NAIOA.comNAIOA.comNAIOA.com
 Create an Account
 

  
NAIOA Impala Forums :: View topic - Best headlights
GarageGarage    1/4 Mile Table1/4 Mile Table    Forum FAQForum FAQ    SearchSearch    UsergroupsUsergroups   MedalsMedals
MemberlistMemberlist   ProfileProfile    Watched TopicsWatched Topics    Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages    Log inLog in 

Best headlights
Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    NAIOA Impala Forums Forum Index -> 2000-2005 General Impala Discussion
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Mykillmo
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: May 03, 2011
Posts: 30
Posts per day: 0.01
Location: All over the US


PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 1:04 am    Post subject: Idea Best headlights Reply with quote

Seriously guys. Im living in Denver, have no problems seeing while driving in the city, but as soon as I get in the mountains I can't see s**t. I'm having problems seeing at night with my stock headlights with some really nice bulbs. My stock headlights are clear. They might be misaligned but I'm pretty sure they are fine. I'm just wondering if any of these eBay lights help light up the road more than stockers. Any suggestions would be great. I've done multiple searches that are usually filled with arguments. I don't care to argue. Just want some hints. I almost went off the road on the Vail pass. If any of you know the area, that could have lead to my death.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Frank
Master Level
Master Level
Platinum Contributor (Amount: 1) Platinum Contributor


Joined: Aug 16, 2005
Posts: 3463
Posts per day: 0.79
Location: Colorado

2001 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:44 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I was up Vail Pass last winter and the lines on the side of the road are s**t to non-existent and the rumble strips don't match the lane markings. To make a long story short, I wouldn't want to drive through there at night. The DDM Tuning HID kids are pretty nice, if you want to see mine sometime send me a PM.

_________________
2001 Galaxy Silver 9C1 w/ L67 and 4T65E-HD...and a few other mods. Wink
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Impala_03
Resident
Resident


Joined: Feb 07, 2013
Posts: 599
Posts per day: 0.36


2003 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Idea Re: Best headlights Reply with quote

Mykillmo wrote:
Seriously guys. Im living in Denver, have no problems seeing while driving in the city, but as soon as I get in the mountains I can't see s**t. I'm having problems seeing at night with my stock headlights with some really nice bulbs. My stock headlights are clear. They might be misaligned but I'm pretty sure they are fine. I'm just wondering if any of these eBay lights help light up the road more than stockers. Any suggestions would be great. I've done multiple searches that are usually filled with arguments. I don't care to argue. Just want some hints. I almost went off the road on the Vail pass. If any of you know the area, that could have lead to my death.



if you have the fog light option you can USE 885 bulb
50 watt bulbs and aim them a little higher.

50 watt bulbs do in fact work safely in the OEM housing without melting the housing
IMO the fog lights GIVE me better light then the headlights.
I use 50 watt HIGH beam fog light bulbs I suggest low beam 50watts if your foglights are not discolored.

don't worry about amperage fog lights have 10amp fuse
@13.8v (assuming your alternator is working correctly) you will only be drawing 7.24 amps or 3.62 amps per fog light +- 0.2amps

any 800 series bulb will work just look for the low beam type that is 50 watts the low beam will have a coated tip.



You can adjust them you self I did it trial by error. it's better then paying $50-80

just be gentle with the headlights I used vice grips for the headlights and Phillips screwdriver for the fog lights.


the adjustment has save me from running over several Mexicans on bicycles some how they think they are exempt from US laws or state laws & traffic laws
Rolling Eyes

mostly these bicyclist think they are exempt from stopping at stop signs.
my uncle got caught running a stop sign on a bicycle got a hefty fine for doing it.







Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mykillmo
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: May 03, 2011
Posts: 30
Posts per day: 0.01
Location: All over the US


PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:56 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

The mounting tab is broken on one of my headlight housings. That's why I was considering picking up some of those fancy looking headlights of the ole eBay. Thank you for the advice. Also, I have picked up one of those tickets as well here in Denver on my bike. I got waived on by two cars at a stop sign and didn't realize there was a cop behind me.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
REDLINE
Member Level
Member Level


Joined: Oct 18, 2009
Posts: 1039
Posts per day: 0.36
Location: MN

2001 Chevrolet Impala
2000 GMC Sierra
2001 Chevrolet S10
1994 Ford Mustang


PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I can 2nd the 885 bulb upgrade, as I did this as well and it's quite a nice difference. Of course I also had installed 1 new and 1 very near-new fog light lense (both same brand) at the same time. Combined together it resulted in some nice light throw now from them.

On the headlights though, not much input for ya'. I replaced my weather-checked/cracked stock Autosystems maybe a year or year and a half ago now? And the replacements were also stock used Autosystems, just in better shape than mine were. They're already starting to weather check and get moisture inside just like my other ones . Not sure what I'll go with next. There was registered member here who had bought new TYC stock replacements and 1 was getting the moisture/fogging right away. Had it replaced I guess, and the replacement did the same thing! So if wanting a stock-appearing headlight IDK the answer at the moment. I'd like to go HID myself though.. eventually.

_________________
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Impala_03
Resident
Resident


Joined: Feb 07, 2013
Posts: 599
Posts per day: 0.36


2003 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mykillmo wrote:
The mounting tab is broken on one of my headlight housings. That's why I was considering picking up some of those fancy looking headlights of the ole eBay. Thank you for the advice. Also, I have picked up one of those tickets as well here in Denver on my bike. I got waived on by two cars at a stop sign and didn't realize there was a cop behind me.
you can manually adjust it by taking off the dust cover and pushing the thing in the middle down a little.
be careful has headlight as bulbs are expensive. So you will need the correct gloves for it.
Just remember little movement is a lot of light location change..

REDLINE wrote:
I can 2nd the 885 bulb upgrade, as I did this as well and it's quite a nice difference. Of course I also had installed 1 new and 1 very near-new fog light lense (both same brand) at the same time. Combined together it resulted in some nice light throw now from them.

On the headlights though, not much input for ya'. I replaced my weather-checked/cracked stock Autosystems maybe a year or year and a half ago now? And the replacements were also stock used Autosystems, just in better shape than mine were. They're already starting to weather check and get moisture inside just like my other ones . Not sure what I'll go with next. There was registered member here who had bought new TYC stock replacements and 1 was getting the moisture/fogging right away. Had it replaced I guess, and the replacement did the same thing! So if wanting a stock-appearing headlight IDK the answer at the moment. I'd like to go HID myself though.. eventually.
More then likely it's not installed correctly best time is to install them on a COLD dry day (between 0% and 10% below 45F-55F )and make sure the area were the seal is clean before install the bulb . Also make sure the rubber seal is not damaged or dried out. I water tested my fog lights and had no leak on the seals the issue was it was just installed on a humid day .

typically when the temperature drops the moisture clings to the lens. That is how you get condensation on the lens.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS1RIyR6uW8
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Irish_alley
Resident
Resident


Joined: Dec 13, 2007
Posts: 558
Posts per day: 0.16
Location: De

2004 Chevrolet Impala
1986 GMC Sierra
1994 Chevrolet Silverado
1984 GMC Sierra
1979 Chevrolet Silverado
1991 Chevrolet Silverado


PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:17 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

after my hids i put in the silver star headlights at first only low. and i loved how bright they where. so i got the highs and even with lows adjusted right i still get flashed

_________________
Iím SO Much Cooler Online
"Racecar driving is like sex, all men think they are good at it. ď-Jay Leno

Sorry if i'm an a**hole, but i tend to speak whats on my mind and the truth as i see it.. May not be right but it seamed right.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address Yahoo Messenger
Impala_03
Resident
Resident


Joined: Feb 07, 2013
Posts: 599
Posts per day: 0.36


2003 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 4:09 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Irish_alley wrote:
after my hids i put in the silver star headlights at first only low. and i loved how bright they where. so i got the highs and even with lows adjusted right i still get flashed


That is because it is going into traffic and the lens sucks HID is a arc like one used for welding.


are you using the correct projector lens or using the stock reflector??

I always flash people that have poorly aimed headlights .

.it can be quite painful to the eyes, illegal HIDs are the worst offenders not to mention it could cause a accident or a pedestrian getting ran over since it cuts down on the viewing distance for the other driver in the oncoming lanes.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Frank
Master Level
Master Level
Platinum Contributor (Amount: 1) Platinum Contributor


Joined: Aug 16, 2005
Posts: 3463
Posts per day: 0.79
Location: Colorado

2001 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:05 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Mykillmo wrote:
The mounting tab is broken on one of my headlight housings. That's why I was considering picking up some of those fancy looking headlights of the ole eBay. Thank you for the advice. Also, I have picked up one of those tickets as well here in Denver on my bike. I got waived on by two cars at a stop sign and didn't realize there was a cop behind me.

Did you come to a complete stop? If so, I would appeal it...

The aftermarket projector headlights for the Impala are not nearly the same quality as factory lights, and for a while the harnesses were actually pinned wrong. I would get a used set from Morad Parts or call around to some of the junkyards here in town.

_________________
2001 Galaxy Silver 9C1 w/ L67 and 4T65E-HD...and a few other mods. Wink
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
REDLINE
Member Level
Member Level


Joined: Oct 18, 2009
Posts: 1039
Posts per day: 0.36
Location: MN

2001 Chevrolet Impala
2000 GMC Sierra
2001 Chevrolet S10
1994 Ford Mustang


PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:13 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Impala_03 wrote:
More then likely it's not installed correctly best time is to install them on a COLD dry day (between 0% and 10% below 45F-55F )and make sure the area were the seal is clean before install the bulb . Also make sure the rubber seal is not damaged or dried out. I water tested my fog lights and had no leak on the seals the issue was it was just installed on a humid day .

typically when the temperature drops the moisture clings to the lens. That is how you get condensation on the lens.

There were installed and fine for over a year. They just get to a point where they allow moisture to gather in them over time. Same happened to my stock fogs that I swapped out. Be it seals drying or whatnot, it happens. Otherwise, you're not informing me of anything I'm not aware of Wink

_________________
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Irish_alley
Resident
Resident


Joined: Dec 13, 2007
Posts: 558
Posts per day: 0.16
Location: De

2004 Chevrolet Impala
1986 GMC Sierra
1994 Chevrolet Silverado
1984 GMC Sierra
1979 Chevrolet Silverado
1991 Chevrolet Silverado


PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:49 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Impala_03 wrote:
Irish_alley wrote:
after my hids i put in the silver star headlights at first only low. and i loved how bright they where. so i got the highs and even with lows adjusted right i still get flashed


That is because it is going into traffic and the lens sucks HID is a arc like one used for welding.


are you using the correct projector lens or using the stock reflector??

I always flash people that have poorly aimed headlights .

.it can be quite painful to the eyes, illegal HIDs are the worst offenders not to mention it could cause a accident or a pedestrian getting ran over since it cuts down on the viewing distance for the other driver in the oncoming lanes.

stock reflectors for both Laughing i also flash a**holes with poorly aimed headlights. my hids where 6k (lows). not bad but when you switch from highs to lows cause of a oncoming car they wouldnt be bright enough to counter the other headlights and you could only see the silhouette of things, not good.

_________________
Iím SO Much Cooler Online
"Racecar driving is like sex, all men think they are good at it. ď-Jay Leno

Sorry if i'm an a**hole, but i tend to speak whats on my mind and the truth as i see it.. May not be right but it seamed right.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message AIM Address Yahoo Messenger
Frank
Master Level
Master Level
Platinum Contributor (Amount: 1) Platinum Contributor


Joined: Aug 16, 2005
Posts: 3463
Posts per day: 0.79
Location: Colorado

2001 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:15 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

I have HIDs in my low beams and have them aimed a little lower than usual to prevent people from being blinded. They comply with state law as far as beam center height at a given distance go, and I have the bulb shroud reflectors in my low beams since I have the older headlight housings. If it's really dark I just through on my HID driving lights which are also aimed properly as well and actually have housings designed for HIDs. I get more spill light but less visibility where I need it when I use my high beams so I don't use them very often.

It might not help that they are probably the original bulbs that came in the car and the car is almost 13 years old, so I am sure that bulb performance has diminished somewhat.

_________________
2001 Galaxy Silver 9C1 w/ L67 and 4T65E-HD...and a few other mods. Wink
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Mykillmo
Newbie
Newbie


Joined: May 03, 2011
Posts: 30
Posts per day: 0.01
Location: All over the US


PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:15 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What do you guys think about these? http://www.protuninglab.com/hidxe00chima1.html
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dan073eb
Forum Regular
Forum Regular


Joined: Dec 05, 2012
Posts: 140
Posts per day: 0.08


2004 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

i have sylvania silverstar zxe's for my highs and lows and vision x fogs. i like the way the zxe's give the lights a very slight different look than regular bulbs, and the fogs have a nice light output.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Killr68
Forum Regular
Forum Regular
Silver Contributor (Amount: 1) Silver Contributor


Joined: Apr 08, 2009
Posts: 260
Posts per day: 0.09
Location: Huntsville, AL

2000 Chevrolet Impala


PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:43 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

What DDM Tuning kit would be recommended for the fog housings? I've seen where at least one person has used the 55W, but I seem to recall someone saying to use only the 35W. And to make sure, it would be the 880 bulb type? And what is an "error eliminator"?

_________________
Get In, Sit Down, Shut Up, Hold On
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    NAIOA Impala Forums Forum Index -> 2000-2005 General Impala Discussion All times are GMT - 4 Hours
Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next
Page 1 of 3

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group
Forums ©
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. Comments and posts are property of the poster. All other content is © 2008 by the NAIOA.


Use of this site constitutes agreement with the NAIOA Terms of Service (TOS)


PHP-Nuke Copyright © 2005 by Francisco Burzi. This is free software, and you may redistribute it under the GPL. PHP-Nuke comes with absolutely no warranty, for details, see the license.
Server Local Time: August 17, 2017, 6:02:56 pm
Page Generation: 0.15 Seconds ( SQL 45:142 in 0.01 Seconds )