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Extra fog/driving lights

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Since I do a great deal of night driving, I am adding lights to the car. I've used Hella before and I am considering these

My question is the alternator. Will I need to upgrade it for the additional power?
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It would only be the two extra. They would be driving with pencil beams. The high beam have too much scatter for me. My highlander had higher lights so it makes seeing out farther easier.

I live in NY and work up in MA, I do about 275 in miles one way each week.
I had an issue with my Ford F-250. I put multiple strobe and two pairs of Hella (1 fog, 1 driving)

It ended up that the vehicle would dim everything at idle, especially when at a stop light. I went to Mr Alternator in Ohio and had them build me one that output 500 more amps above factory using the same size body and plug configuration.
The Ford i put them on the push bar for driving and below fender for fog. I made metal cage for the fog lights to protect against rocks. Because I was on a fire department I installed strobe lights in the headlight, rear brake and backup lights. I hated getting to a stop light and having the lights dim or heater blower slow due to the decrease in output.

In addition I would have to jump start diesel trucks off the engine, so I added a second battery system and 20 foot jumper connection to the push bar.

As far as the RAV, I will be changing out the H2 bulbs to LED as well as change out the inside lights to LED as well.
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