Join Date: Jul 2015
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And if the car coming the other way is dazzled by non-compliant lights, the LED equiped driver may get a great view of the car that crashes into them.
Lighting is a trade off between seeing better without impacting upon others.
Anytime when driving on a two-lane two-way road with the sun low behind and the vision out front is glorious, remember the car coming towards is staring straight into the sun and can't see much at all.
The lighting Arms Race will not serve us well. Only Manufacturer's well engineered and checked, modern adaptive lighting lighting offers real benefits, but that means buying a new car.
The effective filament position of LED bulbs does not reproduce that of the original bulbs, and as such in the very finely designed reflector, light will be projected not in the designed pattern, for sure.
Older drivers, any one over 50, are increasingly affected by glare as they age, that impares perception, so dazzling oncoming headlights is really dangerous.
The reason replacement headlights are not approved, and fail annual roadworthy checks, is because of this, not because "they" are out to spoil others fun.
Yet they are sold here marked " not certified", well what are people going to do with then, if not fit them illegaly to cars?
LED brake lights, that's another case altogether, because they light up so fast they give more warning to following drivers, at 100kph, even 1/10 second is 2.7 m more braking distance available.