Fog Light Lenses: What to Consider When Buying New Ones
Driving through fog can be nasty business-nothing can be as disorienting and scary as not knowing where you're going. It is for those reasons that choosing the right fog light lens becomes very important. It's the lens, after all, that focuses the light source into the precise beam that it needs to penetrate the thick fog.
The shoe should fit
It's funny how people gloss over the single, simple, and most-important consideration when picking out a lens: fit! Make sure that you are aware of the specific year, make, and model of your vehicle. Take a peek at any two cars on the street and you'll find that between them are so many variations in lens shape that one can't simply pick any lens.
While the best guide is always your own lens, if you're reading this, then you likely have come across a very convenient way of going around the problem of fitting and matching. Most online retailers have an interface on their site that lets you refine searches for greater specificity-use that!
Once you've managed to get the fit down to pat, it's time to get to the nitty gritty of things. The next thing that you need to consider is the material used to form the lens. That choice comes down to what you want to prioritize: cost or effectiveness. Here are the three choices.
- Plastics: Surprisingly, a lot of people still sell lenses made from plastics. These are the cheapest of the cheap. Downside? They are terribly ineffectual as focusing lenses. Avoid, if you can.
- Hardened and Ordinary Glass: This is the middle ground when it comes to materials. They are a lot more effective at focusing light than plastics, and are still fairly affordable.
- Lead Crystal: Lenses of this particular composition are the best of the lot: there is so little in the way of impurities and so it focuses light better. The only trouble is that they are the most expensive.
The final word
Always bet on lead crystal if you can. You might be paying a little more, but in return you get something more effective, more efficient, and more durable. Considering that these lenses are such important safety considerations, do not penny-pinch on quality.
The All-Around Clean Fog Light Lens Guide
The bane of any automobile owner when it comes to fog lights is condensation. When condensation collects inside the lens and outside the bulb and wiring off your fog lights, you run the risk of getting them damaged due to short circuiting. This will then lead to decreased effectiveness. Luckily, it's easier to take care of this problem than most people think. We actually came up with an effective solution to this problem. Just follow the instructions carefully, and you can get your fog lights up and shining in no time at all!
Stuff you'll need:
- Owner's manual
- Baking sheet
- Pot holders
Step 1: Always disconnect your battery before doing anything.
Step 2: Disassemble your headlight assembly using your manual as a reference.
Step 3: Unscrew the bulb socket from behind the assembly.
Step 4: Take the bulb by its socket and remove it from the assembly.
Cut out a piece of cardboard roughly the size of your baking sheet, and soak this in water before resting it on the sheet's surface.
Step 5: Place the assemblies on the wet cardboard and heat them in an oven set to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
*NOTE* Apply silicon sealant around the seams of the assembly, and replace all rubber gaskets-this ensures that further condensation will not build up again.
Step 6: Take them out using the pot holders until the condensations disappears-roughly 3 minutes.
Step 7: Double-check that all condensation is gone from all components and reassemble the light-and you're done!