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Old 06-16-2019, 07:06 PM   #1
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Headlamps- low and high beam

Ok people; please by all means tell me if I'm barking up the wrong tree.......BUT!

I was at Pennwood this weekend and we were able to compare a number of different lighting systems, Bob had new Grote lights, with LED projector technology; John had the same LED's as Cheifair and Mayco, with the four rows of individual LED's and no projector. The one thing I noticed that struck me as odd was on low beam, only the one half of Bob's and John's top mounted lamp LED's were lit. When the high beams came on, the lower half of the top lamp lit up with the bottom lamp fully lit up.

So my question to them both was this.......why not have both headlamps the same, with one half lit up for low beam and the other half for high beam. The answer they gave me was that there was only two wire socket to the bottom headlamps, instead of the three to the top. So my answer was.....why not put a jumper from that third wire to the bottom headlamp????? The answer was......you can't do that......you'll blind people........and the world will end.

Why can't we use a low/high beam headlamp in all four sockets? this inquiring mind wants to know.

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Old 06-16-2019, 09:25 PM   #2
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Ok people; please by all means tell me if I'm barking up the wrong tree.......BUT!



Why can't we use a low/high beam headlamp in all four sockets? this inquiring mind wants to know.

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Hi, decades ago a few people with four headlight cars did that. But the cops kept stopping them because if all four headlights were lit up, they assumed that the high beams were on. Also you can wire your lights so that the low beams stay on with the high beams giving you close to 100 watts. [this is what you get when you hit your flash to pass lights]
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A couple notes:

It is legal to have up to FOUR lamps on with your high beams.

The new JW Speaker and I believe Truck-lite LED lights have both the high and low beams illuminated with the high beams.

There is all kinds of REAL lighting information on https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...ycles-Included
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Hey Tony. On my new LED headlights I have 3 rows of lights with 5 in each row. On low beam, the top row (on the top light) is completely lit plus the center light (bulb) in the second or middle row. When on high beam all lights are lit both top and bottom units.

Just to throw a new wrench in the mix

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Hey Tony. On my new LED headlights I have 3 rows of lights with 5 in each row. On low beam, the top row (on the top light) is completely lit plus the center light (bulb) in the second or middle row. When on high beam all lights are lit both top and bottom units.

Just to throw a new wrench in the mix

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Yes, John has the same lights, but I was still wondering why the same LED's lite up on low beam in the top lamp couldn't be lit up in the bottom lamp. IMHO, It would give it that little extra light without blinding people.

Have you given it any thought to engage the lower lamp as a supplemental low beam lamp?

Missed you this weekend, but hope to touch base with you on our way out west ion July.

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Yes, John has the same lights, but I was still wondering why the same LED's lite up on low beam in the top lamp couldn't be lit up in the bottom lamp. IMHO, It would give it that little extra light without blinding people.

Have you given it any thought to engage the lower lamp as a supplemental low beam lamp?

Missed you this weekend, but hope to touch base with you on our way out west ion July.

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Ahhhhhh, I understand. Well, I guess the only reason I can think of is that you really don't need them. The low beams are pretty darn bright.

We should be around the house in July let us know.

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