Learn How To Upgrade Fog Lights

Learn to install fog lights on a car that doesn't have them or improve existing ones

Can I upgrade my fog lights with LED?

If you're looking to upgrade your fog lights, one option is to switch to LED bulbs. LED bulbs are more energy-efficient and can provide a brighter light than traditional halogen bulbs. However, before making the upgrade, be sure to check with your car's manufacturer to see if they approve of the switch. Some cars have specific requirements for fog lights, and upgrading to LED bulbs may not work.

And if you do upgrade your fog lights to LED bulbs, be sure to take extra care when driving in foggy conditions. The brighter light may make it more difficult to see in the fog.

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Fog Lights Upgrade terminology and definitions

Are aftermarket LED fog lights legal?

The upgrade of your fog lights to LEDs is a great way to improve your visibility while driving, but you may be wondering if it's legal. The answer may vary depending on your state or country's laws, so it's always best to check before making any modifications.

In general, as long as your LED fog lights meet the standards for lighting set by the Department of Transportation, they should be legal. This means that the lights must not produce too much glare, and they must be properly aimed so that they don't blind other drivers.

How many lumens should a fog light be?

They must be bright, so they'll light up a wide area. They're angled in such a way that reflection is avoided, allowing them to be used in tough circumstances, so keep it in mind if you want to upgrade your fog lights. Fog lights vary widely in terms of output; some have as little as 1000 lumen and others have as much as 2000 lumen. A standard household bulb has about 100 lumens.

Amber fog lights vs white fog lights

Both options are legalin the US, but there has to be a difference, right? The issue with white fog lights is that even though they seem brighter, they, in fact, produce much more glare due to a shorter wavelength. It bounces off and "backfires" right at you. That is not something you see in yellowish fog lights with warmer light. However, amber and yellow lights are not as bright and sometimes it may not be sufficient.

Can you add aftermarket fog lights?

This is not a common problem but some modern vehicles are made without fog lights in mind. Installing fog lights as an upgrade on a car that doesn't have them already is more difficult than replacing worn-out fog lights. You'll have to build wiring from scratch and probably drill a hole for the lamps yourself. This upgrade is more difficult and time-consuming than most people are willing to undertake.

If you have a car that didn't come with fog lights but you really want them, your best bet is to look for an aftermarket kit. These kits come with everything you need to install fog lights on your car, including the lamps, wiring, and often a switch.

Installing an aftermarket fog light kit process will vary depending on the kit and your own car's make and model. In general, you'll need to connect the fog lights to your car's battery and then run wiring to a switch that you can mount inside the car. Follow the instructions that come with your kit and you should do just fine.

What are the brightest fog lights available?

There are a few different things to consider when you're looking for the brightest fog lights upgrade. First, you'll want to make sure that the bulbs you choose are rated for a high lumens output. Second, you'll want to make sure that the replacement fog lights have a wide beam angle. A wide beam angle will help ensure that light is evenly distributed, giving you the best possible visibility.

A little trick regarding fog lights: it is not only the brightness that makes your fog lights better, you should also upgrade for a warmer color temperature for more visibility. Most LED fog lights you will find have a color temperature of 5,000 Kelvins. You should not get too brights or too cool bulbs for your fog light upgrade, because the light will just get reflected back at you by the tiny droplets suspended midair, making it harder to see.

Can you use LED fog lights for headlights?

While you can use LED bulbs for your headlights, we do not recommend it. In rare cases fog light and headlight bulbs in your car can be interchangeable. If they are 100% compatible, have the same size, fitment, and light output, then it is possible.

But, for the majority of cars, it is not a good idea.

Fog lights and headlights serve different purposes. Headlights are designed to light up the road ahead of you so that you can see where you're going. Fog lights, on the other hand, are designed to light up the area immediately in front of your car. This allows you to see in the fog and avoid obstacles.

Can you wire LED fog lights without a relay?

A relay is an electromechanical switch that uses a small amount of power to control a larger amount of power. In the case of LED fog lights, the relay prevents the LED bulbs from drawing too much power from your car's electrical system. Without a relay, your LED bulbs may start to flicker anddeteriorate sooner.

Can you put LEDs in halogen fog light fittings?

Upgrading your fog lights by installing LEDs in halogen fittings can cause issues. Fat chance your headlights are designed for the same specs of halogen and LED bulbs. There are many factors at play here: bulb size, shape, base size and type, energy consumption. You can even succeed in putting the bulb in if you are lucky, but it doesn't guarantee that it would work without messing up your electrical system.

LED upgrade vs stock halogen fog lights

When it comes to upgrade options, LEDs are definitely the way to go – they offer a number of advantages over traditional halogen bulbs. For one thing, LEDs are much brighter than halogen bulbs, so you'll be able to see more clearly in foggy conditions. Additionally, LEDs consume less power than halogen bulbs, so you won't have to worry about draining your car's battery. Finally, LEDs last much longer than halogen bulbs, so you won't have to upgrade as often.