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SEVEN SINS IN CONNECTION WITH BULBS

19.
May
2016

You can’t do anything wrong with top brand bulbs – not with the exact right model and an accurate installation.

A broken car bulb is annoying in itself. It is really annoying, however, if the replacement does not fit or otherwise causes problems. The reason may be one of the following errors.

Incorrect type: Some names are similar. For example, there is the widespread H4 headlamp, but the rarer HB4 is quite different. It has a different socket, a different port, and only one filament, while the H4 has two. In short: a purchase of this kind cannot be installed. The situation is similar with signal bulbs for turn signals, brake lights, and taillights: a P5W and W5W cannot be interchanged. So: the name must be one hundred percent correct.

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WHAT DO WIPERS HAVE TO DO WITH LIGHTS?

12.
May
2016

160510_Osram_Blogartikel_Regenstrasse

It seems like only yesterday that we experienced our last frost – meaning that there’s a good chance you still have antifreeze in your windshield washer system. Now that it’s getting warmer, it’s important that you remove it. Why? One reason is the performance of your lights.

Now, most of you may be thinking that we’re talking exclusively about headlight cleaning systems. Your headlight cleaning system may have reacted to the antifreeze over the course of the winter. It’s a smart idea to consider using an extra product for summer because, as the weather warms up, the antifreeze can become more aggressive, causing the coating to deteriorate.

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BASICS: DISTRIBUTION OF LIGHT

26.
Apr
2016
It's where it ends up that counts – light distribution is one of the most important aspects of car lighting.

It’s where it ends up that counts – light distribution is one of the most important aspects of car lighting.

“Distribution of light” is a phrase that regular readers of these blogs will have seen on more than one occasion. It is one of the most important aspects of car lighting.

Many people think that headlights produce a sort of cone of light, but in reality it’s a flat beam. If it was a cone a lot of light would be lost upwards. Nobody needs it there. And dipped beam as a cone makes even less sense because it would produce glare.

Other terms are used in combination with distribution of light including asymmetrical, adaptive and Z characteristics, to name a few. Let’s talk about them today. (more…)

WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT POOR LIGHT FROM HEADLIGHTS?

19.
Apr
2016
There are many causes of poor light from headlights. Four of these though are very frequent.

There are many causes of poor light from headlights. Four of these though are very frequent.

It’s the classic question with automotive light: “Help, my light’s bad! What can I do about it?” A general answer isn’t possible, but how about a counter-question – is it really so bad? After all, it’s not easy to judge the performance of headlights. Most people initially look onto the road directly in front of the car, but is it good if everything’s bright there? Here’s a surprise for many – no, we don’t need much light a few meters in front of the car bonnet. The decisive points lie further than 50 meters and on the right-hand side of the road. Reflector posts during the night are able to offer a certain amount of orientation. The light color also says nothing about the quality of the automotive light, but might merely indicate the technology used. (more…)

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