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#11 of 30 Re: HID Headlights- shed some light? [kasperghost]
Feb 23, 2005 (7:09 am)
if you are worried about the width of your field of view then I would say your fine!! however the height is what you might want check out when you shine them up against the wall.. I have found that my car next to most cars is just as high but like I said they cut off abruptly were as haligens have more disbursement. I have also noticed that our Jeep which is higher and has haligen lights is a lot less bright then the TSX, and the Jeep you can see the two light beams marking the road were as the TSX just looks like Daylight in front of you until they cut off and nothing.
my uncle has a is300 and his auto leveling seemed more then "over rated" just because he has a sloped driveway and when he turned the lights on they conformed to the drive slope of the drive way.. now if that is the only time they level I would assume that would be pretty dangerous because he would have to back out onto a level road, if they didn't level themselves again would kind of make the lights very unusable I would think? BUT I have a TSX and the TSX doesn't have auto leveling so I don't know.
you may want to try the IS300 just to compare lights I know the IS300 has HID and auto leveling but I don't think they are projector beam?? so there is a different and you may bet a bit more dispersing??
#12 of 30 Re: HID Headlights- shed some light? [thepdmm]
Feb 23, 2005 (11:56 am)
thepdmm- In all honesty, I rarely drive cars that have HIDs and autoleveling (we have a TSX, a 330i,and an A4 - only the TSX has HIDs). So, this feature could be more useful than I have always believed.
But, either way, I'm not impressed by the HIDs int he TSX. I think standard halogens work better.
#13 of 30 Re: HID Headlights- shed some light? [uncledavid]
Feb 24, 2005 (7:15 am)
I am not saying I am "impressed" with HIDS either.. I honestly think the cost of having them out weights the benefits. however I do like them better compared to Halogens I don't think Halogens work better though.
HIDS are a matter of opinion if you want to get down to technical data I would say HIDS are better.. but stats don't always tell the truth.
problem is I am a tech junky so technology gets me every time!!
More power to you uncledavid 2 of the 3 sedans you own have the lights you like better!! can't argue with you their!
#14 of 30 Re: HID Headlights- shed some light? [thepdmm]
Feb 24, 2005 (6:59 pm)
LOL. I like your style, thepdmm. You are informed, critical, but like me, you like gadgets.
My daily driver is the TSX. My dad drives the Beemer, and my sister drives the Audi. I find the sharp cutoff in my own car to be distracting, and I don't like it. But, I understand why you feel HIDs are better. Maybe this is just one of those additions that is useful, but not yet perfected.
#15 of 30 Re: HID Headlights- shed some light? [uncledavid]
Feb 25, 2005 (7:08 am)
Any new technology needs perfected, it is up to us gadget loving consumers to make sure we support the new stuff!
I will say that when i first got the car I wasn't a bit fan of the low cut off, but since then I don't even think about it anymore, but then again I am in the city most of the time..
#16 of 30 Re: HID Headlights- shed some light? [thepdmm]
by kyfdx HOST
Feb 25, 2005 (8:20 am)
HIDs are fantastic when done correctly.. The Xenons in a BMW are like daylight, compared to the halogens (which are also very good).
In contrast, the HIDs in the TSX are merely average..
I'm not an engineer, but maybe it has something to do with the more traditional round projector of the BMW..
I know that Honda can make them better.. and probably will....
Feb 22, 2005 (5:20 pm)
Autoleveling is an overrated feature. It does exactly what you are suggesting - setting the level of the lights based on the initial load in the car. It won't help you at all over bumps.
The cutoff on the HIDs for the TSX is very sharp, and the lights are low. I could see better with the Halogens in my last Accord.
#18 of 30 Xenon Headlights - Hight Level and Wind Noise
Jul 30, 2005 (8:26 pm)
My 05 TSX was hit by a Valet attendant about 3 months ago. The left front headlight was destroyed and some damage to the front left quarter of the car. The repair required them to remove my drivers side window and replace some pieces including the light of course. Well, I have had both the Acura Dealer and the repair facility adjust the headlights. I could have sworn that when I bought the car the headlights were straight and crisp from left to right. Now One is higher or lower than the other. Neither facility can get them level. They say it is level when it is not. So, are your lights straight and crisp or do are they overlapping up/down ways. Now I hear alot more road noise from that side. Grr, I don't like my car anymore. Never the same after an accident.
#19 of 30 Re: Xenon Headlights - Hight Level and Wind Noise [choppe01]
Jul 30, 2005 (9:03 pm)
I test drove the TSX at night on dark back roads. Hopefully I will own one within a month. The TSX headlights did the same thing. I asked the salesman about it. He said levels are offset (up/down) on purpose. Something to do with the light dispersion cutting off so abrupty yada yada. He may have been pulling my leg though. If he wasn't, your headlights might technically be "level". Try searching the Acura threads for the Xenon. I think I remember some discussion on it but I may be mistaken.
#20 of 30 Re: Xenon Headlights - Hight Level and Wind Noise [choppe01]
Jul 31, 2005 (9:02 am)
The headlights on my TSX aren't level either; I think that the right one is higher than the left. IIRC, I had that on an Integra 10 years ago and was told that was intentional that the left was lower than the right so it wouldn't shine into the eyes of oncoming drivers.