Paul wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 10, 2023 11:55 pm
Looking forward to your results. But, please explain to me what a 'switch back' feature is?
Mike's replies are spot-on:
gruff54 wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 11, 2023 5:18 am
Went back and looked. So headlights, running lights , and turn signals in one light. Wow! And here all I want is a light bright enough to see better at night!
gruff54 wrote: ↑
Wed Jan 11, 2023 5:20 am
Looked at the link. Here's an explanation of the switchback feature.
"This is a switchback halo meaning it automatically switches to amber when the turn signal is activated and then goes back to white when the turn signal switches off." Another Wow!
What's completely surprising to me is that it seems to work perfectly as designed, with 1981 technology! There's one bit I'm not 100% happy with -- the white halo is of course an unfocused light -- not a directed beam. I'm concerned that this may be irritating to oncoming drivers at night (not an issue in the daylight). In fact, the headlight lens has "DOT" on it, but there is a sticker that warns that the halos are not street-legal at night. So I may eventually wire in a relay or relays to disable the white halo whenever the headlights themselves are on. That doesn't seem difficult.
As for the headlight brightness and beam quality:
I haven't tried the LED yet, but the halogen is a bit underwhelming.
The new headlight low beam is a bit high, and has a stray beam toward the upper right. I'm hoping I can adjust the aim to manage that. And I think the stray light may even be from the halo, rather than the main element. So I'm thinking of disabling the halo when the headlight is on. I'll test that, later.
The new headlight's high beam looks more as I'd expect.
I think I like the color, compared to the original. I'm not sure how effective it really is compared to the stock color.
I hope to give the LED a try soon.