Top Things to Consider When Buying Ford Fog Lights
by Edward Smith 7/02/2020 | 10:19Posted in Automotive
If you’re someone who spends a lot of time on the road with their Ford and is considering adding extra lighting for the upcoming winter season, or before your next off-road adventure, then fog lights are probably the ideal type of lighting solution for you. Many people consider them obsolete, at least in normal driving conditions, but the recent bushfires and floods have made Australian driving conditions anything but normal. These driving lights help prevent accidents caused by visibility problems caused by deep sets of fog, snow, sleet and rain. They can also assist drivers who commute early in the morning or late at night when there are high chances of heavy fog on the roads.
Fog lights are more “forceful” than brake lights, and they enable drivers to view their front or back easily thanks to their high brightness. These Ford aftermarket parts significantly improve your safety and confidence when driving in foggy weather, but only if they’re designed well. That being said, if you’re searching for these Ford aftermarket parts, make sure you’re buying top quality products. Before I start talking about which features define quality fog lights, let’s first talk about how they work and what their purpose is.
This lighting solution is made to provide you with a low-mounted source of light that illuminates the surface of the road in front of your Ford. They’re oftentimes considered low-beam accessory lights, and they’re manually switched on and off individually. Although they’re mainly used as front and rear lights, some countries allow them to be fitted on the sides as well. Generally, they’re purchased in pairs, but you can also buy them as individual lights. Nowadays, most fog lights are equipped with LED bulbs, which are energy-efficient, more powerful, more durable, and longer-lasting.
Since fog lights are installed on your Ford’s bumper, you need to make sure it has enough space to fit them. When shopping, buy lights that are made for your Ford’s model, make and year. Additionally, don’t forget to check whether your vehicle has the needed voltage and current to provide the lights with enough power. Simply put, make sure the lights you buy are compatible with your vehicle.
Nowadays, you’ll find three types of fog lights based on the type of bulb they use. As briefly aforementioned, LED lights are the best ones on the market as they consume less power, generate less heat, are more durable and give you more working hours. However, they’re also the most expensive option out of the three. High-intensity discharge lights use electrically-charged Xenon gas to create intense brightness and high beam patterns. They’re more affordable than LED, but also less durable and you get fewer working hours out of them. Lastly, halogen lights work by heating a filament with electricity. They’re the most affordable, but also last the least out of the three options and are prone to damage.
Then, you need to consider the colour temperature of the fog lights, which is expressed in Kelvin. Amber, or yellow lights have a temperature lower than 3000K, and they provide stress-free vision even after extended use. Lights with a blue-ish hue are also eye-soothing and they’re rated at above 6000K. Moreover, you’ll need to consider the actual brightness output of the fog lights. The brightness output of LED bulbs is expressed in Lumens, and most fog lights come with 1000-3000 Lumen LEDs. On the other hand, HID and Halogen brightness is expressed in volts.
Lastly, you need to consider the wattage, which refers to how energy-efficient the lights are. Typically, the more powerful the lights are, the more electricity they’ll require. However, you’ll also have to account for the type of bulb the fog lights use. LED lights are the most powerful and consume the least energy. The lights should be easy to install on your vehicle, as there’s always a possibility of damaging your Ford or breaking the lights if the process is too difficult to handle. That being said, consider a plug-to-play option that comes with all the necessary hardware and wires for the installation.
To conclude, fog lights can play a crucial role in your safety on and off the road. Although avoiding to drive in bad weather conditions is much recommended, sometimes you just have to hit the road. Depending on your budget, preferred colour and brightness, you should invest in the best fog lights that you can find that are compatible with your Ford. Hopefully, this article has provided you with all the necessary info about where to search, and what to look for. Finding Ford fog lights should be relatively easy due to the popularity of Ford on the Australian market. There are many online vendors that sell model, make and year specific models that come with a warranty, so you can rest assured you’re getting a quality product that will last.
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