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Old 05-20-2018, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hey guys...Did a search on this topic with no luck

Maybe someone can help me out.

When I first drove my bus home (1996 TC2000 Flat Nose) everything was OK until it got dark out. Man!!! I couldnt see a thing. Headlights worked, but they didnt........

I need to install some great headlights, something that will light up the road in front of me.

Anyone have similar bus that can head me in the right direction? Thanks!
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Old 05-20-2018, 06:13 PM   #2
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I installed these on my bus - I am not sure if you have the same lights - but it greatly helped.

https://www.amazon.com/Rectangular-H...bus+headlights
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:00 PM   #3
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I installed these on my bus - I am not sure if you have the same lights - but it greatly helped.

https://www.amazon.com/Rectangular-H...bus+headlights
Second that......Roger recommended these to me and they work fantastically well.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:19 PM   #4
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One question I have about LED headlights is how good their low beam vertical cutoff is (assuming they even have any cutoff at all). Do those LED lights from Amazon meet legal requirements for beam control (which for US headlights is laughably lax), or do they just spew all their light out in all directions? One simple test of the lights themselves, or of their aiming when installed, is to stand in front of them and drop down to a crouch that puts your eyes at the same height above the road as an approaching car driver's eyes. While crouching down, there should be a clearly defined transition from blindingly bright to comfortably bright at the correct low-beam cutoff point. If they are blindingly bright all the way to road level, they WILL glare and dazzle all oncoming car drivers, including any LEOs who just happen to be approaching you. And if that happens, you deserve whatever ticket you're given.

Daniel Stern has some wise words to say about vehicle headlights - it's well worth an hour or two of time to read what he has to say on his very informative website: https://www.danielsternlighting.com/

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Old 05-20-2018, 07:22 PM   #5
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I have been driving with them since October - and I am pretty sure that I passed many Law Enforcement Officers. I have not had any questions or reactions from any cars coming toward my bus.
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Thank you.....Will be taking a look at you're recommendations today.
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Referring back to my post a few days ago, this morning while driving to work I saw a Jeep with LED headlights very similar to those in the Amazon ad. They were uncomfortably, actually painfully, bright - they dazzled and glared much worse than those idiotic blue headlights so loved by the wannabe-racer crowd. The Jeep's lights had no obvious way to dim them, i.e. they are on high beam all the time they are on. And exactly how would one dim or lower the output pattern of single or multiple LED emitters anyway? LEDs produce only one source of light, unlike dual-filament incandescent lamps, and they do not have a solenoid-actuated shutter in front of the reflector or projector to produce a low beam like my car has (it has the crispest and most accurate low-beam vertical cutoff of any headlights I have ever used or seen). So, the LED headlights that seemingly everyone now is having wetties over are A) obviously illegal, B) deliberately able to blind and dazzle all other oncoming drivers, C) probably useless at actually putting sufficient light far enough down the road to avoid accidents at anything much over urban speeds, and D) likely to be crap quality if they're made in China without needing to comply with any statutory requirements. In other words, they're bloody useless.

PLEASE use proper headlights, if only for the sake of everybody else on the road. Keep the gimmicks and toys for off-road use only. Driving is a social experience, and we all have to be cognizant of and courteous to everyone else on the road.

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I get the impression that some people forget they need to aim their headlights after they install them.

My LED lights are great. I posted about them somewhere with photos of before/after...
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I have a dual headlight on my motorcycle.

Both lights have LEDs in them. There are four leds per bulb arranged in a diagonal pattern. On low beam they light the top two using only the upper part of the reflector and on high beam all four light up.

Cut-off is fine, no one ever flashes me.

It can be done, you just have to choose carefully.
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My LEDs only have the top row on when on low beams and then all lights on when high beam. They work very well.

They certainly are not blinding - I have seen some people keeping them on high all the time - but letís blame the people not the lights



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I have a dual headlight on my motorcycle.



Both lights have LEDs in them. There are four leds per bulb arranged in a diagonal pattern. On low beam they light the top two using only the upper part of the reflector and on high beam all four light up.



Cut-off is fine, no one ever flashes me.



It can be done, you just have to choose carefully.


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