Low Beam Headlight Bulb Cover?

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Oct 23, 2007

I’m sure all of you have noticed the chrome plastic globe looking cover that goes over our low beam bulbs. With all the recent talk about brighter headlights, why not just remove this thing? It seems to be blocking quite abit of light. What is it’s purpose anyways, and has anyone removed it before?

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The fog light reflector has been removed by a lot of people. http://dodgeintrepid.net/forums/showpost.php?p=1098917&postcount=48. Not sure about the low beam headlight reflector. Why not just turn your high beams on for more light, or do the fog light reflector mod and turn those on. It makes a big difference with the reflectors removed off the fogs.

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I’m pretty sure it’s there to keep the light out of other drivers’ eyes. Without it there, the filament is in the open making it the same as your highs.

I’d keep it there, unless you like getting flashed on the road

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It’s OK to remove it on the fogs because they’re mounted LOW. Do NOT remove the low beam ones, those prevent a crapload of glare!

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It’s OK to remove it on the fogs because they’re mounted LOW. Do NOT remove the low beam ones, those prevent a crapload of glare!

No fracking way is it acceptable to remove the fog light bulb shields and continue to operate them as fog lights. If you do remove them, then use them as driving lights, as you would high beams. You are exposed to a lot more point source glare because of the transverse filament orientation.

The stock 35watt H3 intrepid fog lights have too much glare.

The 9006/HB4 has a blacktop coating on the tip of the envelope, and the filament is axially oriented. and the edge of the shield helps to define the cuttoff of the low beams.

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Discussion Starter · #6 · Oct 23, 2007

But you see, the low beam bulb (9006) is covered on the tip w/ some paint unlike the high beam bulb that’s why I am still wondering if it would be ok?!?

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No fracking way is it acceptable to remove the fog light bulb shields and continue to operate them as fog lights. If you do remove them, then use them as driving lights, as you would high beams. You are exposed to a lot more point source glare because of the transverse filament orientation.

The stock 35watt H3 intrepid fog lights have too much glare.

The OEM lights being clear aren’t very efficient as fogs to begin with

Several dodge vehicles including the dakota and come OEM with the same bulbs but no reflectors

I removed the relectors on my Intrepid and plan to do the exact same thing to my 300M because I find the lighting pattern worlds better

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The OEM lights being clear aren’t very efficient as fogs to begin with

Several dodge vehicles including the dakota and come OEM with the same bulbs but no reflectors

I removed the relectors on my Intrepid and plan to do the exact same thing to my 300M because I find the lighting pattern worlds better

Quit being cheap, and find some 300M Special headlights!

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Discussion Starter · #9 · Oct 24, 2007

The OEM lights being clear aren’t very efficient as fogs to begin with

Several dodge vehicles including the dakota and come OEM with the same bulbs but no reflectors

I removed the relectors on my Intrepid and plan to do the exact same thing to my 300M because I find the lighting pattern worlds better

So you did remove the reflectors in the low beam headlights that I speak of then? Or are you just referring to the fog lights. I am really intrigued to do this but once I do it there is really no turning back!

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No one has removes the reflector in the low beams as far as I know. You would be the first, and probably the last.

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It’s illegal to take the bulb shade off the low beams in all 50 states and probably in several other countries. As mikew points out it becomes a “driving” light which is what the high beams are. Even taking the bulb shade off the fog lights is illegal. It’s not as noticeable seeing as how they’re mounted so low. Let’s put it this way…if you take the bulb shades off your low beams and someone veers across lanes because they’re highly distracted by the glare you now have emitting from your headlights and creams your car…then good luck on claiming anything on insurance as it can easily be called against you as you illegally modified your headlights.

Want more light output? Then get a high quality OEM HID set with rebased D2R bulbs as a minimum or get a real projector retro as might be offered by Linuxglobal. Otherwise just rice your car out with some blue film on regular halogen bulbs that most assclowns on Ebay claim are Xenon!!

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Are you trying to blind the ever living **** out of everyone?

You want bright lights, do HIDs or dont do anything…

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But you see, the low beam bulb (9006) is covered on the tip w/ some paint unlike the high beam bulb that’s why I am still wondering if it would be ok?!?

But you will lose beam definition. I shaved all the blacktop coating from the low beam years ago, and all it did was put more light near the cutoff. and you don’t want to lose the cutoff.

If you look at the last impala, GM took some money away from the headlights, and it looks cheaper without the cover.

If you really need more light, go for the HIR bulbs

http://www.hirheadlights.com/

or a +30 9006

http://www.rallylights.com/hella/9006.asp

You can’t put a HID capsule into the reflector and expect it to work. These aren’t projector headlights. The cutoff shield expect the light to originate from the same spot.

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Even taking the bulb shade off the fog lights is illegal.

Prove it. As I already said several Mopar vehicles including the Dakota came OEM with the same exact fog light bulb and no shade.

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Quit being cheap, and find some 300M Special headlights!

how exactly would that help my fogs?

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But you see, the low beam bulb (9006) is covered on the tip w/ some paint unlike the high beam bulb that’s why I am still wondering if it would be ok?!?

The 9005 bulbs used in the highs can be easily used in your lows, all you need to do it cut one piece off the connector base of the bulb and flip the headlight bulb mounting plate upside down (3 torx head screws)

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The 9005 to 9006 is easy but may compromise the longterm life of the reflectors.

I haven’t seen any vehicle with exposed H3 bulbs as fog lights.

I have seen the cheapo fog lights on the dakota/durango and they were the 800 series bulbs (but that was over five years ago) so they may have moved to the 9000 series.

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so they may have moved to the 9000 series.

The 9040 bulb is an exact match to the H3, as a matter of fact if you check the specs my +61404532026M says it uses a 9040

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Discussion Starter · #19 · Oct 24, 2007

Yeah, I already have Toshiba HIR bulbs, and honostly they’re no brighter than a Silverstar bulb. I might have to do a HID swap in the future then.

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The 9040 bulb is an exact match to the H3, as a matter of fact if you check the specs my +61404532026M says it uses a 9040

What?

No.

An H3 is old, short and metally.

A 9040 is new and plasticy.

They are both transverse filaments.

http://www.wjjeeps.com/2004_limited_21.jpg

The JGC started with a 9055 then went to 9140 then 9145 (I guess the 9140 wasn’t bright enough, even with an improved reflector)

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