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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-06-2010, 09:14 PM Thread Starter
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I just read this piece on Daniel Meyers website. It applies to cages too, not just mc headlights. Those of us who remember old sealed beams, replaced them when they burned out. That`s not the best thing to do with the new Halogen bulbs. If you drive 15,000 miles per year, your headlights will loose about 10% of their brightness each year while using the same current. What is not converted to light is turned to excess heat. See link below:

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Those of us who remember old sealed beams, replaced them when they burned out.
Old seamed beams would start out producing a nice white light, but the color of the light would turn yellow-ish as the bulb aged. I was always replacing my old sealed beams not because they burned out, but because the quality of light, as they age, was terrible. Halogens might loose 10% of the light, but the color remains fairly constant, at least to my eyes. To be very honest, I've never noticed a drop in light from my halogen bulbs until they burn out.


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A friend bought a 10 year old Buick back in the `80`s that had terrible headlights, but all the filaments were fine. When we opened the hood of the car one night we discovered that the engine compartment was lit up as well by the headlights as was the road. Most of the reflective mirror materiel on the back of bulb had fallen off. I think they were halogen sealed beams, and replaced by the same. The improvement in lighting was about as spectacular as you would expect.

Halogens might loose 10% of the light, but the color remains fairly constant, at least to my eyes. To be very honest, I've never noticed a drop in light from my halogen bulbs until they burn out.

I think a 20% loss of brightness over 2 years would be hard to notice because it would be so gradual. In Daniel`s article, he suggests replacing one headlight on your car and comparing the brightness of the old and new by shining them on your garage door.

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No mater what, everything seem to slow down and wear out, to bad this also happens to us. But we can keep riding until that happens.

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