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.
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.
“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…)