How do Fog Lamps work?

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How do Fog Lamps work?

When it comes to lights on the exterior of a vehicle, there are a ton of different ones to keep straight. Taillights, turn signals, reverse lights, et cetera. We’ve covered a few different kinds of lights in our weekly How’s This Work blogs before, but today we thought we’d explain a type of light that is increasing in popularity each and every year: Fog Lamps. Not only do they make your front fascia look a little cooler, but they improve visibility in situations with otherwise poor visibility, hence the fog in their name.

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What are Fog Lamps?

Fog lamps are differently-shaped lights generally found closer to the bottom of your front fascia, near the bumper. Unlike your regular headlights, they probably don’t turn on automatically, but rather you’ll have to turn them on manually when it’s time to use them. The issue with regular headlights is that sometimes, when there are things in your line of sight that hinder visibility, they can also hinder the distance in which your lights can illuminate the road ahead.

Things like fog, snow, even rain can all act as a sort of wall for light, reflecting it back at you rather than letting it illuminate where the road is. Fog lamps have a different, unique shape to the beam of their lights. Rather than the normal shape, they’re both flat and wide, and – as we mentioned – positioned much closer to the ground. This allows the light to cut right through those low-visibility situations and illuminate the road for you.

If you’re interested in figuring out what Toyota vehicles come with Fog Lights as standard or available features, don’t hesitate to give us a call.


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