Driving in fog has been experienced by almost everyone, and even with the best headlights, it’s still one of the worst driving scenarios. This is because fog hinders the most important aspect of driving: visibility.
Now fog isn’t like a rainy day when you can wipe your windshield while you continue to swoop high above the ground. If the fog isn’t clear and it could take you hours to get to your destination safely, it will be thick and dense. Fog is common, especially during the winter months when temperatures plummet, and foggy weather has been the cause of countless vehicle accidents over the years. Driving in dense fog is both detrimental and unwise due to the extremely poor visibility on foggy days.
However, if you find yourself having to drive in fog, I recommend that you choose the best lighting to help improve visibility and prevent any accidents. I can’t put into words how important it is to have fog lights on your car in order to ensure that you are fully prepared for any fog. However, here are the two most common types of fog lights, their application and performance in fog.
Where there is fog, you need to be able to produce maximum light output. Droplets of fog in dense fog tend to reflect the light from your car’s headlights back into your eyes, further reducing visibility while driving. This is why fog lights must be strategically installed on your car. Fog lights are usually mounted on your car at a low angle. This reduces the glare in your eyes, thus helping you to see more clearly.
Fog lights have a unique design that prevents reflected light in low visibility situations. Fog lights have a beam shape where the beam is wide and flat, almost like a narrow strip. The shape of the beam is not a coincidence. It is designed to penetrate fog and illuminate the road, allowing you to move forward in your driveway and make sure you stay on the road.
Fog lights are located at the front and rear of your vehicle, near the front bumper and under the rear bumper, respectively. Front fog lights provide maximum visibility of what is directly in front of your vehicle, while rear fog lights serve to warn other road users of your presence on the road. Rear fog lights are usually red in color to alert oncoming traffic that they should slow down and drive with caution.
Although fog lights are usually very bright, it is advisable to limit their use to foggy weather as they can cause a loss of visibility for oncoming traffic in normal weather.
The most common types of fog lights are halogen fog lights and LED fog lights. Both types of fog lights are great, but which one is best for you? Let’s take a look at some of their applications, pros and cons. Keep in mind that you need vehicle applications to help you do your job most efficiently and easily.
Halogen fog lights are one of the more outdated lighting options, as newer, more efficient technology has surpassed it in many applications. However, halogen fog lights are still pre-installed as a standard feature in some vehicles. Although they are the oldest technology available, they are still worth using in some ways. Halogen bulbs are often standard on many vehicles, which ensures your safety as a car driver. Plus, manufacturers have eliminated the cost of installing fog lights. They are relatively inexpensive and repairs and replacements are very manageable.
Another advantage of halogen bulbs is that they can be upgraded, which means you can increase the power of the bulb to produce a higher light output. Instead of upgrading, you can simply replace the bulb, which saves you time and money.
LED lights function better than halogen lights. Here’s why Although more expensive, they are a longer-lasting, more durable investment that will save you money in the long run.LED lights are made of semiconductor material that produces a spectral beam of light when an electric current is passed through it. Since LED lights don’t have filaments like halogen bulbs, they are less likely to break. This in itself extends the life of LED lights.
LED lamps generate very little heat and do not cause damage to the charging system. This can save you a lot of money over time. They also don’t consume a lot of energy and don’t put a strain on the electrical system.
Unlike halogen bulbs, which require warm weather for a few minutes, LED bulbs are highly affected by high temperatures, so you’ll have to invest in a good cleaning system, which will cost you more money.
The ignition process for LED fog lights is instantaneous, requiring no time or heat, and will instantly solve the problem of poor visibility you encounter on the road. You can always use your LED fog lights to maximize illumination in any situation. This makes them the best and most desirable option for many of today’s drivers.
LED lights are brighter than halogen lights. They have a lower color temperature and emit a white light that illuminates larger surface areas, giving drivers better visibility at night. Whether you choose LED or halogen lights, it’s important to purchase new fog lights to extend their life.