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    Adding a set of spotlights...

    Hey all.

    Its getting darker in the nights, and I'm getting fed up of "dull" lights even on full beam.

    Now before anyone sayd, upgrade the bulbs, I have done

    I've got Halford "Extream" brillance bulbs in, and some Osram "30% brighter" Mainbeam bulbs. So I can't go any better without going HID, and I like to stay legal

    So, I'm considering fitting a pair of big lamps on the front!

    I used to own Minis, so I have a pair of Cubie lamps here, and I was wondering... does anyone have a wiring diagram, or a "how to" on fitting aux lighting?

    ta all


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    Fogs are illegal if visability is above 100m mate...

    & i think u would get wiring instructions with the fogs

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    What the O.P. is talking about is additional auxiliary headlights (or what some people refer to as spot lights), they are designed to increase the range of lighting given by the main beam.

    From what I remember (unless things have changed) the lighting regs say that these types of lights must be wired up so that they can only come on when the main beam is on and go off when the lights are dipped so as not to dassle oncoming traffic, an independent switch is optional.

    "Fog" lights on the other hand must be independently switched, have their own telltale, and only operate when the vehicle side/head lights are on. Marc is quite correct in saying that this type of light is illegal to use if visibility is above 100 meters.

    The other thing worth mentioning is that you should let your insurer know if you fit any estra lights as they may consider it to be a modification.
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    Got a bit more info on this. I think under the regs the type of lamp you want is called an "optional main beam headlight".

    There seems to be little regulation about where these can be positioned other than "The outer edges of the illuminated areas must in no case be closer to the side of the vehicle than the outer edges of the illuminated areas of the obligatory dipped-beam headlamps."

    Theres a bit more info here
    http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si1989/Uks...n_10.htm#nsch5
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    to fit them you will need to connect them to the battery with a relay and switch to switch them on and off (or you'll need a hell of a switch)

    are they big rally style spot lamps? if they are then get them fitted and get pics up.
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