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Old March 14th, 2016, 04:44 PM
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Adjusting headlights on RHD Vehicle

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Apologies for what must be a really simple question. I am purchasing a RHD Defender 90, it is a recent import and hasn't had any adjustments made to the headlights for LHD roads. How do I make the adjustment or do I need to buy new units?

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If it has its RHD/left hand traffic home market headlights, then you will need to replace them with LHD/right hand traffic units. On low beam, the headlight pattern shines up and away from opposing traffic to illuminate signs, etc. on the side of the road. Using the wrong headlights will cause glare for opposing traffic.


Hella, Cibie, someone in the UK licensing the Lucas brand, and the Far East all make LHD H4 units, w/ Hella and Cibie being the best of the group.


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Old March 14th, 2016, 05:13 PM
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If it has its RHD/left hand traffic home market headlights, then you will need to replace them with LHD/right hand traffic units. On low beam, the headlight pattern shines up and away from opposing traffic to illuminate signs, etc. on the side of the road. Using the wrong headlights will cause glare for opposing traffic.


Hella, Cibie, someone in the UK licensing the Lucas brand, and the Far East all make LHD H4 units, w/ Hella and Cibie being the best of the group.
So there is no way of adjusting the current units?
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The buckets adjust. But you do need US spec bulbs.
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No. Not as a proper solution.


I suppose you could try and get your hands on those triangular stickers used in Europe for blocking the upwards portion of the beam, be a cool novelty for a little while, but you really need the proper lights.


Car Headlamp Converters | Headlamp converters | Essentials for driving in EU

------ Follow up post added March 14th, 2016 03:25 PM ------

Here is a decent explanation. Refer to the beam pattern diagrams on the bottom of the page.




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Headlights are relatively cheap. Old school bulbs are $17/each at Autozone. The H4 conversions are $25 - $50/each depending on brand. Once in, the headlamp buckets have two adjusting screws; one for up down, one for right left. When I adjusted mine, I parked about 20 feet from a big wall at night and adjusted appropriately.
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New complete sealed halogen beam lights are between $10 and $20 each. I actually find the cheapest halogens to last the longest and work reasonably well.
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so this is 1989 vehicle anyone know what lights will fit, did the headlight connector change at all from 1989 to later years? I'd like to convert to LED but after paying for the vehicle may have to stick with halogen.
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These will fit and should be plug and play:
http://www.amazon.com/GE-6014-Sealed...6014+headlight
These are slightly better:
http://www.amazon.com/SYLVANIA-Silve...6014+headlight
These will make better use of the wattage by keeping the illumination on th eroad more than the trees:
Hella 7" Round 9003 Vision Plus DOT Conversion Headlamp, HL70477 | Rally Lights
All should be plug and play. The wiring to the lamps via a molded 3 wire connector is blue with white trace, blue with red tracer, and black is ground (or Earth), and in a perfect world, they are in the correct slots!
Is there a black trim panel surrounding the headlamp and indicator lamps? Post a pic, and I'll bet we can talk you through it...
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Remove your RHD headlights and replace with LHD version.

The Hella lights listed above are fantastic.
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Thanks all I go will go with the Hella.

The car also has some rally spot lights on it will these be OK?
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Driving lights are typically single filament and aimed straight ahead, so no issues unless aimed really, really badly!
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Good choice on the Hellas. Look for the 'e-code' ones as opposed to the Vision+. The V+ are a quasi sealed light with a US DoT light pattern, a replaceable bulb and, while better than a sealed beam, don't seem to have as crisp a cutoff as the actual Euro spec ones.
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Good choice on the Hellas. Look for the 'e-code' ones as opposed to the Vision+. The V+ are a quasi sealed light with a US DoT light pattern, a replaceable bulb and, while better than a sealed beam, don't seem to have as crisp a cutoff as the actual Euro spec ones.
Is this the correct one?
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I think you need the 60/55 watt to be road legal
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Yes, those are the good lamps but I would stick with stock wattage bulbs, 55/60 watts. Hi watt bulbs should be used with upgraded wires and relays and are probably overkill.
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Brilliant thanks All!!
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Yes, those are the good lamps but I would stick with stock wattage bulbs, 55/60 watts. Hi watt bulbs should be used with upgraded wires and relays and are probably overkill.
Since I custom made my harness, I went hi wattage. Over kill, yes. Unless you want to avoid adding additional driving lights.
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Agreed, I use E-code on all of my own Rovers and customer's Rovers. And with Hella waterproof relays to take the load off of the somewhat frail stock headlight switch. Rally lights offers a 55/80watt H4 bulb that fits the E-code lamp. I was trying to make for an easy solution to his concern. I'm assuming a diesel engine so there is no real concern about driving faster then one can see......
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Agreed, I use E-code on all of my own Rovers and customer's Rovers. And with Hella waterproof relays to take the load off of the somewhat frail stock headlight switch. Rally lights offers a 55/80watt H4 bulb that fits the E-code lamp. I was trying to make for an easy solution to his concern. I'm assuming a diesel engine so there is no real concern about driving faster then one can see......
Hi Trevor its actually the 3.5 V8. What is involved installing the waterproof relays, is it a simple DIY job? Also sent you a PM.
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