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2016 Explorer LED Fog Lights option??

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2019 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Blue1ce, June 4, 2015.

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    1. Britta-S

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      It really is as easy as I said. Never changed a fog light on any car before, had the user guide lying next to me and got to work :D
      Only thing: I hurt my finger, gave it a good fairly deep scratch, while pulling off the power connector., so be careful :)
       
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      I just did a dry run. A word to the wise if you have larger hands; install the bulb into place before re-connecting the wiring harness. That whip can be a bit temperamental while connected when trying to locate the notches back into place.
       
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      +1. yellow doesn't flash back on the driver in dense fog.

      I was mildly curious about the night light pattern of the 2016 LED headlamps when we bought ours - as I didn't think to test drive one at night.

      have to say - there is no reason to use the fogs for any thing other than FOG.

      Also high beams will piss you off too them because they are standard halogens - as they are also the flash. This bothers me a little since you'd think they'd try to match them. but they didn't. I'll probably put some matched halogen in them - unless I can find a good LED retrofit that doesn't cost the earth.
       
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      Just wanted to report on my high beam bulb switch. First of all, it gets easier the more often you do it. But, if you haven't done it yet, think twice about it. I drove around with my LED high beams for some time now and I'm not 100% sold. I mostly drive with me low beams and fog lights. When switching to high beams there is hardly any difference.
      The reason, I think is, that I bought the wrong bulbs (no high beam function maybe?), so I will probably divert back to the stock and if I come across some good recommended LEDs for high beams, I might give it another try.
       
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      you can't put just any LED bulb in the High beam spot - it's going to have to be a high power LED.

      IE something that's going to cost north of 100 dollars.

      why - it has to push high lumens, or rather LUX to get out over the factory low beams. so not every LED on the market is made for that - and some are ment to just be flashers - ie your flash to pass bulbs, which on the explorer and many other cars is your high beam bulbs.

      keep in mind the halogens you are replacing are a uncoated, 55W each, so they throw some real light. it's not the whiteiest and might not look that bright to your eye but to a light meter at 100 yards it's a spot light.

      also notice that the Factory low beams - have their own heat sinks - that dark grey ridged housing is coated AL. they draw some power, 30W each if I guess correctly as that's been about the common application draw. they also throw some major LUX out the front of the car.

      then there's the application - IE the housing - it's designed around a non-focused light souce for the high beam - so the housing and reflector is the focusing ###tion - if you put an LED in the hole - that's already desingned as a focused beam you will loose some usefulness. you need a wide area bulb replacement -because that's precisely what you are replacing.


      Hope this makes some sense.
       
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      Very true. Many cars with HIDs have halogen highs, so I am fine with it. However, for those looking for a whiter bulb for the high beams, you would be better off with a halogen bulb. I would recommend Philips DiamondVision bulbs. I used them in my Town Car, and they are the whitest halogens I've ever used, and I've tried many.

      http://www.amazon.com/Philips-Diamond-Vision-Halogen-Bulbs/dp/B007JZKBVW

      Here is a picture of the low beam with a DiamondVision bulb and then compared to the highbeam with a standard bulb.

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      It definitely does make sense, that's why, while searching for LED highs, I did exactly search for that, LED high beams. But you're probably right, to get the right outcome I would have to spend more money (the ones I bought were around $25 for the pair) and also look at the housing. So I'll probably replace them with good white halogen (as white as they get) bulbs that GoogleAndroid mentioned.
       
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      in my current car with HID lows - for my high beams I'm useing Xenon match bulbs from a company called HOEN.

      they are an offshoot of Sylvania - OSram. which happens to make my HID kit.

      so they tailored a halogen standard bulb so that it's cleaner and closer to 4300K color. works great but they weren't cheap either.
       
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      Thanks for the tip on the fog light led replacement bulbs! I do agree that the yellow doesnt look good with the led headlights
       
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      I have a pair like these ^^ and if you actually want light ON the road ..... this style won't do it. The "top" being open like that cuts the light output that would normally go to the sides to the reflector and then sent out and as such useless output. If you want for show or to be seen, ya they'll work for that.
       
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      aren't they just fog lights / day time running lights? If I want to actually want to see stuff on the road, i'd just use the regular lamps/highbeams.
       
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      I can't complain about the light output with the named LEDs. First off, yes the looks are better, but then I also saw no disadvantage to the stock bulbs when comparing visibility. The high beams themselves are already very bright, but the fogs add some more visibility to the sides and brighten up the lower front as well.
       
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      I have the lights and they function well, much better than the stock fogs for emitting light AND yes, they do look better. Again, I don't live in a swamp so not much fog here but often times I am using them without the headlamps and they work well.
       
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      I just ordered my 2016 Limited today and had it not been for an error on the part of the lady preparing the order I would have ended up with the stock non led fogs. I noticed the led fog light option on the paperwork they emailed showing the vehicle and all the specs prior to them sending it off to be ordered. I asked about it and they said they included it in error which caused me to call salesperson and ask about them. Needless to say after quickly searching the form about it I told the dealer to defiantly leave them on the order. Prior to ordering it at the dealership I played around on the Ford website and also when researching the invoice option prices on different websites I never saw LED fogs as an offered option.

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      LED fog lights
       
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      I just installed new LED fog lights, the ones Britta-S mentioned above from Amazon. I think they were on sale for $27 and it took maaaaybe 10mins to install. Plug and play. They look great and work great.
       
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      I have the same bulbs people are getting from amazon, but now that the ones from Ford are available does anyone know what the difference would be? Are the Ford's going to be worth upgrading to?
       
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      Sorry didn't mean to take the thread OT. There is a separate thread on the fogs and another for LEDs (as you know since you bought the bulbs).

      It remains to be seen whether the Ford fogs (LED) are brighter, better or even exist yet!
       
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      Led fog lights are know available. I just ordered mine 2016 Explorer 4x4, towing packet, leather interior and yes Led fog lights. They did came out 150 more but its worth it. Thanks
       
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      Welcome to the Forum. :wavey:
      I'd think the heat sink could be an issue when trying to replace the halogen bulb.

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      Thanks! I went with the ones Britta recommended.
       
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