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Brighter headlights?

Hey all! I drive a 1984 BMW 318i (that's the E30) with the standard H1 bulbs for the low and high beams (4 x H1 in total). I want better visibility at night and have been looking at options. Can anyone help with the following: 1. do i have to use high wattage bulbs to see a significant difference or would "upto 90% more light" 55W osram bulbs help? I would hate to spend the money on the 55W osrams only to end up with 5 extra lumens. 2. am i correct in saying that ALL xenon bulbs require the whole ballast and starter setup like fluorescents? are there some that don't? 3. Is there anyone who has used a high wattage bulb? what are your experiences? is the shorter life worth it? where on the continuum of wattage VS lifespan would you recommend? Right now I'm leaning towards the high wattage option, something like 80-100W. MY local hardware doesn't stock these and I doubt my local auto-electrical supplier would either. I'm thinking I may have to do some digging, maybe 4x4 accessory stores would have them since they are technically only meant for offroad use. K thanks, your help is much appreciated, I'll try to post an 'ible of old VS new and the installation procedure once I decide on the bulbs.

Topic by Baronrc    |  last reply

lawnmower headlights?

I have an older snapper like this and need to know if anybody has an idea how to hook headlights to it? thanks in advance.

Question by kdf.inc1969    |  last reply

how can i install a led tail lights on my explorer?

Cool new tail lights cant install them

Question by yo man    |  last reply

filmy residue on healights?

How do I remove the filmy residue from headlights?  I heard it was with toothpaste.

Question by CathyS122    |  last reply

LEDs : Require urgent HELP about LEDs. Answered

Could somebody please answer me that using an array of 135pcs of 5mm LEDs that produce 12000mcd each be better than using 3pcs of Cree MC-E for a motorcycle headlight. will the 5mm LEDs produce more light (lumens) than the MC-Es. If yes then will the distance of the beam of light produced by the 5mm LEDs be the same as the distance of the beam produced by the Cree MC-E?  By the distance of the beam I mean how much far can the beam produced by an array of LED light up the road. Please answer somebody answer me quickly I need urgent help. I will be very greatful to youll

Question by Jayvis Vineet Gonsalves    |  last reply

Headlight Restoration on the cheap.

How to restore your dull plastic headlamps to like new, for about $4.00 (if your lamps are dirty on the inside, that is a whole other instructable): Step 1 - Wash the headlamps with common dish soap and allow to dry thoroughly, this will remove the dirt and oils from the lamp. Step 2 - Using regular rubbing compound or silver polish (I used Silvo brand silver polish (about $4.00 a can here in Canada), it may work with copper polish as well) Apply a small amount of compound or polish using a soft cotton cloth (an old t-shirt or sheet cut into manageable size) gently rub the lamp in a circular motion (the amount of pressure is determined by the severity of the dullness, you may need to repeat the procedure more than once) allow the polish or rubbing compound to dry to a haze, usually by the time your done both lamps the first one will be ready to perform the next step. Step 3 - Using a clean dry cotton cloth buff the lens to remove all of the haze, if the lamp still looks dull repeat step 2. Step 4 - Once you are satisfied that the lenses are as polished as they will get, wax both lamps with a high quality auto wax, (a wax containing carnuba is the best) Mother's or Maguires works great. The wax will prevent bugs, dust and dirt from sticking to the lamp and it will retain it's clarity for a long time, if the lamp starts to look dull simply apply a new coat of wax. Step 5 - Stand back and admire your newly restored headlamps - you will be amazed at how much further you can see at night. *The attached photo is of my headlamp on my 1998 Suzuki Esteem - The before picture is from another 1998 Suzuki Esteem, my lamps were almost as bad as the one pictured here.

Topic by DELETED_Silent Ninja Bunny    |  last reply

AUTO HEADLIGHT LEVELING stepper motor based on arduino

Hello everyone, first sorry if I make some erreur in my writing post, I m a French people, so I would like know if it's possible to make a project arduino based with a accelerometer to use like an auto leveling adjustment for the road beam, actually on my car I was a standard halogen headlight with dc motor and a wire to control I change the headlight by a full xenon and now for the gestion of the leveling I need a third part to work in a autonome mode, I had searched for a while a module to control the  stepper motor based on the car inclination and I had found nothing who'll be use with an accelerometer to adapt to car acceleration or deceleration,  I guess I need an accelerometer, and a stepper motor controler 12v I would like know how hardest is to setting up? Thank you

Topic by gagaetan10  

ATV Headlights acting up!

Hey everyone, I bought my 2001 warrior this summer (yes thats where 2001warrior came from) anyways it has been giving me some issues with the headlights. The headlights work great in lowbeam but when I put them in highbeam my left headlight goes out! does anyone have any suggestions to what I should do?

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just out of curiosity, do they make UV headlights or infared headlights? Answered

Furthermore if they do make either of these, are they legal?

Question by cdubnbird    |  last reply

Motorcycle LED headlight bar

Wanted to make my own battery powered headlight for my dirtbike, I want to keep it in the 15x4 dimension. I would like to make it as bright as humanly possible in that dimension. Cost isnt that big of a deal just dont want to drop $300 on a pre fabbed one if I can make one for much less. A list would be nice, primarily LED's to use, battery, heat sink issues. Again I would like to build one that is really bright right in front and carries for a good distance. Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Topic by Simhinz    |  last reply

led Luminous Intensity (mcd) for car headlights?

What Luminous Intensity (mcd) should be used for for car headlights, side marker/running lights, signal, and brake lights

Question by liggy    |  last reply

Mini fuse box question?

My headlights have stopped working - main beam is OK, sidelights are OK, normal dipped beam is out. Since both sides went at once, I'm assuming its a fuse. However, there are 24 fuses in the fuse box, none labelled with what they serve, and the Haynes manual simply gives them numbers. I'm being lazy - to save me going through them one by one, does anybody know which fuse is the one I need to change? (Rover Mini Mayfair, 1275cc, 1995)

Question by Kiteman    |  last reply

Increasing voltage from 4.5 (actual 4.9) to 12 volts;

What resistor should I add on to the current setup? Two sets of white LED (each removed from flashlight) run in parallel to the 3-AA battery source. The neg or current connection is the spring (or resistor) that came with the flashligt. I would like to use a 12 volt rechargable lead acid battery.?

Question by davis1019    |  last reply

Is there a heat resistant coating I can apply to the inside of my, non-cid headlight housings?

I want to coat the inside of my headlight housings with a, heat resistant, blue liquid to mimic cid headlights. It would save me the price of expensive replacement lamps, but has to be transparent tint.

Question by Hubiewan    |  last reply

I have 4.5 volt led bulbs. How can I make led headlight to use these led bulbs ?

I have some 4.5 volt led bulbs. But I don't know how to make led headlights for bike.If U give some easy steps to make headlight, I will be great full to you.

Question by subhakumar    |  last reply

LED car headlights colour temperature (Australia)? Answered

I was looking to replace the headlights on my car to LED ones, but I'm kinda conscious about the legal requirements I contacted the Licensing and Vehicle centre/department/whatever to ask about the max colour temperature, but the best they gave me was what was in the pic below. Does anyone know how to convert that or something into colour temperature? I know they sell 5000K lamps at a nearby automotive shop, but they also sell a few more... questionable accessories. I really don't want to have to drag my car in and have to pay several hundreds over just a few headlights; might as well just take the ticket if I ever got one. Other than that, they should have the same brightness, throw, etc. Thanks

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Smart car 2002 headlight change?

I can't find any instruction on the internet how to change the light on my Smart car (year 2002). I also do not have an Operator Manual to give me an indication. Please help!!!

Question by Minniehil    |  last reply

How to make a 6V AC LED headlight?

Hello, i have a Moped that has no battery or anything, the only electricity comes from the magneto  and its 6V AC, and my headlight is weak, so i cant see anything, i dont know much about electronics, i would only need about 4-6 LED-s. any help?

Question by dsirotic    |  last reply

how do you clean the pllastic covers on headlights(the foggy film)? on your vehicle?

I need a cheap easy way.  I saw someone use a kit from walmart for around $20- but that seems outrageous.   Thanks

Question by couponkelley    |  last reply

Wanted circuit diagram to increase brightness bike headlight?

Wanted circuit diagram to increase brightness bike headlight, details 12v dynamo, 135cc?

Question by dom83    |  last reply

Walking robot - very cool, despite the headlights being in its knees...

This chap has home-built a Jansen-style walker. It's a well-made video as well.

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply

wanted: free car parts

Does anyone have any auto badges, old sparkplugs, amd/or old headlight bulbs i can have for free. plaese message me if you have any of these items. thanks

Topic by fire_drakon117    |  last reply

1970 Honda CT70 LED Headlight & USB charger idea

Hi guys, New here but not to projects and tinkering in general. Mostly im a mechanical type guy and not to electrically inclined. I have a 1970 Honda CT70H Trail bike, I would like to replace the current headlight with a single or multipul LED set, also id like to split it and run a USB charger when the headlight is not runnning. My plan to acomplish this (my very simple in a perfect world plan) is to take the LED set from a small cheap flashlight that uses 4 batteries in order to get the proper voltage, and use the same leads the go to the headlight. Currently the Honda has a dimmer switch which I was planning on using for my switch between light and usb power. For the usb I was going to use a car cig-lighter type charger and but i know a car is a 12 volt system however i assume because usb chargers use 5volts that a car charger has a 5volt regulator in place? Included is a ct70 wiring diagram link, help would be great Thanks all

Topic by KyleN20    |  last reply

Want to make a relatively high powered night handheld flashlight

Hi guys, im new to electronics and stuff, but i work at a movie theater, and cleaning in the dark isnt so, after seeing that awesome ultrabright headlight instructable, i was wondering if the "Ultimate Biker's Night Headlight" could be modified into a smaller, handheld version? Thanks in advance.. -robi

Topic by robi7412    |  last reply

What rectifier should i use?

I have a snowmobile engine in a golf cart, and want to charge the golf cart battery. the snowmobile engine has a stator already for powering the headlight. But the headlight ran on 12v ac. so i need to install a rectifier. Im guessing im going to be working with 20A or so, and it will be charging a battery about the size of your average lawnmower battery. What rectifier should i get that can handle the amperage it would take too charge the battery? The engine already has a regulator, so i will just run the rectifier from the headlight wiring harness because it is getting the regulated 12v.

Question by robotman36    |  last reply

Help with MR16 bulb wiring on motorcycle!

Hi, I'm from India and I own a bajaj pulsar 220 S that has a 35w 12v headlight and I recently bought an aftermarket enduro headlight to fix on it, but the problem is that the headlight I bought has two MR16 bulbls and each bulb has two wires coming from it both white in color, So I'm totally confused with the wiring thing, Should I solder one white wire with a red one from the motorcycles wiring socket and the other white with the black one of the ground socket? I'd appreciate if you could clear that up for me. P.S - I'm a complete noob when it comes to electricals.

Topic by tushar2308    |  last reply

HELP, I NEED / desperately want A SUPER BRIGHT FLASHLIGHT for camping / boy-scouts [answered]

Inappropriate Incomplete Spam first thing first, i want absolutely the BRIGHTEST flashlight i can my hands on! how many lumen's should i shoot for (to impress others)? 100, 270, 350, 600, 900, 1500, 3600, 5000+ (5000 Lm i pretty sure is overkill)? i have an led flashlight i got for 12$ and is advertised to be over 600 Lm but I'm pretty sure its maximum is 70Lm. (it seems to be slightly brighter than the 9 LED tactical flashlight i had) but I'm not sure. i have no light meter. the LED itself is (as advertised) is CREE (i don't believe that either but again, I'm not sure).   i would like to make portable HID flashlight. my plans are to: BUY: 6V LANTERN HID KIT (BULBS) HID BALLAST 12V BATTERY (I"m not sure where i could find a suitable 12-15V 35W [or more] battery that will fit nice and snug in the lantern with room for the ballast. the battery should last almost a week with some moderate use.) i think a drill battery would work. i will take the original light out and replace it with the HID. then, i will need to find a place for the slim ballast [but where???] . then,i need to find a battery (i think a 12V drill battery should work [will a 14.4V drill battery with the case off fit in the modified 6V lantern flashlight? if so, where can i buy a affordable and well suited 12V-16V battery?] if there isn't any small, powerful (and preferably cheap), battery in existence? [4 by 4 by 2 array of AA rechargeable batteries seems promising and so does 6^2 by 2 array seem promising. 6 by 6 by 2 AAA] will the ballast and lamp work with less power (6W-34W)? is there a simple and small ballast circuit schematic i can follow? i never found one. so i assume no. :-( also is the 5000K neutral white, warm or cool? (i think it is the closest to neutral white with a VARY slight blueish tint) i think i got a grasb on this and i want 6000K (i want something led white but still bright and useful enough to easly see what i'm doing on campouts)

Question by -max-    |  last reply

I need help creating a light circuit for my car. can anyone help?

Lately, I have felt that when driving at night that Im having a hard time seeing things. Ive put 8000k HID bulbs in but yet im still having problems seeing. So I figured if I put in OEM fog lights then I could have 4 8000K HID bulbs rather than 2. twice the bulbs twice the light. my problem is that I already have LED fog lights on my car. They are offset style which I prefer over having fog lights under the head lights. I want to keep my LED fog lights and add new OEM fog lights. I only want the OEM fog lights to light when when the head lights are on and the LED fogs to light any other time only if the head lights are off ive already ordered the OEM fog lights so how can i design a circuit that can do this?

Question by fastcar123    |  last reply

i need to make a headlight, brakelight, and turn signal set up for a motorized bike

 i have 6volts dc and 3 watts to play with. i cant figure out the wiring for it all, any help would be appreciated. i want to make all of the lights out of LED's, the tail/brake light needs to be dual intensity, and of course the turn signale need to blink, it would be nice if they could be dual intensity as well, but not nececary. thanks again

Question by chopperdr    |  last reply

What is needed to install a light on a 1997 xr80r honda?

... A.C. regulator I believe? Thanks!

Question by alpe_97    |  last reply

Wanted: Someone to Vacuum form (2) 12"x8" forms

Hello Friends, I am looking for someone who is willing to vacuum form (2) antique headlight buckets for a lighting project. I have the bezel I need "copied" and would like it done in 1/4" material. The headlight bezel is approximately 12" tall and 8" wide and is kinda egg shaped. I cannot seem to locate a local business willing to do this, so I am reaching out to the community to do this. I am in Durham, NC. Thank anyone offering their service, Steve Rogers

Topic by Creative Asylum  

Can I use arduino to control my high-powered bicycle headlight?

I'm in the midst of building a new high-power led headlight for my bicycle (i.e. Ive ordered a new battery and a bunch of hardware, led's and a driver).  My question for the community is whether or not an arduino unit could be used to control functions or modes of the light.  I have built alot of lights and know a decent amount about electronics but I have zero experience with arduino and programing.  I am using this buck driver ( with a triple cree xp-g led and a 14.4v lithium battery.  Ideally I would like a single button to cycle through 5 modes: off, low, high, F-U idiot driver, and strobe.  If anyone knows what kind of stuff I would need to buy(i.e. controller, switch,etc...), if the stuff would interface with this driver, and how I would go about programming the thing I would much appreciate it. Thank you, Patrick

Question by phish814    |  last reply

..what kind of battery should i get to run for a 16 mile bike ride??

I have installed a motorcycle headlight to my beach cruiser..and was thinking of getting blinkers for it just stuck on battery..

Question by MaurizioF1    |  last reply

Need help solving a wiring problem...

Hi, I'm new here; hoping someone can help me with a problem I have &, over time, maybe I can help others. I've attached a diagram for the headlight circuit on a car I built.  The headlights work, but I've not been successful adding an LED to indicate whether they are in low beam or high beam and need to get that working. I have an RGB, common cathode LED and have wired it as shown in the picture.  It may be obvious to some of you with more electrical experience than me, but but instead of off; green for low beam; blue for high beam -- I'm getting off; green when I turn the headlights on; both green & blue when I flip to high beams; stays both green & blue when I flip back to low beams; goes off if I turn the headlights off. The one thing I found while trying to trouble shoot that I wasn't expecting is that the wires connected to the 87 pins on relays 2 & 3 show +12V.  That makes sense given the lights simply have a coil between the + & - sides but I wasn't expecting that -- not sure if I'm backfeeding 12V to ground [which might explain a couple of gremlins I've been chasing in other parts of my wiring system]. So, net, I have two questions: 1.  Is there anything wrong with the headlight circuit the way it is set up in the diagram? 2.  Why wouldn't the LED be lighting as expected vs. what I'm getting per above? Note - I didn't draw in the resistors required for the LEDs to work with 12V power, but I do have them on the LED.  Both the blue & green sides do light properly when I connect them directly to the battery to test. I appreciate any help you can offer! Thanks in advance.

Question by CustomV8MGB    |  last reply

classic car parts

I'm looking for old car parts. Grills, fenders, hoods, headlights, anything external. Not wanting to pay to much, but reasonable.  tell me what you have and send me a few pictures!  I live in the southwest Michigan area.  Thanks!

Topic by elliot5445    |  last reply

How do i make an over the windshield light bar for an 88 jeep wrangler?

Any suggestions to make an over the windshield light bar for an 88 jeep wrangler? Construction of the bar, wiring of the lights and all related answers are welcome and appreciated.

Question by xboxteen01    |  last reply

how to make auto headlamp light brighter without to replace with a new unit.?

My car headlight is getting dimmer and dimmer because the reflector in the headlamp had worn out, is there any low cost way that i can refurbish the headlamp to make it light brighter without to replace it with a new headlamp unit.

Question by hamz622    |  last reply

can someone draw a thru hole board for RGB 10w LED with 12v input? Answered

12v input from car battery to power this LED   something swimilar to these 1 2 3 but cheap and simple cos i dont wanna use SMD some info   on LED and board

Question by turbiny    |  last reply

Yoda Cake, Amphibious Couchbike, Bacon Soap

Yoda Cake Amphibious Couchbike Bacon Soap DIY Pixar Baby Lamp Zipper Earbuds Liquid-Cooled Car Seat Build a Marimba Homemade Rowing Shell Camera Ring Light Panning Security Cam Basic Linear Perspective Hand Crank Flashlight $2 Running Shoes Bright Bike Headlight Paper Towel Roll Flower

Topic by randofo  

LED Eyes while still maintaining visibility?

I'm modding an Optimus Prime voice changer helmet for halloween. I'd like to have eyes that are lit up, but I still need to see through them. Any ideas how I could accomplish this?  My idea is something like a car headlight. Have the LED off to the side, and have a reflective background (tinfoil?) so it lights up bright. Then have an eye hole in the middle of the background to see through. Thoughts? 

Topic by matthewordie    |  last reply

'73 Harley- Electrical Emergency! Answered

Ok, biker boys (and girls), I need help. After sitting all winter, I fired up my '73 Shovelhead. I had a battery charger attached (charging 12v @ 6 amps). The bike fired up on the fourth or fifth kick (YAY!!!), but then promptly fried the headlight, the taillight, and caught the charger on fire (in the carport). What do you think is wrong? Defective regulator? Poor regulator ground? I want to ride this weekend, so help me ASAP!!!!?

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How'd I get permanent marker off polycarbonate? Answered

I was using permanent marker to mark the fold lines for my front panel on my cnc machine. It comes off easily with methylated spirits on an earbud, but not after heat has been applied during the folding process. I've tried acetone, 2K thinners, spirits, rubbing alcohol and even PlastiX (used for renewing the yellowing on old headlight lenses) with no success. The irking factor is high and needless to say black duct tape on the back just wont do it for me. Any other ideas?

Question by petercd    |  last reply

Wiring Question

Ok, I recently purchased a Go-Ped for practically nothing, and I really, really, really want to fix it up. I want to mount a couple of LED powered bicycle headlights on the front, and a tail light on the back. However, I want to be able to turn them all on and off via a single switch, mounted to the handlebars.I know very little about wiring, but I do know that most bicycle lights require physical pressure to power them on or off. Maybe there's something that can go between the batteries and bulbs?Any input you can provide would be fantastic!-Ryan

Topic by ryry214    |  last reply

Can someone suggest a solar panel? Answered

I will be charging a 12v 14.5AH motorcycle battery. The reason is that my charging system died and parts are more than 2 weeks out. I live in a state where a headlight is a requirement any time of the day and it really takes a toll on my usable range. So my short-term solution is to attach a temporary solar panel on it and leave the bike in the sun. I would plug it in and attach it when I was not riding so mounting it is not a problem. The panel needs to fit into a backpack and be fairly light (under 10 lbs).

Question by Junk_Wizard    |  last reply

Little Arduino project help

Hello. I have a duemilanove arduino thay i bought a couple years ago to leatn but never actually learned anything. I need it now for a little project, Basically i have an automotive height sensor(goes under the chassis for headlight adjustment) and i would need a code to tell the arduino to turn on 2 LEDs,each at a different set height. It should be pretty simple, could someone help me with the code? I'd put the exact values in after I know them. Also, if its possible for qn arduino nano? (So its smaller) thanks

Question by dsirotic  

I recently saw an electric 3 wheel motor scooter that looked like a cross between a Roman chariot and a Segway. Help!

I recently saw an electric 3 wheel motor scooter that looked like a cross between a Roman chariot and a Segway. The driver could only stand while riding and moved at about 10 mph. The chassis looked like it came from one of those senior citizen scooters, the tires looked like boys' 15 inch street bicycle wheels. It had a headlight and taillights along with a trailer hitch.  My question is does anyone have the plans or at the very least pictures of something similar?

Question by javajunkie1976    |  last reply

power car headlamp with LED as home decoration lamp?

Hello, everyone I have this Audi A4 Lamp with LED DRL, I want to power the LED up at home as decoration.Opened the headlamp housing, and trace the wire, I found the led strip has 4 wires, and I don't know which is (+) which is (-), I did some internet search of 4 pin led strip, and most of the info was RGB led. I don't believe this Audi LED DRL has RGB. tried (+ + - -) (+ - - +) (- + + -) with no luck.  any advice to power the LED up at home? Thank you.

Question by VanWeeD    |  last reply

How can I power 16 LED's with 2 AA batteries? What type of LED's do I need for this? Answered

I found a website that boasts a safety vest with 16 LED's powered by 2 AA batteries (see link at bottom). This confused me because I have a setup of 16 LED's in "series", but my setup requires 18v to operate. Is it the rating of my LED's? What "size" LED's do I need to get to minimize the voltage requirements?If you're curious, I set the LED's up for my daughters Power Wheels for headlights and tail lights.

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Please looking for recommend on the best bike light DIY on Instructables!

Hello, Subject pretty much says all. I'm getting dizzy going through all the bike lighting projects here on Instructables :) Could anyone recommend a good setup that is : 1) Relatively low cost 2) Easy to do 3) Bright 4) Uses standard AAA or AA type batteries (already have these and great charger) 5) Possibly shared system for headlight and flashing tail light This is on a newer urban type bike, so I'd like something I can tie down pretty well. Been using the old hose clamp and 1 LED flashlight for a few years. It's not very good. Thanks for any pointers!

Topic by Sylvester2009