Top 8 LED Fog Lamps
By | Last updated: August 18, 2020

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.

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

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

3. Hikari 2020 Round Flood & Warning LED Lights

Stepping down a few rungs in terms of price 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 can be very 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. Real-world customers praise the quality and level of detail in the instruction manual.

Pros/Very reasonable price, many different light patterns
Cons/LEDs look like a burger when amber light is off
Bottom Line/A solid 4.9 out of 5-star rating

4. Auxbeam 3-Inch LED Fog Light Pods

These small 3-inch LED light pods incorporate what the seller calls a ‘4D Fish eye’ which apparently creates a hyperspot lens. Why is this helpful? It should create illumination that is designed to project light on extreme distance but ensure high brightness in close quarters.

The pods have a full 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 microeconomics class. They are IP67 rated for water.

Pros/Easy install, focused and wide beams
Cons/Wary ratings, only 3-inches square
Bottom Line/Shop carefully

5. Nilight LED Fog Lamp Pods

With very nearly 8,000 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 15 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 the mood. They are waterproof in about 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. If you’re swamped longer than that, scuppering a $15 set of LEDs is the least of your problems.

Pros/Dirt cheap, surprising reviews
Cons/Reports of relatively short lifespan
Bottom Line/They're 15 dollar lights

6. Nilight NI18A 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/Worrying grasp on the English language
Bottom Line/These'll look great on your retro off-roader

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 4.2 out of 5-star rating from nearly 400 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
Cons/Read the reviews before hitting the 'buy' button
Bottom Line/Tough to go wrong for less than twenty bucks

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

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(Editor’s note: This post is meant to both help you be an informed shopper for automotive products but also to pay for our ‘90s sedan shopping habits operating expenses. Some of you don’t find these posts fun, but they help pay for Junkyard Finds, Rare Rides, Rental Reviews, and whatever else. Thanks for reading.)

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7 Comments on “Mist the Mark: Best LED Fog Lamps...”


  • avatar
    JMII

    I just ordered some replacements for my truck yesterday. I forget the brand name but I’d say 80% of what is on Amazon is all the same junk just repackaged with a different logo. The poorly translated instruction sheet is always your clue. My last set lasted maybe 3 years before water got into them from driving in the rain. Thus I consider these things disposable, because no matter what you buy they will be broken in a few years due to road hazards (like rocks or water) or some hardware failure due the cheap mounting brackets, poor wiring or crappy connectors they throw in the box.

  • avatar
    MRF 95 T-Bird

    A good set of KC or Hella fog or driving lights and the ones that fit in fog lamp buckets of the Wrangler are fine for everyday driving and off-roading but the LED light bars can be a bit of overkill unless you live in the hinterland.

  • avatar
    SPPPP

    “Fireflies in a jam jar” … haha. It worked for Waldo the Wolf. https://www.nyrb.com/products/wolf-story?variant=1094934825

  • avatar
    eCurmudgeon

    “making sure you’re not running afoul of local regulations and the constabulary by fitting these things is your job”

    Right. Which explains the ‘brodozer’ pickup behind me the other night running enough LED lightbars to illuminate a small stadium.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      I had similar experiences in the ’80s and ‘90s when a Chevy Astro or GMC Safari would be running behind me at night while driving a car, especially the ones with the single light on each side.

  • avatar
    sgeffe

    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!

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    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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