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Old 06-14-2004, 12:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've seen many, many posts about "fog' lights.

To be precise, as all bimmer owners want to be:

Fog lights are yellow.
Driving lights are white.

Turning on your white driving lights when in a thick fog creates more glare and reduces visibility.

Just like the yellow/orange sunglasses that are recommended for cloudy days, yellow lights don't creat glare when used during foggy weather.

My retired 1983 320is came stock with yellow fog lights install in the front spoiler.

Anyone else have yellow fog lights installed?
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Old 06-14-2004, 07:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i dont, but i sure would like some. they "cut" through the fog better, making it easier to see. those white ones suck... they don't help at all.
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i dont, but i sure would like some. they "cut" through the fog better, making it easier to see. those white ones suck... they don't help at all.
Maybe the color of your lenses, the bulbs or the entire assembly can be swapped out. Somebody must make this type of product.
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they probably do... but i dont see too much fog around here so it's not that alarming.
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The reason fog light illuminate the road differently is their angle of projection.

Headlights/sidelights/driving lights (dependant on your country's lingo) aim forwards in the direction of travel to light the way. Shining this light directly at fog just lights the fog and creates a 'wall of fog' effect.

Fog lights (you can test this on a normal night) are set to illuminate sideways and downwards. The idea is that, as well as lighting the curbs for you, the light illuminates the fog indirectly thus not causing a 'wall'

Fog lights are NOT vainity bulbs..... they are not there as supplements for your sidelights........ and they have the potential to blind on coming drivers (who usually get very pissed off) due to their angle. ghead This is the fad for boyracers in the UK, they must think it makes their little ford look good.... (IT DOESN'T AND YOUR CAR IS SHIT) Just incase anyone, and you know who you are, does partake in this habit.

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1) The reason fog light illuminate the road differently is their angle of projection.


2)....is the fad for boyracers in the UK, they must think it makes their little ford look good.... (IT DOESN'T AND YOUR CAR IS SHIT) Just incase anyone, and you know who you are, does partake in this habit.
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1) Properly aimed and properly used fog lights do not blind anyone. Are you saying that driving lights (white ones) used in the UK fog blind oncoming drivers?

fiy, fog lights (yellow ones) illuminate the road differently due the their color, not their angle of deflection.

2) As a noobie on the board, you need to be more courteous in your answers. Put your rants in the lounge or find an alternative to the four letter words in posts.

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1) Properly aimed and properly used fog lights do not blind anyone. Are you saying that driving lights (white ones) used in the UK fog blind oncoming drivers?

fiy, fog lights (yellow ones) illuminate the road differently due the their color, not their angle of deflection.

2) As a noobie on the board, you need to be more courteous in your answers. Put your rants in the lounge or find an alternative to the four letter words in posts.

1) The glare from fogs when it isn't foggy shines directly into oncoming traffic... maybe US roads are wider (and set up differently) and don't suffer this problem. Some idiot people in the UK also think that fogs are a substitute for main lights and just use fogs&sidelights!

If you don't believe me, wait until it's dark out, go and sit in the car, turn the lights on main beam and then turn the fogs on and take notice of where they shine on the road. Maybe this is non so noticeable difference between Euro and US bms.

fyi fog lights on euro spec cars do not always use yellow light.... especially ford... AND as i 'ranted' the boyracers are notorious for swapping the bulbs for brighter ones.

2) Thanks for the advice, please excuse my profanity as usually type how I talk, I didn't mean to offend anyone....

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If I go turn on my fogs while having my low beams on they maybe widen the 'light path' by a foot on each side.. and that's it. they are generally lower than the low beams and therefore don't create glare for oncoming traffic
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