I'd first check to see if there are even connectors there. The wire
harness may well be different. You'll need a new headlamp switch to be
compatible with the fog lamps. Again, proper wiring may not be present
I know how to add them. What I was wondering was how hard it would be
to add them using the factory wiring. Hyundaitech answered that for
me in that he indicated thre is a different switch and possibly
harness. That tells me I can plan on adding some aftermarket
components if I want to add more lights. I am thinking of driving and
fog lights that give more than "road presence".
I hope you're not saying that you're one of those inconsiderate types
who think that driving with fog lights on all the time is a good idea.
One man's "road presense" is another's "major eye irritant". For the
record, auxilliary lights (fog or driving) should ONLY be used when the
conditions warrant. Not only is that the considerate thing to do, it's
the law in most states.
Can you say more about what conditions warrant the use of auxilliary lights?
It seems like folks with four-light setups drive with them all on as a
matter of course. Also, why do you consider the extra lights a major eye
irritant, assuming of course that they are placed below the regular
headlights and properly aimed?
Fog lights, by by DOT regulation, are supposed to be wired to the low
beams so that they can only come on when the low beams are on. They're
useful in fog, rain and snow. I have occasionally used them on very
twisty and lightly travelled back roads where they help to illuminate
the road edges. Otherwise, they should not be used in clear conditions,
since they serve no purpose.
Not many cars have auxilliary driving lights, which are essentially
"super-high-beams" that provide improved long distance visibility. By
DOT regulation, they have to be wired to the high beams. As with high
beams, they should only be used in open areas under clear conditions,
when there is no oncoming traffic. The improved performance of modern
high-beam headlights have made driving lights essentially superfluous
other than for off-road use.
Why? What possible purpose could it serve under clear conditions on
typical roads? All it does is blind and/or annoy other drivers without
providing any benefit to any one. It's pointless.
Do you actually drive a car? If so, the answer should be obvious.
Unnecessary use of fog lights is irritating to other drivers and it's
just plain inconsiderate. Although proper aiming helps, bright lights
are still bright lights.
Thanks for the details. Yes, I drive and understand how irritating the
lights of other vehicles can be. It seems to me there are multiple causes
for that though, such as incorrect aiming, no apparent standard for headlamp
height above the ground, and driving with the highbeams on. I just wondered
how much of a problem extra driving lights (wired to the low-beams) present
Regarding Hyundai factory installed driving lights, are the extra lights on
the Elantra GT wired to the low-beams?
Pete's correct. The auxilliary lights on Hyundai vehicles are fog
lights, not driving lights and are wired appropriately.
Your response raises an interesting question. I wonder if the reason
that many people leave their fog lights on all the time is that they
confuse them with "daytime driving lights" that are common on many cars
and assume that they should leave them on? Unfortunately, the
terminology of automotive lighting is somewhat ambiguous and confusing
if you don't know the precise definitions of the various types of lights.
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