Headlights, Driving Lights

Polishing Headlight Lenses


[DRIVING LIGHTS, FOG LIGHTS, etc.]

www.tripleplate.com/vbulletin/printthread.php?t=13109&pp=40

Wal-Mart tonight. I got a set of BURNERS Driving lights. It says on the box "For off-road or show use only." Eh, F___ that. They were $16 plus the price of a relay switch I had to get at Schucks.

WOW! These little f___ers can put out some LIGHT! When I get another nice day, har har, I'll install them on the van. The kit came with a rocker switch. But I want them to come on when the parking lights come on. So that's where the relay switch comes in play.
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Lot's of cars with plastic headlight lenses have clouding problems after a couple of years of sun exposure. The headlight plastic gets old, yellows, and turns opaque. The best way to fix this and get clear headlights again is to buy some Novus plastic polish: http://www.noscratch.com/novus/
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HEADLIGHT UPGRADE BULBS - NOKYA, super white... http://www.autothing.com/P-Support/psupport-bulbFAQS.htm



Water Condensation in the Driving Lights



applied a bead of RTV silicone to the outside of the joining surface and reinstalled. It's been 2 months and no condensation.



Polishing Headlight Lenses


[PLASTIC HEADLIGHT LENS POLISH]

(USING BRASSO ON HEADLIGHTS)

http://cl.acurazine.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-174502.html

Brasso and my CL's Headlights. Oh god the prettyness it brought back.
Supplies: Brasso - Cloth Towel - Windex - Some kind of glossing wax:
1. Spray and clean the headlight with windex, make sure its clean.

2. Apply brasso to cloth towel and rub gently onto headlight until it feels smooth.

3. Let brasso dry for 5 minutes

4. Spray down again with windex and wipe off.

5. Repeat, until desired.

6. Apply a small amount of wax and rub it then let it dry. Wipe off wax. This step is to make the headlight look even better. I think so.

BRASSO: use somehting like that expect to coiver up the body and junk around the light because it will splatter everywhere. ALWAYS have contant motion, never let the pad stay in one spot for one half a sec, it will make marks. ... you can also use Never Dull. its alittle more abrasive than brasso.

Lot's of cars with plastic headlight lenses have clouding problems after a couple of years of sun exposure. The headlight plastic gets old, yellows, and turns opaque. The best way to fix this and get clear headlights again is to buy some Novus plastic polish: http://www.noscratch.com/novus/
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Meguiars #10 Plastic Polish (NOTE: Get "POLISH," not "Cleaner". The Polish fills in scratches, the cleaner only removes dirt.) $9.95 Link
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PlastX Clear Plastic Cleaner & Polish is an easy-to-use, rich gel formula. Safe on plastic windows, headlights and taillights, instrument panels, all clear plastic boat surfaces and aquariums.
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CARAVAN HEADLIGHT ASSEMBLIES


[HEADLIGHTS]

BASIC DESCRIPTION of CARAVAN LIGHTS - AllPar.com:
http://www.allpar.com/model/m/body.html

•(1997 Grand Caravan uses "9007" [twin filament])

Headlights combined with park/turn/side marker lights with a one-piece lens. The lens has horizontal lines for appearance purposes but no optics. No body adapter is required as the module has movable headlight units. With the headlights firmly mounted, aiming is done by moving the reflector and bulb unit inside the lamp assembly. These use replaceable halogen bulbs. The halogen bulb and socket in the reflector extend through a rear opening in the outer housing that is sealed with a rubber boot. The housing is vented to allow water vapor, which might condense inside, to evaporate and be expelled when the lights are on. The vents prevent the entry of water and include filters to keep out dirt. A new high-efficiency axial- filament bulb provides 20% more light output than the prior bulb [Different from stock replacements? - rj]. It works with a complex reflector to provide an improvement in customer- perceived light on the road compared to prior models. Directing the beam is provided exclusively by the reflector. The reflector has a vacuum- metallized surface with vertical segments, some of which have shallow flutes - 0.001-0.002 in. (0.025-0.050 mm) deep - that improve the appearance of uniformity in the light pattern projected on the road.
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DUAL FILIMENT SINGLE BULB

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Headlight

In most 2-filament (single bulb) replaceable bulbs type 9004, 9007 and H13, the high beam filament is at the focal point and the low beam filament is off focus. Achieving low and high beam from a single bulb involves two filaments along the axis of the reflector. The high beam filament is on the focal point, while the low beam filament is approximately 1cm forward of the focal point and 3 mm above the axis. Below the low beam filament is a cup-shaped shield (called a "Graves Shield") spanning an arc of 165.

When the low beam filament is illuminated, this shield casts a shadow on the corresponding lower area of the reflector, blocking downward light rays that would otherwise strike the reflector and be cast above the horizon. The bulb is rotated (or "clocked") within the headlamp to position the Shield so as to allow light to strike a 15 wedge of the lower half of the reflector. The American system permits a greater overall amount of light within the low beam, since the entire reflector area is used. However, the system offers much less control over upward light. In addition, the American system makes it difficult to create markedly different low and high beam light distributions; the high beam is usually simply a rough "copy" of the low beam, shifted slightly upward and leftward.
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LINKS:

Google - Relays (for Back Up Halogen Light)

http://www.commandoalarms.com/itm40005.htm 30 Amp Accessory Relay with Harness. Relay & Harness Sold as Set; .One 30 Amp Relay; .One 5 wire Harness; .Universal Fit for wiring Accessories; Product Sku: R30-H / Manfuactuer: Commando Alarms / MSRP: $8.50 / Sale Price: $4.99



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