Can a headlight be too bright?

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  1. Jamesx2

    Jamesx2 Been here awhile Supporter

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    I had the light bar on during my daytime ride yesterday. What do you think? Over kill? Is there such a thing as being noticed too much? Too annoying to on coming cars?
    ( Theres not a light near the front wheel, weird photo image)
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  5. RideAbout

    RideAbout Mentally Retired

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    Yes.....

    MSF (I think) commissioned a study many years ago about conspicuity. One finding was that if your lights were too bright during the day that other drivers could NOT judge your oncoming speed. Kinda like staring at the sun and trying to guess how far it was away.....
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  7. TN3Sport

    TN3Sport East TN DS Rider

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    Too bright? daytime... no. Nighttime... yes. But, then again, I know my headlight brightness is dialed-in just about perfect when every 100th car flashes their brights at me... Any more and they are too bright; any less, they are not bright enough.
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  8. Daboo

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    I already answered above, but I'll add another thought...

    ...If the car approaching your lights reacts with it's own blue and red lights...your lights are too bright.


    I've actually wondered about this. Besides my own feelings about lights that are approaching me, I've noticed the H7 LED lights I'm using have increased dramatically in lumens. It may be that's how they stay competitive with everyone else's LED bulbs, but how much is too much?

    Chris
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  9. anotherguy

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    Yep sure can.
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  10. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Depends on how badly you want a blinded driver coming at you. If you like it, no your headlight can't be too bright. Otherwise use some judgement and a bit of empathy, given that you've had retina burners aimed at you.

    I seldom drive or ride with my brights on. I figure, if nothing else, it sets my limit for speed at night. If I'm over-driving/riding my standard properly aimed headlight I'm going too fast.
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  11. jay547

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    Bright lights save lives.
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    True that. Bright lights and a loud pipe makes one close to immoral.
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  13. spiderman302

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    No,.... Yes,..... maybe so.... It depends......
    Lets speak to your setup. I think that you are using a 36 watt light bar from the tell tail reflection, which might have a beam width of 30 degrees.
    That with your normal high beam is less bright than my dual headlight. High beams, at the level you are running, in the day time, is insignificant compared to daylight.
    If you were running a 200+ watt led spot light bar, that might be annoying......

    I will run my high beams in the day time, in conditions that warrant it and also when I am riding in the back of a group ride so the leader can see me.
    But at night I would recommend that your light bar be wired to the high beam circuit so if you are using them (with your high beam) then you can instantly dim them when you are in traffic.
    This is just my meager opinion......
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  14. PeterW

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    Yes.

    The headlights on my wife's bike are too bright for night use on low. Fortunately she doesn't ride at night.

    Good for visibility though I'll concede that, the impact in full daylight is like being slapped across the eyes if you happen to catch the beam at the wrong angle.

    She ended up with that because I'd had them on my bike, never been able to get the beam right and pulled them back out. When her only headlight blew that's what I had on hand and in her reflector the beam pattern is near perfect so it's still there.
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  15. JohnCW

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    Have you ever checked with the ride leader if they appreciate this?

    A lady who regularly rides with our group has a set of bright LED lights mounted to her front axle. When I'm leading a ride and check in my mirrors to see how the following riders are travelling, what do I see, nothing other than a pair of f'king blinding lights.
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  16. Sonny S.

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    I get wanting to see and be seen but geez how did we ever make it down the road before LED lighting??? I've had 6 Volt regular non halogen sealed beam headlights and never had an issue.

    Lighting has become obnoxious since LED's. Can't even look at the candy rack at the grocery store without sunglasses on.
    LED's are fantastic but there definitely is such a thing as too much of a good thing.

    Tone it down people and at least buy DOT approved lighting with a low beam cut off and adjust your headlights PROPERLY!!
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    DR Donk Been here awhile

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    Yes. I have been temporarily blinded by others lights that were to bright. Not a good feeling. :bluduh
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    I do when I'm leading a ride. In fact I will tell the group " everyone rides with low beams only and no aux lights except for sweep". Allows me to get a quick idea of how spread out the group is with just a quick glance back. Only problem is some riders who can't follow directions. Well that and the ones who don't know how to ride. :muutt

    As to the OP's question, yes. Don't be an ass and blind oncoming drivers. And at night you can get to much returned light from reflective signs which impacts your vision.
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  19. C/1/509

    C/1/509 Now with more sarcasm

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    Too bright, maybe. Badly aimed? For sure.
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  20. deadzed

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    Mine can't. Yours can.
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