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Old 04-28-2013, 06:42 AM
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Upgrading Stock Fog Lights: GP Thunder H8 8500k?

I've got a '12 F30 with the stock Xenon headlights/Angel Eyes which I LOVE since my last 2 cars (2000 528i and 2006 325i) had the standard yellowish halogens.

I was wondering if anyone has installed or had experience with the GP Thunder H8 8500k Fog Lamps (or something comparable), and could provide me with some pictures. My GOAL is for a better look, a brighter looking light, not necessarily providing more light or navigating through fog. I just want a cool look to match my headlights.

I've seen some pictures of E90's online with the 7500k's which are nice, but I can't seem to find ANY pictures of the 8500k (my thinking was the brighter the better?). I know people worry about matching colors, and that 8500k might be too bright and more white-ish than blue/white like my xenon headlights.

If anyone has any knowledge about the GP Thunder 8500k's I would REALLY appreciate it, or even 7500k's, I'd love some input.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:56 PM
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:20 PM
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Upgrading Stock Fog Lights: GP Thunder H8 8500k?

7500 and 8500 Kelvin are both useless, especially for fog lights. As you go higher in colour temperature, not only does your actual light output in lumens drop, but visibility in fog is greatly reduced.

Your OEM HID lights are either 4300K or 5000K. If you want the best visibility in fog, you'll actually want to get 3000K fogs, as the yellow colour cuts through fog the best.


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Old 04-28-2013, 08:00 PM
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7500 and 8500 Kelvin are both useless, especially for fog lights. As you go higher in colour temperature, not only does your actual light output in lumens drop, but visibility in fog is greatly reduced.

Your OEM HID lights are either 4300K or 5000K. If you want the best visibility in fog, you'll actually want to get 3000K fogs, as the yellow colour cuts through fog the best.


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I should've stated that I'm more interested in the look of the lights to compliment my xenons/angel eyes. I don't have much of a use for fog lights around here.

When you say my light output goes down, you're only referring to the after market fog lights correct? It in no way effects the output/brightness of my headlights?
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:18 PM
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Upgrading Stock Fog Lights: GP Thunder H8 8500k?

Your headlights will be unaffected by installing new fog light bulbs.

If you're looking to match the colour temperature of your OEM HID headlights, get 4300 or 5000K. As you go higher in colour temperature, your light output actually decreases. Anything higher 6000K is useless, not to mention tacky and hideous.

Are you putting an HID kit in your fogs, or just replacing with new halogen bulbs?


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Old 04-29-2013, 05:01 PM
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Your headlights will be unaffected by installing new fog light bulbs.

If you're looking to match the colour temperature of your OEM HID headlights, get 4300 or 5000K. As you go higher in colour temperature, your light output actually decreases. Anything higher 6000K is useless, not to mention tacky and hideous.

Are you putting an HID kit in your fogs, or just replacing with new halogen bulbs?


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I was planning on just replacing the bulbs because I heard an HID kit comes with numerous potential problems (coding and overheating?) and is more expensive/more involved instillation.

Do you know of any reputable companies or brands which you'd recommend for the replacement bulbs besides GP Thunder because I can only find bulbs from them in 7500k and 8500k, the only 6000k option is a full HID kit.
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:05 PM
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Upgrading Stock Fog Lights: GP Thunder H8 8500k?

I have a set of 7500 or 8500 for sale


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Old 04-29-2013, 06:06 PM
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Just read about PHILIPS H8 Diamond Vision 5000k bulbs as an alternative to HID kits as well as the tackier higher k bulbs from GP Thunder. Anyone know about those?
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Old 04-29-2013, 06:17 PM
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Upgrading Stock Fog Lights: GP Thunder H8 8500k?

The temperature of the light is not a measurement of brightness, it's a numerical measurement of color. Once you start going over 6000, you're getting more and more blue, not white. So 5000-6000 should match your white LED angel eyes.


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Old 04-29-2013, 06:31 PM
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The temperature of the light is not a measurement of brightness, it's a numerical measurement of color. Once you start going over 6000, you're getting more and more blue, not white. So 5000-6000 should match your white LED angel eyes.


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Ya, since I'm not too crazy about the whole conversion kit idea I want to just do bulbs, only replacements I can find are 5000k H8 Phillip Diamond Vision and 7500k H8 GP Thunder.

The 5000k look more like 4300-4500k to me (less white than my stock xenons/angel eyes) and 7500k look a lot more blue/white than my stock xenons/angel eyes... yet look better in pictures than the 5000k.

Unless someone thinks of an alternative, I can afford to spend $15 for the Thunder 7500k and see how it goes..
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Old 10-11-2013, 02:57 PM
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You can get them from http://www.hidlightsusa.com
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:59 PM
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8500k are too blue. 7500k are much better.
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:23 PM
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The Philips should be good. I would definitely stay away from anything higher than 6k. Just doesn't look good IMO. You can also go here and get the matched ones. I just got these today and they look perfect.

http://www.bimmian.com/Xenesis-Xenon...W-F30-3-Series
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Old 10-11-2013, 05:25 PM
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Old 10-12-2013, 12:18 AM
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Nice before/after pics of GPThunder swap for fogs...

http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=783129
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