BMW 318i Fog Lights, OEM, Halo, LED, Projector, Factory Style
BMW 318i Fog light Buyers Guide:
Deciding between OEM, Halo Projector, Clear, Yellow, and Smoke 318i Foglights
BMW 318i foglights are one of the first things people buy after coming home from the dealer with their brand new 318i. Foglights are SERIOUSLY overpriced when purchased as an OEM factory option, thus many smart buyers visit our website to buy and install their own 318i Fog Light Kits at a fraction of the cost. Also, here at Tunersdepot.com, we try to offer a wide selection of the newest and best styles of fog light kits for your 318i.
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92-98 BMW 318i Fog Lights
BMW 318i OEM Style fog lights vs a 318i Halo Projector Fog Light Kit
This is the first choice you will have to make for your new 318i fog lights. Please note that product line is growing all the time, so if you don’t see the exact type of 318i foglight kit you want, please check back often as we get new styles of foglights all the time.
BMW 318i OEM Style Foglight Kit Overview
The OEM fog light kit is designed to be a replica of the factory 318i fog lights. The lens and basic shape is the same. The only difference might be in lens color, which outside of the standard clear, may be offered in yellow or smoke (more on that later). If you have a set of stock 318i fog lights that are old or damaged, then a 318i OEM Fog Light kit is probably a good idea since they look roughly the same and install the exact same way as the originals.
BMW 318i Halo Projector Foglight Kit Overview
If you are looking for something a little different and more personalized, then a set of 318i Halo Projector Foglights might work best for you. Halo Projector Fog lights are the same size as stock 318i Fog Light kits, but they use a completely different type of lens. By incorporating a convex lens to “project” the light from your foglights, they transfer the shape of your light beam to be spread over a wider area. This increases overall visible viewing area, making your 318i safer to drive during foggy conditions.
Also, 318i Halo Projector fog light kits use halo lighting technology (also known as angel eye lighting) to provide even more light from the foglight. By adding an extra illuminated ring around the projector (the “halo”), they give your fog lights the same glowing ring look as the higher end European headlights. Also, for certain applications, the halo is left unwired, giving you the option to splice them into your 318i’s parking lights, allowing you to turn only the halo ring on when you activate your parking lights. Alternatively, you could not wire them all if are expecting a more low key look from your 318i fog lights.
Choosing the right color foglights for your BMW 318i
Once you have decided what style you want, the next choice is color. There are usually 3 choices available for 318i Fog Lights for both the OEM and Halo Projector styles: Clear, Smoke, and Yellow.
Clear BMW 318i Fog Lights: The standard choice
Clear is the color of lens that the dealer fog lights came in and for good reason. Clear 318i Fog Lights put out the most light of all the colors since colored fog lights have to add some material to the lens, blocking overall light. Also, Clear Foglights, both halo and OEM style kits, look great no matter what color your 318i is. Also, if you are planning to add colored bulbs of HID kits to your 318i fog lights, clear is the way to go if you want to maximize the effect of the new color.
The only downside to clear 318i Foglights is that their “clearness” can be a liability if your foglights start getting old and worn looking after a few years.
Smoke BMW 318i Fog Lights: A different take on a classic option
Unless you are going for that Japanese JDM look, Smoke Foglights are probably the nicest option available for your 318i. At the expense of a marginal loss of brightness, you get a slick looking light that looks perfect on white and most dark colored 318i. They are a perfect complement to tinted windows, especially on black 318i going for the full tinted Knight Rider-ish look.
Being the darkest foglight, they hide wear and tear the best, but that also makes them a less than desirable option if you are planning to add colored bulbs or HID kits to your 318i.
Yellow BMW 318i Fog Lights: Aggressive and functional
Yellow is the preferred color for drivers going after the Japanese “JDM” look. They look exceptionally nice on high contrast color 318i like black, white, or blue. Yellow 318i fog light kits might not be the best look for 318i with yellowish colors though (yellow, orange, some reds, etc.).
Another thing to consider with yellow 318i fog lights (both OEM style and Halo Projector versions) is that they actually do the best job in foggy or inclement weather. Due to the wavelength of the light spectrum of yellow light, they produce the least glare against fog, rain, puddles, etc. making them the SAFEST color of foglight to get…assuming you are really buying fog lights because you are planning on driving your 318i in the fog.
Winjet OEM And Halo Projector Fog Light Kits
Winjet is about as close as 318i Foglights get to having a “name brand.” The quality is a bit better, and they usually install easier as well. Also, unlike X3 318i Fog Light Kits, every Winjet 318i Fog Light Kit comes with wiring harness and fog light switch (universal style in some cases), even for models where the vehicle should already have them pre-installed. This makes Winjet a perfect choice for people looking to make a clean installation on their vehicle that have harnesses that might be missing or damaged.