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Re: LED headlights

Mon Dec 23, 2013 9:58 am

blownb310 wrote:
Has anyone considered the PIAA LP530 driving lamps? They employ two 3 watt LED bulbs, ...


Good points have been made. And I love LEDs. All my house is LEDs. Last July I probably would have liked LED headlights. But now that winter hit, other issues came up. I like how the factory ‘halogen lights’ keeps the frozen mist from caking up.

And now I see this problem with our city traffic lights. Our city went to LED stop lights. Now the snow packs on them and covers them up so we can’t see the signal. The old ‘hot’ lights kept that snow off.

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markweatherill
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Re: LED headlights

Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:52 am

thanks for the replies! I own a gasoline 'i' and the headlights are the same as the iMiev (if I am wrong, please correct me). Hence asking about the LED lights. Perhaps they aren't offered in the US but UK iMievs can be specified with them.

I've always thought how poor the stock headlights are on low beam, in fact. The light is just about adequate, but it cuts off very sharply so that out of the illuminated patch, which I find isn't very far ahead of the car, it's pitch dark. Is it like that on the iMiev too? Or is it my bulbs? :?

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Re: LED headlights

Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:36 am

Mark, I agree that the cutoff line can be a bit too low and sharp, and two adults up front with an empty rear seat can make it worse. Have you looked at turning the beam aiming adjusters? Even without the automatic headlamp leveling system, the gears are inside our assemblies and IIRC, can be manually turned.

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markweatherill
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Re: LED headlights

Tue Jan 28, 2014 3:16 pm

That's a relief that it isn't just me, thanks. I'd hesitate to adjust the beams outside the factory setting though; I once had two rear passengers and was happy to see the headlights pointing a little higher up and lighting up more road. But I got a few flashes from oncoming traffic so had to adjust them back down (I have the beam adjust system 8-) ).

And no, it isn't AWD!

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Re: LED headlights

Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:51 pm

I find my headlights are near perfect, although there are times when I'd like them to be higher.

Mark, would you mind taking a few photos of the headlight adjustment knob and the wiring behind it? I'm hoping that I can source an adjustment knob that'll work in the US i-MiEV, since we don't have one.

You can upload the pictures here, which will go into my Dropbox, unless you have a way to post pictures on this forum.
http://dbinbox.com/PV1

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Re: LED headlights

Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:17 pm

I believe this is what you're looking for

Image

I think you can turn the hex head in the center of the gear to adjust them up and down, but when I tried it, they didn't want to move - I *think* we have to loosen a lock screw (one of them in the photo?) to make the adjustment and then lock them back down

The gear there is used on the Japanese car to adjust them from inside the car I think

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Re: LED headlights

Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:38 pm

Don wrote:I believe this is what you're looking for

Was this for me or someone else? I'm looking for the knob that goes inside to adjust the lights while in the car.
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Re: LED headlights

Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:42 pm

I'm sorry - I thought you were looking fo the adjustment on the back of the headlight assemblies, so you could raise yours up a little

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Re: LED headlights

Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:55 pm

Yeah. I found the adjustments on the headlights, though I couldn't move them without fear of breaking the gears. It's been bothering me that the servos are on the back of the assemblies with the wiring in place, I can't help but think that adding the knob in the car would be all that's needed to activate this feature.

I found a picture of a Canadian RVR (Outlander) that has this adjustment knob, and it would physically fit in the opening beside the ASC button in the i-MiEV.
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Re: LED headlights

Wed Jan 29, 2014 4:40 pm

PV1 wrote:
Mark, would you mind taking a few photos of the headlight adjustment knob and the wiring behind it?.


One photo so far to your Dropbox, sorry I haven't had a chance to take any more.

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