I live in the western states. Visibility is fifty miles 99% of the time.
All these morons driving around with their "driving" lights on, looking like
they are on bright to an oncoming car. I have these on my truck, and when I
turn them on, all I can see better is ten feet in front of my bumper, and it
lights up the guard rails really good. Trouble is, I like to look farther
ahead than that and very little to the side.
I thought these were for fog conditions, and other driving than fifty mile
visibility clear situations. It's annoying. Am I missing something? Or is
this a "LOOK AT ME EVERYONE. I'VE GOT A SMALL PENIS AND AM COMPENSATING BY
HAVING BIG LIGHTS!"?
If they came stock on your truck they probably suck (sorry Steve) but
there are two different kinds of auxiliary lights, fog lights which are
for use in fog and actually have a shorter/wider beam pattern than the
low beams, and driving lights which are like an uber-high beam. I would
think that in conditions like you describe driving lights would be more
useful, but oncoming traffic also shouldn't be using them when there are
other cars nearby, only under the same conditions that you would use
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It seems a lot of drivers really have no idea what the f' they're doing.
I find the stock halogen 9006/9005 low and high beams on my truck work
just fine under pretty much all on road conditions I've found in the
past 189,000 miles. Where they are inadequate is in off road / dirt road
conditions where a wider beam spread would really help with the sharp
turns you can barely see as you approach them at a whopping 20 MPH.
Sounds like you need to bop down and get the bazillion candlepower lights in
the array of 12 installed right away. They say not to use them near
airports as they blind incoming jets, but should work for your application.
Be careful in forest situations as they give off a lot of heat. Don't
forget to wear 120 sunscreen. And on the highway, too, just for that extra
illumination that you might need to light up every little dark nook and
cranny. Only trouble is, you'll start a trend and everyone will copy you.
But I'll know you were the original.
The worst area was a dirt road in a forest in the Ozarks at about 11pm.
Something like 10 miles of twisty dirt road with sharp no visibility
turns before even getting to the gated off road section and then several
more miles of that. Add trying to watch for low branches due to the
camper on the truck, and watching out for the slippery ditches on the
sides of the road, and a lot more light would have been nice.
Mine sound like what you describe, as they only give more light right in
front of the truck and to the sides. My low beams provide plenty of light,
and the high beams really provide plenty. It is just aggravating when the
car coming towards you has the equivalent of their high beams on. I will
flash my high beams at them, and when they hit their high beams, it is no
brighter or only slightly brighter than what they got on. I'm going to look
at my fogs and see if I can reaim them to help show people what they look
like with their "driving" lights on. A lot of these lights look like
they're improperly aimed, too.
The purpose of DRL (daylight running lights) is not for -your- use
but so that others see you. There are safety programs promoting
altways turning your lights on. I usually do. They are very good at
accomplishing that. The engineer(s) who designed them to use the high
beams need their nether parts removed though.
To add my two cents worth, I think initially running lights to the big
car companies, just meant leaving headlights on all the time. This was
stupid extremely annoying to other drivers and I dreaded having to buy a
car with them. Now my cars have them and they are full time lights
about 1/4 the power of the headlights and do not annoy. No longer have
to turn on lights in tunnels, construction sites, fog or rain.
I should have said " You've got it in one"! I apologise.
Right side of The Pond here.
Despite having done more than 30K miles per annum for many a year, I
have rarely used full beam, whether rural or urban. So much so, that I
would be pleased if full beam was banned.
Yukon Jack? Food or booze? I suspect the latter! I've not tried but
"rural" here must mean something different than it does to you; it gets
DARK and if your own car is the only source of illumination for miles,
you appreciate good high beams.
Now why city buses feel the need to keep them on 24/7, I do not know...
and it's a rare day that I don't see some idiot using them in heavy traffic.
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