Do your fog lights suck?

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Do your fog lights suck?

Post by oldelpaseo » Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:56 pm

I have a 2004 vibe with the oem fog lights with oem bulbs in them. They make the car look nice but seem to barely make a difference in lighting. Just barely on the sides in front.

The these oem fog lights suck or is it just my oem bulbs that are crappy?

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Post by ColonelPanic » Fri Nov 04, 2016 4:19 pm

They don't add a while lot of light, really... I always thought they were pretty good for factory fog lights though, compared to some cars with factory fog lights I've driven. I tried Silverstars back in 2003 in the Vibe I used to own, which did brighten things up a bit. But the 6 month bulb life was not worth it.

You could try replacing the bulbs, the originals probably have dimmed over time.

Our '03 still has the original bulbs still in and have the plexiglass covers a member here used to make to keep the lenses from getting broken. The covers I have are tinted so I'd say your fogs are much brighter than mine. LOL
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Post by Caretaker » Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:28 pm

Do they suck? In a word: YES. I think every fog light I've ever experienced on a car has sucked. I get the feeling they are more aesthetic than functional. I've turned fog lights on in many mountainous foggy areas and frankly, I'd rather take my chances with high beams with half of it reflecting back in my face than trust fog lights to keep my $20,000 car from slamming into a deer around the next bend.
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Re: Do your fog lights suck?

Post by oldelpaseo » Sat Nov 05, 2016 10:38 am

:geek: ive driven cars that had very good fog lights (oem of course). But maybe since this is an economical car they are just for the looks. Ill try putting decent 2500k bulbs in them see if it makes a difference. If not at least they will look nice.

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Post by joatmon » Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:34 pm

I never found the Vibe foglights to be worth the trouble of turning on, and they are very easy to turn on

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Post by oldelpaseo » Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:17 am

They are fully automatic as are the headlights so i just leave them on. I leave them on since they look nice and ive noticed that slow left lane drivers seem to move out ot the way faster when i have them on (maybe a psychological link with fog=sports cars ??).

I was just curious because i find they suck and i do a lot of night driving in bad conditions so im lookings to make visibility better. I have already bougjt the sylvana silverstar something that were pretty expensive. They did make a difference but not much. And i dont want to go into illegal hid kits or leds. So i guess thats as good as it gets.

I just wish i could see as good as in my wifes rav4. But i guess that wont be possible.

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Post by vibenvy » Sun Nov 06, 2016 6:13 am

oldelpaseo wrote:I was just curious because i find they suck and i do a lot of night driving in bad conditions so im lookings to make visibility better. I have already bougjt the sylvana silverstar something that were pretty expensive. They did make a difference but not much. And i dont want to go into illegal hid kits or leds. So i guess thats as good as it gets.

I just wish i could see as good as in my wifes rav4. But i guess that wont be possible.
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Post by oldelpaseo » Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:46 am

Thanks. I checked it out and what i have are the silverstar ultra. They are pretty good. Maybe i should try the zxe, could help the bad weather night driving.... Damn canadian winters.

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Post by vibenvy » Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:21 am

oldelpaseo wrote:Thanks. I checked it out and what i have are the silverstar ultra. They are pretty good. Maybe i should try the zxe, could help the bad weather night driving.... Damn canadian winters.
You're wasting your money with SilverStars of any kind. The glass is tinted which gives off the whiter color, but reduces actual light output. Do some reading on the Candle Power Forum and you'll better understand what I'm talking about.
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Re: Do your fog lights suck?

Post by ehoff121 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:47 am

I guess the expectations are pretty high for fog lights around here ;)

They aren't supposed to be 'the headlights you use when it's foggy'. :lol:

For me, I use them when the road is poorly lit because they make it easier to see the lines in the road, especially reflective paint.

Unless the terrain is completely flat, it defies the laws of physics to be able to illuminate something around a bend... :D
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Re: Do your fog lights suck?

Post by sideshowalan » Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:11 am

They're purely aesthetic on the vibe, very little function.

Personally I think they look cool so I always left them on.
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Post by NYfan08 » Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:38 pm

Do like I did, full JDM...yellow vinyl tint!

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Post by Owim » Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:30 pm

sideshowalan wrote:They're purely aesthetic on the vibe, very little function.

Personally I think they look cool so I always left them on.
Same mine are always on when the lights are on, I don't notice at all whenever I accidently turn them off
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Re: Do your fog lights suck?

Post by BenWA » Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:22 am

Look into the Xtravisions. They are brighter than standard but last longer than Silverstar/SS Ultras. Plus they are cheap online, $15 for two.
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Post by MacGyver » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:14 pm

thebarber wrote:i sell HID's and LED's

http://www.facebook.com/kitchenerHID
Do you have LED drop ins that replace the Toyota fogs?
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Post by MacGyver » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:15 pm

I just replaced one of the headlights in my fog lights with a house brand "Certified" from Canadian Tire. It's actually an OSRAM bulb and is way brighter than the bulb in the other fog light.
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Post by thebarber » Tue Nov 22, 2016 7:38 am

MacGyver wrote:
thebarber wrote:i sell HID's and LED's

http://www.facebook.com/kitchenerHID
Do you have LED drop ins that replace the Toyota fogs?
i sell the bulbs that go into the fogs
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Re: Do your fog lights suck?

Post by PonchoGT » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:36 am

I upgraded mine to HID specs. and mine are very functional now in inclement/foggy driving conditions. The fender wells have more than enough room to secure the ballasts with double-sided outdoor tape and maintain the stock bulb sockets and wiring harness. 8-)

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Re: Do your fog lights suck?

Post by Danthrax » Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:09 pm

Is there a drop-in LED replacement for the stock fogs? I actually find them far more useful than the ones on my Kia Soul (which is saying they’re way better than nothing), but I would like something to balance out with the LEDs I’m getting for the headlights.

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