Fog lights are a great way to add a little more style to your ride, and they also provide visibility for drivers. However, installing fog lights can be a bit tricky. There are a few things you need to know before you can begin wiring your fog lights.
First, you need to figure out which type of lights will work best for your vehicle. The most common style of fog light is a bumper-mounted unit, and they typically fit into holes specifically designed for them. This style is usually seen on cars and trucks, but it can be found on many other vehicles.
Next, you need to decide on a location for your new lights. This can be a simple matter of figuring out where the headlights are mounted, or it can require drilling a new hole in your vehicle. Regardless of the type of lighting you choose, it’s important to make sure that the location is easy to access.
Once you have determined a location for your lights, it’s time to wire them in. This is a relatively simple process, but you’ll need to follow the directions in this guide carefully to ensure that you get them installed correctly.
Step 1: Determine the mounting position
To install fog lights on a vehicle, it’s critical to have them at a low enough angle that they won’t shine directly into the fog or cause any issues for other drivers. The lowest angle that you can use is around one foot, but you should check with your vehicle’s owner’s manual to find out what the recommended mounting location is for your specific model.
Step 2: Locate the wiring harness
When you’re ready to wire your fog lights, it’s important to locate the harness that’s built into the hood of your vehicle. The harness should contain one female clip, one male clip, and one ground clip. It should be located near your windshield wiper fluid reservoir, and it will most likely be a brown color.
Once you’ve located the harness, connect the male clip to the female clip on your fog lights. You may need to remove the switch from your hood to make this easier, but it’s not difficult to do.
Step 3: Aim your fog lights
The fog lights that you purchased will come with a set of screws that allow you to adjust the angle of the fog beams. This is the most important thing to do before you actually bolt your lights in place.
Now, take a piece of masking tape and stick it on the wall horizontally at a measurement two inches lower than the center of your fog beams (use a tape measure to help you get this correct). Then, stick short lengths of vertical tape intersecting with the horizontal tape at a point that’s about a quarter-inch below the bulls-eye for the fog lights.
Then, using the adjustment screw, twist the screw to aim the fog beams to the right spot. Doing this properly will not only look good, but it will also help your fog lights function efficiently.