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Old 05-23-2016, 01:35 PM   #81
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The aggravating thing to me is why didn't Acura put the LED fogs in as standard? Why even make the halogen version at all? They spend the time designing beautiful jewel eye headlights only to cut costs and put halogen fogs in when they offer LED fogs as an option on non fog light equipped cars.
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Old 05-30-2016, 12:45 PM   #82
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They do that so they can offer them as an "upgrade" which in the end brings them more revenue from the consumers who wish to upgrade.
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There is no question that the matching of the fog and head lights looks a lot better. But I just wonder if the LED 5000+ temperature is better in fog.

Anyone cares to chime in?
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There is no question that the matching of the fog and head lights looks a lot better. But I just wonder if the LED 5000+ temperature is better in fog.

Anyone cares to chime in?
I personally think it makes a big difference. They light up the road a lot more than the halogens. They aren't scattered either like installing HIDs and still shoot a nice beam. Acura wouldn't offer LED fog lights if they weren't better in some way. They last longer than halogens, are brighter and look 10x better.
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Old 06-04-2016, 04:17 PM   #85
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wow these look great. I didn't get the fog light option for my car, wish I had.
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So I purchased and installed the Morimoto Fogs about a week ago.

It appears they've changed the design since this thread was started.

4 Observations

1 - the electrical leads that you have to pull through the plastic harness are a b*tch! In fact, I was never able to get them fully seated into the harness and I used pliers with plenty of force. The fogs don't light up unless the leads are pretty far into the harness.

2 - The passenger side fog is a b*tch to remove and install. You have to do it by feel and definitely need an offset screwdriver of some sort (I went and bought a Craftsman ratcheting one.

3 - My biggest gripe is that the fogs once installed have a gap on the top left on driver's side and the top right on the passenger side once installed. These gaps do not exist in the OEM fogs. I tried to take some pics below.

4 - Finally, it looks to me like the fogs are not perfectly level...the instructions don't indicate any way to adjust this.






Morimoto Fog on right. OEM on left.




Morimoto - Note gap at top left. About 1/8 or 1/4". None on other sides.




Morimoto - Gap on other sides




OEM on left and Morimoto on RIght.




OEM on left and Morimoto on Right




Morimoto Off




OEM Off

I didn't take a pic with them both installed and on/off...oh well.
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That's weird. Neither of my sets have a gap. I do believe you can adjust the angle of the fogs. There should be a knob on the back.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:52 PM   #88
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The aggravating thing to me is why didn't Acura put the LED fogs in as standard? Why even make the halogen version at all? They spend the time designing beautiful jewel eye headlights only to cut costs and put halogen fogs in when they offer LED fogs as an option on non fog light equipped cars.
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There is no question that the matching of the fog and head lights looks a lot better. But I just wonder if the LED 5000+ temperature is better in fog.

Anyone cares to chime in?
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I personally think it makes a big difference. They light up the road a lot more than the halogens. They aren't scattered either like installing HIDs and still shoot a nice beam. Acura wouldn't offer LED fog lights if they weren't better in some way. They last longer than halogens, are brighter and look 10x better.
And herein lies the issue.


Fog lights are poorly regulated in the US and Canada. FMVSS 108 (lighting) is silent on the topic except to prohibit "other" lighting to be active with high beams.


From Europe, where the use and specifications of fogs is highly regulated, we know that the purpose of fogs is to illuminate the are directly in front of and to the side of the car. Fogs should have a fixed brightness and have warmer (rather than colder) color.


The standard fogs on Acuras meet those requirements. I believe that Acura added the optional LED fogs to satisfy the desires of drivers that want the same look for the fogs but I doubt that they'll work as well for fog.


AFAIK, only MB has designed a true LED fog light.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:13 PM   #89
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The standard fogs on Acuras meet those requirements. I believe that Acura added the optional LED fogs to satisfy the desires of drivers that want the same look for the fogs but I doubt that they'll work as well for fog.
That is what I suspect. Thanks...
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That's weird. Neither of my sets have a gap. I do believe you can adjust the angle of the fogs. There should be a knob on the back.
Yet no instructions as to what the knob does exactly. I assume so...
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Yet no instructions as to what the knob does exactly. I assume so...

Yep, I bought two sets of the new redesigned fog lights. there's a white plastic screw in the back that allows you to adjust their tilt up or down.
The first pair I bought one of the fogs was pointing at an upward angle, and the plastic screw wouldn't let me adjust it. I'm assuming it wasn't attached internally. The second pair had both pointed level. When I went to adjust them to point slightly down, again I had the issue where one would adjust and the other wouldn't.
I think their quality control is lacking, and its a crap shoot weather the cheap plastic adjustment screw works or doesn't. I finally gave up on them and purchased the OEM LED fogs, much better quality.
P.S. I believe clockwise will tilt it up and counter will tilt it downward.
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Yep, I bought two sets of the new redesigned fog lights. there's a white plastic screw in the back that allows you to adjust their tilt up or down.
The first pair I bought one of the fogs was pointing at an upward angle, and the plastic screw wouldn't let me adjust it. I'm assuming it wasn't attached internally. The second pair had both pointed level. When I went to adjust them to point slightly down, again I had the issue where one would adjust and the other wouldn't.
I think their quality control is lacking, and its a crap shoot weather the cheap plastic adjustment screw works or doesn't. I finally gave up on them and purchased the OEM LED fogs, much better quality.
P.S. I believe clockwise will tilt it up and counter will tilt it downward.
I will consider buying OEM soon. The bottom line is if you want quality, UNFORTUNATELY, do not buy the Morimotos these days.
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Old 06-08-2016, 03:05 AM   #93
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If you want quality and a correctly functioning fog light just leave the stocks alone and find something constructive to do with your time and money. Most people will probably never have a legitimate use for the fogs.
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If you want quality and a correctly functioning fog light just leave the stocks alone and find something constructive to do with your time and money. Most people will probably never have a legitimate use for the fogs.
True, but if you need them, you need them. One of my sites was on the top of a mountain. The fog was regularly so bad there that the road had Botts' dots not only on the center but also on the outside of the lane and I drove up and down many times by feel alone and hoping that anyone coming in the other direction was going at a crawl as well. Fogs helped by reflecting off the dots. What normally took 6 minutes could easily take a half hour in poor visibility. Many of the vehicles assigned to the site had FLIR devices mounted. And then there were the deer...
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:31 PM   #95
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Has anyone tried keep the factory housing and use the Philips X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamp
X-tremeVision LED Fog Lamp 78719719 | Philips, which is 5000k color?
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Manufacturer has confirmed that the Morimoto fogs have, indeed, changed in design, but mount points and dimensions are the same. Anyone else have any problem with the "new" ones?
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Old 09-28-2016, 04:53 PM   #97
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as per my post in the other thread....i decided to just change out the bulbs to a set of H11 6000k P6 LED 25W 3200LM. paid $40 canadian and am quite satisfied...perfect match to the Jewel Eye LEDs... although i wont use them much. no gaps cuz i didnt mess with the housing.

iPhone pix dont do it justice....but they look great.

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Old 09-29-2016, 06:53 AM   #98
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Those look perfect - can you share the source? The ones I bought aren't a good match even though they are LED.
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^^^ ebay.

although i'm sure you can find them on amazon as well

here is a link to a higher lumens version: 50W 6400LM Philips LED H1 H3 H7 H8 H11 9005 9006 3K 4K 5K 6K Headlight Bulb Lamp | eBay

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Sorry for a dumb question. I got the 2017 RDX Tech without fog light. I thought Acura comes with LED fog light with a hefty price. I didn't see the halogen option? I am looking to upgrade but wouldn't want to spend $500 but I can see a lot of issues with the Morimoto fog light size issue?
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If RDX already comes with a fog lights then swapping them to an LED one is fairly easy otherwise not at all as the light switch needs to be replaced too which is a real PITA.
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