Lights

Oct 12, 2013
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I am sure that this has been discussed before , BUT, should we, or do we need to put tape to prevent our light beam covering the centre of the road when abroad,,especially at this time of the year ??, if so , how do I know where to 'stick it' !!

Thanks and regards
 
Feb 25, 2013
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a long time,
You can buy the deflectors for a few pounds on the ferry or stick your tape on, but if you don't intend to drive in the dark i wouldn't worry , lol
 
Feb 10, 2013
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Hi Hotelman,
Yes, the subject has been aired many times, but nothing wrong with asking.

I've found that replies fall into two camps; those that DO fit deflectors and those who don't bother. Personal choice I guess, but UK motoring organisations give this advice:- By LAW, at any time day or night when driving in Europe you must convert your headlamps to avoid dazzling other road users. This is a compulsory requirement in most European Countries.....

I won't re-hash other posts now, but there is advice as to the various ways of deflecting beams on our forum.

Me? I'm in the DO-IT camp! I would far sooner comply, than look over my shoulder for the Gendarmerie.

As an example, in the summer, I went down through Belgium and Luxembourg to Switzerland and Italy. I encountered everything from fog to driving rain in the daytime! I was sooo glad that I didn't have to worry about non-compliance and a fine in addition to the weather conditions.

For convenience, I have deflectors fitted to headlamp protectors that just clip on/off, but it's a pricey way. Halfords and eBay do universal kits for about a fiver or less.

Hope that helps?
James
 

TerryL

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Mar 5, 2010
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I fitted a set of those black sticky things that are supposed to prevent the "kick-up" of the beam on the left, i.e., seaside and prevent dazzle. Frankly it didn't seem to make a jot of difference and I've left them on for a couple of years now; doesn't seem to worry the mot testers.

In all the years I took coaches abroad we never once fitted beam reflectors. Make of that what you will.
 

pappajohn

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From the mot testers manual.

It should also apply to rhd vehicles.

Masks or converter kits may be fitted to right hand dip headlamps to temporarily alter the lamp for use in the UK by removing the beam ‘kick-up’ to the right
.
A headlamp altered in this way is not a reason for rejection, if:
a.
the headlamp aim is not rejected for the reasons listed under diagram 1 (except that the top of the beam image will be a straight line)

b.
the light output is not unduly reduced - not usually a problem with commercially produced kits

c.
the mask or converter is securely attached.
 

Badknee

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Full timing for five years and loving it!
Ours had them fitted when we bought it and was mentioned in two MOT's but was not a fail or advisories.
 
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