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#1 John Arsenault ONLINE  

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Posted October 12, 2017 - 07:04 AM

I decided to install some driving lights so that I could see down those dark back roads. Some of the roads around me are the worst and it makes driving at night very dangerous. The back roads in my area have no street lights, they twist and wind and we have lots of animals that like to jump out on you. 

 

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My solution added a set of PIAA 540 driving lights and a set of PIAA 200 series fog lights.

 

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Now I am waiting on that phone call from the neighbors telling me a UFO has just landed in my yard.

 

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Darkness is only the absence of light. 

 

 


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Posted October 12, 2017 - 07:07 AM

That should help out.


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Posted October 12, 2017 - 07:44 AM

Better night vision is largely thought to be to increase the amount of light.  One needs to be able to see through the darkness into a lighted area. Looking through light rays into a lighted area does not increase the vision all that much.  As long as the actual light is not projected upwards, and stays level or slightly downward you will be in good shape.  This is part of the reason they went away from the rounded head lamps and use the flat front style with built in projectors.  From your last photo there is a lot of light projecting upwards. 



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Posted October 12, 2017 - 08:07 AM

Better night vision is largely thought to be to increase the amount of light.  One needs to be able to see through the darkness into a lighted area. Looking through light rays into a lighted area does not increase the vision all that much.  As long as the actual light is not projected upwards, and stays level or slightly downward you will be in good shape.  This is part of the reason they went away from the rounded head lamps and use the flat front style with built in projectors.  From your last photo there is a lot of light projecting upwards. 

 

 

Looks that way but if you see my garage light its distorted as well, my camera phone just freaks out I guess and cannot focus. I understand what you are saying about the light beams and have my two center lights 1.25 feet off the ground at 25 feet away, my fogs are 4" at 25 feet away.  Recommended for my center beams is 1.5 feet off the ground at 25 feet away so I put them just a tad lower.

 

I have tested them at night and its a night and day difference, this is something I should have done a long time ago.

 

Oh btw I think with my photo its because I had everything on including my high beams, trust me when I say I can see really well. Photos sometimes do no justice.  


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Posted October 12, 2017 - 08:35 AM

Must be quite a current draw with all those lights on + high beams. Is the alternator/battery combo up to the task?



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Posted October 12, 2017 - 09:03 AM

Must be quite a current draw with all those lights on + high beams. Is the alternator/battery combo up to the task?

 

 

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Yes I was one step ahead while building this car I put in a 120 amp alt. knowing I was going to do something with the extra amps. 

 

Car is manual everything though, manual windows, no power door locks, so the lights are my only real draw. 

 

 

Standard alt for this car was 60 amp and 80 for the ones with all power options, so I have doubled it.

 

I did have to use a slightly smaller class battery in this car because I added in an extra large radiator and had to make some room for inter-cooler piping and that made me relocate my battery tray closer to the fender to get it all to fit, however I can always upgrade to a lithium if ever needed. 

 

 


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Posted October 12, 2017 - 02:32 PM

Just make sure you turn them off when there is oncoming traffic.


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Posted October 12, 2017 - 04:33 PM

Here , only 4 lights on the front is allowed burning at a time.



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Posted October 12, 2017 - 08:57 PM

Here , only 4 lights on the front is allowed burning at a time.

 

 

Does it say how big they can be?

 

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Posted October 13, 2017 - 08:16 AM

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Nice upgrade :thumbs:


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Posted October 13, 2017 - 11:02 AM

Ellis where in the world did you find that photo?   :bigrofl:

 

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Posted October 13, 2017 - 11:52 AM

I found it on the internet, Chris................so, you know it's real  :smilewink: 


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Posted October 13, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Sounds like your on top of it all.  In Iowa any light that is classified as "off road use" cannot be used any time while on a public roadway.  Some tried to get away with extra lighting liker that calling them auxiliary driving light but were using it to spot light coon, etc.  Didn't work. 


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