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Old 03-04-2016, 09:55 AM   #1
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Headlight upgrade

I don't think my headlights offer enough light. Am wondering if folks have replaced their Hella driving light with something more powerful and if so what did you use? Has anyone installed an LED light bar on the front of the coach? I've got one on my pickup truck and have been impressed with how much light it makes. What are folks doing for more light! I've got a '14 Cornerstone.
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Remember that a light bar is not legal for on-road use. Also, you cannot have more than 4 white lights on the front of the vehicle, so if you did turn the light bar on you would need to turn off one of the pairs of lights.
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Old 03-04-2016, 03:52 PM   #3
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I have replaced the H-1 halogen bulbs on a couple of vehicles because they burn out(daytime running lights) so often and they don't illuminate very well at night. I used the OPT7 LED bulbs w/Clear Arc-Beam, 7K lumen(per pair), 6k cool white color. Note: stay in the 5k-6k color range because the cops will know they not OE. You can't beat them for illumination and I got them on Amazon $99.99 per pair. Not really sure if they are legal but they are impressive. I have a 2015 Aspire that has the H-1 bulbs and I am going to use the OPT7 bulbs because I've had two H-1s burn out since I purchased this coach 26 Jan, 2016. Hope this helps.
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ikold, I TOTALLY agree. I do a lot of night driving and I'd even go so far as to say as the headlights are dangerous. I have fine tuned the aiming down to the micron to get the bast I can get, but there's no way it's even close to any normal car nowadays. I was just thinking the same thing as you. There is no place to mount a light bar is my consideration. Plus, it's the distance light that's my problem. I don't care about right in front of the coach. The factory lights have a lot of black areas and very sharp cutoffs, so the light pattern is either lit up, or black.

I would definitely be watching this thread. To me, it's not even necessarily Lux, or the amount of light, it's the lighting pattern that's not curable by aiming.
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ikold, I TOTALLY agree. I do a lot of night driving and I'd even go so far as to say as the headlights are dangerous. I have fine tuned the aiming down to the micron to get the bast I can get, but there's no way it's even close to any normal car nowadays. I was just thinking the same thing as you. There is no place to mount a light bar is my consideration. Plus, it's the distance light that's my problem. I don't care about right in front of the coach. The factory lights have a lot of black areas and very sharp cutoffs, so the light pattern is either lit up, or black.

I would definitely be watching this thread. To me, it's not even necessarily Lux, or the amount of light, it's the lighting pattern that's not curable by aiming.

Me too! I was driving at night on interstate, in a large city, in a construction zone,Monday night and a couple of times I absolutely could not see if I was in the lane or not. Not to mention the concrete barrier making things tight.
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This has been said many times but it's worth noting. Check your power at the head light bulbs. Many times the poor lightly is the result of voltage drop due to the long run of wire from the battery or the wire gauge being to small. There are many threads here on the subject and it's the first thing to check before going to a different light source. David Sterns website has good explanations on this subject.
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I ordered the H1 bulbs mentioned above and while I was at it I also ordered an LED light bar. Not sure if I'll install the light bar (and where) but I figured if I didn't use it on the coach I could use it on another vehicle. I'd like something to fit the 90mm Hella light spot. I agree with some of the poster about the shape of the beam being so poor. I'm not concerned with whats 15 feet in front of me more concerned with what's 50-100' in front of me and the current setup does a poor job of that.
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My Anthem has lots of light for night driving, and I have no complaints on illumination.

I wonder if you have problem that is dimming your lights. I have found no need to change my bulbs or illumination.

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I'll check the voltage but I think its cheap lights and poor aiming...
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I'll check the voltage but I think its cheap lights and poor aiming...
I did have to adjust the headlight aim on my lights and it helped the night visibility. There was documentation on the DVD that came with my coach on how to accomplish. Was tight to get to on my Aspire with all lights running vertical - may be easier to reach the Cornerstone lights for adjustment.
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Ikold

Not disputing your low light discussion but as a couple others said maybe your headlight aiming is out of whacck? I drove my RV several times before I drove in the dark and noticed my headlights were waaayyy off aim from the factory. Two adjustments later, one at Middlebury, I'm back to normal lighting. Check out your aiming on a dark isolated road one night. Even easier if you have a large storage facility or dark alley with a wall to measure against.
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