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Posted: 11/27/19 10:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

who uses Fog lights? / Hella 500 / OEM connector->F350

Hi all

So I am curious to know how often do people use Fog lights?

I live in the midwest now (just moved here) and if I was camping, and the fog was really bad… I would wait it out.

I am likely going to get an aftermarket front bumper for our forthcoming new F350, so I would lose the stock Ford fog lights.

If I really should have fog lights…… (?)

For $105 Aluminess will mount a pair of Hella 500 fog lights in the bumper
“ They shoot a short, wide beam that is perfect for cutting through fog.”
and have wire coming off them. Understandably they will not hook them up to my truck.

(I want to leave the stock bumper intact, and not cannibalize the OEM Fog light wiring harness on it, so I can easily put the stock Ford bumper back down the road, if need be)

I’d need to ideally find the correct female (?) connector to connect to the bare wires coming from each Hella 500 so I could plug them in, in place of the OEM stock Ford fog lights.

Anyone know the actual connector Ford uses?

Either that or I could buy an OEM wiring harness and splice the Hella 500 wires into it.
i THINK (but not sure if) it is Ford Part # HC3Z-15K867-B (about $30-$40-ish.)
Not sure this is the correct Ford Superduty 2019 fog light harness…. I think i may have been told the wrong part #

Thoughts? Advice? thanks!

Here is the bumper I will likely get:

https://www.aluminess.com/ford/ford-trucks-2017-current-front-winch-bumper/

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You're going to put a porch on the front of your truck? [emoticon] [emoticon]


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We added for lights and had them wired in, then we added another aftermarket light: an LED light bar about 24" long. This is what I'd suggest- it came with an easy wiring harness and puts out 3000 lumens. We bought it at Canadian Tire, so look around and you might be surprised what's out there.


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Both of my vehicles came with them, they are awesome when the fog is thick.


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I think the connecter is built directly into the back of the oem light. You will need to find a similar connector or just splice in new connectors into the stock harness. You could keep the ends if you ever want to remount the stock lights.

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PartyOf Five wrote:

We added for lights and had them wired in, then we added another aftermarket light: an LED light bar about 24" long. This is what I'd suggest- it came with an easy wiring harness and puts out 3000 lumens. We bought it at Canadian Tire, so look around and you might be surprised what's out there.


Just make sure that the light bar is street legal as many are not. My concern would be blinding other drivers with a light bar.


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IMHO, strongly consider just selling off the OEM bumper assembly. Once you modify your truck, you will not likely want to bother to change it back EVER.
So use the existing harness, buy a new one, or just splice the connector that comes with the new fog lights into the existing wire harness, like we always did 30 years ago adding fog lights [emoticon]


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I use my fog lights ALL the time when driving on non-interstate or city streets.


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You can find most any OE type connector online. Deutsch, weatherpak etc type connectors. Dunno specifically what is used for ford driving lights.
Probably find pre made connectors or adapters as well. Agree, I could re wire most anything as good as OE, but sometimes it's quicker, easier, and cleaner to plug n play.

Sell the OE bumper, IMO. Truck bumpers sell easily and for good money. Bout the only vehicles that still have "replaceable" bumpers anymore.

Regarding the need for fog lights? This is a preference or "need" that anyone who's been driving for more than a year? can prolly figure out for themselves.
But since you're asking the Internet what your preference should be, I'd replace the OE driving lights with a similar low beam/ low angle type LED that works for lighting up directly in front of the truck and slap a nice light bar on the cow catcher for driving where things go bump in the night!


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Fog lights are kind of like 4 wheel drive.Better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them. I have had them on several trucks and they are great when needed. Having said that, they only get used a few times a year.

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