Don’t glare at me – Please

This photo was taken in a parking lot, I have not taken photos of motorcycles. I was just thinking how come the Government gave a green signal for the clear lamps.

http://chennai.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/07/fulllist-thumb.jpg

So cars had the black dots, which were vandalized. I guess the servicing/mechanic guys wanted to show off that they did a clean job.

Most of the time dim dip doesn’t help. Any thoughts? Welcome

10 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 19th, 2007 @ 3:28 pm

    1.the purpose behind black dots and yellow bars is a myth.

    2. If it were really gonna make a headlamp less dazzling then they would be factory fitted by now.

    3. Headlamp dippers are aided with an additional tool to tilt the headlamp bulb. you should find it in most modern cars. It looks like a click wheel, with 1-4 etched on the wheel and is placed to your right near the ignition.


  2. Govar (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    This is one topic that gets me flaming.

    It’s understandable that our lights/roads are bad and so you need to use headbeams in the city once in a while, but I do not understand why it can’t be dimmed even after the driver coming the oppsite direction shows displeasure – by dipping on/off the light. I suspect most of the idiotic drivers out there on our roads do not even realize that they are running with headbeams, and do not even know the meaning of the signal (dipping on/off) given by the opposite driver.

    You could probably educate dumb guys, but how would you educate dumb and arrogant guys?


  3. tsk tsk (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    @govar,

    The pareto problem here lies with the sumo/scorprio/tavera/maxi cab owner who has a cold war going on with the car coming in the other direction. its about who’s got the brighter light and the lousier horn.

    NH45 and the NH46 are probably the two most notorious highways filled with these kinds of people. Thank god for 4 laning

    Your only consolation here is that better bright lights than a oncoming lorry with just one dim light.. incase you thought that it was some moped guy you could scare off the road


  4. Robin (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    Well with powerful bulbs being used in the cars now even the black dots wont make any difference. Sodium lights on the streets doesnt help either – it infact dulls the city unlike tube or mercury light. Maybe with all the factors into consideration, only the centre medians with plants or high enuff to block the SUV’s head light for the opposite traffic should be a better option.


  5. Robin (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    We could also imagine the plight of the cities when TATA’s and others come up with 1 lakh car. I can see 50 bikes parked on my street and in that atleast 70% can afford 1lakh car. Could we imagine where they will all park in the city and how we have to drive in our roads?


  6. Aravind (unregistered) on July 20th, 2007 @ 9:56 pm

    Technology has come a long way in head lights. We have hyberbolic reflectors in all new cars. This is a set of mirrors at different angles focusing the light on the road and in a way so that it will not hit directly on the opposite vehicles. This is why we don’t need the black stickers any more.

    Ofcourse the Hi beam is direct for obvious reasons still and we also live in a world of classic automobiles and the current ones.


  7. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 10:57 am

    Bulb and reflector technology has improved hugely to give considerably more brilliance and illumination (of the road, not, unfortunately, the drivers ;) ), but nothing has really changed in the way the lamps light. Dipped light illuminates ahead, down and towards the left. Main beam illuminates higher, to give lighting further ahead, and covers the full spread from left to right — hence it dazzles oncoming drivers on the opposite side of the road.

    Always has done.


  8. SUNIL (unregistered) on July 21st, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

    I fully agree with the views of GOVAR. Leave the new cars, we are talking about the the rest 90% of the cars on the road. There was a big talk of enforcement, (BIG NEWSPAPER ARTICLE) a while back. WHAT HAPPENED???


  9. shek (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    This problem is not new.It has been in vogue for long.It is irritating for motorcycle riders at night.


  10. Diwakar (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2007 @ 6:09 pm

    All the above posts are good…however, I guess the eternal problem lies in a majority of the drivers not knowing what a high beam and a low beam is. This problem also could be with the console in the car. A driver always wishes to see all the lights glow in the consle during nigyht….

    Perhaps it could be better of if the automobile makers change the specifications in the console.

    diwakar



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