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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old Jul 16th, 19, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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I'm curious what headlights you guys use to keep up with the HID and LED lights all the late model cars run. I'll tell you my secret, I'm just wondering about everyone else...
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Re: Bright Headlights

I don't drive The 'Bu much after dark, but when I do I use a set of HD Reproduction T3 Headlamps. Plenty bright for my needs (much brighter than stockers, but not super duper blinding light). No mods needed, they plug right in.

https://www.ss396.com/chevelle/LHT-T3-HI.html
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Re: Bright Headlights

Do with wiring harness with relay mod and you'll see an immediate difference.

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Re: Bright Headlights

I run Halogen sealed beams through relays. Battery power direct to the lights, the switch turns the relays on or off. I live 30 miles from town, no street lights, not many houses and I can see as good at night as when driving my 07 Silverado or the wife's 06 Buick Lucerne.

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post #5 of 41 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 19, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Ok maybe I'm a bit more serious than you guys. I've always been a huge fan of H4's (motorcycle lights) because of the way the lens is cut and I can change the bulbs separately. Stock the average older type lights are 60/55 watt high/low beams. I'd always get replacement 100/55 bulbs so I had a serious set of high beams even though the low beam was stock mediocre. With the advent of HID and LED lights, I decided it was time to fight fire with a flame thrower. You can also get (off-road) 130/90 watt bulbs which let the new cars know you're VERY serious! I've run these in my '49 Chevy pickup for awhile and to say I can see well at night is an absolute understatement. The low beams are awesome (just make sure to adjust them down just a tiny bit so as not to blind oncoming traffic) and the high beams will give a good case of sunburn for those too stubborn to turn their high beams down. Just because I love 50+ year old cars, doesn't mean I have to settle for 50 year old technology...
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Re: Bright Headlights

Personally I don't care about latest tech, my stock T3's are bright enough for me to see even with my 61y/o eyes. I'd rather spend money on other things.

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Re: Bright Headlights

Halogens and the relay headlight upgrade. I despise the color and glare created by the led retofit kits. All they do is blind oncoming drivers.
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post #8 of 41 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 19, 1:05 AM Thread Starter
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Mine are halogen and very basic...
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post #9 of 41 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 19, 9:03 AM
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Re: Bright Headlights

I run Cibie E code H4ís with city lights (low/high) and Hella/BMW E code H1 (high) housings. Very sharp cutoff pattern. Housing optics make or break a headlamp. Running H4 55/60 Flosser +50ís and H1 55w Flosser +50ís.
Also running the usual relays for full power.

No need to run higher wattage lamps if you have good optics in the housing.

Nothing is more irritating than when some goober stuffs high wattage or hid lamps in inferior housings and blinds oncoming traffic.
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Re: Bright Headlights

I agree with Philip: My 70 has Halogen, Highs & Lows and I use Battery voltage Via. Relays. My 1970 driver headlights at night are as good as my 2010 Silverado. ( P.S.--And it LOOKS 100% STOCK.)
Another advantage using $10.00 - $15.00 for 2 relays and some shop wire. GEE ,,BUBBA...LOOK,, The Dash lights at night are WAY brighter...
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P.S. My 70 Wagon sees a lot of nightime driving. I have driven it over 39.000 miles since I built it. Halogens on relays,,,,, Is the KATZ MEOW !
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post #11 of 41 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 19, 11:26 AM
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Relay mod for $30 and 15 minute install time made a huge difference on my 66 👍
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post #12 of 41 (permalink) Old Jul 18th, 19, 6:55 AM
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Re: Bright Headlights

Can anyone link us to the relay kit @ Summit? I have anew AAW lighting harness going in, might as well relay the lamps while I'm at it.

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Quick question. Upgrading my lighting was my plan for my 67 Chevelle restoration. I recently read a thread hear about using modified BMW headlamps in a 70 Chevelle. That mod necessitated the headlamp buckets and radiator core support be heavily modified to fit the huge BMW lamps. Thatís something Im unwilling to do.

Do the above mentioned options drop right in, with the addition of relays, to function properly? I donít want to blind on coming traffic or take a step backwards in lighting.

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Can anyone link us to the relay kit @ Summit? I have anew AAW lighting harness going in, might as well relay the lamps while I'm at it.
Gene a kit is not needed, just a pair of relays wired in between the switch and the lamps.
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Quick question.

Do the above mentioned options drop right in, with the addition of relays, to function properly? I donít want to blind on coming traffic or take a step backwards in lighting.

Joe
Joe no modification to the car, just the wiring. Halogen sealed beams fit just like the original lamps.
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Re: Bright Headlights

Here are a couple examples of how to do the halogen/relay upgrade:

https://www.chevellestuff.net/tech/h...s_w_relays.htm

https://www.danielsternlighting.com/...ys/relays.html

I'd rather buy something plug & play since wiring is FAR from my strong suit.
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