Fog lights – How to choose them properly
In foggy weather, when visibility is reduced to 3-4 meters, both high-beam headlights and low-beam ones are virtually useless. In order to solve the problem, you can make use of fog lights that have a more faint light. Their advantage is considered to be the surface and the beam, which literally pierces the fog density. Due to the fog impact, which appears on the line of light and shadow, the visibility will be significantly increased.
If your car does not have pre-installed fog lights, unlike modern vehicles such as Hyundai Santa Fe or Honda Accord, the basis for a competent choice of fog lights is the following three factors: their color, certain labeling and impeccable structure. When buying such lights, be sure to read the technical specifications first. The model of fog light does not play a significant role, as they are just a complimentary to your primary headlights.
Pay attention to the color. It is better if the fog lights you buy are bright yellow or milky white. As a rule, the blue part of the spectrum is nicely dispersed in droplets of water. In this regard, it can only be dispersed with lenses of a certain color (mentioned above). It should be noted that the fog lights of green, red or blue color, can solve this problem pretty badly and from the perspective of functionality they are not so good either.
It must be said that the color is not the only primary attribute when buying fog lights. In order to make the right choice you also need to pay attention to labeling on fog lights. If they are tested and certified for suitability, then you will see, on their surface, a two-digit country code, where the tests were carried out. In addition, there will also be the letter “E”.
In particular, labeling with the value of “02” indicates that the fog lights comply with the final assembly of international guidelines. What’s more, look for the presence of the letter “B”. Its presence is mandatory. The existence of this letter indicates that these are actually fog lights. Other values instead of the letter “B” meet other types of lights. We recommend you also pay attention to the lamps that lights are equipped with. Apart from a quality certificate, you should make sure that the power of these lamps is less than 50-60 watts. Such lamps have a filament and have a marking H-1 or H-3.
There is a basic rule for the functional use of fog lights, namely: they must be placed below the main headlights due to the fact that a beam line should run at the height of the driver’s eye. It should not be above or below it. In this context it is inappropriate to install fog lights on the car roof.
In addition, we would like to point out that when buying a new car, say the latest Toyota Corolla or the latest Audi A3, it is better to spend some extra money and have those fog lights pre-installed mostly because they will look really nice and you will not have to bother about their quiality or reliabilty.