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The basics of headlight bulbs and lenses – the benefits of vision on Wonder Lake roads
Oct 11, 2017 11:07 AM
|The lense of this headlight is all foggy.|
Obviously, headlights are essential to good vision at night. If your headlight bulbs burn out, obviously, you want to replace them. But with what?
Chances are, you’ll be in good shape if you replace a burned-out headlight bulb with the OEM option. OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. This is the bulb that is recommended for your vehicle. If you go into a dealership’s parts department, or an auto parts store, they can look up the OEM bulb, or provide you with an aftermarket version that is about as good.
|This headlight is coated with toothpaste|
as the car owner clears the fog out
of the headlight lense.
You may also want to put brighter bulbs in your car’s headlights. Be cautious doing this, though. For one thing, car’s come with high beams and low beams. Low beams work better in some situations, such as when driving in fog. More importantly, high beams can blind an oncoming car. And, if that oncoming car loses control, it may come across the road into you.
If you install a bulb with higher wattage, you may blind oncoming drives even more. Most cars have 55- or 65-watt bulbs. You may install a 100-watt bulb. You’ll see better but, quite possibly, at the expense of other drivers.
|This is what the headlight above looks|
like after the toothpaste is cleaned off -
ready for Wonder Lake roads.
For instance, you can use toothpaste. Brush the toothpaste on with a toothbrush, wait for the paste to dry and then clean it off. You may be startled at the difference. In one Youtube video, a young man even compares Crest to Colgate for cleaning the fog out of headlight lenses. It appears they both worked just as well.