Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:50 pm

There has also been some discussion about replacement cheap ass aftermarket headlamps imported from China and Taiwan.

They do not meet the federal specs for focusing the beam and directing the beam correctly.

And yes, I had installed them on customer's vehicles. Tried to aim them with my photo aimer and they would not aim. And would not meet the brightness test either.

Rick 386
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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:32 pm

Good point Rick. I ordered a set of cheapo headlight lenses for my Grand Marquis last winter. I reused the adjusters from the OEM housings, and the beams weren't even close! I was able to get them in a reasonable pattern, but it was easy to see that the factory lenses did a better job of focusing the light in the proper pattern.

As for the high-output bulbs, I recommend checking the voltage at the bulb before you replace anything. Often the voltage drop through the factory harness and switch is responsible for the reduced output...in that case a relay kit to supply full-voltage from the battery will help considerably.
Rob R.
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