Lighting: The front fog to debate: is Doomed to disappear?


oddly enough, the front fog are a type of lighting that could have its days numbered. Perhaps as we know them now; round, in the middle zone, or bottom of the bumper, and forcing manufacturers to develop designs where this item will fit (or not) in a harmonious way.

Some modern cars have changed the fog lamps with LED DLR

As an example, we present the case of a Mazda MX-5 third and fourth generation. In the third generation, there were three different designs thanks to the restyling, which kept alive the model for a decade. It is not uncommon to see a Mazda MX-5 of this generation with the classic front bumper in the form of a smile and on the sides, a hollow to accommodate the fog. There are versions equipped with lighting and other versions with a plastic instead of with the lamp, which to my understanding is not the best solution. In the fourth generation, has been replaced this element is for LED DRL (daytime running lights).

Another possible cause of his disappearance comes at a technical level. In sports cars or super sports, it is possible that you don’t find the lighting / fog. In versions radical of some compact, this happens. An example is the BMW M135i (and you can’t equip or option). Precisely in the hollow of a natural fog there is absolutely nothing more than grid (not the case in a conventional version, with sport package).


The fog of the MX-5 are now LED DLR in the new generation

In a Nissan GT-R, there are LED lights DRL, in the Leon Cupra there is nothing except grille, the Ford Focus RS, yes there is fog, in a Golf R there is only grid, in a Jaguar F-Type there are a few gills (with your headlights on main bi-xenon) and we may study one-to-few models to verify that today it is an enlightenment that does not seems not to be determinant. And above all, there is a common approach. In the case of the giant, the weight can influence, or the greatest need for ventilation, or simply that the design can be compromised and there is no need for this lighting. I think a bit of all these reasons influence.

In fact, the use of the fog front is optional and can only be under very specific circumstances of low visibility, such as fog intense, nevada, dust, or – way not exceeding a width of 6,50 meters where come a succession of curves and these are signposted. should Be used with the lights and position lights of short and/or long-range. There are also many cars that are equipped with lights for curves that are sometimes placed in the position of the fog lamps and others, in the main headlight. In the first case, it is a stand-alone system to the fog light that cannot be activated more than 40 km/h.


As with the Jaguar F-Type, a Porsche 718 prefers grille to fog

Where, at the moment it seems a little frequent use of the fog but it is allowed, is in the motorcycles. Yes, there are certain brands that are equipped with optional and in this case it makes more sense for the limited front lighting.

In pathways of less than 6.5 meters, and curves marked you can use the front fog

But why could disappear the front fog in the conventional cars? In principle, their use is meant to maximize the light source and to improve visibility. We live in a time of transition; the xenon has its days numbered in front of the modern and powerful LED and LED adaptive (without speaking of the laser, which was reserved for a small and successful niche of customers of the BMW i8, Audi R8 or the BMW 7-Series for the time being). The LED headlights are spectacularly powerful, whether used through a headlight with a projector, as in a Peugeot 308 or a system of mirrors, as in a Seat Leon. The quality may vary, as in his day did the halogen, condemned to co-exist as an alternative of series in the models of entry of many cars.

sometimes, the fog front, forming an essential part of the design of the car may be fitted to a conventional lamp or LED as a MINI third-generation (we offer both types depending on the equipment). What is true is that it seems to be an element that little by little tends to have less importance, at least at the practical level.


In the case of MINI, the fog forms an inescapable part of the design of its front

Where there is discussion is on the obligatory nature of the fog back, that serves to be seen, and its effectiveness is high. And although we can also capitalize on the aesthetic level, continues to be, faced with very adverse conditions, the lamp is important to use. It is better to be seen than to try to see.