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Drive at night much?




I just replaced all my halogen bulbs in my new Honda CR-V with LED. This is the second car in the last year I have done it with. The difference is night and day, especially with the high beam. If your considering it here are some links to the products I have used. High beams are a little pricy at $89. The low beam and fogs are much cheaper

High Beam...... https://amzn.to/2vvu9QK

Low Beam..... https://amzn.to/2Hov2QD

Fog (Yellow Beam)...... https://amzn.to/2HTUPgz


Of course you will need to choose what type of bulb your car / truck has. They are all plug and play and the install is very simple. Another benefit is less of a power damand on your 12 volt system


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I just replaced all my halogen bulbs in my new Honda CR-V with LED. This is the second car in the last year I have done it with. The difference is night and day, especially with the high beam. If your considering it here are some links to the products I have used. High beams are a little pricy at $89. The low beam and fogs are much cheaper
Low Beam..... https://amzn.to/2Hov2QD

Fog (Yellow Beam)...... https://amzn.to/2HTUPgz


Of course you will need to choose what type of bulb your car / truck has. They are all plug and play and the install is very

High Beam...... https://amzn.to/2vvu9QK
simple. Another benefit is less of a power damand on your 12 volt system

Laszlo


Laszlo....certainly would agree with you that LED lamps are better for the driver, last longer, and have less drain on your system. However, the Xenon/LED/HID lamps have become very blinding to oncoming drivers.....especially when driving on high traffic highways.


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I do a ton of night driving, and I see a lot of very badly done light replacements, so I'd like to ask for a favor. Get into another car after it is 100% dark and have someone else drive at you in your Honda in various situations and assess if there is any excessive glare to oncoming drivers from the new bulbs. IMHO, only if there is no excess glare should it be considered a good upgrade. Just because you see better does not mean it is not bad for other drivers. If the sides of the road are now much better lit, that is often a good sign of a bad glare situation for the oncoming drivers.

There are a cr**load of very badly made replacement bulbs out there; the biggest error is placing the light source at the wrong point within the lens assembly, and throwing light out at the wrong angles where it will tend to blind oncoming drivers. But there are other ways in which these can 'ruin the beam pattern and cause bad glare; not having the proper vertical cut-off of the projected light beam for a low beam is another common issue.

I cannot say if your new ones are good or bad for glare; only an objective assessment from another car can tell.


RE: Drive at night much?




I do a ton of night driving, and I see a lot of very badly done light replacements, so I'd like to ask for a favor. Get into another car after it is 100% dark and have someone else drive at you in your Honda in various situations and assess if there is any excessive glare to oncoming drivers from the new bulbs. IMHO, only if there is no excess glare should it be considered a good upgrade. Just because you see better does not mean it is not bad for other drivers. If the sides of the road are now much better lit, that is often a good sign of a bad glare situation for the oncoming drivers.

There are a cr**load of very badly made replacement bulbs out there; the biggest error is placing the light source at the wrong point within the lens assembly, and throwing light out at the wrong angles where it will tend to blind oncoming drivers. But there are other ways in which these can 'ruin the beam pattern and cause bad glare; not having the proper vertical cut-off of the projected light beam for a low beam is another common issue.

I cannot say if your new ones are good or bad for glare; only an objective assessment from another car can tell.

Beachmark



The new bulbs have been in for about two weeks, I know some of the issues with LED's so I'm very cautious. First thing I do is take measurements off my garage door, height and width to make sure the beam is not higher than the factory bulbs. Considering I've done a lot of driving at night the last two weeks and no body has flashed me I think I'm good. The high beams which are very bright I only use on back roads with no oncoming traffic. And yes, bulb angle placement is critical. Its one of the first things stated in the paperwork. LED's MUST be 3 and 9 o'clock. Finally I take it over to my mechanic and let him put it up on his headlight tester

BEAMTECH and HIKARI are know for their excellent LED bulbs


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That sounds pretty good. Laszlo. I sure appreciate your approach and being concerned for other divers. I started using quartz-iodide headlight upgrades back in the mid-70's (Marchal's) so have gotten to know what was good and what was bad in that type of headlamp, and very much appreciate a good quality upgrade. The newer stuff is hit or miss; I'll try to remember your brand recommendations if I ever get to do this on a newer headlamp. How were the results from the headlamp tester at the shop, or is that pending?

Another upgrade for us older types: laser removal of cataracts! My wife had her's done and now uses sunglasses a LOT more, and sees better at night. I'll be due in several more years myself; my very mild cataracts are already effecting the brightness of headlight illumination at night.

And even just replacing your modern headlight assemblies where the factory acrylic coatings have become hazed/yellowed will do a ton to improve your headlights.


RE: Drive at night much?




That sounds pretty good. Laszlo. I sure appreciate your approach and being concerned for other divers. I started using quartz-iodide headlight upgrades back in the mid-70's (Marchal's) so have gotten to know what was good and what was bad in that type of headlamp, and very much appreciate a good quality upgrade. The newer stuff is hit or miss; I'll try to remember your brand recommendations if I ever get to do this on a newer headlamp. How were the results from the headlamp tester at the shop, or is that pending?

Another upgrade for us older types: laser removal of cataracts! My wife had her's done and now uses sunglasses a LOT more, and sees better at night. I'll be due in several more years myself; my very mild cataracts are already effecting the brightness of headlight illumination at night.

And even just replacing your modern headlight assemblies where the factory acrylic coatings have become hazed/yellowed will do a ton to improve your headlights.

Beachmark


Headlight testing was right on, I forget what the Lumen output was they gave me but it was about what I expected


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Sounds as if you did it right Laszlo......unfortunately it seems as if most folks do not take the time as you did.


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Sounds as if you did it right Laszlo......unfortunately it seems as if most folks do not take the time as you did.

Robert


Thanks, I think headlight alignment is part of the PA State Inspection. It should be mandatory everywhere. As much as a love LED's my favorite bulbs still are the HID's in my 2008 Saab 9-3 Convertible. Not only are the bulbs fantastic the headlight housing self levels and turns up to 20 degrees when your turning the car left or right. That alone is a huge help when going around corners