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Old car headlights were all the same - which was a fairly bright idea

  • Published on Oct 15, 2022 veröffentlicht
  • There will be highs, there will be lows, but they would always be the same. Until 1957 anyway.
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  • JETZcorp
    JETZcorp 5 months ago +5774

    According to my dad, who is old, in the 1970s if you drove around with the high beams on or your lights misadjusted, the police would hunt you down like a rabid dog. Today, it seems that you can strap the sun itself to the front of your car and never get bothered. Funny how things change.

    • Alec Mullaney
      Alec Mullaney Day ago

      ​@Anne-droid really wished you would have sacrificed something to save the environment. Or maybe to preserve the political integrity of the country.

    • Jack X
      Jack X 2 months ago

      @JETZcorp - "my dad, who is old" - and was driving around in the 1970s . . .
      Thanks, mate; how would you describe me, who started riding motorbikes in 1963? On second thoughts; don't answer that - I think I'd rather not know . . .

    • Thffhrewe Rrghdeg
      Thffhrewe Rrghdeg 2 months ago

      Blinding other drivers, making pedestrians go deaf with loud exhausts, and letting you pitbull terrorize the neighborhood are some of the essential freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

    • cra pple
      cra pple 2 months ago

      @Daniel Carter Well, in Texas the maxim is still Drive Friendly Y'all! ;-P But, yeah, the invading californicators could use some good ol fashioned ass whoopin' to get with the program roun hea!

    • C6 Modellsport
      C6 Modellsport 2 months ago +1

      @Edward Glowacki Manufacturers are exploiting wattage based limitations. LEDs use a mere fraction the power a sealed beam or halogen bulb used so they can get away with putting a couple of neutron stars in the front of the car. Same with marker/tail/stop; LEDs use a fraction the power of 1157 filament bulbs so they can put way too much light back there without running afoul of DOT regs.

  • Crackly Dan
    Crackly Dan 3 months ago +265

    I grew up in the days of sealed beams and I do miss the consistency of those lights. Now I don't like driving at night because it's incredibly difficult to see the road whilst being blinded by the lights of some dude who wants the brightest lights on the block!

    • Reuben Wagner
      Reuben Wagner Month ago +1

      At night often times the low beams of the drivers behind me are brighter and farther throwing than my high beams....

    • Ben McReynolds
      Ben McReynolds Month ago +1

      I remember being told when growing up that if our lights weren't aimed right that we could get a ticket. Nowadays I swear so many people's lights are aimed right up into your face... Instead of down at the road.. it's so annoying

    • rando
      rando Month ago +1

      I hate it so much. Every car seems to have these insanely bright lights nowadays.

    • VeryBerry
      VeryBerry 2 months ago

      Try driving with night glasses - they're yellow tinted and supposedly cut dazzle and glare

    • Rowland Buck
      Rowland Buck 2 months ago +2

      I’m convinced that a lot of people have no clue that the blue light on dash means high beams and the green means day lights

  • Brian Shrader
    Brian Shrader 3 months ago +86

    after living in Germany for 2 years and returning to the US for the first time, the difference between headlight glare was *drastic*. driving in the US felt much more dangerous as it's very difficult to see at night with all the glare from other vehicles.

    • Simon Ro
      Simon Ro 11 days ago

      Jesus Christ! If Germany is evidently not that bad, I don't think I could drive safely in the US at night.

    • 古道不怂
      古道不怂 2 months ago

      Europ type low beam are much better.

    • Der Zieher
      Der Zieher 2 months ago

      @StereoSonic which side of the Brexit divide are you on? 😃

    • StereoSonic
      StereoSonic 2 months ago +5

      @Der Zieher That's extremely rare nowadays. I can't remember the last time I saw a car with those. Maybe six months.

  • Hagen P
    Hagen P 4 months ago +300

    In German car manuals there is/was a section about how to modify the headlights for when you drive in a left-hand-side-driving country (e.g. England). As I remember it, you had to add some triangles of duct tape at the right places of the headlights to avoid glare for oncoming traffic. (I never drove my car to England, so for me this was a curiosity.)

    • Barth
      Barth 3 months ago +1

      Oh yes, in France we had a lot of british tourists (or french coming back from Britain) with these "lense stickers" on the headlights! It meant " i've been to Britain" without telling it...

    • ZKH Prins Sven Olaf van CyberBunker-Kamphuis
      ZKH Prins Sven Olaf van CyberBunker-Kamphuis 3 months ago +1

      not just that. the mirrors are different too :P so taking parts from cars for those markets is not such a good idea. :P also i think germany at least at some point mandated the exhaust pipe to be on the side where the sidewalk is not (so you don't blow smoke onto the side walk ;) and the fuel intake to be on the passenger side so you can refill it without getting run over on an autobahn but nowadays that stuff is simply all over the place again anyway. lol. the sticker only serves 'not blinding oncoming traffic' due to the light pattern.

    • Night Raven
      Night Raven 3 months ago +1

      @JonosBtheMC I just keep mind on all the time, makes me just a little more visible on the road, especially from behind. I'm just glad my car has an shut-off timer once the engine stops.

    • JonosBtheMC
      JonosBtheMC 4 months ago +1

      @CambridgeMart True, same thing with speed-sensing wipers and auto-dimming mirrors. I was being nostalgic for the days when you still actually had to turn on the lights yourself...

    • CambridgeMart
      CambridgeMart 4 months ago

      @JonosBtheMC Definitely not unique to BMWs, all of my cars over the last 20 years have this feature.

  • Blitz Roehre
    Blitz Roehre 3 months ago +35

    Your Figaro has H4 bulb in the headlights, and if you nip off the 3 locating lugs in the base you can slightly rotate the bulb to suit righthand traffic, the low beam filament is partly blocked by a trough and rotating it will block out the part of the beam which blinds oncoming traffic. Of course some of the optics are also molded into the glass, but this trick should suit you just fine...

  • Gary Thomas
    Gary Thomas Month ago +7

    I worked at the plant that made these headlights. The metal that you referred to as the reflector inside the headlight, was not a piece of metal, it was a coating of aluminum applied directly onto the glass.

  • Gene Cash
    Gene Cash 5 months ago +3882

    It was funny, because at first I hated the mandated inflexibility of these things, and I wrote a big rant about it. Then I had lunch and thought about it, and realized it's *a* *lot* *better* than the $750 light assemblies with cheap-ass plastic lenses.

    • FirstDagger
      FirstDagger Month ago

      @The Flying Spaget ; Yes, or at-least modular so that it can easily upgraded.

    • The Flying Spaget
      The Flying Spaget Month ago +1

      @FirstDagger backwards compatibility! The answer to that is always backwards compatibility, unless it's completely unimplementable that should really just be standard for standards.

    • Windhelm Guard
      Windhelm Guard 2 months ago

      @EyeTVideos *Always on high beams that can detect other vehicles and only block light for those spots, for a bout two or three years when one of the critical components, be it the sensor, any number of the LEDs or any of the critical microelectronics in the system become faulty and the whole damn thing stops working right.

    • David O
      David O 3 months ago

      Far better.

    • Erik_DK
      Erik_DK 3 months ago

      @Surestick88 Same system on my Skoda Octavia

  • s4ss
    s4ss 3 months ago +13

    I used to work in a European lighting company (big one) and we had a recessed luminaire. At some point we decided to venture into US market. We needed to get this luminaire UL approved. In a nutshell I went from building luminaires to building tanks. Our "mostly plastic" designed was now mostly sheet metal. And the little plastic that did remain was 20..30% glass fiber. We payed a a lot of money for consultations and getting it approved. It felt like market obstructionisms at the time. In retrospect I think there might be more to UL then just milking money from Europeans 🤔

  • Poncho Remerize
    Poncho Remerize 3 months ago +68

    Basically like today, no established standards, and higher cost to consumers. I think we need to standardize more parts in the cars!

    • theExcaliburOne
      theExcaliburOne 22 days ago

      @Lisa W I agree

    • Lisa W
      Lisa W 25 days ago +1

      @theExcaliburOne of course public transport should be the priority, but for some niches we probably have to find a private transport solution too

    • theExcaliburOne
      theExcaliburOne 25 days ago

      We need investment in public transit

    • Steven Cooper
      Steven Cooper Month ago

      If we could also standardize drivers, we could have highway heaven right here on Earth; but, alas, humans are hopelessly non-standardized, and getting crazier by the day.

    • Rowland Buck
      Rowland Buck 2 months ago +5

      Definitely. People are driving around with high beams on blinding others on LIGHTED ROADS. It’s insane.

  • Rob Cohen
    Rob Cohen 4 months ago +43

    I remember pretty clearly as a kid in the 80s when all of a sudden the "new futuristic looking headlights" started appearing everywhere. It was a sign of how cool and great and definitely better in all ways the future would be!

    • Rob Cohen
      Rob Cohen 3 months ago

      @Lethauntic was not my intent

    • Lethauntic
      Lethauntic 3 months ago +2

      Only the internet could spin the idea of improved headlights as a bad thing

    • Gormen Freeman
      Gormen Freeman 3 months ago +1

      being dazzled by red brake lights that look like an angry robocop is all the futuristic rage.

    • Honk Honk
      Honk Honk 4 months ago +11

      nowadays you just get a glorified laser projector on your car, and pray that the AI was trained right as to not blind a semi and swerve it onto you

  • James of all things
    James of all things 3 months ago +9

    This was a far better design than a $1500 headlight housing that takes 3 hours to replace.

  • grazyna zambeanie
    grazyna zambeanie 4 months ago +16

    I remember when the smaller round headlights first came out , the auto makers claimed that with the small lights they could lower the hoods on cars , of course the first thing the auto makers did was stack the two smaller lights on top of themselves , I think that started with the 1957 Rambler

  • Keith Yinger
    Keith Yinger 5 months ago +623

    Imagine halogen being "too bright" and nowadays we have blinding HID and LED lights. I'm seriously been behind some cars and the flashing orange turn signal is like a strobe light. They are ridiculously bright. Light turns green, the cars pull away, and I'm still seeing spots from that turn signal. You know it's bad when you have to put your hand up to block people's brake lights and turn signals because they're so ridiculously bright.

    • Lifted_Above
      Lifted_Above Month ago

      @SteveL Just putting the mobile phone on silent and stuffing it into a compartment while driving, leaving it put, that would cut down on distraction and accidents and fatalities massively.

    • SteveL
      SteveL 2 months ago

      @Lifted_Above defensive driving .. a very good practice because too many people don't use it.

    • SteveL
      SteveL 2 months ago

      @Turbo 14 might explain why the new vehicles headlights are so chuffin' bright... they have Blackpool illuminations INSIDE the car. Probably why SAAB installed the "night display" function button that turned all dash illumination off other than the speedo

    • cuong lam
      cuong lam 2 months ago

      @Buddy Clem
      I did that to my high beams indicator too, I always turn down my dash board light very low when driving on the highways, less light pollution will let you see better, l never buy a car with indigo dash gauge, I had once rented a truck with indigo gauge while driving up north in very dark road,
      I had to turn gauge light to almost completely off but now I didn’t know how fast I was driving. Another reason why people always want brighter LED headlights because white light didn’t get good visibility in the dark,
      Old halogen lights is better because soft yellow lights will reflect some light back which while light will absorb in the black object that makes people think is not bright enough. Fog lights should be in amber colour so they can penetrate through the fogs instead of white colour that just reflects right in front of the fogs, Manufacturer should make LED Brake lights auto dimmer at night time too.

    • Lisa W
      Lisa W 2 months ago +1

      Being in a normal car and being hit by a headlight beam from a huge SUV from the side is enough to blind you these days. And I'm not even an "old woman yelling at clouds, I'm 28! Ah, the good old days!

  • Rurouni-senpai
    Rurouni-senpai 4 months ago +14

    It's pretty funny seeing this just now. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine had a headlight out on his car and went to the auto parts store to pick up a replacement. He came out, put the new bulb in, and it didn't work because it was not compatible. Just goes to show how good this idea actually was

  • Jonathon Rossebo
    Jonathon Rossebo 3 months ago +71

    I never saw anything wrong with sealed beam headlights myself. They worked perfectly fine and are far cheaper to replace than other headlight designs. Since they were made of glass they didn't get cloudy over time like the plastic headlights did. Automakers should have never phased them out entirely.

    • Jonathon Rossebo
      Jonathon Rossebo 2 months ago +1

      @Jason Eldridge bright as a candle😂🤣. It's not like there aren't aftermarket ones that are brighter than stock and also when buying headlights make sure they are DOT approved.

    • Paul Wooton
      Paul Wooton 2 months ago +3

      Funny when the headlights were all the same you could easily tell one make/model from another, now the headlights are different, but the cars all look about the same.

    • Jason Eldridge
      Jason Eldridge 2 months ago

      Apart from the fact they were about as bright as a candle !

    • Windhelm Guard
      Windhelm Guard 2 months ago +3

      also most components of a sealed beam headlight can be infinitely recycled, as they're mostly just plain metal and glass, almost no plastic waste to speak off.

    • Jonathon Rossebo
      Jonathon Rossebo 3 months ago +5

      @ElevatorMan5482 unless they use an existing manufacturer that makes them out of glass to supply them. Like Sylvania, General Electric, or Philips. Even so, the customer that buys such vehicles can always switch out the cheap plastic sealed beam headlights in favor of some good aftermarket glass ones. They're still going to be 50-state DOT legal. There are plenty of aftermarket manufacturers out there that make parts that are much better than stock.

  • Brian Godfrey
    Brian Godfrey 4 months ago +14

    Most of the vehicles I've owned have had sealed beam headlights. More recent ones have molded plastic ones. I do most of the routine maintenance on my vehicles. Frankly, the only advantage I can see to the newer style is aerodynamics.

  • Mervyn Partin
    Mervyn Partin 3 months ago +32

    The auto parts stores in UK now have to stock a huge range of vehicle bulbs, resulting in the individual cost of a bulb being much higher than if there were fewer designs.
    Despite the numbers available, I was unable to get replacement bulbs for my US imports (Chevrolet Astro and HHR) as they were yet another design. If only the World had stuck with Sealed Beam lights, I would have been very pleased.
    I used to stock up with replacement bulbs during our visits to the USA. My wife never objected to a trip to Florida to get some auto bulbs at Walmarts !
    Possibly one further drawback with the plastic headlights. To change a bulb on the HHR, the front wheel had to come off and the arch liner dropped- try doing that at night.

  • Zap Rowsdower
    Zap Rowsdower 4 months ago +12

    Alec, you have this uncanny ability to make such obscure topics so interesting and I truly thank you for it! I can't wait for your next video!

  • Henry J.
    Henry J. 5 months ago +483

    Before cars had electric lights, the earliest ones had small oil lamps. Those weren't very bright and soon gave way to acetylene which burns with a very bright flame. Acetylene is difficult to compress (tends to explode) but a way was found to dissolve acetylene in acetone (like CO2 is dissolved in a soda). Acetylene is still used in welding and is available in two cylinder sizes. The "MC" cylinder is quite small. The "B" cylinder is much larger. These names come from the fact that the cylinders were originally designed for automotive illumination. The small "MC" cylinder was for motor cars while the larger "B" type was for buses.

    • Power Wagon
      Power Wagon 4 months ago

      @Henry J. probably a good thing😁

    • Henry J.
      Henry J. 4 months ago +2

      @Obywatel Cane I remember when comic books advertised "carbide cannons." My mom wouldn't let me get one...

    • Obywatel Cane
      Obywatel Cane 4 months ago

      But even 20 years ago it wasn't always in cylinders. Welders and body shops were using carbide and water in acetylene generators. As kids we were sneaking into construction sites, looking for carbide and making some "grenades" with it :-) You put it in a glass bottle, add some water - you got the picture.

    • Power Wagon
      Power Wagon 4 months ago


    • CC-TO
      CC-TO 5 months ago

      @Mark Williams Hey, it's a well-protected part of the truck! In a frontal collision the occupants buffer the tank from the steel dashboard and the non-collapsing steering column. But more seriously, it's protected from road salt and loose gravel, can't be punctured by road debris, removed from hot exhaust components, and is high enough that it doesn't need an in-tank fuel pump.

  • Harold
    Harold 3 months ago +9

    Have a look in the handbook for your small car. Some are designed to concert the shutter by turning the shutter. Failing that you could mask the offset with tape. We used to do that in the Uk trawling to mainland Europe. Great video really enjoyed it.

  • Skelly's Garage
    Skelly's Garage Month ago +3

    Another excellent video.
    As a side note I’m pretty entertained by the presence of old Soviet cars in this video.
    I saw the Volga, Chaika, and the GAZ-53 truck.

  • Masala
    Masala 4 months ago +34

    Let me just thank you for subtitling the bloopers so expertly. This is the sort of bonus content I stay on for

  • Bryman Fantana
    Bryman Fantana 3 months ago +86

    Another thing about modern headlights, they put off no heat and when driving in the snow are susceptible to becoming clogged with snow or ice that sticks to them making it much harder to see. This is a minor problem that sealed beams never had.

    • HuskyGamersUNITE
      HuskyGamersUNITE 2 months ago +4

      LED traffic signals or retrofits with an LED bulb have the same issue. My city still had halogen traffic signals from 1972 in use at the intersection nearest me up through 2017. The VERY SECOND they switched to LED signals those suckers had burned out blank spots on the "bulbs" within a month of use, and that winter they were full of snow and ice making them totally unviewable. Nobody could see them. Gotta love how modern society takes something that works and has no issues, throws it away because OOOH COMPUTERS and fucks everything up just for the sake of fucking it up.

    • Windhelm Guard
      Windhelm Guard 2 months ago +9

      @John King he said modern.

    • John King
      John King 3 months ago +1

      No heat from the 55W halogen bulb?

    • SkittleKicks Plays
      SkittleKicks Plays 3 months ago +8

      No heat but they yellow thanks to our friend UV

  • daniel Cardwell
    daniel Cardwell 4 months ago +3

    It really bothers me that youtube never recommends your videos to me, yet your my favorite channel.

  • GeneralChangOfDanang
    GeneralChangOfDanang 5 months ago +539

    There's a guy in a truck with insanely bright headlights that I pass every night on the way home from work. The first time I saw him, I flashed my high beams to let him know his were on. I guess he thought he was going to be a smartass and turn his high beams on and they were EXACTLY the same brightness as his regular lights.

    • David Fraser
      David Fraser 3 months ago +1

      I did the same last week it was dark and a little bit foggy , I flashed a vehicle, I thought he was on full beam, he flashed me back and he lit up the sky. It was like a scene from a war movie where they are searching for bombers.

    • Blitz Roehre
      Blitz Roehre 3 months ago

      That guy most probably did an LED or HID conversion of a standard reflector- halogen type headlight. Does not work because the focal point of the conversion is too large as opposed to the accurate placement of a bulb filament. Hence, even on low beam a converted headlight will be lighting all over the place and dazzle oncoming traffic. Plenty of videos on YT to prove that point

    • Honk Honk
      Honk Honk 4 months ago +1

      The consequencesof soldering kits being like $15 off Amazon, is the fact that all the first mod someone does to their car is fucking electrical.

    • Honk Honk
      Honk Honk 4 months ago

      tbh its more liekly he thought you were saying hi or some shit LOL.

    • rjgaynor8
      rjgaynor8 4 months ago +1

      @Jessiedoggie could be worse by me people are blacking out their entire vehicle. And the police are doing nothing about it. Shops keep getting raided all the time and shut down by the state. My shop got hit, but thankfully I keep video footage of all trucks I inspect and keep good records on hand. The guy disabled his emissions equipment. Which is highly illegal. I don’t like inspecting non regulars for this reason, but I got a business to run. My state is cracking down on inspection shops that pass vehicles with illegal modifications. They are even hitting commercial vehicle shops like mine.

  • Jeffrey Nordstrom
    Jeffrey Nordstrom 2 months ago +1

    This makes me think, I'd love to see a video on standardized audio-visual jacks: quarter-inch, eight-inch, etc.. They're a tech that's still somewhat established, standardized, and useful, but it took a while to get to that point. I like that I can plug a guitar, for example, into an amplifier from the 50s, and it will still work fine.
    One of the things that's discouraged me about new mobile phones is the elimination of the eight-inch jack port. I prefer the passive tone of passive earbuds, even though I have to battle with the long cable from the device to my ears. It appears that I might not be able to use newer phones if I continue to insist on my passive earbuds. This annoys me.
    I'm sure someone's suggested it before. But I love your approach to standardization.
    Keep it up.

  • Jon Olaivar
    Jon Olaivar 4 months ago +6

    Video idea: freezer ice makers? The bin style with the (usually) metal wire loop for full tray sensing and on/off toggle seem pretty interesting, although I think I have them worked out by now.
    I think it'd be a pretty cool video even if it's short and simple.

  • martino amello
    martino amello 4 months ago +6

    Just when I got really good at installing those glass eyes and adjusting them well everything changed. It was a skill to doing that job correctly. I REALLY hated popup lights. When they didn't work right there was usually a whole bunch of crap to take apart then put back together.
    I miss the old style round glass. I kept thinking I was going to invent some new use for them, but time got in the way and I had kids. I should have stuck with the lights.

  • Second Life Travels
    Second Life Travels 4 months ago +1

    Who would have thought a video about headlights would be so interesting? Great job!

  • Corringham Depot
    Corringham Depot 4 months ago +6

    Back in pre-history in the UK when my first car had sealed beam headlights, it was common to fit an additional spot light up front, an aftermarket reversing light at the back, and a stick on rear screen heater. As non of these came as standard in most cars. I also remember fitting a sealed beam headlight to a motorcycle headlight shell. Which was a bad idea, as motorcycle headlights dipped straight down, so still illuminated the pot holes you were about to hit. Whereas, sealed beams dipped towards the kerb.

  • steprockmedia
    steprockmedia 5 months ago +379

    You've got to be one of the only channels that will go in-depth on some small topic like this.
    It's strangely mesmerizing and educational. The sort of thing I'd never intentionally seek out, but I'm never mad I watched!

    • 42luke
      42luke 4 months ago +7

      Found the last topic to be one of the most interesting fun facts. Never knew the headlights block the left side and can be backwards on imported cars since they block the right.

  • Gilbert Busque
    Gilbert Busque 3 months ago

    really interesting as usual! as a jdm cars enthusiast i must admit i didnt even know about the headlights aiming to one side or the other. it does explain how subpar my friend's r32 night time driving experience was though!

  • Stuart Morrow
    Stuart Morrow 3 months ago +7

    21:20 British/Irish people over 30 all know this. You used to see cars on the road, often with caravan, going to or from France - with "beam benders" installed. (Also, the cheap option: a triangle of black tape...) I don't know how common France as a holiday, and taking your car to get there, really was, but you only had to see it a few times before you asked Dad what that was.

    • Félix
      Félix 3 months ago

      And still today it's actually mandatory in the EU to have block off stickers on your lights if you come temporary in a country that drives on the opposite side from your origin country.
      And if you import a car from the UK or Japan to a LHD country in the EU it's normally mandatory to install correct headlights (even for collectible cars). Cars do not pass the semi-annual road worthy control if the beam is not correct.

  • Donald Hoot
    Donald Hoot 2 months ago

    I was the headlight aiming guy at a car dealership back in the '70's-'80's. It was always fun aiming them after the car had been repaired from a wreck. Great video!

  • I F
    I F 2 months ago

    These lights were used in many movie lights (some are still used today). Mole Richardson's 9 Light is a good example.
    Each lamp could be switched on individually and they could be rotated to adjust the beam vertical / horizontal as needed.
    If you wanted a different lensing to focus the light appropriately, you would pop out the lamps and replace them with those of a different lensing.
    The lamps came in a few different wattages as well (1K, 1.2K, and if memory serves about half a K...maybe 575).

  • DelticEngine
    DelticEngine 4 months ago +2

    What you have there with the halogen lamp inside it is a modern replacement headlamp, not an original sealed-beam unit (halogen lamps did not exist back then). The original sealed-beam units had bare filaments inside them as the entire unit was the 'bulb', hence the term 'sealed-beam'.

  • The Zouave
    The Zouave 5 months ago +464

    I actually find it very difficult to drive at night now without polarized sunglasses because there are so many cars with lights that are way too bright.

    • Hashim Kimwaga
      Hashim Kimwaga 3 months ago

      Its because some drivers install boosters to make the lights brighter

    • BurrBones
      BurrBones 3 months ago +1

      You aren't the only one it's getting dangerous.

    • Toxic 2T
      Toxic 2T 3 months ago

      @Edmund Chen Euro ones in my case, like most Peugeots and Citorens.

    • Ky'
      Ky' 4 months ago

      @Nick Dalzell Try blue light filtering glasses

    • Nick Dalzell
      Nick Dalzell 4 months ago

      @Ky' Mine are polarized. Still get the blindness and blue colours. I need like 80% light-blocking or anything that changes the specific colour and brightness of HID/LED to make it more incandescent. I'm extremely photosensitive.

  • Tom Kato
    Tom Kato 4 months ago +2

    I had these older headlights on my VW beetle, Miata and MR2. Like you said, these weren’t half bad.
    If anything, the early composite headlamps that used 45W 9004 bulbs are too dim. The 55W 9003, 9006 or 9007 bulbs that followed worked better with well-designed optics.

  • cuong lam
    cuong lam 2 months ago

    Love your Clip-Share channel,
    I learned something new about head lights for right hand drive cars,
    I like to see a comparison of visual abilities for white LED and halogen headlights, I had both new and old cars , but I found white LED light were not really good when driving in very dark areas, white light get absorber into the black objects but soft white yellow halogen can still reflect some visible light back for you to identify the objects. So I like to see manufacturers can create some new soft white yellow LED headlights.

  • Leon Guyot
    Leon Guyot 2 months ago

    I really like your well considered and thoroughly researched videos

  • Zom Bie
    Zom Bie 3 months ago +1

    The standard headlights started with replaceable bulbs. Sealed beams were much better performance wise, but came later. The blue car at 7:02 has replaceable bulbs.

  • Snek ether
    Snek ether 3 months ago +8

    You can just mask the rising part of beam with a piece of electrical tape so you dont blind on comming traffic. Just park car against wall and figure where to stick the tape. I've done that many times when importing car from Japan before I got headlight conversion done.

  • Sam Roberts
    Sam Roberts 5 months ago +248

    About your "backwards" headlights issue. As a Brit, when we take our cars onto mainland Europe we have to fit something that my dad always used to call 'sticky dippers', basically bits of plastic you stuck to the headlight glass to mask off the part of the dimmed beam that was on the wrong side of the road. More modern ones seem to have some lensing in them to cast that light back across to the shoulder where they are meant to be. Have a look for "headlight deflectors UK to Europe" they generally only cost about £5 and might mean you can drive your Figaro at night again...

    • hiknfo
      hiknfo 5 months ago +1

      @Peter Renn we used to be able to get yellow plastic snap on covers for sealed beams. You were supposed to use them in fog. I think they sold yellow sealed beams too. People would put them on the low beam and still had clear high beams.

    • Robert
      Robert 5 months ago +4

      I just drive my car upside down, it has the added bonus of putting the steering wheel on the correct size as well as the headlight beam.

    • Bigoukun
      Bigoukun 5 months ago

      @Richard Carlson Drove with them for a short while back when I still had my old R5, (the headlights died, and the only spare bulbs I had left were old yellow ones) was happy when I got back to white light. But to each their own, I suppose.

    • Bigoukun
      Bigoukun 5 months ago

      @Peter Renn I remember having to change the bulbs on my Renault 5 (a gen1) wen I still had it, and discovering my only spares were old yellow ones. I hated their lack of brightness, especially since I was used to drive that same car with white headlights. (If you ask me, that old yellow headlights thing is, among a lot of other things, proof the peoples governing us are completely disconnected from real life.)

    • Richard Carlson
      Richard Carlson 5 months ago +1

      @Peter Renn I still have a bottle in my garage. I actually LOVED yellow french lights, but here in the US I was pulle dover a couple of times because of them!

  • aGEEKdude
    aGEEKdude Month ago +1

    There are not many people I watch that I would compliment their captions. You’re videos are a great exception to that. Love these videos and your captions, especially at the end of the video

  • Justin G
    Justin G 3 months ago +9

    I remember going to the store in late 80's/early 90's with my dad to buy a headlight off the shelf of a department store when one broke on his 85 Bronco II. Weird how a video can pull up something random like that.

  • rahonavis ostromi
    rahonavis ostromi 4 months ago +1

    Love the level of details and respect to the amount of research for every topic you touch!
    Thank you for your videos!

  • Justin Time
    Justin Time Month ago +1

    I had a motorcycle that had really great high beams but the second you turned it to low beams you were greeted with a small 20 ft half circle illuminated on the ground in front of the bike.... Absolutely terrifying.

  • Ben McReynolds
    Ben McReynolds Month ago +1

    Have you ever noticed that all new headlights seem to be aimed straight up into your eyes when driving at night? Plus now they are so much brighter. (Remember being told we would get a ticket if our headlights shined up into oncoming traffic?)

  • DeviantOllam
    DeviantOllam 5 months ago +947

    I am so thrilled to learn about something that I have literally wondered about since I bought my first Jeep CJ... probably even longer in the past, if I could remember far enough back. :-D (also the note about right-hand drive and headlight patterns was fascinating!)

    • Hello Kitty Fan Man
      Hello Kitty Fan Man 5 months ago

      @Rob Wenzel: Just because someone went to public school doesn't mean they automatically get this wrong. It's not about public school; I know plenty of people who went public and don't think they need to add that. Also, just because someone knows the right way doesn't mean they're an expert at it. (By the way, the word "grammar" isn't a brand name.)
      Besides, if you're going to make an error, why not do it the _easy_ way and just leave apostrophes _out_ of everything instead of going to extra trouble?
      OK, even with what you just said, where did you get the idea that you were being taught that "Oh, if you're talking about more than one of something, you're supposed to use an apostrophe-s," even though school actually _doesn't_ teach that?
      Now that you know it's incorrect, and because you're obviously OK with putting a good amount of effort into typing a new reply, then will you go ahead now and put some of that effort -- LESS work -- into clicking the "edit" menu button at this main comment and deleting the apostrophe and resaving it (leaving me to delete my replies after that)?

    • Rob Wenzel
      Rob Wenzel 5 months ago

      @Hello Kitty Fan Man because unfortunately I went to public school, and never became a Grammer expert sorry, I only know how to operate and fix heavy equipment

    • Hello Kitty Fan Man
      Hello Kitty Fan Man 5 months ago

      @Rob Wenzel: Multiple? Why do you think you need an apostrophe for multiples?

    • Rob Wenzel
      Rob Wenzel 5 months ago

      @Hello Kitty Fan Man I used the 's because I had multiple of each of them

    • Hello Kitty Fan Man
      Hello Kitty Fan Man 5 months ago

      @Rob Wenzel: I was asking you which possessions belonging to those things that you were talking about, since you must've have had some purpose for using "-'s."

  • Steven Vanheel
    Steven Vanheel 2 months ago

    Another positive of sealed beams that I don’t remember getting mentioned in this video is that when you replace them there is no need to aim them. They sit in a metal “basket” which is the part that adjusts the aim. Sealed beams are good headlights. I drive big rigs all the time that still use them and my summer time daily drivers have them. They work fine.

  • Wayne Stewart
    Wayne Stewart 3 months ago

    I am greatful for your safety and practicality observations. You are very astute, and it is appreciated.

  • Muninn Myrkvi
    Muninn Myrkvi 3 months ago

    It's really cool that you can simply walk into an auto parts store and grab one of these off the shelf if yours breaks or burns out. I love my 80's cars for this.

  • Racer7331
    Racer7331 2 months ago

    My dad's 2003 Peterbilt 379 had sealed beam halogen headlights. Granted, a lot of trucks from the 90's still had them, too. I think the newer Kenworth W900L still has sealed beam halogens.
    Edit: The W900L is still built today.

  • NightLight0x07CC
    NightLight0x07CC 2 months ago +1

    All you've done is convinced me to tear out the current fading light fixtures in my cars and replace them with homemade metal fixtures with receptacles for sealed beam lights lmao

  • nrgzrbunny777
    nrgzrbunny777 5 months ago +401

    My pet peeve with new cars is that the panel lights cannot be dimmed enough. with new cars having huge screens, I find that the screens and instrument cluster almost never go dim enough to allow good night vision. The headlights don't need to be nearly as bright in old cars because you can dim the instrument cluser so much more, allowing your eyes to adjust much better to the dark

    • nrgzrbunny777
      nrgzrbunny777 4 months ago +1

      @Doug C exactly! I have the same problem. I like the panel lights to where you can barely see them, much less eye strain that way

    • Doug C
      Doug C 5 months ago +1

      I like my dash lights dim like dim dim. Like my 2001 GMC Jimmy and my 84 van I can make those as dark as I want if not off. My 2020 Hyundai Elantra I cannot get the dash dark enough for my liking. There is a way to turn off the touch screen,(which I do, do) but the dash is still too bright. I don't even want to tint the side windows anymore because of it

    • big chungus
      big chungus 5 months ago +1

      my 07 Tacoma is great for this. So is my 01. They have knobs or rolling wheel to turn the dash and all completely off or all the way bright.

    • James
      James 5 months ago

      @RastaJedi I do! Everyone always asks how I can stand it so dim:-)

    • James
      James 5 months ago

      @Mod MINI that’s not a limitation of backlit LCDs though. The iPad I’m typing this on will dim the backlight to only a few nits. Course that knackers the contrast a bit….

  • Blackhorse
    Blackhorse 4 months ago

    Who would have thought that a review of the humble sealed beam could be so fascinating!

  • Clifton
    Clifton 2 months ago

    I made a flashlight using one of these (12v) and the battery from a little Black and Decker chainsaw. Worked great, but it got pretty hot so eventually I switched it with some LEDs made for a truck.
    It's ridiculously bright, doesn't get hot, and the battery lasts way longer than I expected. I used it for over 2 hours straight out in the freezing cold and it still had plenty of charge left.

  • Cecil Merrell
    Cecil Merrell Month ago

    Adding this as a separate comment, you can buff off the oxidation on those plastic headlight assemblies. I use the turtle buffing compound with a cheap second hand orbital buffer. Then wipe it off. They get cleared up very nicely after that.

  • lrochfort
    lrochfort 4 months ago +1

    In the UK/Europe we have adhesive reflective deflectors that stick on the headlight cover to prevent blinding oncoming traffic when driving on the other" side of the road.
    Most modern Xenon or LED cars have an option to pivot the headlights for you so you can drive on either side of the road.

  • olanmills64
    olanmills64 4 months ago +2

    I was hoping you were going to spend some time discussing the molded diffusion pattern on the headlamps and why they are no longer present on many newer cars

  • That Guy Brody
    That Guy Brody 5 months ago +415

    the problem with the much brighter white lights is that when one comes behind you, your nighttime vision goes away and your mirrors become next to useless as all you see are a pair of white orbs. and worse, sometimes the road lanes in front of me disappear and i have to turn on my high beams to see.
    compared to the nice warm yellow of y old truck that lights the road just fine and allows my nighttime vision to remain letting me see a lot more of the area around me without having to blind anyone in front of me

    • Ron B
      Ron B 4 months ago

      @An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd maybe but I'm all over this and need to move on. Thanks for your concern. 73

    • An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd
      An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd 4 months ago

      @Ron B what? None of that sounds right. THEIR insurance pays for the damage, not yours. You may have been taken advantage of.

    • Ron B
      Ron B 4 months ago

      @An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd not quite! I had to pay my deductible because of a rear end accident because I must have hit the brake instead of the accelerator. I probably could have fought the case but I didn't think it was worth going to court and missing work and how long would that take before the case was heard. Some states it's illegal to slam on the brake to stop a tailgater. My case was on an on ramp. Which I had no reason to hit my brake. I learned my lesson not to buy a small car anymore. I'm just glad me and my wife were ok. The car was totalled and I'm in the process of cancelling the loan. I won't replace the car. I already have two other vehicles. 73

    • An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd
      An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd 4 months ago

      @That Guy Brody it doesn't matter if the whole thing is being filmed in 4k. I used to work for an insurance company. One of the first things you're taught when you learn to drive is that you should never be close enough to the car in front of you that you can't stop when they do. It's automatic fault.

    • That Guy Brody
      That Guy Brody 4 months ago

      @An Anthropomorphic Talking Gourd problem is if they have a dash cam. I'm looking into some now because of the stuff I see on the road.

  • Tdfries
    Tdfries 4 months ago

    This is probably my favorite channel on Clip-Share. Thanks for the hours of education and entertainment.

  • PendelSteven
    PendelSteven 4 months ago

    Personally I do like industry standard things like these a lot. In fact, I love them....
    In a somethat similar story, I was almost gonna replace an old roomlight with R50 spots (which were normal lamps). LED-powered of course. That is, until I noticed they have gone up in price so much since most people use GU10s now. Which is logical: GU10s used to be halogen before LED, but now they are just smaller, but also LED and as such, it's now a GU10 spot. Alas, I'd rather have larger spots with the same brightness for the aestatic, but cost. Oh well.

  • Sodham G'morris
    Sodham G'morris 4 months ago +9

    Minor point: to run Halogen sealed beams in an old model may require an upgrage to 12v alternator to cope with the added current draw.

    • Sodham G'morris
      Sodham G'morris 3 months ago

      @Félix Spot on...especially if the loom is rubber or cloth insulated. I stripped down an old industrial power drill last week - the _aluminium_ wires were merely surrounded by a black powder and some yarn...deadly!

    • Félix
      Félix 3 months ago +1

      Theoretically you should also upgrade the wiring loom, the halogen draw more power than the incandescent (even the 12V ones).
      Some manufacturers (at least Toyota AFAIK) sell a H4 upgrade kit that comes with 2 semi-sealed H4 reflector to replace the sealed beam ones and a wiring with 2 relay, a connection direct to the battery, an input from the original wiring and 2 outputs to the new light.

  • David Fraser
    David Fraser 3 months ago +2

    I was an army mechanic, no matter the actual repair job, adjust headlights was always on the list. Most British military vehicles had the same Lucas Headlamps.

  • Cars Simplified
    Cars Simplified 4 months ago +1

    That "headlump" blooper was pretty great!
    A while ago I made a video about headlights and made the "mistake" of saying that LEDs aren't the problem, and that turned the video into a forum for people to complain about the "LED" headlights that blinded them that night. This video might become the new forum, so have fun with that!

  • Jacob Burnette
    Jacob Burnette 5 months ago +442

    European countries have triangular stickers that alter the beam pattern of your headlights to drive in countries that drive on the opposite side. Good for example, for people from the UK that drive over to France often. Worth looking into for your Figaro- it won't throw light to the shoulder, but you won't blind oncoming traffic at least.

    • Graham Langley
      Graham Langley 5 months ago

      @Richard Crossley My father's Renault 16 of '71 could be mechanically switched by rotating the bulb on its axis.

    • jjfkm
      jjfkm 5 months ago

      @Richard Crossley All manufactures do country (or market area) specific cars, even if they don't make market specific models, at the very least regarding this issue, as its pretty hard to adjust the side the steering column is on from the software menu. But even other than that, they customize the cars per customer, so customizing the spec by country is just part of the same process.
      But you are right that some new cars have a tick in the menu for temporary left hand traffic or right hand traffic, some others have a manual adjustment possibility, and some simply have a symmetrical pattern so no adjustment is needed. I'd imagine the last one will become the norm as adaptive headlights becomes the norm, why would you not light up the other side of the road if the pattern in your fancy headlights adjusts to oncoming traffic anyway, and if it flat pattern makes the non-adjustable headlights on the base model worse well... that's one more sales argument for the higher spec model with a higher profit margin.

    • Alan Wood
      Alan Wood 5 months ago

      @Mark Haury Indeed most just block part of the beam, however there are some on the market that have a Fresnel style lens that claim to redirect the beam and do seem to do what they claim…

    • True River
      True River 5 months ago

      @Richard Crossley it's not a software thing: it's about the exact position of that filament in the reflector, and the refractive panels in the headlight glass.

    • GashimahironChl
      GashimahironChl 5 months ago

      @Cyberguy42 Well, that was VERY interesting to know and thank you for taking the time to type it out.
      I do have a weak degree of astigmatism already, guess miopia is just next door, waiting for me!

  • rupe53
    rupe53 4 months ago

    the one thing he didn't talk about was the "T-3" lamps which I recently found out had a different beam by 3 degrees.... both higher and wider. Old car owners know about them, but few knew what was different. They are available in repro for your 50s-60s driver.

  • Stefan Laskowski
    Stefan Laskowski 2 months ago

    Cloudy headlights from UV light are trivial issues compared to the effects of sandblasting when you live in a sandy desert environment like I do. Here in El Paso, winds in the 50-60 mph range are common in March and April, with gusts going considerably higher. The winds not only damage headlights, but can even etch the glass windshields.

  • Gandalf the Grape
    Gandalf the Grape 4 months ago

    it would be interesting with a video on fire sprinklers. those that sit on ceilings and contain a bulb filled with liquid.

  • A WindowsUser
    A WindowsUser 3 months ago

    Some of the more modern diesel buses in my city (like no more than a few years old) use sealed beam headlights (the "dual-roundies" setup), though either the city or the manufacturer opted to put in LED drop-in replacement lamps instead of halogen lamps.

  • Krisztián Németh
    Krisztián Németh 4 months ago +1

    Here in Hungary there is a headlight polisher service in the parking lot of almost every larger store. They fix certain kind of dents in the windshield, too. The polished lamp will get dim again in a few years, but it's note a big deal to have it polished like every 4 years.

  • baylinkdashyt
    baylinkdashyt 5 months ago +352

    12:56 Worth noting here that for many years it was the distinguishing factor between consumer vans and light trucks and the fleet models: fleet managers had no interest in a replacement headlight that cost $300 instead of one that cost... about 12 bucks.

    • Jason Howe
      Jason Howe 4 months ago

      @Squishy Zoran That's great! I always figured my '06 Wrangler was just about one of the last to have sealed beams from the factory.

    • thejunkman
      thejunkman 5 months ago +2

      Those unique glass formed ones that came post 1984 were nice, but buy god if you got a rock and broke one. They were very expensive.

    • BlackHawkBallistic
      BlackHawkBallistic 5 months ago +4

      @Bryon Morgan GM has done away with the sealed beams on the Express/Savana van and as of 2019 they would all have the cat eye style higher trims had. The work truck trim silverado/Sierra definitely don't have sealed beam anymore especially after the most recent models.

    • Shovel
      Shovel 5 months ago +31

      I deliberately bought a fleet truck brand new in 2015, it was actually part of a USFS fleet order that the USFS declined to receive because it was hail damaged. (I have yet to see any evidence of this damage..)
      In addition to being a brand new, V8, 4x4, tow package, locking rear axle truck for $25k in 2015 it also has the lowest cost headlights and least fidgety crap on it. Stuff can still fail, but it's cheap to replace when it does.
      Coworkers, random internet dorks and the dealer insisted I would get sick of the basic truck and want to "upgrade"... uh it's been seven years still waiting for that urge.. still kinda think the fleet model was the right choice!

    • Squishy Zoran
      Squishy Zoran 5 months ago +5

      @Bryon Morgan my dad’s 2015 F-650 has sealed beam headlights while his 2019 f-650 does not. My dad also told me when he went to his auto part store they straight up didn’t believe him that the 2015 had sealed beams

  • Cynthia Hunter of Knowledge

    This is a good description of the filaments and how bright/dim settings worked on the headlights of my childhood.

  • Matthew Walker
    Matthew Walker 3 months ago +7

    I have the factory high beams on my 1971 Oldsmobile and they both work. The low beams have been replaced and I recall them to be about $12 @ at the time. I live in Florida and the sun chews up plastic. I’d prefer glass for my current car but not available.

  • sjokomelk
    sjokomelk 4 months ago +1

    Even more important is the beam pattern. If you buy EU-spec Hella units made for H4 bulbs, you will be astonished over how good light the round/square produce.

  • Buddyroe Ginocchio
    Buddyroe Ginocchio 4 months ago

    I'll give you thumbs up for introducing the topic of auto headlights and specifically the sealed beam ones and for providing a design background history. The contention between standardized SB (sealed Beam) and creative least regulated designs is very similar to the "mother, may I?" control freak culture and the anarchistic "I'll do as I damn well please" culture, the latter being my usual preference.
    The results of what we get is a tension between function vs. fashion with a dabble of economics in the middle. SB provided the opportunity for all cars to have adequate and predictable lighting under the broadest range of circumstances which is a huge advantage to the driver and to anyone who sees what is coming. The inert gas and filament design gave incredible long life and uniform service and oh boy are they cheap.
    Other considerations came into play such as optimum position and lamp color. If any headlight is too high off the ground, they lose effectiveness at lighting the road and they are much more prone to blinding oncoming drivers. Have you ever been sitting in a Honda Civic and have an F-250 pull up behind you at night? You can feel the heat on your neck from those blasted headlamps. To do their best work headlamps should probably be limited to less than 42" off the road, the challenge here is to see well and not be seen too well. Color temperature is another issue, daylight (5000K+) is actually dangerous at night. It takes much more time for the human eye to adjust from blackness to a daylight (5000K) low beam than to a 3000K source. The difference in time constitutes blindness and represents a higher risk counted in milliseconds of blindness. Daylight lamps are great in offices with large picture windows, but they are lousy for night driving (look up why do submarines use red lighting).
    For your enjoyment, please read "the development of the All Glass Sealed Beam Headlight pg.127-131 from Carl Breer's book The Birth of Chrysler Corporation, SAE press ISBN 1-56091-524-2

  • Christopher C
    Christopher C 4 months ago +2

    I definitely eagerly await an episode on Carbon Arc lighting. Perhaps even delving a bit into moonlight towers that were once commonplace.
    Given how rare Carbon Arc equipment is though, I imagine it will take a hot minute.

    • Buddy Clem
      Buddy Clem 4 months ago

      I saw a good video about carbon arc spotlights used in filmmaking. The intense UV they put out caused burned retinas in the actors. Too bad nobody figured out how to make an effective UV filter back then. They could have even used yellow glass before color film.

    • Adrian Dunne
      Adrian Dunne 4 months ago

      The British Tilling-Stevens lorries (trucks) had carbon-arc headlights as well as petrol-electric transmissions.

  • Lewin
    Lewin 5 months ago +175

    Don't get too excited for adaptive headlights, Being randomly blinded because the giant suv in the other lane has decided you don't exist anymore is honestly worse then them just having brights on

    • Blitz Roehre
      Blitz Roehre 3 months ago

      @Lifted_Above I think you misunderstood. I keep my brights on only if the oncoming car has adaptive LED headlights and refuses to dip to low beam....

    • Lifted_Above
      Lifted_Above 3 months ago +1

      @Blitz Roehre Makes perfect sense. Everybody should just run with their brights on all night, every night. That solves it.

    • Blitz Roehre
      Blitz Roehre 3 months ago +1

      That technology ought to be banned, period. I have made a point of counting the number of led headlamp new vehicles not dimming brights vs those which do. On half of those cases you actually have to turn on your own high beam to signal the oncoming cars dumb software to dip to low beam. And the bonus is you actually see it happen as LED segments in the headlamp then turn off.
      But because I am fed up with being constantly blinded by these adaptive LED lamps I just keep my brights on even if the oncoming car eventually does dip after a while. Maybe that is what is needed as feedback so the drivers of cars with this ridiculous technology contact their dealers on a wider base to enforce some changes to the software..

    • Lifted_Above
      Lifted_Above 4 months ago +1

      The more people whine and complain about driver incompetence..... REGARDING LITERALLY ANYTHING WHATSOEVER.... the more complex cars will be, the less tasks the driver will be asked to accomplish, the dumber the common driver will be, and the more A.I. will take over our lives, and the higher cost will go to just get around.
      So stop being a distracted jerk, throw the smartphone into the trunk, and DRIVE BETTER.

    • Abel Q
      Abel Q 5 months ago

      They do that regardless.

  • Bob Duffy
    Bob Duffy Month ago

    Those round sealed beam headlights could be adjusted slightly left or right, up and down. As part of the annual inspection, mechanics had to check the alignment. they would usually tack on a small charge for adjusting the headlights

  • Poodleinacan
    Poodleinacan 3 months ago

    I do love the current recent modern styles of cars. They look very futuristic.
    But yeah, replacing failing lights in those sound like a real hard pain.

  • M. Gail Per
    M. Gail Per 4 months ago +7

    What I really miss from the old cars is the floor switch. Instead of being on the steering column both of the (automatic) cars I learned to drive had the high - low beam control on the floor so you tapped it with your left foot to change it.

    • Nissan Cube's dashboard pubes
      Nissan Cube's dashboard pubes 3 months ago

      ​@Jehty I usually just dip before going into a tight corner to be safer than sorry but a foot operated high beam switch would make a good alternative, having to use one hand on the wheel when turning and one almost always at the ready on the stalk isn't particularly safe

    • Lifted_Above
      Lifted_Above 3 months ago

      @Jehty Haha. That's not how this works. Truth and facts don't care what I think or what you think. If you state something as a fact, or even a large-scale generality, shouldn't it require some sort of evidence?

    • Jehty
      Jehty 4 months ago

      @Lifted_Above 🤦‍♀️
      how am I supposed to prove that something doesn't exist?
      Do you want me to list every car?
      Think about it. Please.
      If you disagree with my statement just name one car. But if you can't do that then we have to assume that my statement is correct.

    • Lifted_Above
      Lifted_Above 4 months ago

      @Jehty You brought up the point, it's on you to make the point valid.

    • Jehty
      Jehty 4 months ago

      @Lifted_Above name one vehicle that isn't like that.

  • Steve Bailey
    Steve Bailey 2 months ago

    6:31 I remember repair manuals had DIY instructions on how the owner could measure and mark with masking tape “targets” on your garage door so you could adjust them yourself. But I also remember high beam switches on the driver floor. So there you go.😂

  • Vodhin
    Vodhin 3 months ago +17

    Wow, what an illuminating video! I'm dazzled by how you shine a light an old subject long lost down a deep and dark well of automotive history. You, sir, are truly brilliant!

    • DemonAlchemist
      DemonAlchemist 3 months ago +1

      @Faraday Sage You seem to have missed his entire point. The things he's talking about were done very successfully in other countries without issue. Not to mention, writing a long comment to complain about the video in a reply to someone that was just complimenting the creator is just rude.

    • Luis Balderrama
      Luis Balderrama 3 months ago +4

      I see what you did there. Have a like.

    • Faraday Sage
      Faraday Sage 3 months ago +1

      it was very eloquent, however, he's just flat out wrong. he makes it seem like automakers and engineers were ignorant of a wonderful design but that's not the case at all. imagine replacing this technology and adding 3 to 500 dollars to he cost of a $7,000 sedan... and doubling the space on store shelves after you magically manufactured millions of bulbs and distributed them magically as well. the plastics technology we had in the 1970s would have probably yellowed before the end of the model year rather than the three to five years they do now in modern vehicles.
      when a rock breaks your headlight in 1976, it cost you $4. in 2016 it costs you $500+. in my 1994 Lincoln it was 1200 for one side. but hey good thing the bulbs themselves are only 35 bucks instead of $4 like in the 70s. oh, wait..

  • Jack Hagerty
    Jack Hagerty 5 months ago +17

    You left out one really major advantage to having these standardized lights. With only one type of light in two variants, the production runs were enormous, in the 10's of millions, so the prices were very low. If you had, say, an 8-million car year, that's 16 million lamps and probably an equal number for the replacement market. In the '70s and '80s, I remember a "regular" sealed beam going for maybe $2 and a fancy halogen one for $5 (about $5 and $12 today, respectively). Generally they were so rugged that they could last 10 or 15 years and I only had to replace them when the lenses got too eroded by rock chips.

  • m m
    m m 22 days ago

    these old lights are kinda charming! i really wish there were some regulation on how bright LED headlights can be. i recently had to replace the headlights on my 15 year old car and while they were noticeably brighter thanks to getting rid of cloudy plastic, they still dont stand a chance against the super bright LED headlights of oncoming traffic. so often when i drive at night i find myself completely blinded. it's especially scary when im going around turns like i just have to hold the wheel steady and pray until i can see again. it's like everyones driving around with their brights on at all times, but i know thats just how bright new LED headlights are now.

  • Fryode - The Fried Diode

    I remember how hard it was to find headlamps for my Camaros. 93 and 96. Small, rectangular units that were $30 each if I could find them. The redesign for 1998 eliminated the need for such headlamps, making them even harder to find.

  • Zthompson3
    Zthompson3 4 months ago +1

    I know you just recently talked about smoke detectors but could you take about thermosonic fire dectors? I just found out that I have those in my house and I am curious as to how they work

  • DJ Kosloski
    DJ Kosloski 2 months ago

    I remember seeing these in the 90s and early 2000s. They last a decent amount of time...not as good as LED, but still good.

  • Jade Dragon玉龍
    Jade Dragon玉龍 4 months ago

    I never had too much trouble with the old headlights; I learned to drive in a 77 Caddy, never had too too much trouble driving it, although I will say visibility was a little tougher on windy or hilly roads. I have a tougher issue in my hazy-lamped car from 97. The inserting new tech into the old headlights is a pretty cool option. Say a vid by Vice Grip Garage where he put some LED lights in their old crew-cab Chevy; scene in another vid where they happened to be on the hwy at night, it was lighting up like nobody's business. Great option if you aren't running a show car or otherwise trying to stay strict to era-appropriateness. Thanks for the share about RH-drive vehicles; one of those pieces of information that might be hard to miss when importing and driving a vehicle here. Because of the fair rarity of the Figaro, probably better to avoid nighttime deer-infested windy back roads in that; really neat cute little car, though.

  • Paper Will
    Paper Will 5 months ago +136

    I’ll never figure out how this dude pumps out perfect scripts like this so quickly. Good work as always, and never let the pressure of success slow ya down.

    • Fymzie
      Fymzie 5 months ago

      oh wow didn't expect you to be here :0

    • Joe
      Joe 5 months ago +9

      @Ian Hughes yea, but those are usually mispronouncing or accidentally conjoining 2 words, and maybe joking around with it. The script itself is captivating, entertaining and informative. I think that's what OP's talking about.

    • Ian Hughes
      Ian Hughes 5 months ago +3

      The Dude often shows outtakes of his cockups making the vids, so he makes many mistakes, but the research is solid.

  • Jesse Martin
    Jesse Martin 3 months ago

    Getting JDM car guy tips from my favorite niche tech channel wasn’t what I was expecting and was a very genuine surprise

  • Cecil Merrell
    Cecil Merrell Month ago

    The only issue I have with these newer headlights is exactly what you mentioned. Driving at night is more dangerous now because people don't maintain correct calibration of the position their headlights are pointing, blinding oncoming traffic. The sorriest excuse I've heard after outing quite a few people in my neighborhood is "it came like that from the dealership so it's not my fault". This adaptive stuff sounds amazing though, reducing the number of people with this issue is quite possibly the best thing since sliced bread.

  • faceup5
    faceup5 4 months ago

    Great video! I would, however, disagree that the older style headlamps perform better than current headlights but I do agree that it varies greatly between car makes and models, as modern testing seems to suggest. I would never want to go back to the old headlamps from the late '70's/early '80's. In my opinon, the HID headlamps on my 2017 Mustang are amazing, especially the high beams. Another interesting thing I've read in some tests is that the HID's actually often performed better than LED headlights. But I know there are others who feel, as you do, that the headlights on their new cars just don't seem to be that good. Also, just my opinion but I see no problem with red rear turn signals, as long as they are actually being used and are distinguishable from brake and "parking" lights. Thanks for all your in-depth and entertaining videos! PS: IF Dietz made headlamps and you had a pair with a part number like, oh say NUTZ..., You would then have a pair of Dietz NUTZ :)

    • sonicthe
      sonicthe 4 months ago

      As an aside/add-on to the comment on red rear flashers, the reason (if no one has already mentioned this) is because trailer lamps are not required to be different colors. Also different from Europe... But how you gonna enforce 100% replacement of the hundreds of thousands of trailers on the road? 🙃🙂🙃

  • Isaac 84
    Isaac 84 4 months ago

    Something I’ve never thought about but here I am learning about it. Thank you sir!

  • Jim Pekarek
    Jim Pekarek 4 months ago +1

    FYI, if your plastic headlights are foggy, they're actually pretty easy to clean up & restore. Grab a bottle of clear plastic polish and with 5 minutes of elbow grease, they'll look nearly good as new.

  • Ryan Eglitis
    Ryan Eglitis 5 months ago +339

    I hope they're doing more than "letting us have adaptive beam headlights." They still don't address the actual problem of people using too bright of beams, because they don't react fast enough when people go over bumps or come around corners quickly. They really need to look at how many lumens the headlights throw out and in what pattern - LEDs often end up blindingly bright in one spot because all the light is focused there.

    • Kargor
      Kargor 3 months ago

      @Alpejohn I don't know whether it bothered him or not; I just thought it looked weird 🙂

    • Alpejohn
      Alpejohn 3 months ago

      @Kargor I have had cars do this behind me also, but i cant say it bothered me much, i could see the side of me was lit up but it wasnt that bright.. It helped me see more out to the sides.

    • Kargor
      Kargor 3 months ago

      @Alpejohn I actually had this "driving behind other cars" one day, as I was driving on a country road at night, and there was this older car in front of me. No LED, no Xenon. I'm always kind of amazed how my LED high beams don't burn down the forest, but aside from that, my car masked out that other car which lead to the weird situation that the sides of the road had this massive illumination, while straight ahead it was considerably darker because even the most modern headlight won't bend around the car in the front... and his "high" beams just couldn't keep up.

    • Alden Zenko
      Alden Zenko 5 months ago +2

      Fun fact, the optical engineer in this thread where everybody is complaining about mostly recent Ford and Toyota lights, who said just trust him and still hasn't bothered citing any sources, works for a place that designs OEM lights for mostly Ford and Toyota, lol. The vast majority of that company's testing procedures revolve around reliability, to please the OEMs. Their photometry procedures are barely an afterthought, the bare minimum to comply with the loosest possible wording of the safety standards. Source: trust me, I'm an asshole

    • Alpejohn
      Alpejohn 5 months ago

      @Just Resting Guess the Toyota dont have pretty good headlights then.. 😛

  • Stephen
    Stephen 3 months ago

    My 1997 Mazda Miata had pop up headlights that used these sealed beam lights. I replaced them with lights of the same shape but takes modern H4 bulbs. A lot brighter. They also make LED versions of the whole assembly. Jeep Wranglers often swap out their headlights for bright LEDs.
    I do recall back in the early 80’s there was talk about legislation that would allow car makers to design headlights of any shape, and that when that happened, car designs would change dramatically, especially the front end design.

  • Mason Axenty
    Mason Axenty Month ago +1

    I see a lot of GMs come through the shop needing new headlights. We contract with large company fleets, so most of their vehicles are designed with easily interchangeable parts. GMs, especially Chevrolet Express vans, use a lot of sealed headlight housings that take a matter of minutes to replace. They may not look good, but they get the job done.

  • Patrick Donohoe
    Patrick Donohoe 4 months ago

    This man is a treasure. Drive safe friends. Or even better: take the train!