2011 Headlight Beam Improvement - Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum > Ford Focus Second Generation > MK2 Focus

MK2 Focus The place to chat about general questions, window tinting, exterior body, interior and lighting upgrades for the second generation 2008-2011 Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
FocusFest

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By amc49
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-11-2019, 08:19 AM   #1
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Fan#: 51939
Location: Maine, United States
What I Drive: 2006 TS Silver ZX4

Posts: 404
Points 9,513, Level 65
Points: 9,513, Level: 65 Points: 9,513, Level: 65 Points: 9,513, Level: 65
Level Up 55% Completed
Level up: 55% Level up: 55% Level up: 55%
Forum Activity 3%
Activity: 3% Activity: 3% Activity: 3%
FF Reputation: 2 2003focusowner Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (2)
2011 Headlight Beam Improvement

I need to improve the headlight illumination on my daughters 2011. I drove it the other day and now understand what she has been complaining about.They are very dim and side to side illumination is terrible. I am looking for an easy retrofit. Tried the silverstars but they burnout so quickly.

Is there any application I can do with the stock housings to improve the brightness?



Last edited by 2003focusowner; 02-11-2019 at 08:29 AM.
2003focusowner is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-11-2019, 09:00 PM   #2
Meh.
 
02fordsvt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Fan#: 84654
Location: Lowville, NY
What I Drive: '02 SVT, '04 Sport Trac, '06 Volvo

Posts: 10,576
Points 63,492, Level 100
Points: 63,492, Level: 100 Points: 63,492, Level: 100 Points: 63,492, Level: 100
Level Up 0% Completed
Level up: 0% Level up: 0% Level up: 0%
Forum Activity 7%
Activity: 7% Activity: 7% Activity: 7%
FF Reputation: 51 02fordsvt Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (13)
Easiest thing to do is install brighter light bulbs. DO NOT USE HID's. There are special LED bulbs that you can now buy that supposedly work well in Halogen housing without glare, but I have no experience with them and I'd be very cautious going that route. You can also get brighter halogen bulbs like you've already tried. Maybe give another brand or set a try.

Best way is to do a complete retrofit with projectors and HID/LED bulbs. This by far will give you the best results but will also be the most expensive and labor intensive. Check out https://www.theretrofitsource.com/ to get an idea what's out there and the potential routes you can take.

An alternative option is to add a light bar on the front of the car. I did one on my truck and have it wired through the high beams and it works great. Main downsides are they definitely stand out visually on the front of a vehicle, especially a compact car, and they aren't strictly legal to use on a public road so it's best to be vary conscientious when using one.
__________________
Hatch Nation #13 : Rally Revolution #13 : ROTM Jan '13
I drive a bobble, a square, and a rectangle
02fordsvt is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-11-2019, 09:39 PM   #3
Focus Enthusiast
 
zacautomotive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Fan#: 402829
Location: Pleasant Garden, NC
What I Drive: 2010 Ford Focus,2017 Ford Fiesta ST

Posts: 465
Points 546, Level 10
Points: 546, Level: 10 Points: 546, Level: 10 Points: 546, Level: 10
Level Up 92% Completed
Level up: 92% Level up: 92% Level up: 92%
Forum Activity 99%
Activity: 99% Activity: 99% Activity: 99%
FF Reputation: 2 zacautomotive Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Unfortunately any type of brighter halogen bulb is going to have a shorter life. Rockauto is a great place to look for halogen bulbs.

Sent from my LG-LS997 using FF Mobile
zacautomotive is online now  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 02-11-2019, 11:46 PM   #4
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 96610
Location: Fort Worth, TX
What I Drive: 00 wagon, 02 sedan both zetec atx

Posts: 14,878
Points 9,169, Level 64
Points: 9,169, Level: 64 Points: 9,169, Level: 64 Points: 9,169, Level: 64
Level Up 40% Completed
Level up: 40% Level up: 40% Level up: 40%
Forum Activity 100%
Activity: 100% Activity: 100% Activity: 100%
FF Reputation: 62 amc49 Excellent Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
If the lens plastic itself has become opaque then you must work on them or change them, nothing you can do with light output will fix bad lenses.
aca2983 likes this.
__________________
Fix the driver first, then fixing the car becomes so much easier..........
amc49 is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-16-2019, 09:13 AM   #5
Focus Fanatic
 
mac.mogul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Fan#: 90409
Location: Wichita, KS
What I Drive: 2011 Sterling Grey SES Sedan

Posts: 4,430
Points 7,148, Level 55
Points: 7,148, Level: 55 Points: 7,148, Level: 55 Points: 7,148, Level: 55
Level Up 99% Completed
Level up: 99% Level up: 99% Level up: 99%
Forum Activity 28%
Activity: 28% Activity: 28% Activity: 28%
FF Reputation: 21 mac.mogul Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
My 2011 headlights work just fine with standard bulbs.

If the plastic lenses are oxidized or damaged, you'll need to address that before you can expect better light output, duh.

Don't put HID or LED bulbs in standard reflector housings. Not only does it glare to oncoming traffic, but it's not road legal in the US. Enforcement is up to your local police.
__________________
2011 SES 5spd #006 >> SR #213

What other people think of me is none of my business.
mac.mogul is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-16-2019, 11:33 AM   #6
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Fan#: 137929
Location: Newport News, VA
What I Drive: '05 Focus ZX5, '14 Dodge Dart Aero

Posts: 1,047
Points 590, Level 11
Points: 590, Level: 11 Points: 590, Level: 11 Points: 590, Level: 11
Level Up 80% Completed
Level up: 80% Level up: 80% Level up: 80%
Forum Activity 25%
Activity: 25% Activity: 25% Activity: 25%
FF Reputation: 13 sykozis Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Before adding a light bar to the front of a vehicle, always consult local laws. Such light bars are not legal in all locations.

Exchanging halogen for LED bulbs, as long as the LED bulbs are DOT approved, is not usually a problem. Check local laws regardless though.

In a lot of areas, replacing halogen bulbs with HID bulbs is prohibited by law. Check local laws prior to such change.

All that out of the way.... There are LED bulbs designed for use in standard halogen housings. Unfortunately, to avoid possible legal issues, the bulb manufacturers don't typically make it clear which bulbs are designed for such use.
__________________
There is a madness to my methods!!
sykozis is offline  
    Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Ford Focus Forum, Ford Focus ST Forum, Ford Focus RS Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
What I Drive
Year, color, and model of your car. Example: 2003 Focus Centennial Edition Sedan
Name
Your real name.
City
State
Country
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
electrical issue: headlight keystone General Technical Chat 17 01-14-2017 01:26 AM
05 ZX3 Low Beam Stopped Working? ChillyPhil MK1 Focus 9 10-19-2016 09:11 PM
How to: Headlight housing removal w/ sidelight bulb change (European) Chickenmuffn MK3 Focus 59 09-10-2015 11:54 PM
How To: Retrofit Spec-D Headlights EvilEric19 MK3 Focus 1 06-23-2015 09:38 AM
2011 Focus Info drosado15 General Car Chat Lounge 9 08-23-2009 11:15 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:13 AM.


Copyright 2002-2015 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : : Advertise Information

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Mazda CX-3, Audi S3, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Acura TLX. You can find all Ford Focus, Focus ST and Focus RS related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area. If you own other makes have a look at Challenger Hellcat Forum, Charger Hellcat Forum, Cadillac ATS-V Forum, Cadillac CTS-V Forum, Lexus RC-F Forum, Lexus GS-F Forum, Mercedes GLA Forum, Mercedes GLE Forum and Volvo XC90 Forum.




 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1