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Old 12-03-2009, 12:23 PM   post #1 of 97
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---Or are they getting BRIGHTER with every passing year!...maybe its because it seems REAL dark this time of the year,but man--I go for a drive at night and within 15 minutes ,I get a migraine from the cars headlamps coming at me the other way,or behind me..and those new LED tail lights KILL my eyes,I can see them long after the car has dissapeared,like a ghostly image of them..

I also HATE those aftermarket "purple" headlamps,but even bone stock ones in late model cars seem way too bright for me..many people here seem to think its nessasary to put 500,000 watt "driving lights"on their SUVs (or they come factory with them) and insist on leaving them on all the time too--I suspect 80% of the cars coming at me or up behind me have their HI BEAMS on too,and they never dim them..but more than once when I flashed MY high beams,I found out they only had their LOW beams on!....

I cringe whenever I come upon a state cop on the highway that has his blue lights on now--I dont know what they are thinking,but the new cruisers have a huge display of flashing LED's with an amber arrow AND the trillion candlepower blue flashing ones,that fry my retinas,by the time I get up to the cruiser I'm just about stone blind,and cant see for crap for the next 5 miles..I bet those lights cause more accidents than they'll ever prevent!..

Anyone else here thing lights on vehicles are getting TOO bright??..I am staying homme as much as possible after dark now,I hate night driving!..
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Old 12-03-2009, 01:18 PM   post #3 of 97
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Have you had your eyes checked lately? Could be Glaucoma.
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Old 12-03-2009, 02:06 PM   post #4 of 97
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You don't need your eyes checked.
Yes, they are getting brighter. The new high intensity bulbs are just ridiculously bright. I can't stand it.
When I drove my 66' impala SS daily (20 years ago), I had four halogens, which I'd blast on high, when someone hit me with high beams...thought that taught em a lesson....but todays bulbs, are blinding.
Where I live, the woods are so dense, it seems like dusk in the middle of day. When I'm driving, at night, it's pitch black, moon out or not.
When I come around a bend, and a new, say...Beemer is coming towards me, I have to pull over.
Something should be done about that legally.
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Old 12-03-2009, 03:51 PM   post #5 of 97
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Great thread Tractor-holic.
I couldn't agree more,Im 34,my eyesight is fine,
but at night I cant see squat,not from darkness from being blinded
from other vehicles.I too sometimes get headaches or aches from
squinting my eyes.Believe it or not I wear sunglasses sometimes for night
driving,works great.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:34 PM   post #6 of 97
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I HATE THOSE PEOPLE they use HID light. http://www.hidstores.com/


They BLIND me while I drive. I wish I could crash them and blame them because light blind me.


Plus they give me headache when those light beam though my eye.


WORST GM must have dumb idea to use Led light on brake light it hurt my eye at night time.
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Old 12-03-2009, 04:43 PM   post #7 of 97
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Yeh, They are gettting brighter. Those LED brake lights hurt when you are stopped behind one at a traffic light. Then it takes a while the burned-in image to go away and for your eyes to get readjusted.

There should be a limit to how bright these lights should be.

And those aftermarket colored headlights are annoying. Pink, purple and blue. Who came up with this stuff? Is it supposed to look cool?
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:11 PM   post #8 of 97
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Boy you guys would HATE ME....

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My headlamps are properly aimed and they are projectors, I don't get high beamed very often, in fact in two years? Maybe twice and I assume that was by people who just can't accept that HID is the way to go.. So I was more than gracious enough to flash them back with my 55 Watt Sylvania Silver Star Ultra high beams and show them that I did not have my High Beams on.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:32 PM   post #9 of 97
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I replaced the factory bulbs with Silverstars on my 2 trucks and my car. I have gotten flashed a couple times with my trucks, but not often enough to think its a real problem. Yes, they are brighter than the factory bulbs, and if they blind you, but I live out in the country and its infested with deer that like to step, run, or jump out in front of you. I even done a mod on all three so that when the high beams are on, the low beams stay on two, makes a world of difference!!

I also have LED taillights on one truck and all three of my trailers. Now thats just a safety thing there. So much better to be seen during the day.
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Old 12-03-2009, 05:36 PM   post #10 of 97
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I find they're (head lights that is, LED tail lights are fine by me) even worse to deal with on dark rainy nights. My eyes are still 20/20 but my depth perception isn't as good as it used to be. That being said I try not to be out driving in that situation. If the harsh lights themselves don't blind me , the reflections off the wet pavement do. I'm for a limit to how bright lights need to be and I think those colored lights are absurd. Wasn't it red taillights and running lights and yellow front directional and marker lights. I don't understand how the colored ones are legal. Gosh I feel old....
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I'm pretty sure drivers exams in all 50 explain how you are supposed to drive at night. I know in PA the exam said you are to look at the outside edge of the road (lines) when you see an oncoming car at night and if there is no line to go by then you should look at the lane divider lines.

You shouldn't be "looking" at the headlights of an oncoming car because it has a negative impact on your night vision.

Hate to state the obvious, but that's how the driving manual says you should do it..

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Red, Amber, Yellow, White are the "legal" colors and there are rules for how and where they are to be used. For example red on the front of a vehicle is illegal because sheeple might mistake it for brake lights. And lights are not allowed to strobe unless it's an emergency vehicle.

Any colors other than listed above are technically illegal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1_pKcIRx6Y

^ I am legally allowed to run my white halo's day or night, but strobeing them and running the red's on the road is illegal. Check the video to see what I'm talking about.

3:10 seconds, good way to go to Jail!
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Even worse are the people who think they look cool by driving with only their parking lights on. Must be too lazy to twist the knob a bit further.
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Even worse are the people who think they look cool by driving with only their parking lights on. Must be too lazy to twist the knob a bit further.
Woops guilty of that too... It's called driver visability... (you mean during the day, right?) I drive with at least my parking lights on at all times. I have to, because most of the idiots on the road are far too busy in deep conversation on their cell phones and simply couldn't be bothered to actually DRIVE....
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I blame it on fat america! lol Too much junk in everybody's trunk means the rear end of the car sags and the headlights go up towards the sky (or at least towards oncoming traffic)!

Seriously though, I have the same problem and my eyes are fine. Its bad enough for me on my bike (bikes sit lower than cars) at night that I'll ride with lightly shaded riding glasses on. They help me keep my eyes adjusted after passing bright headlights. I can't stand when people leave their fog lights on. Actually, it is illegal, but no one ever gets in trouble for it. Headlights are bad enough without two additional lights comming at ya. I also hate the bright turn signals that some cars have these days. Bright brake lights are hard to look at, but a bright blinking light can kill ya at an intersection.

There are two fixes for people with this problem....
1) get sunglasses or tint your front window
2) get a taller truck!

My truck may only be be two wheel drive, and therefore not really worth lifting, but she's a 1 ton. Now, for those people out there who are proud of those bright bulbs in their car, just think how I'll be laughing if your bright lights blind me and I wipe your car out cause I cross the center line. Sure, it may hurt my baby, but those bright lights won't help you push a wheel chair.

Nah, thats just a little too mean, but I get so sick of people these days. Seriously, what kinda person gets a kick out of perposely brightening their headlight bulbs and blinding other people.
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---Or are they getting BRIGHTER with every passing year!...maybe its because it seems REAL dark this time of the year,but man--I go for a drive at night and within 15 minutes ,I get a migraine from the cars headlamps coming at me the other way,or behind me..and those new LED tail lights KILL my eyes,I can see them long after the car has dissapeared,like a ghostly image of them..

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Anyone else here thing lights on vehicles are getting TOO bright??..I am staying homme as much as possible after dark now,I hate night driving!..
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