Driving lights and fog lights do not really need a great deal of explanation until you start digging into the different options that are available for your car. They light up the front of your car when you’re driving, and keep you safe both in the dark and in the rain, and in other bad weather.

Auto headlamps were relatively simple and straightforward until around 1983, when the industry became deregulated and a wide variety of headlamp options became available. To this day, many new types of headlight options are being added to the market. The new HID (high intensity discharge) and xenon headlamps (filled with xenon gas) allow for different degrees of brightness in headlamps.

  • Fog lights have always been used to give an amber hue to the fog and to keep the light focused down towards the ground instead of up further out the road as traditional headlights are focused.

  • The aftermarket parts industry has jumped on the wide variety of different headlamps and fog/driving light bulbs available today – providing a massive range of perfect-fitting, high-quality replacement bulbs at prices that everyone can afford.

  • When your fog/driving light bulbs begin to weaken and you notice that you’re having more trouble seeing at night, during inclement weather or during foggy conditions than you’ve had in the past, then it is probably time to consider replacing those light bulbs.

  • There are a number of different kinds of lights on the market. Be sure you’re getting high-quality OEM (original equipment manufacturer) lights – and that they’ll be fully compatible with your vehicle.

  • Replacement lights should be DOT (U.S. Department of Transportation) and SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) approved.

  • Be sure you’re getting direct replacement parts; if you had HID, xenon, projection, smoked or tinted lenses or LED lights, be sure you’re replacing parts with similar parts.

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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Fog/Driving Light Bulb and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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