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Old 09-30-2012, 01:07 AM   #1
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Default Driving Lights As High Beams?

Hey guys (and girls)...

So I currently have a pair of HID low beams in my car. I immensely prefer them over halogens, but unfortunately I don't have any high beams. Seeing as I legally need high beams, I'm looking at putting a set of stand-alone lights with a high-beam pattern in next to my stock lights. I was thinking of just going with something like a Bosch or Hella driving light, but I don't know how the driving light pattern compares to a high beam.

So, does anyone know whether the high-beam and driving light patterns are similar enough to use one as the other? Or, do the driving lights have a significantly longer range, or narrower beam, or whatnot?

I don't use high beams that often... Mostly just on forest or more isolated roads (with few lights). If worse comes to worst, I can try to put in a pair of sealed-beam lights into some different housings, but I'd rather get something more effective rather than just regular high-beams.

Anyway, information or thoughts are appreciated.
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Old 10-02-2012, 08:38 PM   #2
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Legally you can't have HID anything in your housings anyhow, so what are you worried about. Please take them out, do some reading, and quit blinding all oncoming traffic. A good place to start is danielsternlighting.com.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:12 PM   #3
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I suppose I should clarify: I have HIDs with proper lenses/housings, and the Subaru housing itself has clear lenses... I didn't just put xenon bulbs into a stock housing. I appreciate the concern though, it's my fault for not specifying.

As for that site... I've used it in the past, but I don't remember it discussing the differences between high beams and driving lights. But, I'll look into it again.

In any event, I may end up just going with bixenons, and just use separate driving lights to fill in where the high beams don't reach.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:28 PM   #4
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Sorry, I should have asked. Anyhow, email Daniel. He will help you out. He is a wealth of info for lighting. Using bi zenon lights is probably a good idea.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:29 PM   #5
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No worries, minor misunderstanding... No harm, no foul.

I never thought about emailing Daniel though. I think I'll try to get those bixenons, and if all else fails I'll send him an email about all this.
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My experience has been that most driving lights have a 'pencil' beam pattern (spot light). I have hella 500's mounted and they definitely don't offer as wide a path of light as high beams. I never use them as a replacement for my high-beams, because I like to see if any deer are coming at me out of the ditch.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:16 PM   #7
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Well, I actually managed to pick up a set of bixenons today (thanks Loomin!), so no more worries about driving lights vs high beams. I actually got a pair of driving lights the other day too, so once the bixenons are mounted I'll look at getting the driving lights set up to fill in any gaps in the high beam pattern.
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