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Old 08-11-2016, 03:04 PM   #11
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I agree with Kenny Custom. We've had DRL in Canada for about 20 years. Saves a lot of lives.

Remember that there is a safety effect on drivers of the vehicle other than the one who chooses whether or not to have the DRL on. We get a few American cars on our roads, and it is always a little scary when deciding when to pass on a 2-lane road. If there is a vehicle without DRL, it is harder to judge its distance or even find that it is there.

They are well proven to save lives. I believe that they had a bigger safety effect than the much more expensive airbags that the US mandated at about the same time.

DRL run at lower intensity and I've never noticed a glare problem. The manufacturers typically run the two high beams in series for the DRL effect, which lowers the light output. The high beams aren't the ones to burn out first in my experience.
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Old 08-11-2016, 03:20 PM   #12
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I'm asking for technical advice and not insurance data. This is the second time I've seen the headlamp topic hijacked by Canadians and their DRL positions. Not that I should owe you this explanation, but I have other lights on the front of the coach that come on whenever the engine is running.

I'd like to hear from members who have changed the halogen bulbs out of their Hella oval shaped headlamps to something brighter and more modern in appearance.

Please stop with the political and motor vehicle law preference discussions on this thread.

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Old 08-11-2016, 04:27 PM   #13
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LEDs are brighter, no doubt, but in most cases they do not throw the light far enough down the road due to the fact the light housing was not designed for LED (or even HID) bulbs and the reflector in the housing plays a large part in getting the light down the road.

I converted my H3, before I sold it to LED bulbs, and was highly disappointed.

Look at them straight on could fry you eye, but when driving on dark roads they just were not that good. And I'm talking primarily off-road dirt roads, not interstate traveling. My opinion is they were not safe for interstate driving due to the lack of distance the light was thrown out in front of the vehicle at high speeds.

Same problem with HID conversions for those I know who converted to HID bulbs. Plus LEDs have some large heat sinks or even small fans to keep the LED cool

Supposedly they will last longer, so they say. Not sure, sold the H3.
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:28 PM   #14
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Has anyone replaced the standard bulbs in the halogen headlights on their 2008 or 2009 Berk with LED bulbs? My 2009 has 4 oval Hella lamps. Any recommendations or regrets?
OK, the site team has cleaned up some off topic and rude posts here. The OP is asking for recommendations on headlamps as quoted above. Please keep your answers pertaining to the topic question asked, and not try to bait others either into an off-topic discussion.
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The computer-designed headlight reflectors that have been installed in new vehicles for the past 15 years or so are very critical in EXACT positioning of the bulb's filament in order to give optimum performance. The LED bulb replacements in particular tend to emit light at different positions than the original halogen bulbs. This causes poor beam formation.

A number of friends have tried them in motorcycle applications and have been disappointed. If you check the reviews of popular conversion kits on Amazon, you will find the same remarks.

That said, there are a number of LED AUXILIARY light designs that work very well.
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The computer-designed headlight reflectors that have been installed in new vehicles for the past 15 years or so are very critical in EXACT positioning of the bulb's filament in order to give optimum performance. The LED bulb replacements in particular tend to emit light at different positions than the original halogen bulbs. This causes poor beam formation.

A number of friends have tried them in motorcycle applications and have been disappointed. If you check the reviews of popular conversion kits on Amazon, you will find the same remarks.

That said, there are a number of LED AUXILIARY light designs that work very well.
I agree.
If you look at an incandescent bulb it is omnidirectional, while a LED is more directional. That might be the main problem.
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