Increasingly bright car headlights?

We compared the LED lighting systems of six SUVs, and the results were clear: LED consistently provides better visibility. But what are the experiences of our Facebook users? Feel blinded by car headlights getting brighter and brighter? And what are the favorites in the community: halogen, xenon, LED or laser?

Our Facebook post on glaring car headlights reached over 160.000 people and triggered great interest. The many reactions, comments and shared content show that this problem affects many drivers and sometimes also causes great annoyance.

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More consideration

Many of our users wish for more Consideration of the other road users. For example, drivers should not blindly rely on the automatic dimming system of newer models and should turn off the high beams in time, even when manually controlled, so as not to obstruct oncoming traffic.

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Often, however, the glare caused by headlights is not only due to the nature of the lamps, but also to the behavior of the motorist. The community would like to see every motorist periodically check the Correct alignment who checks the headlights, does not rely solely on the high beam assistant and, above all, only uses the fog lights when necessary.

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In order not to dazzle other road users, the rear lamps should also be Fog light as well as the rear fog light should be switched on only in case of considerable obstruction of visibility due to rain, fog or snowfall. The following applies to the rear fog light: Only use it when visibility is below 50 meters to prevent the risk of dazzling.

Problem brake light?

Many see the problem, however, not only in the front headlights. Also the brake lights are perceived by users to be increasingly bright. The bright light is an extreme hindrance for many drivers, especially on busy roads.

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The technical requirements for combination rear lamps are standardized, z.B. Arrangement, geometric visibility, circuitry. How these standards are achieved is in principle left up to the manufacturers. However, the ADAC rear lamp test shows that a LED taillight objectively not more dazzling than an incandescent lamp. The complaints about more glare are therefore either due to the design and luminous intensity of the combination rear lamps or to subjective perception. With appropriate optics design and small light emission surfaces, the luminance is very high. This can create the impression of glare without lowering the actual visual performance.

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Well it’s like always, if you rely on the manufacturers, and then it still the possibly aggressive and anyway reckless drivers of SUV home, then the “others” are just blinded. It doesn’t matter, the main thing is that the person in the expensive big car sees something. This goes on soooo long, until after serious accidents once again comes a “legal” regulation. The GERMAN is of itself not in a position to be modest, to take back, always “oops now I come”
But this is a social problem, the selfishness and the inconsiderateness have increased in the last years. And today’s new models, what they can do everything …. (and what they can’t do) have already become a weapon on the track. Unfortunately, take the rag away from them, the judges should not be so cowardly, and the “conscience” at the latest with the first repetition the rag away for a long time, who can not handle the car, uses it like a weapon, is the not carakterlich unsuitable for driving motor vehicles ?

Good evening all. Wanted me also like times to the topic especially since here yes also SUV were tested. I see mostly another problem which is unfortunately sellten addressed or l. Perhaps also only not at all attentively was made and namely that also the height of the headlight at the vehicle an important role with the “glare factor” plays and/or. It should be noted. It’s nice that the SUV is becoming more popular and its lighting is getting better and brighter but this even with properly adjusted headlights at every traffic light his front in smaller and deeper vehicles shines directly into the eyes slowly really annoying. By the high of the headlights and by the rear view mirrors the light is reflected directly into the eyes. There helps mostly also no dimming of the inside mirror more there the SUVs are also mostly wider and the light thereby also by the side mirrors directly into the interior is reflected. The effect is the same if not even more intense than if you are dazzled from the front. And last but not least, people honk their horns in annoyance when they don’t see the green light right away. If it were up to my personal opinion, there should be a minimum height for headlights as well as a maximum height.

Just maybe as food for thought.
Have a nice weekend and come well and safely through the dark season.

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