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Old 10-09-2011, 11:10 AM
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"Xenon" sealed beams, are they really that much better?

Guys I haven't ran a car with sealed beams in quite a while and forget what the higher ends ones are like. I have stock GE style lights in my car right now and would like to upgrade but hate to toss money away if they aren't going to be very good.

I see these on ebay http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/?cmd=...K%3AMEWAX%3AIT and they have my interest.

I know that they are most certainly not "Xenon" not by what I understand Xenon is being you need a ballast for the real Xenon. But are these things a lot better than regular sealed beams?

What else is there out there to bolt into my Rambler?


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Halogen sealed beams wired thru a relay will work just fine for a bit of extra lighting.

Not sure exactly what those lamps are, but it just might be a 'color' change over the 'yellow' lamps of the normal sealed beams.

Personally, I am not a fan of real bright lights of any kind as they tend to blind me when they are coming towards me, and most people do not take the time to aim any lights that they have upgraded.

Looking on some of the headlight testing sites-----most lamps fail miserably as far as color and illumination go, and I am willing to bet that too many people are happy with just making the scene in front of them LOOK brighter without seeing farther.

Pretty sure that California has some pretty strict rules on aftermarket lighting as well--------Just so you know-------and should not be modified from stock. (meaning all high intensity aftermarket lighting)

I am more than happy with the lighting on my 59----halogen sealed beams wired thru a pair of relays, and it gets pretty dark out here in the boonies.
We have to be on the lookout for wild pigs, deer, loose cattle, skunks, coons, and most any other critter that thinks the road belongs to them at night.

Again----the brighter and more intense YOUR lights are, the less I can see when I am coming towards you!!!
The safer you think you are-----the more dangerous it is for everyone else.

Sorry for the strong opinion, but living out here and dealing with many that do not properly install their upgrades---makes it hard for me to drive at night.

Sealed beams on brights going past me, bother me a lot less than aftermarket lighting on low beams
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