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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-12-2000, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Kind of OT, But Safety Related?

I have a problem with headlights and snow. On all the newer vehicles I have driven in the past 15-20 years, the headlights collect snow and making driving in a snow storm impossible. The built up snow acts like the lights are on high beam, causing unbelievable glare. Last night I was caught in a good storm and had to stop and scrape my headlights every 4-5 miles so that I could see. I don't know if this is a design flaw with the new headlight systems, or just that the halogen lamps don't put out enough heat to melt the snow. All I know is that driving in a snowstorm is now a life threatening experience. I never had this problem with the old sealed beam incandescent lights. I have tried rainX on the lamps to no avail. Does anyone have any suggestions or proven solutions where I can keep the benefit of my halogen lights, & still see when I need to drive in a snowstorm.

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Re: Kind of OT, But Safety Related?

....move somewhere warm for the winter!! Just a smarta$$ remark from a fellow Montanan.

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Re: Kind of OT, But Safety Related?

Mid to late 80's Mitubishi Monteros and Dodge Raiders have small headlight sqirters on them. Wne you want to clean the headlights... just press a button. I've thought about adapting a pair to my CJ7 full of winshield washer fluid that does not freeze.

How about using aftermarket defrost wiring applied to the inside of the headlight lense?

It may work for your vehicle.

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Re: Kind of OT, But Safety Related?

[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif[/img] Yeah, I have noticed that on our '97 Grand Cherokee, even here in sunny california where the lowest I have ever seen it go is +7 F. There are several bulb-type aftermarket front lamps....up to 7" in diameter....that you can buy for snow-going. I was thinking of putting some on our CJ as extra deer see-ers and driving lamps just to give it that "Perfesser Peabody" look.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/laugh.gif[/img]
They are in JC Whitney's catalog.[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Kind of OT, But Safety Related?

Hella Vision Plus headlights. Well worth the $45 each for them. They're a lot brighter than the standard headlights, and they'll burn off the snow. I've found the Rain-X helps them as well. We've had ours in the TJ for over 3 years now, one got cracked 2 years ago, still works fine. I highly recommend them.

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Re: Kind of OT, But Safety Related?

How about a solution for vehicles that replace just the bulb. Our Car for example the glass portion is $270. I don't believe Hella makes something for this application. They might for my truck.

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You might set up an old set of sealed beam icandesant lights on the bumper and use them in snow storms instead of your present head lights.Build yourself a housing for them or get the housing off of a old car or truck so that it doesn't look bad.

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