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Old 19th September 2008, 15:39   #1
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I own a 2001 model OHC 1.5 exi(type 2) which has done 70,000kms. I got my headlamps' bulbs and the parking bulbs replaced with Philips(the white light) make 2 years back matching the OEM's wattage requirements etc.

There is hardly any visibility at night and almost nothing especially when there is incoming traffic and thus night driving has become very slow and also dangerous.

Any suggestions on what all are the options I have to address the problem?

Do reflectors get damaged over a period of time? Should replacing bulbs alone will address the problem? Are there any after-market reflectors available which are reliable as well for OHC type 2 models?

Thanks for your inputs.

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1. Check the condition of your headlamps + reflectors. OHC headlights are notorious for fogging up within 2 - 3 years. Your 7 year old pair could require a replacement.

2. Check the focus and, if necessary, get it adjusted.

3. You might want to try upgrading the bulbs to a higher wattage than OEM.
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Also check the head light lenses(covers) itself they might be scratched or faded. These can be polished.
Secondly also check your windshield..this could also affect visibility.
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Hi,

Is there any OHC club in Pune/Mumbai and if there exists a group on Team-Bhp site to connect with?

Thanks for all the inputs on headlamps visibility problem. I am planning to install the a set of Light Force driving lights + plus replace the existing bulbs + polish the headlamps' lens.

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My advice to you as i give to everyone with headlight queries.

Put GE 140/110 Rally Bulbs and Redo your Entire Wiring with Finolex Wires. Ad use ONLY Bosch Relays. And the effect you will get is beyond belief!
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SC - White lights are useless on the highway especially on the OHC. Switch back to normal yellow lamps with 100/90 wattage after upgrading the relay/wiring.
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normal yellow lights 100/90 will be better than the white lights. If you want power white lights, then go for HID lights , its way to expensive
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My advice to you as i give to everyone with headlight queries.

Put GE 140/110 Rally Bulbs and Redo your Entire Wiring with Finolex Wires. Ad use ONLY Bosch Relays. And the effect you will get is beyond belief!
Cyrus, Can the same setup work for a Santro Xing too? Also what would be the approximate cost?

Thanks a ton for all the assistance.
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Santro Xing has outstanding headlight design, just a normal 130/110 relay coupled with 100/90 bulbs is going to do the job! Trust me, I've done back-to-back comparison's on the Santro's headlights & they really have some fantastic throw & spread!
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Santro Xing has outstanding headlight design, just a normal 130/110 relay coupled with 100/90 bulbs is going to do the job! Trust me, I've done back-to-back comparison's on the Santro's headlights & they really have some fantastic throw & spread!
Ishaan, 100/90 is now old news!! All my cars have 140/110. And believe me, they are like DAYLIGHT!! Its amazing on the highway!! And his is not pure yellow. It is Whitish yellow.

@lalvaz. It can work on any car. All you gotta do is redo the wiring in Finolex wires and get a bosch relay.

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I just upgraded my old Crystal Visions to Philips Essential Vision 130/100w with PMP Harness and Relay on my OHC Type2 and the light output is awesome. The plastic casing does get hot, but nothing the car cannot handle. I recommend the same if you are more into highway driving!
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I just upgraded my old Crystal Visions to Philips Essential Vision 130/100w with PMP Harness and Relay on my OHC Type2 and the light output is awesome. The plastic casing does get hot, but nothing the car cannot handle. I recommend the same if you are more into highway driving!

I have got the same set up in my ikon and it very good for highway driving
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1. Check the condition of your headlamps + reflectors. OHC headlights are notorious for fogging up within 2 - 3 years. Your 7 year old pair could require a replacement.

2. Check the focus and, if necessary, get it adjusted.

3. You might want to try upgrading the bulbs to a higher wattage than OEM.
Since mine were fogged up i changed them recently and i noticed that the new ones also have water droplets because of vapour on the inside after a considerable drive. They dry up for now but im sure they will fog out in a year or two;so my queries are:
1: why does this happen? what can be done to avoid or resist this?
2: what is it that i could imply to get a better throw and spread?
(mine is a 2001 OHC type II 1.5 Exi)
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Ishaan, 100/90 is now old news!! All my cars have 140/110. And believe me, they are like DAYLIGHT!!
Thats not the point. You can go as bright as you want but show some consideration for the oncoming traffic.

If the other guy gets blinded by your lights even for a sec, he could lose his judgement and end up veering towards your car.

100/90 itself is bright enough. Can't imagine getting hit by 140/110.

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Since mine were fogged up i changed them recently and i noticed that the new ones also have water droplets because of vapour on the inside after a considerable drive. They dry up for now but im sure they will fog out in a year or two;so my queries are:
1: why does this happen? what can be done to avoid or resist this?
It generally happens if there is a gap in the headlamps.

My right headlamp has a slight cut near the indicator light which allows moisture to enter causing the headlight glass to fog up during monsoons or when ever i wash the car.

The left headlamp has no such issues.

So get your headlamps checked for any leaks/gaps.

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