Review & Install Video
I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Recon smoked four-inch LED fog lights, fitting your 2007 and up JK. Today, we're going to talk through the installation of these fog lights, which is going to be a pretty simple one out of three-wrench install. You are going to have to do a little bit of work to get these bolted up, but no major modifications and they will plug directly into the factory wiring harness. So no wiring needs to be done, and the whole process shouldn't take you more than an hour to complete. We'll talk more about the installation in just a second. We're also going to talk through the construction and a few of the features of these fog lights. These are for those of you looking for a very high-quality fog light and have the budget for it. Recon makes some really good stuff, but these are going to be very expensive, especially when you compare them to some of the other options out there. Now, for that money, you are getting a projector-style fog light. You're getting an LED fog light. So these are going to be very, very bright and also have a very sharp cutoff. They're also going to be a similar color temperature to a lot of other LED lights that you may have on your JK. So if you want to make sure everything matches and you don't end up with a really yellow, dull, dingy, incandescent fog light with bright, crisp, more blue-colored LED lights in your headlights or your auxiliary lights, then these are going to do a nice job matching. Now, even those these are called a "smoked" light, Recon does this a lot, they'll call this "smoked," when in actuality the lens is completely clear. So you're still going to get that full amount of light. These are not going to be dimmed down because of a smoked lens. When they say "smoked," what they mean is that the background around the actual light inside the projector is going to be black. Again, that doesn't affect the light output at all. That's strictly a visual thing. So these are going to give you a little bit more of that blackout, stealthy look, but still provide a ton of very bright, very useful light. Now, if you are looking to upgrade your fog lights, you do have a couple of different choices. You can do something like this, which is going to be a complete replacement of the entire fog light housing, as well as the light source. Or you can just swap out the bulbs. Now, anytime you're just changing the bulbs, especially when you're going to one that's much brighter and it may be a different size, shape, or style than the factory bulb, you do have to be careful. Because a reflector housing, like your factory fog light housing, if you put the wrong bulb or a different bulb in it, you can end up scattering a lot of light. While you from the driver's seat have a ton of light that's really everywhere and that can be nice, you're going to be blinding oncoming traffic. So again, you do have to be really careful. Those options are going to be significantly less expensive, but they're not going to be good for use on the road. These, again, are going to really control that very bright light by using the projector, giving you a sharp cutoff. You as the driver are going to have a ton of very useful light, and oncoming drivers are still going to be able to see. These fog lights are going to be designed very similarly to your factory light, so they're going to bolt right into your bumper without any sort of major modifications necessary. These are going to bolt into a factory bumper, or any aftermarket bumper that's designed to accept a factory fog light. That is really where the similarities with the factory fog lights end. This will bolt up to the same location, but otherwise these are completely different. These have a large aluminum heat sink on the backside of them, which is going to be necessary for an LED light to keep everything nice and cool. As you said before, this does use a projector, which allows Recon to stuff a ton of light into this small fog light, but also control it, so it's going exactly where you want it to go. Like we said before, while this is called "smoked," that just means that visually when you look at the light, it has a black background. When the light isn't on, the lens itself is still going to be completely clear. This is going to come with a wiring harness and with a wiring harness adapter. So no matter what year your Jeep is, these are going to bolt in and also plug in directly. One nice thing that Recon also kept from the factory fog lights is the adjustability. So once you have these installed, you can adjust them up and down to make sure you're getting light exactly where you need it. So I'm going to give this a simple one out of three wrenches for installation. The whole process shouldn't take you more than an hour to complete, and you do have a couple of different options here when installing these. Depending on your splash shield, if you're still running one or not, if you have an aftermarket bumper or a factory one, you may be able to get your factory fog lights unbolted, and get these bolted in with the bumper on the vehicle. Or you may choose to remove the bumper. Now, if you have your factory bumper installed, you haven't done any major modifications to it, removing that bumper is probably going to be the easiest way to get these installed. To do that, first, you'll have to remove the splash shield off the bottom of the bumper. Then, you can go ahead, give your fog light socket a quarter-turn or a pinch, depending on the year of your Jeep, to remove them from the fog light housings, and then remove the eight nuts that are holding the factory bumper in place, giving it a pull to completely remove it. After that, there are going to be four screws holding in each of those factory fog lights. Remove the screws. Remove the fog light housings. Put your new fog lights in place, again, using all of that factory mounting hardware and the factory mounting locations. You reinstall the bumper, pegging down all eight of those nuts, and then go ahead and plug that into that factory fog light wiring harness. Now, because these are well-designed, because these are a light that's built from Recon who knows what they're doing when it comes to LEDs, these are not going to cause any flicker, any strobe. You're not going to have any issues with these. Plug them in, use that factory switch, and these are going to work just fine. Now, Recon does make a premium product, but their price tag goes along with that. These are going to run you around $320 for a pair of fog lights. To some of you, that's going to be a ton of money. It's not going to be worth it. You're not going to be interested in these. However, if you are somebody who's looking for the best of the best in lighting, who wants a very bright, but also controlled projector fog light, these are going to be a very high-quality option. You just have to be willing to pay the price for them. Now, there are going to be some other projector and some other LED fog lights out there that will change the whole housing. As well as, like we talked about before, some of the less expensive options of changing out the bulbs and leaving your factory reflectors in place. So a lot of different options. Again, I think that this is one of the top-tier premium options that has a price tag to go along with it. So if you're serious about lighting, if you've been changing the other forward-facing lights on your JK to the LED, you want a fog light that's going to match in color temperature and provide a ton of very useful, very controlled light, I think that these are going to be a really nice option. These are going to install very easily. However, you are going to have to have a higher budget for this premium light. So that's my review of the Recon smoked four-inch LED fog lights, fitting your 2007 and up JK that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.