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    Dark mornings... headlight fails
    on: Oct 19, 2016, 07.46 am
    Oct 19, 2016, 07.46 am
    Too bright. Too blue. Too high. Too few.

    Now that the dark mornings are here, my ride to work is ... interesting. I have a 45 mile journey each way, and I reckon that approximately 1 in 20 oncoming vehicles have some issue or other with their headlights. Badly aligned, far too bright or too blue, and of course the sheer number of vehicles with a missing light.

    I do wish the traffic police would take this seriously, it is dangerous and completely unnecessary - it is so easy to fix, but nobody seems to bother. Is it just me?

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    Re: Dark mornings... headlight fails
    Reply #1 on: Oct 19, 2016, 09.45 am
    Oct 19, 2016, 09.45 am
    Hi Jings, no its not just you. I ride home very late early morning from London to Bishops Stortford via the A10, A120. The number of cars with xenons not aligned properly just amazes me. Also most cars drivers are oblivious of blinding other users on the opposite side of the road by driving with full beam on!!! One on my pet hates!!!!!


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    Re: Dark mornings... headlight fails
    Reply #2 on: Oct 19, 2016, 11.22 am
    Oct 19, 2016, 11.22 am
    Same thing on this side of the pond - it seems to be occurring more often.  :151:
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    Re: Dark mornings... headlight fails
    Reply #3 on: Oct 19, 2016, 11.37 am
    Oct 19, 2016, 11.37 am
    Don't know the reason for other side of the pond but, over here it has to be caused by potholes.

    I've noticed more & more cars around with headlight and tail light bulbs blown.
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    Re: Dark mornings... headlight fails
    Reply #4 on: Oct 19, 2016, 12.13 pm
    Oct 19, 2016, 12.13 pm
    It's a pet hate of mine as well.

    Legal Xenon lights should have automatic adjustment as well as a wash system. This is partly because of the extra brightness, but also because the colour temperature of the light produced is known to affect some of the population, especially older folk. Some of the "Xenon" imitation bulbs might also have the same effect.
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    Re: Dark mornings... headlight fails
    Reply #5 on: Oct 19, 2016, 07.49 pm
    Oct 19, 2016, 07.49 pm
    *Originally Posted by ShaunDW [+]
    It's a pet hate of mine as well.

    Legal Xenon lights should have automatic adjustment as well as a wash system. This is partly because of the extra brightness, but also because the colour temperature of the light produced is known to affect some of the population, especially older folk. Some of the "Xenon" imitation bulbs might also have the same effect.

    Any idea on how the automatic adjustment actually works? The wash system, is that just nozzles that blast water at the glass like my 1990 Astra had?  :002:

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    Re: Dark mornings... headlight fails
    Reply #6 on: Oct 19, 2016, 09.11 pm
    Oct 19, 2016, 09.11 pm
    I do wish the traffic police would take this seriously ....

    Don't get me started, but WHAT Traffic Police ? :725:

    With all the Government cutbacks austerity measures,
    there are a LOT fewer Police patrols out there,
    and if you do happen to see one, they are usually far too busy
    to deal with such relatively trivial matters as a defective headlamp !  :121:

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    Re: Dark mornings... headlight fails
    Reply #7 on: Oct 19, 2016, 09.21 pm
    Oct 19, 2016, 09.21 pm
    *Originally Posted by Coconut [+]
    Don't get me started, but WHAT Traffic Police ? :725:

    With all the Government cutbacks austerity measures,
    there are a LOT fewer Police patrols out there,
    and if you do happen to see one, they are usually far too busy
    to deal with such relatively trivial matters as a defective headlamp !  :121:



    Hear hear, what with cutbacks in the other services and the local councils too, I do wonder what's happening to this country.