Another car head lamp thread

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Another car head lamp thread

Postby PT1029 » 5 Jan 2019, 6:23pm

There have been a couple of threads recently on car head lamps. I have a 3rd one.
For many years, there have always been those annoying cars driven in the dark with dazzling headlights because they are poorly aligned even when on dipped beam.
This winter I have found poorly aligned head lights very rare. Anyone else noticed this? If so, is it due to vehicle construction/LED lights or something else.
I doubt it is due to an outbreak of law enforcement or conciensious owners maintaining their vehicles.....
Separate from the above, still plenty of vehicles about with variously defective/none functioning lights.

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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby brynpoeth » 5 Jan 2019, 6:26pm

I hate bright headlights, on many vehicles they apparently light up when the vehicle is unlocked even if the motor is not running
Cannae agree that few are wrongly adjusted :?
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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby squeaker » 6 Jan 2019, 11:21am

PT1029 wrote:This winter I have found poorly aligned head lights very rare. Anyone else noticed this?
Nope! Bad as ever IME; likewise the number running 'one-eyed'.
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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby Bmblbzzz » 6 Jan 2019, 11:45am

brynpoeth wrote:I hate bright headlights, on many vehicles they apparently light up when the vehicle is unlocked even if the motor is not running
Cannae agree that few are wrongly adjusted :?

Probably DRLs rather than headlamps. They are brighter, to look at, than headlamps.

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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby silvercylist » 7 Jan 2019, 12:52pm

I've found that many car's headlights are now too bright, misaligned and some have one headlamp missing. This not only dazzles me when cycling but also when driving. The policing of such to check on headlight legality seems absent, at least here in Hampshire.

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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby rmurphy195 » 7 Jan 2019, 3:29pm

squeaker wrote:
PT1029 wrote:This winter I have found poorly aligned head lights very rare. Anyone else noticed this?
Nope! Bad as ever IME; likewise the number running 'one-eyed'.

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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby pwa » 7 Jan 2019, 3:44pm

I think the current standard for headlights must be crap because the latest LED lights are retina destroying on dipped beam. It's not just cyclists talking about this. Motorists are complaining about it too. It seemed to start with upmarket German cars but is working its way down. If the Germans were as fussy about car headlamps as they are about bike lights we would all be better off.

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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby NUKe » 7 Jan 2019, 3:58pm

pwa wrote:I think the current standard for headlights must be crap because the latest LED lights are retina destroying on dipped beam. It's not just cyclists talking about this. Motorists are complaining about it too. It seemed to start with upmarket German cars but is working its way down. If the Germans were as fussy about car headlamps as they are about bike lights we would all be better off.

The problem is the standards are based around optical input not light output, so like with modern household light bulbs they could use less electricity for the same light out put, or as they seem to do just make the headlights stupidly bight. The law/ vehicle regs need updating
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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby squeaker » 7 Jan 2019, 5:13pm

NUKe wrote:The problem is the standards are based around optical input not light output, so like with modern household light bulbs they could use less electricity for the same light out put, or as they seem to do just make the headlights stupidly bight. The law/ vehicle regs need updating.
And include some sort of (better) spectral weighting, especially on the 'stray' light emitted :evil:
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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby The utility cyclist » 8 Jan 2019, 8:40pm

The problem is due to the EU and our inept gubbinment, cars need brighter lights so their operators can go faster in the dark. It's created less safe roads and DRLs have absolutely zero impact on safety, they should be banned and lights made to be less bright.
Should also enforce the law and make drivers drive with sidelights only in urban areas with street lighting, there's zero need to have anything other than side lights!
Less light might actually slow some motorists down!

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Re: Another car head lamp thread

Postby peetee » 8 Jan 2019, 9:53pm

silvercylist wrote:I've found that many car's headlights are now too bright, misaligned and some have one headlamp missing. This not only dazzles me when cycling but also when driving. The policing of such to check on headlight legality seems absent, at least here in Hampshire.


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We drove back from Alton down the A32 then up to Bishops Waltham this Sunday evening. In several places we were dropping down to a snails pace because of oncoming glare. With a poorly maintained verge marking it was very hard to judge the edge of the road. The worst scenario was when LED headlamps appeared above a rise.
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