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  1. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    Again with the personal attacks. Shame on you.
  2. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    AustrianVespaGuy, I wish there was a way to respond to individual posts directly (maybe I don't know, and there is?). Seem like this thing is linear. In any event, I don't know what you mean by " HIDs are brightest near the electrodes and dimmer in the middle while the halogen filament will be brightest in the center." HIDs surely are brightest at the electrodes, and halogens are brightest at the filament but there is no middle (unless you are referring to the position on the bulb. One difference is that the halogens have light blocks mounted behind the filaments (e.g., for low beam cutoff).
  3. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    Jimmy, "even me." True, dat. Reasonable (look that one up) people can communicate in a civil fashion without veiled personal attacks. So, I accept that " You can't get correctly focused light because it's not physically possible" without a lamp designed for a specific bulb and vehicle. But, you can have an aftermarket solution that is acceptable for all practical purposes in driving down the road. I am not seeking perfection in my lighting, just something that is an improvement over stock (what was provided by the factory) and works in the real world (e.g., provides a lighting improvement and doesn't blind other drivers). It doesn't take much to improve on the original 02 lighting.
  4. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    I was using "reasonable" in the objective sense. Reasonable in absolute terms, not simply according to my opinion (see here if you don't understand this meaning of the word: I would say at worst, you won't get correctly focused light, at best, you will. I have to admit to being confused by your word usage. If you are correct that (and I am presuming this is what you meant) it is not possible for the DIYer to get correctly focused light, tens of thousands of pimply-faced young Honda owner are going to cry themselves to sleep tonight. I believe we each have made our opinions clear. Over and out.
  5. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    Quoting from my earlier post about D. Stern: " I can't say I disagree with anything he says..." Jimmy, are you saying that it would be impossible to put a non-halogen light source in housings engineered for halogen light sources and achieve a reasonable result?
  6. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    I agree with what you are saying. My only point is that it is possible to achieve better lighting with aftermarket solutions and be a good citizen on the road- if you have reasonable knowledge of the technology you are working with, and are careful in your selection/matching of products and finally, aiming your headlights properly for the light being put out.
  7. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    Jimmy, I am trying not to take umbrage at your post. However, I will point out that the old adage about what happens when you "assume" something has been proven out here. I am blinded almost daily by super bright LED or HID lights on oncoming, late model vehicles. Are these all out of adjustment? Most I would guess are "legal" and adjusted IAW the specs, yet they blind me and my passengers. How can that be?
  8. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    If this was directed at me, I was not discussing "feelings, but rather my subjective experience. I believe (not "feel") my last post addresses the important parts of your post. Further, when I am modifying or adjusting a lighting system, I go so far as to have someone drive the car toward me or follow behind me, so I can make sure that other drivers are not going to be blinded by my lights.
  9. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    My bad for using that term instead of elaborating on the performance, which I believe includes concentration of light (focus) and other factors described in DS' writeup. However, it certainly is in part about brightness. If you have a bulb that is not putting off much light, in the right spectrum, it doesn't matter how well the lamp is designed. What I meant is that I am happy with the light coverage with my Hella lamps w/HID. The light is well focused on "low beam", and the light throw (illuminating the road) on "high beam" is at least double I have gotten with incandescent bulbs.
  10. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    I have re-read Daniel Stern's writeup on using LED/HID bulbs in lamps not intended/designed for them. It has been updated, and I can't say I disagree with anything he says (except for his statement "... halogen headlamps must use halogen bulbs or they don't—can't—won't work effectively, safely, or legally). Well, maybe the "legally" part. However, I think it possible to put together a decent lighting system using LEDs or HIDs. You really need to use either one with a projector lens. The problem with LEDs is there is an almost infinite number of designs with different LED placement on the bulb. You may get luck and find a good match for your headlamps. I have HID H4s with the movable bulb in Hella lamps in my 02.. They work pretty darn good and subjectively are many times brighter than any halogen bulb I have tried.
  11. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    HID H4 bulbs with an electromagnetically controlled shield that moves the bulb up and down for low/ high settings became available a few years ago. The cost is the same or less than the multitude of H4 LED bulbs and they work great in my Hella H4 lamps. You have to remove the sheet metal cut-off part in the lamp because it won't allow the bulb to be mounted and isn't needed. I don't believe Daniel tested these.
  12. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    Daniel Stern has done some great work in this area. The study presented on halogen vs. HID bulbs is 16 years old and irrelevant.
  13. Chris_B

    battery relocate

    Here is another option for battery placement. I already had this battery before installing a Tii brake system that more or less forced me to remove my bolt in '73 non-tii battery tray.
  14. Chris_B

    LED Conversion for H4 Lights

    The problem with LED blubs is focusing the light properly. H4 HID bulbs/ballasts are about the same price, put out substantially more light and are designed to work in H4 lamps.
  15. Chris_B

    Car cover recommendations

    I have two Covercraft HPs and one HD. Neither are inexpensive. The HP is superlight, to the point of being difficult to put on the car (if it weren't for the mirror pockets...). He HD is heavy and provides a lot of protection to the car. What I wanted most was to keep dust off of the cars. This is a real problem with many car covers. It seems like most of them act like filters, keeping out the heavier/larger particles but letting the "moon dust" in to coat the car. I have a Covercraft HP on my 02, which gets a place in my garage. Despite being in the garage, there is a fair amount of dust floating around. The HP pretty much keeps the dust off the car. However, outside it is not the same. I think the wind is blowing a certain amount of dust in around the sides of the cover. It is not "soft" but it is not scratchy, either. And, it is easy to through in the washer with a bit of Simple Green (although not really necessary very often if you are using it inside.