Fog lights are an easy part of your JL or JT’s lighting system to overlook. Unlike headlights or light bars, fog lights blend more into the background. Instead of being a (literally) flashy part of your Wrangler of Gladiator’s exterior, they are tucked underneath. While they aren’t the most exciting part to upgrade, a new set of fog lights can make a big impact on your vehicle’s performance.
If you are unsure of where to start upgrading your Jeep’s fog lights, then look no further than CJ Off-Road’s YoutTube channel. Matt shows his top picks for upgraded fog lights.
Why Upgrade Your Wrangler's Fog Lights?
Fog lights are an important safety feature of your Wrangler. When off-roading, there are plenty of potential hazards that can remain difficult to see even with powerful headlights. Their low angle and sharp cut-off line allows the ground underneath the vehicle to be illuminated while not reflecting any unnecessary light back up to the driver. This is the whole principle of fog lights: illumination without any extra interference.
One key point to keep in mind is that fog lights aren’t just for fog. They can help improve your visibility in conditions like rain, snow, and sand/dust storms. Even if you don’t live in an area that experiences frequent fog, a fog light can still improve your overall safety.
A key part of the way a lot of fog lights function is their color. Yellow light, in particular, is the de facto hue of many aftermarket fog lights. This is because higher frequency light (those later parts of ROY G. BIV) tends to reflect off of ambient hazards more than lower frequency lights. Depending on the kelvin rating, a lot of white lights actually have a lot of blue light in them, meaning they’ll reflect a lot of light at you when driving in murky conditions. Yellow light doesn’t have this problem. Not only do yellow lights reflect less light back at the driver, but they create more of a daytime feel, an effect that many drivers prefer.
Given the importance of a proper set of fog lights, they’re a great part of your lighting system to upgrade. Like many headlight kits, fog lights can be quickly installed in a matter of minutes, and give your Gladiator or JL Wrangler an instant appearance and safety boost.
Best JL and JT Fog Lights
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the fog lights that Matt recommends for the JL Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator.
The Mopar fog light kit is a great direct-fit fog light replacement for your JL or JT. The plug n’ play installation of these lights also make them an easy upgrade that can be installed in a matter of minutes. Keep in mind, that these lights come with the JL Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator LED lighting group. Additionally, these fog lights will only fit JL Rubicons with the factory plastic bumper.
The Baja designs Squadron-R fog light kit is a great fog light upgrade for your Jeep Gladiator or JL Wrangler. These fog lights have up to 2,480 lumens of light output and are made from hard-coated polycarbonate and billet aluminum. They emit light at 5000K and can easily be converted to yellow lights with the appropriate lens.
Both of these fog lights offer significant improvements over the stock JL or JT options. Take a look at these fog lights running side by side. Both lights are quite bright, and offer a sharp cut-off line. The main difference is the typically LED crispness of the Mopar light. If you want a shade of light to closer match the LED headlights that you may or may not have installed, then the Mopar light should be your choice. The Squadron’s ability to be outfitted with a yellow lens does give them a hue not immediately available on the Mopar lights.
If neither of these lights suits your fancy, then be sure to look at our selection of fog lights for both the Jeep JL and the Jeep Gladiator.