Putco fog bulbs get too hot
I know that some people have replaced the stock fogs with the Putco 35w "jet yellow" bulbs so I thought I would give this a shot also. After getting the drivers' side in I turned the fogs on to see how they looked and decided to leave them on for a few minutes just to see what kind of heat the new bulbs put out. After about 2-3 minutes I tested the both fogs at various angles with an IR temp probe. I tried to hit the reflector as well as the bulb, taking 4 or 5 readings and going to each fog twice. The highest reading I got from the stock side was 110F, while the hottest on the Putco side was 180F. This, again, was after no more than 3 minutes. If they were on for any longer I am sure the that temperatures would rise even more and that the Putco would rise proportionally higher. The lens on the Putco side was also very hot to the touch where the stock side was only warm. Personally even though this represents a $70 waste of money (since I had to cut the tabs on the Putcos) I am going back to the stock bulbs. I do not want to risk melting anything or worse. I just wanted to pass along the temperature info for anyone interested.