Old automobile headlights were all the same — which was a moderately bright concept

There will be highs, there will be lows, but they would always be the same. Until 1957 anyway.

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11 Comments:

  1. New(er) cars don’t always have polycarbonate component headlamps. My 1989 Mazda MX-6 had glass lenses. The beam pattern and brightness was pretty lackluster though. The lenses were semi-expensive at $90 in 1989 Dollars. They were not too difficult to replace as I found out when someone rolled a shopping cart and broke one, no front fascia disassembly.

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  2. Some companies haven’t ditched sealed beam lights still, GM still uses sealed beam headlights on all of their cargo vans. For a while they switched to the new fascia which ditched the sealed beam lights for bulb replaceable lights with plastic housing, but those lasted all of One year. Hey then went back to the old trusty of sealed beam lights.

  3. I think it was better when every car used the same headlights.

    They also could be recycled more easily than plastic, and they don’t yellow after a few years like the modern plastic lenses.

  4. Silver Star lamps have a rather short service life, on the order of 500 hours, which is only about 1/3 the expected life for a regular halogen. I decided to stick with the regular lamps on my Honda because I don’t want to be changing expensive bulbs constantly. I also change both sides at the same time. The manufacturers are pretty good at planned obsolescence and my experience has been that if one side burns out, the other will usually follow suit within a few hours.

  5. ‘Headlump” got me. 🙂

  6. I may be biased since I dont have a big issue seeing in the dark. But the responsive closed loop headlight systems & their accompanying insanely bright hard white LEDs is the BANE of my existence. The systems respond to slow so your just getting blasted by super bright high beams all the time for a split second or the other car just decides your not an object too worry about… but the stop sight reflecting it’s own lights is :/

  7. In these days or sustainability and recycling these lights are brilliant in their standardisation . Transferable from one model to another . So second hand was always an option . But this doesn’t on.y apply to lights . Many. Other items also used to be standard . Alternators and starter motors also were pretty standard . So recycling and getting the most working life was achieved . Reconditioning was also viable . A. Switch is a switch . And even a body shell could be reused . Manufacturers can and do standardise a little , as a mechanic of 65 years I’ve used to spend hours fitting parts Now I spend hours finding parts , . Isn’t it time to standardise again. Which would bring parts prices down and improve availability. And then second hand parts become viable again . Cool vid thanks

  8. in Europe, uk cars have to have stickers over their lights for the exact issue you talk about at the end. might be worth looking them up to not blind other drivers

  9. those few russian cars what shown in video have actually replaceable bulbs inside that class thing.

  10. I will take all of the slow nature of the US regulatory system if they actually, y’know, regulate things. Lately it seems like they just let drivers and companies do anything

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