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Re: There is anotehr way without spending any $$$ (archive)

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Posted by EG on October 27, 2000 at 13:41:44:

In Reply to: There is anotehr way without spending any $$$ posted by Tiger on October 26, 2000 at 22:17:35:

The last way to get more light without spending any money is to aim your high beam headlight lower so it only shine up in front of the car... it works and doesn't bother oncoming cars.

Thanks for your suggestion, but I think this is a ridiculous idea -- you can't possibly be serious. Do you actually do this? Don't you get flashed constantly by oncoming cars?

FYI: I'm not sure about the ellipsoids, but most other outer lamps are not just low beam all the time -- they have a high beam mode too. That is, their beam pattern changes to a high beam pattern itself when switched to high beam mode. So, with your solution, you would also have to reaim your lows as well to avoid hitting oncoming traffic with your outer high beams.

Even though we call them low and high beams, they are not the same lights. Their bulbs, lenses, and consequently, their light output is designed to support diffent lighting demands. The difference is not just whether they are aimed high or low. Even though the current light outputs and beam patterns may not be perfect, they have evolved to be able to handle most circumstances.

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