There is quite a bit of annoyance and lack of clarity about car lighting. Here you will find the three most essential questions about car lighting and the rules that go with it.
1) Daytime running lights: safe or not?
Daytime running lights should make an oncoming car more visible during the day. Providing daytime lighting promotes the visibility and recognizability of road users and thus reduces the risk of accidents. Research shows that road users who do not have lights during the day (cyclists and pedestrians) can also benefit from motor vehicle lighting during the day.
When it is dark or fog, the car driver himself has to think that he switches from daytime running lights to ‘normal’ lighting, where the rear lights also come on. In the case of daytime running lights alone, they are off. This is often forgotten. This can result in dangerous situations – especially in the fog.
If practically every motorist should have light during the day. The adverse effects of CSR, in the form of higher fuel consumption and thus also higher emissions of harmful substances, are considerably reduced when using energy-efficient lamps.
In order not to consume too much electricity, DRLs are often designed as energy-efficient LEDs. Car manufacturers use the DRL regularly to decorate the front of the car. Legally, DRLs can only emit white light. Also, they must be switched on when the engine is running and automatically switch off (or change to parking light) when standard lighting is switched on. The dashboard of the car does not show that the DRLs are on.
2) Bright lighting is very annoying
Many people say they suffer from bright lighting from other cars.
• The main reason for glare caused by car headlamps is mainly caused by incorrect adjustment or the use of improper lamps.
• It sometimes seems as if cars have xenon lighting, but there are cheap halogen lamps. These, often cheap and poorly made bulbs, give a lot of stray light that can provide a blinding effect.
• In headlights that are not made for this, a xenon lamp is installed afterward. Those lights do not match the reflector of the car, resulting in a blinding effect.
• Some cars now have a large-light mode (see photo) that automatically ensures that the oncoming vehicle is not blinded. Thanks to the usage of LED technology, this is now possible. Volvo, Mercedes, and Audi offer this on some of their top models. I am very impressed by the 9006 led headlights and therefore have installed in my vehicle.
Factory-fitted xenon lighting, provided adequately adjusted, does not cause inconvenience to other road users. After all, these lamps meet the legal requirements as laid down in international regulations.
3) Can I change my lights myself
Many people find it annoying that they cannot themselves change the lights of the car headlight. With many cars that have become impossible simply because you cannot access it without special tools. In such situation, you can always call your local specialist to change or fix your headlight problems.