Do chrome headlight half-covers reduce your headlight effectiveness much? - Chevelle Tech
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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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After seeing a red 69 Chevelle on the cover of a recent HotRod magazine I have considered getting some of these. I wonder if someone could tell me how much they effect headlight performance.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 11:18 AM
 
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Not trying to be a smart ass, I swear, but I would assume it would cut your light in half. Grab a flashlight and cover half of it with your hand. Same effect I would think. I thought these were removed at night anyway, no?

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 12:30 PM
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i dont think they are suposed to be removed at night. i dont know for sure but i think the light is not decreased because it is reflected back and focused out the bottom of the bulb. i am not speaking out of experience here, so let me make that clear. i am planning on using them on my 70 super wagon though. i think it might make for a more focused beam and it makes a great rock guard for at least half the bulb!

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 1:02 PM
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I heard that some people used them so that they could run their high beams all the time so they don't blind anyone.
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 1:08 PM
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so, they put the covers on and block half the bulb so they can drive around with their high beams on? this accomplishes what, exactly?

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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 1:10 PM
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along the same line as this thread, i once new a guy who had a late 80's IROC that complained to me one time about how he could bareley see where he was going at night, and asked if i'd look at it. took me about 2 seconds to look at it and tell him to take off the dark smoke-tinted headlight covers. he did, and it made a "night and day" difference, so to speak.

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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 2:24 PM
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Those things were on my 70 when i first got it- FORGET ABOUT DRIVING AT NIGHT WITH THEM.
While they do allow a little bit of light out the bottom of the light, you really don't have enough to drive with...

Also- When i finnaly did take them out- The headlight retaining ring had been streched out by them- and all my headlights were loose- I had to buy new rings for them to be tight again.



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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 2:55 PM
 
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i have them and i need to drive with the high beams on. i get a lot of compliments, too.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 3:57 PM
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Ive got em on both of my Chevelles and I like em.I think they add a touch of class not that Chevelles arent oozing class already!
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 4:46 PM
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They were on my car when I bought it and in the trash by the end of the day. No offense to those who like them, but I think they look like crap and serve no purpose.

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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 4:53 PM
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I have them on 2 of my vehicles and didn't notice any difference. They are supposed to stay on all the time.

I have heard that you can use your highs all the time too.



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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 8:30 PM
 
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You can use your highs because it blocks the light that would shine up into the eyes of oncoming drivers.

Ever notice on some bulbs the top is covered up with paint or something at the tip, thats so light doesn't go straight out the front. Low beams are supposed to reflect off the back and be focused first. High beams don't have this covering up front so the light goes everywhere and into the eyes of oncoming drivers. Thats why you can't use them when other drivers are around.

Those covers block the light that goes high and only allows certain portion of the light to escape. Therefore you can use your highbeams all the time, woopidy doo
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 9:11 PM
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When I get my 69 all put together I will be installing my new ones I bought 3 years ago. I think they do add some class. I have the ones that don't touch the headlights. They are real thick metal not like the ones that sit right on the headlight.

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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 02, 11:52 PM
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I had then on my '71 Malibu, and on my '77 Chev 4x4. Never had a problem seeing at night with the low beams on...I had halogens in. I like the way they look at a distance....a touch of chrome makes a difference.

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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old Sep 16th, 10, 12:01 AM
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Re: Do chrome headlight half-covers reduce your headlight effectivenes

i just got them personally i like them and thing they look sweet i have not driving at night with them yet but i did readjust me beams to aim a little higher and towards the center because before they were too low and not where i needed them but i think so far they r a great buy just remember to adjust your light beams to your liking
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