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I've searched the archives for info on this, but didn't find much. We want brighter headlights. Am I wrong: when the highs go on, the lows go off? Why not keep the lows on when you use the highs so as to give you that much more visibility? My husband's Acura does just that.

I've spoken to Honda here: $100. for brighter bulbs, probably the HID. But will that solve the single beam problem? He also mentioned a $795. fix (gasp!) for some kit or other (not fogs.) What's that, for Heaven's sake?

Can anyone help me with this or am I at Honda's mercy?
 

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Don't bother with those $100 "HID"s. They are not really HIDs, and that blue coating actually reduces the brightness of the bulb itself.

You can go to a higher wattage and change the wiring though.

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No offense intended! But I hate brighter lights on vehicles. Many people have trouble seeing at night, not due to the lights not being bright enough, but from being blinded by headlights from other vehicles that have headlights that are too bright or the vehicle is too high.
Nothing like that big Expedition right behind you with their lights blinding you from all three mirrors.
 

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One of the above links mentioned re-wiring the things to leave the lows on with the highs when using the latter. I haven't asked the Honda guys about this yet, but that would only help me better illuminate, wouldn't it? Not blind the oncoming traffic?

I'm just kind of surprised that the Odyssey's lights don't utilize both high and low when in the bright position.
 

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I had PIAA superwhites on my Accord and it was very reliable. 3 years and still good. The color is pure white with very slight purple/blue tint. Looking through the windshield the coverage and brightness is noticably brighter and whiter. But in the rain and fog the whiter light does not do the job in illuminating the night. I switched back to the stock bulbs after reading these tests.

http://www.overboost.com/story.asp?id=102

The whiter color may look better but for safety reasons I believe stock bulbs are better. If you want more light get a set of Odyssey fog lights that fit perfectly in the openings. The fog lights provide excellent coverage and brightness. The cost is a little high, arount $300.00, but it is a good investment. Makes Ody look a lot cleaner from the front.
 

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I feel that the fogs don't add much in the way of illumination forward on the road. They do a great job of illuminating the sides of the road and therefore assist when cornering, especially in the snow and rain. They also light up the 12-15 feet or so right in front of the bumper. But I don't feel they do much more than that. Plus, if wired as the installation instructions specify (or if done by a Honda dealer) the fogs go off when the high beams come on.
 

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I use 100/80 watt bulbs. Requires an extra harness, but it's easy to install. If you're interested, I can give you my source. Of course, they are only legal for off road use.
 

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Dutch, could you please send me your source for the lights/and harness...it would be much appreciated. I find the stock lighting and reflector design terribly average. Fyi...I promise to be off-road with the new lights, for the install... : )

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<font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by OdyRocky:
Dutch, could you please send me your source for the lights/and harness...it would be much appreciated. I find the stock lighting and reflector design terribly average. Fyi...I promise to be off-road with the new lights, for the install... : )

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I've used Competition Limited.

http://www.htnews.com/comptltd/

Unfortunately, their link seems to be dead.

I'll try it again tonight, or see if I can find hard copies of my paperwork with contact info.
 

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Gee, Dutch, you must spend a lotta time driving, since it takes so long to get anywhere OFF-ROAD, Hee! Hee! How is the Odyssey as a rockhopper??

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Ramblin_man said:
No offense intended! But I hate brighter lights on vehicles. Many people have trouble seeing at night, not due to the lights not being bright enough, but from being blinded by headlights from other vehicles that have headlights that are too bright or the vehicle is too high.
Nothing like that big Expedition right behind you with their lights blinding you from all three mirrors.
As long as the headlights have good beam patterns(which the Ody's lights certainly do) and they're aimed properly, brighter does NOT = more glare.

Most people don't realize that periodic headlight adjustments are crucial to your and others' safety, and think nothing of it (with most of us being the exception). This is why you all too frequently see cars with one light severely mis-aimed that's pointed straight forward blinding everyone, or one that's pointed nearly straight down at the road, placing all of its beam pattern within the first 10ft of the car.

Next are the headlights themselves. Most US DOT compliant headlights are pathetic. European E-code headlights are far superior with a beam pattern shaped like this:
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That's a quickly put together drawing in MSPAINT, but 25 feet back from a wall, E-codes' beam pattern will look very similar to this. DOT headlamps' beam patterns, on the other hand, are rather sloppy and produce glare due to lack of a cutoff on the left side of the beam pattern. Odysseys I believe have E-code headlights, as they have a beam pattern similar to that in the image.

Sorry for the long-winded post, but I wanted to get that out...you can smack me now:stupid:
 

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Ramblin_man said:
Nothing like that big Expedition right behind you with their lights blinding you from all three mirrors.
And that would be a problem for a rearview mirror in an Ody with tinted windows? :confused: I can understand the side view mirrors causing glare, but you gotta be kidding about the rearview mirror, right?
 
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