LED headlights throw extremely intense light with very little draw on your car’s electrical system. Now that they’re trickling down to the aftermarket, you can buy a simple plug-in “LED retrofit kit” that straight swaps your halogen bulbs. We installed a set to see if that’s actually a good idea.
Self-driving smart cars might still be years away, but the technology that makes them so smart is already benefitting drivers. Ford is currently perfecting a headlight system that uses infra-red cameras to illuminate unexpected curves and hazards on the road ahead that might be invisible to drivers otherwise.
Winter's fast approaching, and with the snowy season dead ahead, it's important that your headlights are as clean and clear as possible to make sure your front bumper doesn't become someone's rear bumper. Here's how to polish and restore hazy headlights the right way.
I suspect we take for granted just how amazing modern headlights are. They’re bright, precise, and each and every car can have ones custom-designed to fit just the right shape. We live in a golden age of light. But some of us remember a much darker time. And I think there’s just one vehicle left that remembers, too.
Less a function of fear than bewilderment; simply put, deer freeze in headlights because they can't see.
I recently learned that Mercedes-Benz, official automaker of drivers who put tissue boxes on the rear shelf, has updated the CLS for the 2015 model year. This is great news, and I invite you all to join me in expressing our collective excitement by asking the following question: They still make the CLS?
Are you one of those selfish pricks who knows there's a speed trap up ahead, but doesn't flash your lights to warn fellow motorists? Well, now you don't have to be. A court ruled that flashing your headlights, even to warn of stealthily hidden law enforcement, is protected speech.
When I was growing up car headlights were pretty boring. They were blocky ovals or rectangles, all made out of the same chunky clear plastic. Now car designers get to play with some of the weirdest headlight shapes since the 1960s, and the new Lexus RC shows that perfectly.
We've done Parking Lot Mechanic before, and that was both great and great fun. But I am no certified mechanic, nor do I have a parking lot, so why not kick back, relax, and watch some movies?
Headlights broken? Just fix them with some plastic you found around the house, you'll be fine.
Further proving the idea that in the future we'll be driving clusters of robots that have grudgingly agreed to drop us off somewhere, Carnegie Mellon University researcher Srinivasa Narasimhan has developed a new smart headlight system that prevents glare in the rain by actively dodging the droplets of water.
Like most car guys, I have a wildly overestimated faith in my car-identification abilities, especially at night. Ever since I was a kid, bouncing around in the luggage well of my dad's '68 Beetle or the family's vast '73 County Squire, I loved trying to identify cars by just their headlight/running light patterns at…
Take a look at the front of your car. If it's a few years old, there's a good chance that those cheap plastic headlamp lenses the manufacturer slapped on there are starting to look as yellow as a heroin addict's teeth.
Normally, I wouldn't want to bring up something of this gravity during the holidays, but I have to take a firm stand on an issue that's been bothering me for a long while. I've sat by long enough and did nothing while wrongs were committed, on greater and greater scales. But no more. Today I make my stand. Here goes:
A new report from Munich reveals that, while Audi was busy trying to shove 300 LEDs into the snout of an A7, BMW's been working on the real future: laser headlights. My cat is going to flip out.
There once was a time when bulb changes didn't require prying headlight housings out from engine bays with easily-broken Ikea-like plastic tabs. Easy access to headlights? Those were the days. [shinyside] Photo Credit: Ian Merritt
Any of the two of you left here on the internet care to take a shot at identifying the car this broke n' busted headlight once belonged to?
Check it out: ChargerForums member Black Bullet (likely an alias) wanted that cool LED halo look on his fogs without going the OEM route. About $150 later: Not bad! Mr. Bullet shares his expertise, as well as pictures, below.