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shropshiredefender



Member Since: 05 Jun 2017
Location: Shropshire
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England 2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Santorini Black
LED headlight continental converters

Thinking of fitting LED headlights.
BUT I do roughly 5k. miles on the continent and 10k miles in the UK every year.
Can anyone tell me how easy(?) it is to change the dipped beam on an LED headlight from UK to Continental use.

Thanks

Post #669551 7th Dec 2017 3:24pm
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There are no commercially available beam convertors as available for standard halogen bulb headlights.

Conventional halogen bulb headlights have glass lenses which also control the shape of the beam pattern. Very straightforward to block off the part of the beam which might dazzle on coming traffic.

LED headlights have a much sharper cut off then halogen lights and the beam pattern is controlled by the reflector rather then the lens.

It is not possible to buy beam convertors for LED headlights.

If you want to try and adjust the headlights, find a decent wall, park 3 metres away and put dipped beam on. Look for the 'kick up' on LHS. Now it is trial and error to find the part of the lens where this comes through the lens and what to block off with tape.

My understanding of the law is twofold. Illegal to dazzle on coming traffic. Headlights must be 'handed' for the country of vehicle registration.

LED headlights with their sharp cutoff tends not to dazzle oncoming traffic.



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shropshiredefender



Member Since: 05 Jun 2017
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England 2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Santorini Black

Thanks Brendan - given the political situation and vagaries of individual traffic cops I think I'll leave that mod.

I'll just wonder where all the light from main + 2 x Lazer RS8 has gone when I go to dip Big Cry

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