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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-07-08, 03:21 AM Thread Starter
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Xenon bulbs too bright?

I have an '07 Type-S with xenon bulbs, and it seems that a lot of oncoming night traffic think I have my high beams on–even though they're not. People flash their highs on me and all I can do is return the favor (just briefly) to let them know my car's lights aren't on high. I can't be the only one with this problem. What are others doing? Are the bulbs easy to redirect?

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I have gotten this occasionally on my Acura cars (all but the 1997 CL I used to have)..... Some people just dont understand that HID lights are much brighter, even though our cars do have projector housings its still possible to blind people once in a while (heading up hill, going over a hump in the road, cresting a hill, etc...)

I have a HID kit on my Z06 which is not a projector housing, I do have them aimed lower as to not blind people but again when heading up hill or cresting a hill I get a oncoming driver flash their high beams.

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I have an '07 Type-S with xenon bulbs, and it seems that a lot of oncoming night traffic think I have my high beams on–even though they're not. People flash their highs on me and all I can do is return the favor (just briefly) to let them know my car's lights aren't on high. I can't be the only one with this problem. What are others doing? Are the bulbs easy to redirect?

Thanks.
I have 50 watt HID lights behind TSX projectors, paired with a set of 35 watt HID behind projectors in my fog lights on my RSX. I will occasionally get flashed but not very often. Aiming is something that either you or a mechanic can do. Check your owner's manual for a how to - or take it back to a shop. I would not recommend driving with a set of mis-aimed HID / projectors as it could be a safety issue with oncoming traffic.



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I have never gotten that on my 07 TL HID light, but then again it could be where you live. I live in Southern Cali where many ppl here owned luxury cars with Xenon HID, so ppl are used to seeing them everywhere. Just a thought!
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I have never gotten that on my 07 TL HID light, but then again it could be where you live. I live in Southern Cali where many ppl here owned luxury cars with Xenon HID, so ppl are used to seeing them everywhere. Just a thought!
Good point. I understand they're brighter than conventional headlights so I don't blame people for the "courtesy flash." I think I'll discuss it with the dealer when my car's in for its next oil change.

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Same problem

I have a 2006 TL and I am constantly getting "flashed" by oncoming drivers. I believe my lights are well aimed but they are incredibly bright. Worst case is when the curvature of the road causes my lights to go in the other driver's eyes. It is very annoying, one of the very few annoyances I have with the car. I'd like to tone them down somewhat as they really don't need to be so bright. I may apply some tinted covers of some sort. I'd like to hear a better solution if anyone has one.
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I have 50 watt HID lights behind TSX projectors, paired with a set of 35 watt HID behind projectors in my fog lights on my RSX. I will occasionally get flashed but not very often. Aiming is something that either you or a mechanic can do. Check your owner's manual for a how to - or take it back to a shop. I would not recommend driving with a set of mis-aimed HID / projectors as it could be a safety issue with oncoming traffic.

totally agree on this one. proper aiming is the key to this type of situation.
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+1 ^ make sure the aim is not too high also if you carry a big load in your trunk the front tend to point higher than when the car is under normal/even load - could that be the case?
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I constantly have this issue as well with my 06 TL. To always have lights flashed at me has only been an annoyance until two days ago when someone that thought I had my brights on changed lanes in front of me to make a point. I barely had time to react and almost hit them! Once I got around them I realized they had done it because of my lights or I would have flashed them from behind. They then rode with their brights on for miles behind me. Now it's getting dangerous. I have people traveling in front of me put on their brakes all the time because their trying to get me to dim. If I didn't find a solution on here today I was actually going to search for lower wattage bulbs if there are such a thing. Will try getting the aim adjusted. Thanks.
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Check your owner's manual for a how to - or take it back to a shop.
Where does the owner's manual show you how to aim your headlights?
Do you know how much my Acura dealer here charges for aiming headlights? $82 a piece !!
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Where does the owner's manual show you how to aim your headlights?

Do you know how much my Acura dealer here charges for aiming headlights? $82 a piece !!


There are videos on you tube that show you how to do it yourself if you want to try that.
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