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OxQQme

(2,550 posts)
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 08:54 PM Feb 2019

Dazzlingly bright on-coming head lights.


15 votes, 0 passes | Time left: Unlimited
A**HOLE.
11 (73%)
Their oughta be a law.
3 (20%)
Flash yours on high and find out theirs are already on low when they respond by blinding high beams back in your face.
1 (7%)
Happy for the driver that he/she has good visibility.
0 (0%)
Could care less.
0 (0%)
Wished for a smart Photochromic windshield.
0 (0%)
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Dazzlingly bright on-coming head lights. (Original Post) OxQQme Feb 2019 OP
Is it my imagination Ohiogal Feb 2019 #1
I have the same impression. thucythucy Feb 2019 #2
I think it's the newer generations of lamps pecosbob Feb 2019 #4
They are brighter because.. MicaelS Feb 2019 #8
Yeah, now LED lights seem to be the norm csziggy Feb 2019 #15
Walk away if the person answers their phone. WhiskeyGrinder Feb 2019 #3
I miss the days when only two sorts of headlights were legal. hunter Feb 2019 #5
I don't, not one bit. MicaelS Feb 2019 #9
If there's some science to back that up I'll change my mind. hunter Feb 2019 #11
Most of the ones that blind are Chuuku Davis Feb 2019 #6
Europe is ahead on this - Adaptive Headlights ksoze Feb 2019 #7
Whoa ornotna Feb 2019 #13
I remember reading in Car & Driver years ago NotASurfer Feb 2019 #10
HID vs LED vs Halogen Headlights in Projector Housings OxQQme Feb 2019 #12
I immediately think it is a Trump supporter Awsi Dooger Feb 2019 #14
Hah. Me and my bff shotgun rider share that thought. OxQQme Feb 2019 #16
K and freakin' R oasis Feb 2019 #17

Ohiogal

(32,276 posts)
1. Is it my imagination
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:07 PM
Feb 2019

Or are oncoming cars’ headlights at night WAY brighter than they used to be? I swear, they almost blind you.

pecosbob

(7,560 posts)
4. I think it's the newer generations of lamps
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:10 PM
Feb 2019

I don't know if they're halogen or quartz or what, but I think there are some restrictions on them in some states.

MicaelS

(8,747 posts)
8. They are brighter because..
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:38 PM
Feb 2019

We have modern lighting methods like halogen, xenon and LED. The newer lights put out a clean white light or bluish light, so they are going to be brighter than the old sealed beam headlights which had a distinct yellowish tint.

csziggy

(34,141 posts)
15. Yeah, now LED lights seem to be the norm
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:42 PM
Feb 2019

And I am one of the guilty parties. The headlights on our 1999 Suburban were extremely dim, especially compared tour 2014 Prius V. When one of the bulbs burned out my husband took it to the shop. They not only put in LED bulbs, they also replaced the lenses on the low beams. Great - now we have enough light to see very well on the highway. But other drivers find them far too bright. Right now my husband is using high beams in traffic. They still have the old bulbs and the original, yellowed lenses. Other drivers seem relieved even though they are badly adjusted for low beams.

hunter

(38,363 posts)
5. I miss the days when only two sorts of headlights were legal.
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:19 PM
Feb 2019

Most cars had a single pair of round headlights that did high/low beam in one package, and upscale cars had four round headlights, the additional pair being the high beams.

Now it seems anything goes. The blue-white searchlights are the worst, they ruin the night vision of oncoming drivers, even on low beam.

MicaelS

(8,747 posts)
9. I don't, not one bit.
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:40 PM
Feb 2019

I'm glad cars have brighter lights so drivers can see batter at night. All cars are going to have White LED headlights within 10 years.

hunter

(38,363 posts)
11. If there's some science to back that up I'll change my mind.
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:10 PM
Feb 2019

Personally, I think the blinding lights of some oncoming traffic make me see less well at night.

Chuuku Davis

(565 posts)
6. Most of the ones that blind are
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:31 PM
Feb 2019

Aftermarket HID conversion kits put in factory reflectors
They put out a LOT of lumens but it is not focused and causes glare and scatter

Some are factory HIDs or LEDs that just need to be properly aimed

The US is so far behind the rest of the world it is mind boggling
Regulations here date from the 50s and 60s

ksoze

(2,068 posts)
7. Europe is ahead on this - Adaptive Headlights
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 09:35 PM
Feb 2019

BMW for one offers adaptive headlights with high beam control that automatically pivot the light away from on-coming traffic or when approaching a car from behind. They are illegal right now in the U.S. which does not allow headlights that are not fixed. Cars sold in the US have these lights disabled.

NotASurfer

(2,160 posts)
10. I remember reading in Car & Driver years ago
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 10:14 PM
Feb 2019

One of the columnists wrote about how he'd mounted a motorcycle headlight with higher-than-automobile luminosity behind his grille and had it aimed and ready to light up anybody who didn't dim their high-beams

And if they didn't actually have their high-beams on, he felt justified because their headlights were clearly not aligned correctly

I guess the front grille on vintage Detroit steel had much wider spacing than today's automobiles. And law enforcement was looser. Or the columnist liked to spin fantasy revenge yarns

OxQQme

(2,550 posts)
12. HID vs LED vs Halogen Headlights in Projector Housings
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:19 PM
Feb 2019


How To Properly Aim LED Headlights | Headlight Revolution --->


Police cars could all have dash mounted light meters and cite too bright, in your face, headlights.
 

Awsi Dooger

(14,565 posts)
14. I immediately think it is a Trump supporter
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:39 PM
Feb 2019

Because normally it's some type of souped-up raised truck

OxQQme

(2,550 posts)
16. Hah. Me and my bff shotgun rider share that thought.
Mon Feb 11, 2019, 11:48 PM
Feb 2019

But there are many 'luxury' cars that have the same poorly aimed blinders.

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