F56 Mini headlights brighter than the sun?

F56 Mini headlights brighter than the sun?

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Sensibleboy

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763 posts

73 months

Monday 18th November
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Are these the brightest headlights on any car? Considering the fact they are on a conventional sized car they aren't half bright.

Lights on tall vehicles will naturally be at eye level but when these Mini lights are leaving a shadow of my head on my headlining they must surely be too bright???

I've got tinted rear glass (factory fit of course) and an auto dimming mirror but they are still intensely bright.

Edited by Sensibleboy on Monday 18th November 15:50

Dr Interceptor

5,596 posts

144 months

Monday 18th November
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LED's... They are bright.

Great for driving with, not so great when they're coming towards you.

Torquey

1,694 posts

176 months

Monday 18th November
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Sat behind a new Mini clubman recently and I did wonder if they have the brightest brake lights I've seen on any car.

Painfully bright and nothing I could do but put my hand over my eyes!

Court_S

1,549 posts

125 months

Monday 18th November
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Yes, they're amazingly bright.

The lights on my other half's previous MINI were way brighter than the LED's on my BMW. She was always getting flashed be people who thought that she had her main beams on.

Scrump

6,833 posts

106 months

Monday 18th November
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If they are illuminating your headlining then the issue may as much to do with poor alignment as it is to do with brightness.

cerb4.5lee

13,000 posts

128 months

Monday 18th November
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The LED headlights are nice and bright on my F56 Cooper S...especially when compared to the headlights on my E90 330i with only halogens before it!

minghis

1,482 posts

199 months

Monday 18th November
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Seems to be a bit of a trend having poorly adjusted lights straight from the factory.

Contrary to popular belief auto adjusting headlights (or at least the ones that don't have a adjuster in the car) are still adjustable usually by means of a simple screw in the light body under the bonnet.

I've had to do this to both cars in my household and takes usually no more than a couple of minutes.

JakeT

2,721 posts

68 months

Monday 18th November
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My internal monologue when approaching one of these goes:

"The daft sod has left main beam on,"

"No they haven't. Their lights are brighter than the sun."

"Oh, its a Mini. Of course."

So yes, I think they're mega bright. Seem to catch my eyes with the blue cutoff section which is particularly annoying too.

Steamer

11,402 posts

161 months

Monday 18th November
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Torquey said:
Sat behind a new Mini clubman recently and I did wonder if they have the brightest brake lights I've seen on any car.

Painfully bright and nothing I could do but put my hand over my eyes!
By coincidence I was following a mini Thursday night and whilst being very bright, I also thought they were a terrible design (not the Union Jack flag design) But the round indicator light in the middle of the cluster.. might have been this model:



The rear brake light is so bright that the indicator flashing light illumination is lost in the middle of all the brightness.

rallycross

10,444 posts

185 months

Monday 18th November
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Yes far too bright if In your mirrors

Court_S

1,549 posts

125 months

Monday 18th November
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cerb4.5lee said:
The LED headlights are nice and bright on my F56 Cooper S...especially when compared to the headlights on my E90 330i with only halogens before it!
The E90 halogens were the equivalent of a pair of candles strapped to the front of the car. Bloody useless.

mwstewart

5,627 posts

136 months

Monday 18th November
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I had a new Cooper S hire far with the LEDs. How these can be considered safe is beyond me - on anything other than a smooth road they are simply unfair on other drivers. The lights were adjusted fine when the car was level - it's the stray light that's the problem.

Alex Z

128 posts

24 months

Monday 18th November
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Now and again I get people flashing lights at me, assuming I’m on high beam.
Flash back and they realise I’m not.

cerb4.5lee

13,000 posts

128 months

Monday 18th November
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Court_S said:
cerb4.5lee said:
The LED headlights are nice and bright on my F56 Cooper S...especially when compared to the headlights on my E90 330i with only halogens before it!
The E90 halogens were the equivalent of a pair of candles strapped to the front of the car. Bloody useless.
Totally! I have certainly appreciated the cars I've had with either Xenon or LED headlights in comparison to the candles that's for sure.

Davie

3,006 posts

163 months

Monday 18th November
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Steamer said:
By coincidence I was following a mini Thursday night and whilst being very bright, I also thought they were a terrible design (not the Union Jack flag design) But the round indicator light in the middle of the cluster.. might have been this model:



The rear brake light is so bright that the indicator flashing light illumination is lost in the middle of all the brightness.
Quite a few cars like that. I followed a new Merc estate, maybe a C class... but it's indicators were the Audi esque led set up however said led strip seemed very short and centred in the cluster so as soon as the chap / chapette braked, the indicator was all but lost in the brake light and my eyes are pretty good.

MC Bodge

11,669 posts

123 months

Monday 18th November
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Minis, some Audis and Mercs, vans and SUVs (especially JLR) with LED headlights make for very unpleasant driving at night.

David87

5,361 posts

160 months

Monday 18th November
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Not driven one of these MINIs, but have noticed they do look to be nice and bright. The lamps on the R56 were probably the best examples of xenons I found, so perhaps they’ve kept up the good work with the newer model!

Zetec-S

3,269 posts

41 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Yes, the wife has a new Clubman with the LED headlights, and sometimes when we're juggling the cars around on the drive my retina's take a pounding, especially as the drive is on a slope so if she's facing "uphill" the effect is worse.

The problem is, her last Mini had the normal halogens which were not so good, relatively speaking, so when we changed we wanted something better. But let's face it, I think even the most cheap and basic headlights fitted to the cheapest and most basic cars have been adequate for the last 30+ years. The trouble is these days everyone wants to drive as fast at night as they do during the day, so want the road lit to allow it. And sod whoever's coming the opposite direction.

greenarrow

1,811 posts

65 months

Tuesday 19th November
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MC Bodge said:
Minis, some Audis and Mercs, vans and SUVs (especially JLR) with LED headlights make for very unpleasant driving at night.
Yup, its yet another modern issue that makes driving such a pain. Also, try driving a diddy MK1 Ford Ka whilst being followed by an Audi/Range Rover/BMW SUV with these lights - its not fun!! Would be all right if they kept their distance, but as you know, the bigger the car, seemingly the closer you have to drive to the car in front....

TyrannosauRoss Lex

23,634 posts

160 months

Tuesday 19th November
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I think some of the newest cars have laser lights which are brighter still!