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Aftermarket HID or LED headlights on new cars?

I'm looking at a new car purchase and have noticed that the "better" headlights (HID or LED) are typically only available on the highest trim level or with an options package that includes a bunch of other features that I'm a lot less interested in. What should I know about doing an aftermarket install of HID or LED headlights on a new car purchase in the US? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on May 4, 2016 - 5 answers

Enlighten me on HID / Xenon Headlights in California

Are HID / Xenon headlights legal in california and if so what are the restrictions? [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Mar 7, 2016 - 2 answers

Why were car headlights ever designed to stay on when the key's removed?

This seems to be changing somewhat these days. I see a lot of models these days that shut them off, but still every day I get messages from an admin at work telling people that their lights are on in the parking lot. This has been killing batteries for nearly a century now. Is there a good reason for what seems to be a design flaw?
posted by basehead on Nov 30, 2015 - 18 answers

Advice on brighter car headlights?

I just replaced my 1995 300zx turbo's burned-out headlights with some cheap factory 9006 bulbs and can barely see anything at night. I don't want to get HIDs but would like to find a headlight that actually illuminates the road and makes driving safer. I've narrowed it down to three options: Philips X-treme Vision, Philips HIR2 9012, or Sylvania SilverStar Ultra (which I may rule out, because apparently they burn out really quickly). Does anyone have any advice on these, or any other suggestions? I do plan to clean out the headlights as well, if there's anything to clean out.
posted by roxie110 on Feb 25, 2015 - 6 answers

There is a headlight that always goes out

I have a 2010 (Gen III) Prius, pretty much bottom-of-the line, purchased in July of 2013 (a year and a half ago). I've had 3 headlights burn out during that time. Is it me, or it? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Jan 6, 2015 - 18 answers

Turn on your lovelight! Headlight problem

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot with 150,000 miles. I have a problem with the headlights. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Nov 25, 2014 - 3 answers

Let me talk to you about my huge breasts...

I started logging my body measurements for weight loss and soon realised just how insane my boobs swell during PMS - care to share relief suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Apr 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Dynamic / adaptive headlights: do they help me see where I am going and not what I'm missing?

Car-filter: how useful are dynamic / adaptive headlights (the ones that swivel when you turn)? Why do they appear to be going out of fashion? [more inside]
posted by meowzilla on Dec 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Explain car lights to me

Which car lights should I use when? On different cars: How do I select them? How do I know which ones are on? [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Sep 3, 2012 - 28 answers

Lights Out for Safety? I Think Not!

Why are my neighbors turning off their car's headlights before they pull into their driveways? [more inside]
posted by Hanuman1960 on Aug 8, 2012 - 25 answers

Looking for LED Headlights for my 2007 Audi A4

I have a 2007 Audi A4 and I would like to replace my factory headlights with led headlights like those found on newer modals. Anyone know the how best to go about doing this or where online I could find these for purchase? A picture of the headlights I'm looking for.
posted by MediaJunkie on Jun 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Car Headlight problem

I have a 2006 V6 Sonata, last night I was driving and when using my high beam headlights they would stay bright and then dim then brighten up again all along my hour long drive. The headlights did not do this on regular beam (no dimming on this setting). The battery has not been replaced since I have had this car, but I didn't know if it could be the battery, alternator, headlights or something else entirely?
posted by sandyp on Apr 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Headlights won't turn on, any ideas?

Headlights won't turn on, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters on Oct 21, 2009 - 16 answers

Why are my headlights blinking off while driving?

The headlights on my 2004 Dodge Durango randomly blink out for a few seconds while I'm driving. As you can imagine, this is a bit unnerving, not to mention dangerous, on a dark road at night. It is not consistent. It may happen a few times one night, then not again for a week. I do not have the automatic headlight feature. It does not seem to be connected to using the brakes, or turn signals, or anything like that. It's not even connected to moving as it has happened while the truck is not in motion. The 2nd generation Durango's do not have a headlight relay, which was my first thought on a part to check. The lights are apparently digitally controlled. I took it into the dealer and of course, the damn lights wouldn't act up there and the on board computer is not reporting any error codes, so the dealer didn't do anything but overcharge me for an oil change and tire rotation. I'm worried the lights will go out for good at a very inopportune time, like on one of our two trips in the next month. Has anybody had this problem, or have a guess as to where I should be looking for the cause?
posted by COD on Oct 16, 2009 - 8 answers

2001 Corolla, Fog Lights Always On

My 2001 Toyota Corolla has spontaneously developed a problem: the front and rear fog lights never turn off, even when the key is out of the ignition. A good mechanic was recommended to me, but he won't be able to see me for several weeks. He warned me to expect to spend $200 minimum. Is there anything I can do in the meantime to try to solve this myself? [more inside]
posted by churl on Jul 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Aztek Battery Woes

What is draining the battery in my 2001 Pontiac Aztek? [more inside]
posted by soelo on Jul 1, 2009 - 14 answers

My car's headlights have a problem!

What is going on with the headlights in my Dodge Neon? [more inside]
posted by longsleeves on Feb 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Should my wife wear her sunglasses at night?

What can be done to stop or minimize the occurrence of headaches due to oncoming headlights? [more inside]
posted by cptspalding on Feb 5, 2009 - 9 answers

Turn out the lights

I've recently become aware that my headlights are always on and I can't turn them off if the car is on. How big of a problem do I have? [more inside]
posted by jmchrist on Jan 23, 2009 - 20 answers

Is that a UFO or just some guy in a BMW?

I've noticed that many cars seem to have headlights that change colour depending on angle. Is this deliberate or unintentional, and how do I avoid buying bulbs that do this? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Your headlights are on

Why was the U.S. so late in dropping incandescent sealed beam headlights on cars in favor of composite headlights (which feature separate bulb and lens). [more inside]
posted by punkfloyd on Feb 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Leaving Car Headlights On

How can I create a low-tech way to remind my daughter to turn the lights off in her car? [more inside]
posted by GregWithLime on Nov 22, 2007 - 43 answers

I can't see!!!

How do I replace my headlight bulbs on my 2002 Cavalier? [more inside]
posted by northernsoul on Jun 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Where's my future-car?

It seems that taillights have evolved rather radically from their humble origins, now featuring LED configurations spanning cars' entire back ends. Why hasn't this kind of innovation been seen with headlights? [more inside]
posted by limeonaire on Nov 25, 2006 - 15 answers

Headlight vocabulary?

What are common courtesy signals for driving at night on highways? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Nov 13, 2006 - 27 answers

Shed some light?

Help me replace the driver's side headlight on my 1996 Toyota Corolla! [more inside]
posted by brina on Apr 28, 2006 - 10 answers

What are the three bumps on headlight lenses?

What's the deal with the three rounded-cone-shaped bumps on the exterior surface of plastic headlight covers [lenses?]? (The grid-patterned kind of headlight lenses, not the new superbright ones.) [more inside]
posted by michaelkuznet on Jun 2, 2005 - 10 answers

Blacklight and Beemers

A while ago, BMW started playing with UV / blacklight bulbs in its cars. What happened? [possibly UK-centric question] [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Apr 1, 2005 - 8 answers

Can I replace dashboard light bulbs on a '97 Ford Windstar myself?

Can I replace dashboard light bulbs on a '97 Ford Windstar myself? If so, how? [more inside]
posted by DevilsAdvocate on Oct 14, 2004 - 4 answers

How to fix the headlights on my '72 Volvo ASAP?

My headlights are out! [M to the Izzo] [more inside]
posted by nicwolff on Aug 28, 2004 - 10 answers

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