Are modern headlights too bright?

Are modern headlights too bright?

Poll: Are modern headlights too bright?

Total Members Polled: 712

Yes: 66%
No: 34%
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SuperchargedVR6

3,137 posts

185 months

Wednesday 16th November 2016
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Saleen836 said:
Not sure if this has been mentioned in this thread?
But another annoying problem is the idiots who put in replacement headlight bulbs upside down! They are also too stupid to realise the problem even when following you and can clearly see they are lighting up the whole inside of your vehicle.
Upside down? Every D2S xenon, H7, or H4 bulb I've ever changed can only fit in the lamp one way. What you describe is usually an alignment problem, on older cars generally.

budgie smuggler

4,295 posts

124 months

Thursday 17th November 2016
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Tankman104c said:
I'm taking my Yeti into the main dealer service department tomorrow to get my headlight alignment checked because I'm always getting flashed at when I'm on dipped beam! You can clearly see the dip beam shining into an oncoming car with any slight rise in the road. I bet I know what they will say!
Do you not have beam level adjustment you can click down a notch?

zygalski

7,309 posts

110 months

Sunday 17th December 2017
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Bumpáge...

Can't help but think many cars have dipped settings were the aim is too high, or there's something wrong with modern lights.

I've often found myself flashing oncoming vehicles on straight, level roads because I'm pretty much blinded, and thought they had their full beams on.
They then decide to flash their lights in response & I'm proven wrong.

I'm not talking about dipped lights that are a bit annoying, I'm talking newish cars with dipped beams that mean my peripheral vision is pretty much non-existent and I'm squinting to concentrate on the road ahead.

My eyesight's fine, btw.


Edited by zygalski on Sunday 17th December 09:01

RDMcG

16,337 posts

172 months

Sunday 17th December 2017
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Not for me. Assuming it’s an OEM properly adjusted I have never had a problem with it.

FiF

39,024 posts

216 months

Sunday 17th December 2017
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zygalski said:
Bumpáge...

Can't help but think many cars have dipped settings were the aim is too high, or there's something wrong with modern lights.

I've often found myself flashing oncoming vehicles on straight, level roads because I'm pretty much blinded, and thought they had their full beams on.
They then decide to flash their lights in response & I'm proven wrong.

I'm not talking about dipped lights that are a bit annoying, I'm talking newish cars with dipped beams that mean my peripheral vision is pretty much non-existent and I'm squinting to concentrate on the road ahead.

My eyesight's fine, btw.


Edited by zygalski on Sunday 17th December 09:01
May have said this earlier in the thread but can sympathise with this view, partly anyway.

Suspect a significant part of the issue is the very sharp cut off, so any slight imperfection or brow in the road and you get the full intensity of the beam, whereas with incandescent lamps the intensity tails off towards the edges. Many is the time I think I've been flashed, yet it's just that they have driven over a small bump.

Jonnny

29,035 posts

154 months

Sunday 17th December 2017
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My wife's Audi A1 Xenon Headlamps are ridiculous if she's following you, when you're driving it they seem about right for distance to cut off though.