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Question IIHS Headlight Rankings

I read the recent report on the IIHS Mid-Size SUV rankings in regards to headlight performance. For the 2016-7 Pilots, Touring Trims and below received a rating of "Poor". One of the contributing factors to this rating is the distance at which the headlights project.

Do any of the aftermarket bulb-replacement solutions increase projection distance?

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Yeah, check out the aftermarket HID thread. The stock bulbs are garbage.

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Keep in mind substitution of an HID or LED bulb in a housing designed for a halogen bulb is illegal because it may cause dramatically increased glare for oncoming drivers. It has do with the optics and the physical characteristics of the light source. Using higher performance halogen bulbs will provide a modest improvement at the expense of dramatically reduced bulb lifespan, and this approach is fully compliant as long as the bulbs aren't deep blue or some other color that's obviously not a shade of white.
Sadly, this is a case of form over function. The headlight housings are small in order to provide the sleek "HID" look, but with none of the HID performance.
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This is a bit of a political discussion, but IIHS is starting to seem like an organization that will always "grade on the curve" to be able to constantly find major faults with any systems in cars. No matter how much car safety is improved, they'll find some percentage of cars to be "poor" in whatever criteria they desire. They are not a government entity and are funded by the insurance companies which are mainly interested in reducing their claims and don't care how much more a car costs initially for tiny improvements in safety.

I'd like to see some technical discussion of how they conduct headlight ratings.

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This is a bit of a political discussion, but IIHS is starting to seem like an organization that will always "grade on the curve" to be able to constantly find major faults with any systems in cars. No matter how much car safety is improved, they'll find some percentage of cars to be "poor" in whatever criteria they desire. They are not a government entity and are funded by the insurance companies which are mainly interested in reducing their claims and don't care how much more a car costs initially for tiny improvements in safety.

I'd like to see some technical discussion of how they conduct headlight ratings.
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Thanks for finding these. Very technical, so much so that I really can't comment on whether these tests and their ratings reflect meaningful and significant differences in headlight performance. If I was in the market and headlight performance was very important, I think I'd include some night driving test drives, preferably back-to-back in competing models.

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