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Old 03-31-2016, 11:07 AM   #1
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1 car out of 31 has good headlights

First-ever IIHS headlight ratings show most need improvement

"A vehicle's price tag is no guarantee of decent headlights. Many of the poor-rated headlights belong to luxury vehicles."


New IIHS ratings show most headlights are lacking


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Old 03-31-2016, 12:54 PM   #2
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Based on their new standards, nearly 100% of our cars do not make the grade. I despise HID lights, especially aftermarket as a hazard to oncoming traffic at night. I wonder if folks just slap in the new light assemblies and don't concern themselves w/proper aiming. Same w/trucks that are lifted. They don't re aim the lights.
Factory LEDs are not as annoying at night as HID but still too bright for oncoming traffic. I guess what is good for the driver is not a good for everyone else on the outside.
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Based on their new standards, nearly 100% of our cars do not make the grade. I despise HID lights, especially aftermarket as a hazard to oncoming traffic at night. I wonder if folks just slap in the new light assemblies and don't concern themselves w/proper aiming. Same w/trucks that are lifted. They don't re aim the lights.
Factory LEDs are not as annoying at night as HID but still too bright for oncoming traffic. I guess what is good for the driver is not a good for everyone else on the outside.
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Old 03-31-2016, 04:57 PM   #4
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Quite telling IMHO that a decent set of halogen lights comes in well in that testing.
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My Fusion was one of the cars in the article that had marginal headlights. Both the Fusion and my 2013 Focus had the headlights aimed incorrectly from the factory. A couple minutes of my time was all it took to significantly improve the throw without causing glare to oncoming drivers.
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Quite telling IMHO that a decent set of halogen lights comes in well in that testing.
I was a little surprised by the follwoing:

Curve-adaptive systems don't always lead to better ratings.
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Headlights really need a 'city setting' at night, vs a 'country' setting.
NO ONE AT ALL needs bright blinding to other drivers in the city. NO ONE.

Different matter on dark country roads, where blinding superbeams might means not killing yourself.

So IMO the need is for a new standard, One where the car 'reads' street lighting and dims the headlights. And if totally dark out, then full headlights allowed.
And the stupid article where no lights 'pass' sucks. 99% of all car headlights are already way too bright, in the city. WAY TOO BRIGHT NOW..
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This is a 2 sided question and answer. Yes its nice to see bright in front but not to blind other drivers.
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Headlights really need a 'city setting' at night, vs a 'country' setting.
NO ONE AT ALL needs bright blinding to other drivers in the city. NO ONE.

Different matter on dark country roads, where blinding superbeams might means not killing yourself.

So IMO the need is for a new standard, One where the car 'reads' street lighting and dims the headlights. And if totally dark out, then full headlights allowed.
And the stupid article where no lights 'pass' sucks. 99% of all car headlights are already way too bright, in the city. WAY TOO BRIGHT NOW..

That is a good idea but probably hard to implement easily.

Under the right conditions the auto headlight setting in my Focus will turn on and off a few times with varying conditions during a relatively short drive, so imagine that kind of environment would react similarly when attempting to dim or brighten.
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It was GOOD to see them consider blinding others as one of the important criteria for the testing.

City low, normal medium & country high would be nice, but as it is WAY too many use high beams where they hurt - like most of the time on the Interstate when other traffic is present.
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