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Unread 11-01-2008, 05:51 PM   #1
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How to wire fog lights so they come on with highbeams?

does anyone know if you can wire your lights so that when you turn on your highbeams the foglights stay on. usually when you press and turn on your highbeams, your foglights will turn off and then if you press again and hold your foglights stay on with your highbeams - - wish there was a way for them to stay caause its annoying having to hold the button while driving

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Yes, you can wire them with the running lights and they will be on when ever the lights are on, low or high. But if your Fog/Driving lights are adjusted correctly you should not need to drive with your High beams. Actually your should never drive with High Beam, especially in Fog or Rain. The only time I use my High beam is to search for addresses and to flash in the eyes of people, driving with theirs on.
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i mostly use mine when offroading
or driving in the country, to watch for deer on the road sides
(dont wanna hit them and end up with antler poisoning)
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Yes, you can wire them with the running lights and they will be on when ever the lights are on, low or high. But if your Fog/Driving lights are adjusted correctly you should not need to drive with your High beams. Actually your should never drive with High Beam, especially in Fog or Rain. The only time I use my High beam is to search for addresses and to flash in the eyes of people, driving with theirs on.
what?

high beams offer much more light output and projection than driving lights w/ low beams. you don't drive out of the city much do you?
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what?

high beams offer much more light output and projection than driving lights w/ low beams. you don't drive out of the city much do you?
I do at least 50% of my driving in the country or mountains or desert. Drivings lights are designed to extend you vision at night and do put out at least the same or more light than your H-Beam. The H-Beam is just focused much higher off the ground. And I find that since I am driving and automobile rather than flying a plane things along the ground are more important than those in the air.
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what? - I use my high beams whenever there are not cars coming at me - it is way brighter, why wouldn't you? - to save electricity? crazy
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My stock lights must be fog then, because they don't light up any further down the road than the low beams do, they just create a wider pattern.

Oh, and Shelbyzz. I would highly recommend getting a good set of Daylighters. I had a set on my Chevy truck when I lived in Thief River Falls area. I can't tell you the number of times they saved me from a deer strike. Especially with hunting season coming in a couple months. You know how the deer are all over the place prior to hunting season, then disappear during season, then magically seem to have expanded in numbers afterwards!!
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I don't use the highs much because I don't like the extra glare they through off, they get used off road and as a signal mostly.
I have My Fog and Driving lights spliced onto my runing circut with a ABC switch. This way I can run Driving, Fog or Driving+Fog, with either Low or High beam. I have them adjusted so that I can see well down the road (Drivers) and get extra lighting to the sides (Fogs).
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I use my KC 4x 135watt Light bar on the top of the jeep daily specially when u live in the sticks people out here like to drive with high beams so i turn on the retina burners plus there good for deer and other stuff specially if ur friend has a broke car in middle of no where gg lights
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It might be too much wattage for the lighting system... Just get some Accessory lights.
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Just hook them to a toggle switch and turn them on or off when you like.
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There are two kinds of lights. Fog and driving.
Fog lights are mounted down low and project a low glare (usually yellow or amber) beam which should be adjusted to point to the center line and fog line close to the front of the vehicle. These lights are designed to aid the driver in staying centered on the road in poor visibility conditions. They are used exclusively with the low beams simply because highs produce too much glare form the offending fog bank.
Driving lights are mounted higher (usually on top of the bumper or a roof rack) and are designed to either illuminate the sides of the road (Short oval pattern) or reach waaaaaay out there in front to extend visibility (Pencil beam). They're lenses are always clear and they are used in conjunction with the high beams.
Either set can be wired to the corresponding vehicle lighting system using a relay. Simply connect the highs or lows through a switch to the relay power post. Or wire them directly from a main power source the same way.
Most fog lights can be the "El chepo" models and will work just fine. When buying driving lights be sure to check which pattern they throw so you get the one you want. Larger more expensive ones usually last longer and have better support, however, if you use them rarely, the cheaper ones will do just fine. My daughter drives from Oregon to Utah and back for college. This forces her to drive long stretches of both timber and desert. Worrying about critters along the side of the road, I grabbed a cheap set of pencil beams, adjusted them to illuminate just off the centerline on either side and was very happy with the result.
Decide which set you need and mount/adjust them accordingly.
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My roof rack is set 1 light looks to the left 1 2center 1 to the right 4x135 looks like daylight out when i turn them on but i do get about 1/2 mile visibility with em and deer stand no chance of getting me with a toggle switch green for life red for eye death
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wouldnt the simplest solution just be to hook them up to a toggle switch. then you can run any combination of lights when ever you want. and its the easiest and fastest way to do it.
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wouldnt the simplest solution just be to hook them up to a toggle switch. then you can run any combination of lights when ever you want. and its the easiest and fastest way to do it.
A relay is usually the best way to wire lights (or other high end draw accessories) because it eliminates long runs with your power leads as well as easing the strain on the switch. Simply mount it on the inside of the front bulkhead near the battery. A toggle switch is still used to control the relay.
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