New car LED brake lights are too bright

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  1. OutHouse

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    i was behind a new Accord last night at a stop light and i swear those new LED brake lights are way way way to bright.

    anybody else think so?
     
  2. Crusty

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    They aren't as bright as all those damn oncoming headlights :(
     
  3. OutHouse

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    I dont see many of those HID headlights anymore, well not like i used to. did the USDOT make the car makers stop installing them?
     
  4. HN

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    agreed in regards to the taillights

     
  5. lokiju

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    I concur wholeheartedly.

    Annoys the hell out of me.

    My eyes are more sensitive to brights lights than others I know as it is and at night time while driving, the contrast is nearly dangerous for me.
     
  6. Mark R

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    This is why you are not supposed to rest your foot on the footbrake when stopped at lights and there is traffic behind you.

    The correct thing to do when waiting in a line of traffic at night is to use the handbrake.
     
  7. MegaVovaN

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    Train light ftw?

    We've seen train horn, now get train headlight?
     
  8. mobobuff

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    I don't mind the ones that are too bright, I mind the ones that strobe and you can see the refresh rate leaving broken up light trails in your vision.
     
  9. OutHouse

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    i have never heard that in my life. did you just make that up?
     
  10. mobobuff

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    *taps his sarcasm meter*
     
  11. Krazy4Real

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    Try wearing sunglasses at night time.
     
  12. Nyati13

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    Real HID equipped cars are more numerous by the day. The availability of aftermarket "HID-like" lights might be decreasing.

     
  13. Jahee

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    Welll.. In England they do encourage that. I was encouraged to when i was learning anyway!
     
  14. Mark R

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    This was meant to be serious.

    This was a tip about night driving told me by an advanced driving instructor.

    a) You don't dazzle the person behind.
    b) If the car behind gets rear-ended, or otherwise shunts into you, the first thing that happens to you is your foot comes off the brake pedal. If the handbrake isn't on, the car will roll forward and hit the car in front (or roll into the intersection, if you are first).
     
  15. Aharami

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    this is true. i see more and more cars outfitted with OEM HIDs. HID kits are decreasing.
    as for the OP, neither LED brake lights nor (properly adjusted) HID lights bother me
     
  16. Regs

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    lol. I stop behind some car coming to a crawling stop and all of a sudden I feel like I'm getting tractor beamed into a star ship.

     
  17. boomerang

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    If i was the last car in a line of stopped cars at night, the last thing I'd want is to not have my brake lights on.

    You won't see me sitting there with the parking brake on. I want traffic coming up behind me to know I'm stopped.

    This is one of the more ridiculous things I've ever heard.
     
  18. JulesMaximus

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    You longing for the good ole days when you could barely see a cars brake lights and there was a chance that your car would explode when rear ended?
     
  19. Zenmervolt

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    1) If the person behind you gets dazzled by brake lights the he or she has no business being on the road at night because he or she has obvious and severe night vision problems. If they are distracted by something as relatively dim as brake lights (and yes, even the new LED lights are relatively dim when compared to headlights) then the headlights from oncoming cars must practically be blinding to them, which makes them a danger to everyone else on the road.

    2) If you have a standard transmission and you are hit from behind, your foot will also come off the clutch, at which point the engine will stall and the car will be prevented from rolling forward that way.

    3) If you're hit hard enough that your foot comes off the brake, you're almost certainly going to be forced into the car in front of you even if you had the handbrake on.

    4) If you have an automatic transmission, you end up putting unnecessary wear on the transmission's clutchpacks by shifting out of gear and back into gear each time you stop.

    5) If you have your handbrake on and you need to start moving again quickly, you lose time dis-engaging the parking brake (essentially you are taking away one of your emergency maneuver options).

    Unless you are going to be stopped for an extended period of time, you should have your vehicle in gear and you should be using the service brake to keep from rolling. The parking brake is for parking, which makes the name "parking brake" rather convenient.

    ZV
     
  20. OutHouse

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    i disagree. the new LED brake lights are blinding.
     
  21. randay

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    he probably just overfilled his brake light fluids.
     
  22. jlee

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    More blinding than oncoming headlights..?

    How do you manage to go by a lit-up emergency vehicle without crashing? :confused:
     
  23. OutHouse

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    :roll:

     
  24. mobobuff

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    Also a lot of drivers (especially women and especially at night) have poor spatial judgement and cannot tell that a car ahead of them is stopping unless the tail lights get noticeably brighter.
     
  25. JulesMaximus

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    I thought it was amusing. :laugh::p