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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 00, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Has anybody found a headlight that is bright enough to see anything at night. My charging system is fine just cant see sh*^. Do the new 30% brighter (supposedly) halogens work any better. Or am I going to have to hide a set of driving lights.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 8th, 00, 07:17 PM
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Do your headlights need aimed? I have a 67 with non-halogen lights and I can see perfectly fine with both dim and bright lights.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 00, 03:32 AM
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yes they are a little brighter, but the best lights are Hella conversions so that they take a b-3 insert bulb, cost 50$ each and you need to buy the plug in fuse that hella sells so you dont fry your wiring case they draw more power. PAW sells it all.


dont buy those dumb blue bulbs, they look brighter cause they have double the glare (technicly they are illeagal), in tests they give off half the light at twice the cost.



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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 00, 04:21 AM
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I put the Hella's on my Blazer, they work good. JC Whitney has them cheaper. (HTTP://WWW.jcwhitney.com)I read something once about an easy way to accurately aim headlights. Find a level driveway, get as close to the garage door as you can and turn on the lights. Put an X in the center of the light beam on the garage door with masking tape. Back away as straight as you can, as far as you can. Adjust the lights so they still hit the center of the X.



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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 00, 09:44 AM
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I'm going to have to go dig, but I remember seeing an article in a mag on a wiring upgrade you could make. The problem is that your headlights are not getting a full 12 volts from the electrical system.

Look at the wiring diagram on how they are wired. The power wire goes all the way to the headlight switch and then back out to the headlights.

The solution was to add a power relay switch for each headlight. The relay power wire was connected directly to the battery. The headlights then received power thru the relays when they were triggered. The headlight switch was then rewired to trigger the relays. This is how all new cars are wired.

I converted to GE halogens and have not done the wiring upgrade yet because I can't remember the name of the company. I think it was something like M.A.D. ???

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 9th, 00, 09:56 AM
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I've run Cibie and Hellas in a number of cars over the years and both are outstanding lights. I prefer the Cibie "Z" beams because they have a beam cutoff straight ahead and to the left that cuts down the upper portion of the beam which helps prevent blinding oncoming drivers. Then the pattern rises to the right for the edge of the road and signs.

I seem to remember some of the lights coming with the relay kit like Gheatly describes. That is a good way to go and definitely helps. If you can locate the wiring mod to do this I would like to get a copy also.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Mar 12th, 00, 06:29 AM
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I've had great luck with the "brite lite" series by I believe Sylvania. They available at almost any parts store and give you more side view at low levels. Great for out here in Deer & Critter country. I would have your headlight alignment checked even if they look close on the garage door. I have used a laser aligner by Hoppy and getting 'em aligned by any machine makes a world of difference. Hope this helps-Dan in WV
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