pics taken by Nick!
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  14. Chuckable

    Chuckable Member

    So these are bolt-in, but not plug and play? The image from the ModBargains site looks like the wiring is not plug and play for the OEM connector.
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    Or am I missing something?
     
  15. CSM

    CSM Member

    Wow, your car looks really great with the bronze wheels/white combo.

    I am really wanting to upgrade my lights to something brighter, and I think this is the route I want to go. Just waiting to hear if they are a true "plug and play" upgrade
     
  16. BlueBomber

    BlueBomber Active Member

    Blog post transcribed below.

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    Every once and a while, a customer sends us the review - and I think you'd rather hear what they thought of their parts than hear it from me.

    Check out Tony's review of the set of Diode Dynamics Luxeon LED Fog Lights for Fiesta/Focus (and more applications!) - these little beauties really make a huge difference in how much of the road you can actually see at night, and they're the next mod on the list for our Project Fiesta ST. At just $155 SHIPPED* (within USA), these are a really affordable way to increase your actual light output on the road. So without further adieu, here's Tony's review of the lighting upgrades we fitted to his Fiesta ST:

    "Hey guys! So I got the chance to go to ModBargains monthly Ford meet on Wednesday, graciously hosted by Mike and Nick. There was a decent crowd of Fost and Fist owners. Most of us were lucky enough to see a demonstration of how much brighter a set of Diode Dynamics LED fog lamps can be compared to the OEM units. Needless to say, I was convinced enough to order a set the next day from Mike.

    I took my car in to Modbargains to have them install the Diode Dynamics HID low beams and LED fog lights. Based on what I can see so far, the light produced is a true white and is probably 2-3 times as bright as the OEM halogens. I was concerned that the HID in the reflective housing was going to produce an obnoxious glare but good news is that it seems like cut off line is more defined than I expected.

    As for the fog lights, I would say the light projection is about as perfect as it gets with a clean cut-off line. Nick at ModBargains claims that the light output is even higher than the OEM HIDs on the FoST - and I must agree with him, as I saw the demo first hand at the monthly Ford meet. For folks who don't feel like forking out over $800 for the OEM Euro headlights (which Nick has fitted to his Fiesta ST), this set-up for about $330 is a great alternative considering the high quality of the product. Both sets are rated at 5000k so they are virtually identical in terms of color temperature.

    A big thank you to Mike, Nick and the rest of the guys at Modbargains for the great customer service and making this happen. Total install time was approximately an hour but here are the results:
    Here's a image that demonstrates the difference:

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    http://www.modbargains.com/diode-dynamics-luxeon-led-fog-lights-fiesta-st-focus-st-mustang.htm

    These are rated at 5000K so they are still white with no shade of blue, which I wanted to avoid. Since I wanted the low beams to match the whiter fog lamps, I also ordered a set of Diode Dynamics H11 5000K HID kit. Both of these will be installed by Modbargains once they call me up when they come in. I'll be sure to post an updated review on the products."

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    Here's Tony's Fiesta ST as it appeared when it rolled in...

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    And here we are after popping in the LUXEON type A LED fog lights, which feature Phillips LED components. The output is a crisp, white light without any hint of blue. It's pretty spot on for replicating close-to-daylight color temperature.[​IMG][​IMG]





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    For those of you that are curious, the Fiesta ST Wheels you see here are Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2, specd at 18x8 ET43, wrapped in 215/40-18 Continental Extreme Contact tires.
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    After installing the Luxeon Type A LED fog lights, we also fitted Tony's Fiesta ST with a set of Diode Dynamics HIDs in 5000k to match the fogs.

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    Tony's Fiesta ST sits low on ST Suspension XTA coilovers for Fiesta ST, the same ones that we have fitted to our Project Fiesta ST - and like my own experience, Tony feels like they're much more comfortable to live with than the stock suspension. It just goes to show kids, installing coilovers on your Fiesta ST WILL NOT ruin your Fiesta ST suspension.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]



    Thanks to Tony for the kind words and for letting me snap these great photos of his car to share with you all. A set of Diode Dynamics Fog Lamps is next on the list of mods for our Project Fiesta ST, and it's easy to see why.

    Want to know more about HIDs? Check out this blog post about HID Headlights here.

    Interested in Fiesta ST Mods for your own car? Talk to the Mod Experts at ModBargains- you can get advice from ST vehicle specialists like myself and Mod Experts like Co-Founder Mike Brown and the rest of the team by calling us at 714-582-3330 or chat live with us at www.modbargains.com






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  17. CSM

    CSM Member

    Great writeup! Thanks for the info.

    So Kamakazee, you would say that the HID low beams aren't blinding people? Have you noticed anyone flashing their lights at you?

    I want to do this to my Fiesta but I don't want to start blinding people left and right, which I hear installing HID bulbs on OEM housing will do in some vehicles.
     
  18. BlueBomber

    BlueBomber Active Member

    I stuck HID's in PelloniDesign's car too, while it's not TECHNICALLY correct, on the FIESTA at least, the reflector pattern doesn't seem to glare too bad or scatter the light badly.
     
  19. kamakazee

    kamakazee Active Member

    Nick is right on. It's not perfect but it is better than most. I had my wife drive ahead of me at night and she said it didn't bother her one bit. She said there was another guy with halogens that was much worst but I'm sure that person just needed to have their headlights aligned. So far I haven't had anyone flash me or flip me the bird. I'm sure a person with a slammed or low profile car car might think otherwise ;)
     
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  20. MrMeatbag

    MrMeatbag New Member

    I just bought these, how do you get the fog light bezel off?
     
  21. SilFister

    SilFister Member

    I'm thinking about purchasing both the Diode Dynamics LED Fog Lights and their HID low beams as well (like kamakazee) from Modbargains. I reside in the Dallas area so will have them installed locally. How much time does it take to install both the fog lamps and the low beams? The HID low beams aren't going to blind oncoming traffic, right?
     

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