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Purpose of the city lights................ (archive)

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Posted by [email protected] on January 10, 2002 at 15:32:49:

In Reply to: Re: euro ellipsoid question posted by Jon on January 08, 2002 at 23:21:43:

The city lights in Germany are used for bad weather and at nite. People on the city leave this light on in the lights during rain and snow or at nite when the cars are parked on the side of the street so traffic can see the parked cars.
They look best when you can have them, your fog and your parking light on all at the same time.
This will give your headlight a soft glow and looks really trick at dusk. I have it this way with 100 watts in my highs, 75 watts in my lows and fogs. You can do it to what suits you.

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think the city lights should blink. If that's right, you want to wire them in with the side lights and not the front ones. I'm not sure if they should go off with the low beams but it doesn't really matter since they'd be totally lost in the bright main lights anyway.

Like Mike said, you'll want to get the relays so the lows stay on with the highs. The later cars came like this. I'm not sure how you convert it. Mike probably does.
I have the Hella H1 and H4 housings on my car with 100W H1s and 100/80W H4s. I just got the bulbs from along with a replacement housing for a cracked lens. They had good prices and were cheap. I got the clear superwhite crap. They are pretty darn bright...especially with the highs! The guys there (nice people) said people run these high wattage bulbs all the time without any problems (fried relays or harnesses) long as they have glass lenses (plastic melts). They said that 1 in 10 or so will have to upgrade to a 10A fuse from the std. 7.5A.


I just got my euro ellips from Bekker's... sweeet. I have always wondered what that cutout underneath the inner lens is for - any ideas? Also, is the city light (above the inner lens) supposed to come on with the running lights, turn off with the low beams and blink corresponding to the L&R turn signals?

I want to go as bright as possible with conventional bulbs (none of that "superwhite" crap). Are there any things to consider regarding the higher current draw with respect to wiring upgrades, relay installation or beefier fuse installation?

Vielen Dank!
Heir Wheaton

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