Best LED Fog Lamps: Mist the Mark

Top 8 LED Fog Lamps

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Tacking extra lights onto one’s vehicle is a practice nearly as old as the concept of the automobile itself. After all, you know better than the cadre of engineers who worked for ages designing the thing, right?

We jest … but only a little bit. It is true that some stock headlamps are approximately as bright as fireflies in jam jars, not to mention the unique needs of drivers heading off-road and into the wilderness. Long haul drivers in areas sodden with wildlife will also sing the praises of more forward illumination.

Selecting an octet of options from Amazon was our job; making sure you’re not running afoul of local regulations and the constabulary by fitting these things is your job. And don’t forget to RTFM during installation.

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1. Editor's Choice: HELLA ValueFit 500 LED Driving Lamp Kit

This list is being headlined by a couple of options from well-known brand names. Yes, they're some of the most expensive choices in the post but LED lights are almost always a prime example of getting what you pay for. Ever see a commercial trailer with tail lights no brighter than your cousin Cletus? Those are, in all likelihood, the cheapest lights the owner could find.

These units from HELLA are mounted in an aluminum die-cast housing that provides effective heat dissipation via cooling ribs on the back. Combined with an extremely lightweight design and low power consumption, they are worthy successors to the brand of lamps that lit the way through countless Baja 1000 events.

Pros

  • Top-notch ratings, excellent brand name

Cons

  • Costly

Bottom Line

  • Go for the gold

This list is being headlined by a couple of options from well-known brand names. Yes, they're some of the most expensive choices in the post but LED lights are almost always a prime example of getting what you pay for. Ever see a commercial trailer with tail lights no brighter than your cousin Cletus? Those are, in all likelihood, the cheapest lights the owner could find.

These units from HELLA are mounted in an aluminum die-cast housing that provides effective heat dissipation via cooling ribs on the back. Combined with an extremely lightweight design and low power consumption, they are worthy successors to the brand of lamps that lit the way through countless Baja 1000 events.

2. KC HiLiTES Gravity G4 Amber LED Fog Light

Nearly every single gearhead on this continent remembers the KC HiLiTES that used to appear on the roll bars of trucks 30 years ago. Their sunny yellow protective covers bore a smiley happy face comprised of the brand name. Your author always wondered how much of a pain in the butt it was to climb up there and remove them before hitting the 'on' switch.

These specific units are designed to be mounted in the fog lamp buckets of most 2010-2016 Jeep Wranglers but similar lights are available in a universal style. Their patented Gravity Reflective Diode (GRD) technology is said to yield a more controlled and farther reaching light beams. As a bonus, it's IP 68 rated meaning they'll survive a quick dunk in water.

Pros

  • Big name R&D bucks creates an excellent lamp

Cons

  • Bloody expensive

Bottom Line

  • You gotta pay for the good stuff

Nearly every single gearhead on this continent remembers the KC HiLiTES that used to appear on the roll bars of trucks 30 years ago. Their sunny yellow protective covers bore a smiley happy face comprised of the brand name. Your author always wondered how much of a pain in the butt it was to climb up there and remove them before hitting the 'on' switch.

These specific units are designed to be mounted in the fog lamp buckets of most 2010-2016 Jeep Wranglers but similar lights are available in a universal style. Their patented Gravity Reflective Diode (GRD) technology is said to yield a more controlled and farther reaching light beams. As a bonus, it's IP 68 rated meaning they'll survive a quick dunk in water.

3. Hikari 2020 Round Flood & Warning LED Lights

Stepping into the cheaper end of this pool but staying high on the ladder in terms of customer ratings are these lamps from a company called Hikari. They contain five different lighting modes, including a big flood pattern.

The horizontal amber strip both looks good and reminds this author of the new Bronco, even though its pattern is slightly different. Such a beam can be useful in emergency situations. An oversize heat sink is made of aluminum alloy and the wiring is good for an IP 68 waterproof rating as well.

Pros

  • Killer price, different light patterns

Cons

  • LEDs look like a fat burger when amber light is off

Bottom Line

  • Solid 4.6- out of 5-star rating

Stepping into the cheaper end of this pool but staying high on the ladder in terms of customer ratings are these lamps from a company called Hikari. They contain five different lighting modes, including a big flood pattern.

The horizontal amber strip both looks good and reminds this author of the new Bronco, even though its pattern is slightly different. Such a beam can be useful in emergency situations. An oversize heat sink is made of aluminum alloy and the wiring is good for an IP 68 waterproof rating as well.

4. Auxbeam 3 Inch LED Light Bar

These small 3-inch LED light pods incorporate what the seller calls a ‘4D Fish eye hyperspot lens’. Why is this helpful? It should (should) create illumination designed to project light on extreme distance but ensure high brightness in close quarters. We say 'should' because, though this product's ratings have improved since the last time we visited this subject, they are still below 4 stars.

The pods have an aluminum housing for extra durability compared to lesser metals while also doubling as heat sink. The seller asserts these lights are good for about 50,000hrs of life which is approximately equal to the average length of a finance class. They are IP67 rated for water.

Pros

  • Easy install, focused and wide beams

Cons

  • Calling 3-inch square pods a 'bar' is stretching it

Bottom Line

  • Shop carefully

These small 3-inch LED light pods incorporate what the seller calls a ‘4D Fish eye hyperspot lens’. Why is this helpful? It should (should) create illumination designed to project light on extreme distance but ensure high brightness in close quarters. We say 'should' because, though this product's ratings have improved since the last time we visited this subject, they are still below 4 stars.

The pods have an aluminum housing for extra durability compared to lesser metals while also doubling as heat sink. The seller asserts these lights are good for about 50,000hrs of life which is approximately equal to the average length of a finance class. They are IP67 rated for water.

5. Nilight LED Fog Lamp Pods

With over 12,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say these LED pods are one of the most popular units of its type at BezosCo. The cup-of-coffee price tag may have more than a little bit to do with that, stickering at less than 18 bucks for the pair.

An adjustable mounting bracket is included, meaning one can angle these things at either nightcrawlers or the international space station depending on your mood (please aim them correctly). They are waterproof in about 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. If you’re swamped longer than that, ruining a $15 set of lights is the least of your problems.

Pros

  • Dirt cheap, surprisingly good reviews

Cons

  • Reports of relatively short lifespan

Bottom Line

  • They're 18-dollar lights

With over 12,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s safe to say these LED pods are one of the most popular units of its type at BezosCo. The cup-of-coffee price tag may have more than a little bit to do with that, stickering at less than 18 bucks for the pair.

An adjustable mounting bracket is included, meaning one can angle these things at either nightcrawlers or the international space station depending on your mood (please aim them correctly). They are waterproof in about 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. If you’re swamped longer than that, ruining a $15 set of lights is the least of your problems.

6. Nilight Yellow LED Fog Lamps

Here’s a set of lights that hew most closely to the traditional definition of fog lamps, casting a yellow glow down the road and through the mist. Thanks to their rectangular housing stretching 5 inches across, these lights will likely do a better job of casting light in a wide dispersal pattern than a square pod.

The manufacturer promises a run time of 30,000 hours, meaning they’ll last for 13 years if you run them for six hours a day. They also boast of an upgraded reflector cup with a broad reflective plate to deliver a multi-angle reflection.

Pros

  • Yellow light for the traditionalists

Cons

  • People might think you favor the French

Bottom Line

  • These'll look great on your retro off-roader ... or Peugeot

Here’s a set of lights that hew most closely to the traditional definition of fog lamps, casting a yellow glow down the road and through the mist. Thanks to their rectangular housing stretching 5 inches across, these lights will likely do a better job of casting light in a wide dispersal pattern than a square pod.

The manufacturer promises a run time of 30,000 hours, meaning they’ll last for 13 years if you run them for six hours a day. They also boast of an upgraded reflector cup with a broad reflective plate to deliver a multi-angle reflection.

7. Zmoon Led Round Fog Lights

Though round in shape, the seller nevertheless (hilariously) describes these things as a light bar. Now, your author may not have a degree in geometry but he’s reasonably certain a bar needs to be rectangular. Pedantic thoughts aside, these non-bars measure 4.5 inches across and are said to be reasonably waterproof.

Reviews are solid if not spectacular, good enough for a 4.3 out of 5-star rating from over 1300 respondents. Real-world pictures show these things on vehicles varied as a Toyota FJ Cruiser and a Yamaha Warrior ATV. The latter proves that these things don’t require a bunch of power to run.

Pros

  • Truly universal, very inexpensive

Cons

  • Less of a bar than your local dive

Bottom Line

  • Tough to go wrong for less than twenty bucks

Though round in shape, the seller nevertheless (hilariously) describes these things as a light bar. Now, your author may not have a degree in geometry but he’s reasonably certain a bar needs to be rectangular. Pedantic thoughts aside, these non-bars measure 4.5 inches across and are said to be reasonably waterproof.

Reviews are solid if not spectacular, good enough for a 4.3 out of 5-star rating from over 1300 respondents. Real-world pictures show these things on vehicles varied as a Toyota FJ Cruiser and a Yamaha Warrior ATV. The latter proves that these things don’t require a bunch of power to run.

8. AUZKIN Submersible 7-nche LED Fog Lights

Putting the word 'submersible' in the title of a product is like catnip, drawing attention like plutonium in the lettuce crisper. The company says their driving lights are made of a die-cast aluminum housing and are equipped with shatterproof lenses, a statement your author always takes as a challenge.

They boast of waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof properties able to resist the harsh environment of off-road driving. They'll apparently weather wet, conditions, deep water, snow, and sand. The service life is rated up to 50,000 hours or the amount of time you spend waiting around for your buddy to winch himself out of that mud hole. Again.

Pros

  • Wide angle beam, multiple sizes of LEDs

Cons

  • Installers recommended adding a fuse

Bottom Line

  • Shine some light on the subject

Putting the word 'submersible' in the title of a product is like catnip, drawing attention like plutonium in the lettuce crisper. The company says their driving lights are made of a die-cast aluminum housing and are equipped with shatterproof lenses, a statement your author always takes as a challenge.

They boast of waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof properties able to resist the harsh environment of off-road driving. They'll apparently weather wet, conditions, deep water, snow, and sand. The service life is rated up to 50,000 hours or the amount of time you spend waiting around for your buddy to winch himself out of that mud hole. Again.

LED Fog Light FAQs

Are these lights legal?

Most of the sellers on this list err squarely on the side of caution, advertising these lights as 'off-road only' lamps. This is surely to appease limp-wristed lawyers scared of reprisals from a litigious society. To be sure, always check your state's local lighting laws.

How hard are they to install?

Like all good answers, it depends. Some of these lights are simple wiring jobs with nothing more than a hot lead and ground wire. A few technically don't even require the latter if they are in a metal housing and bolted to a metal bumper. Where you choose to install these lights on your vehicle will also dictate how much cursing effort is involved. Take your time, read the instructions, and bring in help if needed.

Are fuses really necessary?

YES.

Any other tips?

As with most things in life, there's a good chance you'll get what you pay for in this instance. Some of the more expensive sets from known brands include yards of wiring and stout fuse blocks. Some cheaper sets only include the lights. Remember that you're tapping into your car's electrical system with these things, so a dose of caution is warranted.

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  • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Aug 19, 2020

    I’d be wary of having to pass what passes for “wiring” through my firewall on any of these except maybe the top two! In true Chinesium fashion, I’m sure the whole thing is well protected!

  • Dukeisduke Dukeisduke on Aug 25, 2020

    The only ones here that look like real foglights (not just surface-mount LEDs throwing ot random light) are the KC HiLites. Even the Hellas look disappointing. Those, along with the rest, look like the idea of a beam pattern is a foreign concept. Has Daniel Stern: https://www.danielsternlighting.com/ weighed in on any of these? I still have a pristine set of Cibie' 175 H-2 driving lights in the garage, that have a reflective range of 5750 feet (a little over a mile). On Page 12, here: http://winktimber.com/vintagerally/gear/lights/cibie_catalog_1985.pdf

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