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Re: Headlights too bright?

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Are your HIDs in projector housings? If not, more than likely the glare from your low beam HIDs in halogen housings are indeed blinding people, regardless of how they are adjusted.
I've been flashed a lot more with a car that has factory HIDs in a projector housing then in my Escape with aftermarket HIDs in halogen reflector housing. In fact, on a flat road.... or even on a small hill, I don't even get flashed in my Escape. I could go with what you are saying IF I got flashed all the time. People just see a car with a set of lights brighter than a normal car and think that you have your high beams on. This is even more so the case if the on coming driver pass a car with dimmed (Halogen bulb is about to die out) or cloudy headlights. With that being said, I know not all cars that has halogen housing can fit HIDs can be fine, but in my case I am. My Liberty was the same way, I only got flashed when I had my fog lights on but when I had it off, no one flashed me. 2for1 is also right, the people that would flash me in any of the cars I had was people in cars..... not trucks and SUVs
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Re: Headlights too bright?

There is no valid excuse for intentionally and spitefully blinding people with your brights. If someone fails to dim his lights when approaching, it is probably because he/she (ignorantly) doesn't know they are on. Usually, a quick flash will wake them up. If you are being flashed it is because the approaching driver is being blinded by your lights. If your brights are off, it is best to just ignore it, and if it happens frequently, it is because your lights need adjustment.

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Re: Headlights too bright?

true that ^^. My brand new 2012 had this happen. I got flashed and realized the HIDs were aiming way too high. This is not a problem with idiot drivers, or jealous ones, it is a problem with the leveling system... And it is not an "adjustment" as they were about 10 degrees or more too high and then reset the next time I drove. So it is the leveling system, not a static adjustment.

And to get on the soap box everyone seems to be on in this thread, I'd add, if MY headlights aim too high it's MY fault, not the drivers coming at me who are alerting me to that. So it is thus my responsibility to have them fixed... Of course, as it is a new car, and this thread proves it is not just my Jeep effected, I'll tell Jeep it is THEIR fault if it continues.

It does seem as if turning the lights off then back on helped, or it could be the ride ht adjustment... but of course that is not so easy if you're on the highway or such.
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Re: Headlights too bright?

Knwilson, Jeff Jeske, comnjeep, On my 2012 WK2 I have the exact same problem you have with different headlight heights for aero/sport mode vs. normal ride height. After taking delivery of my Jeep I was constantly getting brighted around town, so I manually adjusted the headlight height down for normal ride height and it is now great around town, no longer getting brighted by oncoming drivers, but on the highway when the Jeep lowers to aero mode, the headlights shine too low and do not light up the same amount of roadway as in normal height mode. Yes, on startup the lights go up and down. The headlights auto-level to two heights (angles), one for normal ride height and one for aero/sport modes. This too low in aero/sport mode is consistent and always does it. One would think the Quadra-Lift sensors would provide feedback to keep the headlight angle consistent, independent of ride height mode. Did you get your issue resolved? If yes, what is the solution?
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I have the same issue about once every 3 months and my lights are perfectly set. Our lights are just at their head level in their little smart cars and prius's.
This is a huge part of it. In some little piece of crap car, there's just nothing that can be done about the fact that where headlights should be on an SUV is in your face. One of the reasons that you shouldn't buy little tiny cars.

Another thing is that many of the people who are flashing you for your lights are in fact, drunk. They may not realize it, but they're likely intoxicated enough to be DUI. Alcohol increases people's sensitivity to light, and as such even lights that are perfectly fine to sober people will appear very bright to people who have been drinking.

FWIW, I haven't been flashed in the Jeep yet. But I don't tend to drive around in areas with bars when people would be DUI. And honestly, the Jeep's lights aren't that bad. If you want to talk about annoying lights, the Escalade takes the cake. Their lights are high, on a big vehicle, and bright. They're actually mounted so high that they can be pretty bright in another SUV.
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Re: Headlights too bright?

Brightness and height are advantages for night visibility. I have had people flash me in almost every vehicle I have ever owned, so as long as they do not drive into me I don't care. My lights are always aimed properly.
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Re: Headlights too bright?

I'd bet money they weren't drunk as it was 5pm... And like I said I realized my headlights were way way way too high. It was a problem with the auto leveling, but it fixed itself. It's been thousands of miles and many month since that happened once, but I'm sure some jgc have it worse than mine and some not at all..
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Re: Headlights too bright?

almost 6 months later and I still agree with my post(s)
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Re: Headlights too bright?

From what I have read, if the lens/headlights are dirty, the lights from HID scatter and can blind oncoming drivers. Hence most HID headlights have washers to clean the headlights.

If you are getting flashed by oncoming drivers, did any of you check if the headlights are dirty? Also, why didnt our Jeep's come w/ washers???
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From what I have read, if the lens/headlights are dirty, the lights from HID scatter and can blind oncoming drivers. Hence most HID headlights have washers to clean the headlights.

If you are getting flashed by oncoming drivers, did any of you check if the headlights are dirty? Also, why didnt our Jeep's come w/ washers???
I for one am glad my Overland didn't come with headlight washers.
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Re: Headlights too bright?

I get flashed regularly in my Laredo with stock halogen bulbs. I was at a light and a guy was constantly flashing me from across the intersection. I rolled the window down and waved at him and he looked utterly confused. lol
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Re: Headlights too bright?

I expect a tsb some day. It's not the drivers or the dirt. It's the auto leveling way way off on off road ht settings not resetting in lower settings right away either. An suv shouldn't be shining a compact in the eyes even with hids head on. In the rear mirror at a stop light yes, but this is different. The angle of approach and distance are different.
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