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Old 03-14-2019, 07:20 PM   #61
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This is what I am considering.Also plating over hi flashers and removing stock turn signals and removing "BLUEBIRD" from the hood
What kind of headlights are those
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:31 PM   #62
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What kind of headlights are those
Hi Chris Here is the site that I saw them on. Warning prepare for sticker shock https://www.raneystruckparts.com/peterbilt-headlights
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Old 03-14-2019, 09:18 PM   #63
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It amuses me how the term "DOT Approved" is used so frequently, when most of the time the products have not even been tested by any governmental agency. What is usually a more accurate statement is "Certified by the manufacturer to comply with all applicable DOT standards", usually with something cast/printed on the item itself to signify that. It is assumed the manufacturer has done appropriate testing so as to make that certification.
You know, looking at these assemblies it is obvious
that these are not $99 bright lites and the pricepoint being about $600 and are being marketed for replacement lighting on interstate haulers, I am going to believe their claim of DOT compliance. https://www.raneystruckparts.com/pet...with-halo-led/
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Ya..."sticker shock" is a common ailment for just about anyone shopping LED replacement headlights. The 7" round units I am looking at are about $650 bucks for a pair. Really great light and pattern but...yeoowwch!



Of course I could just go with the old style sealed beams for about $8 bucks apiece...
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I am thinking one of these two might be the best option without blinding others....

Truck-Lite (27450C) Headlamp
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007ED7HNY..._0jrrCbXTRGNCV

HELLA 003427811 190 x 132mm Series H4 High/Low Beam
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I think GE sells a version of the first one. The second one has the advantage of being able select the bulb.

Anyone use these?
I have the Truck-Lite's. I'm a pretty big fan of them even if they're not cheap. There are knock off's of them on Amazon too, but I haven't experienced them.
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Ya..."sticker shock" is a common ailment for just about anyone shopping LED replacement headlights. The 7" round units I am looking at are about $650 bucks for a pair. Really great light and pattern but...yeoowwch!



Of course I could just go with the old style sealed beams for about $8 bucks apiece...
What are you looking at that's $650/pair?
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https://www.amazon.com/Vision-X-Ligh...34256623&psc=1




Pretty trick but...
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Not saying they don't have an interesting look, but what makes them worth 2x the cost of a Truck-Lite 27270C? Is there someplace else with actual reviews?
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I did go thru a number of review sites. Turns out there are a dozen or so "brands" that are all the same generic Chinese units that have a less than stellar record. TruckLites is among them. According to both sites, most are not DOT approved. Some say "meets DOT standards" but not "approved". Big difference. I did go to the TL site and the only lighting I could find that claimed to be "street legal" were some lite bar type units (?). Who knows?



Don't know that I will necessarily go with the VisionX, but I do like their light patterns and the fact that you can combine both the Hi & Lo beams together. Course I did live most of my life with three-dollar sealed beams, so...
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Old 03-17-2019, 03:54 PM   #70
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I did go thru a number of review sites. Turns out there are a dozen or so "brands" that are all the same generic Chinese units that have a less than stellar record. TruckLites is among them. According to both sites, most are not DOT approved. Some say "meets DOT standards" but not "approved". Big difference. I did go to the TL site and the only lighting I could find that claimed to be "street legal" were some lite bar type units (?). Who knows?



Don't know that I will necessarily go with the VisionX, but I do like their light patterns and the fact that you can combine both the Hi & Lo beams together. Course I did live most of my life with three-dollar sealed beams, so...
I think perhaps you're confusing the brand names. Truck-Lite is an OEM manufacturer. Rigid Industries are also a sub brand of theirs. The GE LED lights are just rebrands of the Truck-Lites. Also I assume you mean running both high and low bean at the same time? The Truck-Lites I have do that?

This promo video from them talks about it some and why Penske put Truck-Lite on their fleet.
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...I simply don't care that my E-Code lights now are technically illegal, because they are so much better for everyone on the road.
Yes, of course they ARE ILLEGAL!

But I have been running E-Code lights for decades in various cars and trucks and I have NEVER had anyone even ask .... certainly not any police or vehicle inspection people.

By the same token, I've made it a habit to keep an open beer with me while driving and I have also NEVER been pulled over for that either.
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Old 03-18-2019, 12:49 PM   #72
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I think perhaps you're confusing the brand names. Truck-Lite is an OEM manufacturer. Rigid Industries are also a sub brand of theirs. The GE LED lights are just rebrands of the Truck-Lites. Also I assume you mean running both high and low bean at the same time? The Truck-Lites I have do that?

This promo video from them talks about it some and why Penske put Truck-Lite on their fleet.
To follow this up, I looked around a bit more, and found this recent video. If I had 7" round headlights I'd most likely go for the Morimoto Super 7 despite the $500 price tag

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I just saw these headlights on Amazon for a decent price as LEDs go. And they come with a bunch of stuff. They are Dot approved and look like they might have a good cutoff/focus. Of course there only one way to tell.

Headlight Reflector High/Low Beam LED with Bezel Chrome and Corner Turn Signal Light - Driver and Passenger Side (Fit: International 9400 9200 8100 8200 8300 4900 4700 4800 Trucks)

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Let me know if anyone knows anything about these or has an opinion
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led headlites suck in snow because they do not get hot enough to keep snow and ice off them. got them on my freightliner love them when its dry but even in rain they are not as good as the old halogens
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I was driving across western Kansas on US 54 late at night a few weeks ago in my newly acquired bus. It is the kind of place that really tests headlights. Itís dark, itís desolate and itís a 2 Lane Highway with limited shoulders, so you really need to be able to see whatís going on. My impression was that whatever headlights I have, were pretty in adequate to the task of lighting the way, especially in a heavy vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. I was really impressed with some of the lighting I saw on trucks I crossed paths with. They seem to have a combination of really good headlights with auxiliary driving lights. It looked LED lighting to me and seem to be well focused with a really good throw. And I was not blinded as I met them. Iíd love to duplicate that kind of set up on my bus.
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I want some sort of insane, nuclear blast level brightness auxiliary headlights.
I'm the kind of guy who's never had a need for any additional headlights and I honestly prefer the dull warm glow of incandescents. But the last several years I find myself having a hard time driving at night due to the increasingly bright and horrid lights folks are putting on their vehicles. I'd like some 10,000,000,000 power blinders to hit back at em.
I've got some KC style lights facing rearward on my truck with a toggle switch where the radio would be. I've used those on tailgaters with bright lights late at night.
Sucks that lighting has become so "weaponized" but I'm getting tired of being assaulted by the lights of other drivers. It almost seems like its a dick measuring contest to see who can make their headlights as offensive as possible. Lifted diesel trucks with those damn led bars are the worst. Then its the ricer crowd.
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ECB , same feeling here.
Even the later HID lights are to bright for oncoming traffic mot to speak of the led brake light. The red burns into your eyes if your behind someone at a traffic light. It is the same with the size of the vehicle itself. Bigger is safer , yes for you but not for the other. Lights have gone the same way, yes you can see better but everyone is blinded.
i remember years ago there were discussion about white light versus yellow head lights that were better during fog. The yellow was also more pleasant for the opposite traffic.




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The city and county have been replacing the HPS street lights with insanely bright white LED's. No one is happy about it. There's no more darkness, no more night time. My whole yard is illuminated all night and I think its even affecting my sleep pattern.


I think we need some limits on public use of certain levels of bright light. Light pollution affects lots more than folks realize.
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Responsible use of auxiliary driving lights is a real thing. Thatís why they can be switched on and off as needed. When you are driving across some of the more desolate places it is great to have the extra capacity.
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The city and county have been replacing the HPS street lights with insanely bright white LED's. No one is happy about it. There's no more darkness, no more night time. My whole yard is illuminated all night and I think its even affecting my sleep pattern.


I think we need some limits on public use of certain levels of bright light. Light pollution affects lots more than folks realize.
Have you considered target practice?
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