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Clear vs Amber bulbs in Fog Lights Housings?

Discussion in 'Performance Lighting' started by Eltee, June 27, 2017.

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    1. Eltee

      Eltee Elite Explorer

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      My 13 XLT has the factory fogs with clear bulbs.

      Piaa makes an amber bulb that fits. I live in a coastal town that is prone to fog so I'm trying to decide whether or not to replace the factory bulbs with ambers. For REALLY foggy nights out here I have a set of Unity rectangular fog lights mounted on a bull bar.
       
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      I've always rocked amber foggies.

      As a general rule, you should keep all your lighting the same color temperature. It makes it easier to see, when all of your lights are the same color / color temperature.

      I've always gone with a modified version of that rule. All my down low & close in lighting is amber, all my long range lighting (including my headlights) is white.

      This scheme has always served me pretty well.

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      from what I understand while in fog white or amber work the same but in a blizzard the amber's work best but only when you turn off the main headlights but in most states that is not legal while driving in inclement weather
       
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      I have clear SliverStars.
       
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      Sorry for the late reply. I changed my white fog bulbs for some Osram Fog Breaker bulbs (2600K Amber) I had to order them on Ebay. Very good light output and the color is perfect. These bulbs are considered among the "Best" over in Europe.
       
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      Check local laws... I put ambers aux lights in my bike, which is basically same as doing them for the truck, and was told they were illegal here in Jersey.
      Honestly though... I can see SO MUCH better and if it helps me see better I will roll the dice!
       
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      I have the Osram amber bulbs also. They look good and bright.
       
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      They are Not illegal in NJ.
      Section 39:3-50 - Color of lights, permits; cancellation or revocation of permits; fee.

      Universal Citation: NJ Rev Stat § 39:3-50 (2013)

      39:3-50 Color of lights, permits; cancellation or revocation of permits; fee.
      39:3-50. All lamps and reflectors, which display a light visible from directly in front of a vehicle as authorized by this subtitle, shall exhibit lights substantially white, yellow or amber in color.

      (a)The color of light emitted or reflected by exterior lamps or reflectors on a vehicle shall be as follows, except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (b), (c) and (d) of this section:

      White when the lamp is a headlamp, or spot lamp, or illuminates a license plate or a destination sign; or is located on the outside limit of a side car or other attachment on a motor cycle;

      Substantially white or amber when the lamp is a side-cowl or fender lamp, running-board or other courtesy lamp, front parking lamp, back-up lamp, auxiliary driving lamp; or a turn signal on or facing the front;

      Substantially red or amber when the lamp is a turn signal or a stop lamp on or facing the rear;

      Red when any other lamp or any reflector is on the rear or on either side at or near the rear, except as otherwise provided in paragraph (f) of section 39:3-61 for a combination marker lamp;

      Amber when any other lamp or reflector is on the front or on either side other than at or near the rear.

      (b)Lamps and reflectors on projecting loads shall emit or reflect light with color as provided in section 10 of this act.

      (c)No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment upon any street or highway equipped with any device or lamp thereon capable of or displaying a light of any other color than permitted by this section, except: an authorized emergency vehicle, an authorized school bus, or a vehicle authorized by a permit issued by the chief administrator.

      (d)A permit authorizing a vehicle to be equipped with a lamp capable of or displaying a flashing light, except as provided in 39:3-54 or a light of a color other than permitted by this section, visible from directly in front of said vehicle, may be issued by the director when necessary, in his discretion, for the reasonable and safe movement of traffic. The permit shall specify the type and color of such lamp and the conditions under which a person may drive or move the vehicle with said lamp displaying a light. The permit shall be valid only when the specifications and conditions contained therein are complied with. The chief administrator shall collect a $25 fee for the initial issuance and for each subsequent renewal of the permit for each vehicle for which the applicant seeks to use such a light, provided, however, that no fee shall be charged for a permit authorizing the use of a light that is red or blue. The fee set forth in this section shall not apply to a motor vehicle registered at no fee pursuant to R.S.39:3-27. The fees collected pursuant to this section shall be considered revenue of the commission and shall not be subject to the calculation of proportional revenue remitted to the commission pursuant to section 105 of P.L.2003, c.13 (C.39:2A-36).

      The chief administrator may cancel or revoke a permit issued under authority of this section whenever the conditions for its issuance no longer exist or on any other reasonable grounds.

      Amended 1951, c.24; 1964, c.136, s.3; 2007, c.242, s.5.
       
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      Applies to LED only? Compliments of Sylvania.

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      If the intention is seeing better in actual fog or snow conditions, then the OEM "fog lights" should be replaced with actual fog lights. Virtually all OEM not-headlights are driving lights. They all project out and up and long range into oncoming drivers. That's what a driving light is supposed to do, the OEM lights are primarily to look good, not act as real fog lights.

      Actual fog lights have very low, wide, short cut off beams, they shine bright directly in front of the vehicle. Real fog lights don't bother oncoming drivers, because the beams are so short and low.

      I don't use my 98 Mountaineer's "fog lights" since they are driving lights and bother other drivers. They do not help in fog.
       
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      I don't know about what Ford put on your Explorer but this is a Gen 5 discussion and on my 2015 the factory lights are definatly Fog lights not driving lights
       
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      Stand about ten car lengths from any "fog lights" facing you, on even ground, and tell me if the lights are bright in your eyes. Fog lights do no shine up at all, only slightly downward and out wide. That's why headlights and driving lights are bad in fog/snow, the light reflects from the moisture and back into your eyes. If what you have as "fog lights" don't reflect less than headlights in fog/snow, then they are driving lights(and greatly bother oncoming drivers).
       

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