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mastermariner

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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 12:03:28 AM

I recently drove a newer car that has new headlight technology, and I noticed that the headlights were much brighter than on my current, older car. In fact, the difference was so dramatic that I think it made night driving on the roads in my area -- where we have lots of wildlife -- much safer.

My current car is great in all respects, and it's paid for, but this seemed so much better. Do I need to buy a new car just to get better night driving visibility, or is there another alternative?

Your observation has brought up an important safety issue that can be improved at almost no cost. While technology advances such as LED bulbs or xenon high-intensity discharge headlights are brighter than the conventional bulbs in your older car, chances are your lens covers are the problem. Over time,
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 14, 2013 5:47:42 AM

some of the new lights though are more irritating in rural areas where there is no light. Not to mention, people don't bother setting their headlights correctly for their vehicle.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:47:49 PM

Interesting.
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 10:56:46 AM

Whenever we are filling up one of our vehicles and I wash the windshield, door and rear windows, I always wash the headlight, parking lights, blinker and tail light plastic covers. This goes a long way toward keeping the lens covers clean, smoother and clearer resulting in brighter lights front and rear.
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zuess28
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:21:40 AM

Old.
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rbutterw
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 9:02:53 AM

old
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tomok
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 7:44:44 AM

Improve visibility without buying new headlights? Over time the plastic lens cover will discolor from ultraviolet light and scratches will form from road dirt and rocks. This scatters the focused light from the bulb and the beam is less bright than what it should be. A low abrasive polishing compound on the lens cover and some elbow grease works just fine. A little toothpaste and wax will finish the plastic polishing.
There's nothing like the 'glass' headlight for durability and long life, No lens cover required!
Those 'new' headlights can be blinding, can they be dimmed down a little?
My vehicle that has manual door locks, hand operated roll up windows and wing windows in both front doors. It's Good to Go!
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 6:47:31 AM

Wonderful story, if it had anything to do with gad prices I might give a hoot!
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 6:35:12 AM

I got my new lenses from partsgeek com and they are great. Less than 20% of the typical store prices (Autozone, Advanced, O'Reillys, etc) and even less than the others (Napa and the likes). Won't even mention dealer prices... installation was pretty much a cinch.
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:05:07 AM

"bright blue/purple or green headlights that almost blind you as you drive towards them. They should be illegal!"

They are. Headlamps have to be white. Acceptable is the natural blue tinge of genuine HID lamps, but those 8,000 to 12,000 k blue and purple lights are only legal for off-road or show use, despite the fact the sellers try to tell you they are DOT approved.
And green? Those are horrid useless at night, as well as illegal as can be, for on-road use. I only saw one car with green headlamps, and I reported his plate to the police who sent their inspection unit out to have a chat with the owner. Dang, green headlights following you give a terrible glare in the mirror.
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bart_reed
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:37:50 AM

Good deal.
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blossom9995
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:31:05 AM

awesome!
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SnagaDeal
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 1:06:52 AM

better vision is the safe way to go so light up our lives.
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gwhizz13
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:19:00 AM

I hate those very strong, bright blue/purple or green headlights that almost blind you as you drive towards them. They should be illegal!
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itsjustme719
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:10:37 AM

Polished my lenses and it made a huge difference.
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N5EXY
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:09:09 AM

There are cleaning and restoration products at parts stores but beware - some make it worse. And, sometimes the discoloration is on the inside of the lenses and impossible to clear - some pre-2000 models for example.
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winks44
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:08:16 AM

wash your car and clean the lens.
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unicornpmb
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:08:01 AM

Sounds good.
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jrschl
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:06:59 AM

Why buy a new car? Just do like everyone else and drive with your brights on all the time.
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obimerrill
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:05:01 AM

ok...maybe
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rahcat
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:05:00 AM

Old News
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sit
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:04:31 AM

Sounds good.
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WilW
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:04:08 AM

Old news, yet still, GOOD FOR POINTS!!
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Beboper
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:03:33 AM

old news
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Fitwit
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Message Posted: Oct 13, 2013 12:02:28 AM

Wow, this was a great article. I recently rode to Modesto from Stockton and back at night with a friend of mine in her older Toyota. I noticed how little light was before us as we drove. It really made me nervous and I told her about it. When we got back she stayed in the car while I looked at the outside of her headlights. It wasn't anything I could notice from the outside but I sure noticed it from the inside. The next time we went someplace in the evening I drove. She could see the difference. We didn't have to stay behind a big truck for safety sake. I called her up and read her the article. She said the article was a miracle because it was what we were dealing with, I said well I wouldn't call it a miracle but I would call it a God Thing. He orders the steps of the righteous ( We are righteous in him not in ourselves.)and not only the steps. Thank You Gas Buddy and Bank rate.
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BUDDYPAL23
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:57:37 PM

Products available to clean and improve headlights
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rap12MA
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:54:53 PM

Common sense observation.
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fenster66
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:52:04 PM

good tip....
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Taurus1
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:51:21 PM

Interesting!
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sljbc475
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:50:57 PM

Clean the lens or replace the lens cover.
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bobcatfan
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:48:13 PM

Headlight replacements: $300-$500. Results: Priceless.
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cwashi3324
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:45:39 PM

Buy lens cleaner.
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1_percenter
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:44:11 PM


duh

duhhh

duhhhhh

thanks for bring this worthless article to light
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danol43
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:44:08 PM

Good tip!
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jlisk1970_us
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:42:58 PM

Led bulbs are brighter
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wu123
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:42:05 PM

interesting...
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mstearno
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:40:08 PM

turtle wax headlight restorer $7.95 and a little elbow grease
and wow is all I can say
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tidalwave3
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:39:33 PM

might need to try this
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morris53659
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:38:41 PM

Ok.
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PrepHermit
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:38:29 PM

How does this affect what I pay for gas?
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badharley
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:37:10 PM

Just buy brighter headlights.
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flyfast
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:34:49 PM

more light at night is good
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jrsva
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:34:17 PM

Polishing your headlight lenses may help marginally but old-style headlights are just no match for modern ones. The difference between my 1998 F-150 and my wife’s 2010 Subaru is dramatic. Not only are the lights brighter but the beams are distributed better. The low beams have a definite upper cutoff so they do not blind oncoming drivers and the high beams throw light much farther down the road. The newer lights still look the same as conventional ones, not those horrid blue lights that blind everyone and ought to be banned.

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brian1145
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:34:03 PM

Only if you have an old car.
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listerone
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:33:23 PM

Worth remembering.
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waynemustang
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:30:37 PM

Good advice.
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Guapo29
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:27:28 PM

Good suggestion but an old idea.
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LKnight598
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:27:19 PM

ok
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Rhino8of8
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:25:47 PM

Throw some xenon's in, and you can see better, yet blind those around you.

What happened to the old adage to not outdrive your headlight? In other words, if you can't see, slow down.
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toadNY
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:24:59 PM

The plastic on my head lights are starting to fog over.
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mickeymike
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2013 11:23:58 PM

seems I read this one before!
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