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LHD ones will fail the mot and thats the only problem with them... you can get them through the mot by sticking the stickers on them you use for driving abroad or failing that do what I used to do and stick the standard headlights on fro the mot
 

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So it's not a problem with the light beams being different then? [:$] What if i were to buy some LHD lights for everyday use and just swap back to some RHD ones for the MOT, would that work! Would i get people flashing me with using LHD's, that's what i really want to know.

The reason i ask is i can get hold of some cheap new Anni headlamps, but they're for LHD fitment only! [:O][:S]
 

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Yes the light beam will shine in the opposite direction, ie into the oncoming traffic, and not onto the edge of the road, so you might well get a lot of folk being blinded with them. Never tried any LHD lights so I can't say for definite but thats what I have read previously.
 

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LHD ones will fail the mot and thats the only problem with them... you can get them through the mot by sticking the stickers on them you use for driving abroad or failing that do what I used to do and stick the standard headlights on fro the mot
The only problem with them eh............apart form them shining accros the road on dip, dazzling other road users and meaning you cannot see anything on the N/S.......??[*-)]

Still I supose you can just drive round with your fogs on all the time to make up for the poor lighting performance? Look real cool then!
 

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Its a good reason to get gas discharge headlights as they can be swapped left to right by moving a lever inside the headlight..[:'(]
 

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Its a good reason to get gas discharge headlights as they can be swapped left to right by moving a lever inside the headlight..[:'(]
I am afraid that is not true. This is only a function on some aftermarket modular headlamp conversions that allow you to rotate the module in order to achieve LHD and RHD beam patterns.

The common mistake people make is that they think the 'Tourist Lever' inside the headlamp changes it from LHD to RHD or vice versa. All the Tourist lever does is move a shutter in the module that cuts off the diagonal beam pattern to prevent dazzling drivers.

RHD lamps should only be used on RHD cars. LHD headlamps in the Uk won't pass an MOT!!
 

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Thats not strictly true LHD lamps can pass an mot if you use stickers to adjust the beam pattern... they dont have to kick up in the correct direction to pass they just arent allowed to kick up in the wrong direction.

Simch have you ever had a set of LHD lights? the beam can be adjusted enough to prevent blinding other drivers I had a set for over a year and never got flashed and visibility was fine... not sure why you felt the need to take the p*ss with the fog light comment, I was just answering the question based on my personal experience
 

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Thats not strictly true LHD lamps can pass an mot if you use stickers to adjust the beam pattern... they dont have to kick up in the correct direction to pass they just arent allowed to kick up in the wrong direction. Simch have you ever had a set of LHD lights? the beam can be adjusted enough to prevent blinding other drivers I had a set for over a year and never got flashed and visibility was fine... not sure why you felt the need to take the p*ss with the fog light comment, I was just answering the question based on my personal experience
Not too sure about that mate!! If you drive a RHD car then you should have RHD headlamps and therefore passing an MOT is not a problem. The stickers that you talk about are available to cut off the light that would blind on coming traffic and I don't believe that you would be able to put these on a LHD set of headlamps and get it too pass an MOT otherwise everyone would have the option of doing it?

Your correct that the beam can be adjusted on a set of LHD headlamps but only up and down therefore by adjusting the beam pattern down you will quite rightly stop blinding people but you will only be able to see a couple of metres in front of your car!!

Anyway, each to their own!!
 

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I think it's in Simch's nature to take the p*ss a bit with his posts Justin don't take it to heart :eek:)

btw looks like you have the same problem as me doing smileys & quotes :eek:/
 

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Thats not strictly true LHD lamps can pass an mot if you use stickers to adjust the beam pattern... they dont have to kick up in the correct direction to pass they just arent allowed to kick up in the wrong direction. Simch have you ever had a set of LHD lights? the beam can be adjusted enough to prevent blinding other drivers I had a set for over a year and never got flashed and visibility was fine... not sure why you felt the need to take the p*ss with the fog light comment, I was just answering the question based on my personal experience
I have a rhd car. why would I need or want lhd lights.

Read baker21's comments above. the lever on the more modern LHD lights merely stops the dazzle, it does not move the beam, it reduces the beam where it may dazzle. So you get poorer overall performance, hence that's why i suggested the foglights to get some light back.

I seriously cannot understand why anyone would want poorer performing headlights just so they "look cool" when parked up!!!!!!!!!!

Surely modding cars well should be a balance of both performance enhancement and aesthetics enhancements, and ideally both?

But for me, it would be performance all the time over "looks". Nice if you can have both, but to go for an unusualy headlight reflector or whatever, to the detriment of the lights actual working, just seems ridiculous, potentially damgerous and illegal to boot.

Maybe you should take the lights out completely or paint them body colour for that smooth look...... and then just drive in the daytime?
 

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Thats not strictly true LHD lamps can pass an mot if you use stickers to adjust the beam pattern... they dont have to kick up in the correct direction to pass they just arent allowed to kick up in the wrong direction. Simch have you ever had a set of LHD lights? the beam can be adjusted enough to prevent blinding other drivers I had a set for over a year and never got flashed and visibility was fine... not sure why you felt the need to take the p*ss with the fog light comment, I was just answering the question based on my personal experience
I have a rhd car. why would I need or want lhd lights.

Read baker21's comments above. the lever on the more modern LHD lights merely stops the dazzle, it does not move the beam, it reduces the beam where it may dazzle. So you get poorer overall performance, hence that's why i suggested the foglights to get some light back.

I seriously cannot understand why anyone would want poorer performing headlights just so they "look cool" when parked up!!!!!!!!!!

Surely modding cars well should be a balance of both performance enhancement and aesthetics enhancements, and ideally both?

But for me, it would be performance all the time over "looks". Nice if you can have both, but to go for an unusualy headlight reflector or whatever, to the detriment of the lights actual working, just seems ridiculous, potentially damgerous and illegal to boot.

Maybe you should take the lights out completely or paint them body colour for that smooth look...... and then just drive in the daytime?
You make me laugh Simch, I sense some sarcasim in your response but I like your opnion!!
 

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I have a RHD drive golf with LHD drive lights and a tourist lever aka fun handle! apart from failing A MOT or NCT as we like to call them,these are lethal on motorway driving or city driving you will be fine (apart from getting flashed),but on dark country roads if you find yourself faced with on coming traffic forget about it! - you might as well close your eyes and wing it as you can see nothing of the edge of the road and judging position is a case of good guessing.the first time this happened to me it was really scary as i was moving fast!

it got so bad i had to go out and install foglights as a life saving measure.
 

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my sides are positively splitting
We have gone off on a bit of a tangent here. I picked up on your original quote, that the ONLY thing against them was MOT. It just is not true that the ONLY downside is MOT as the post above would suggest.

Enjoy your cool lights Binliner, but if get involved in a bump the bizzies will do you good and proper if they spot them.
 

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At the end of the day people will put what they want on their cars and there isn't a lot going to stop them either.

If people choose to fit parts that are not the correct spec then that's their choice.

I am always going to be biased on these topics as I design these things for a living and you wouldn't believe the strict rules and regs that we have our products have to achieve in order to get our lamps into production!!
 

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Ok maybe I should have worded my first post differently... it should have read

"The only problem I PERSONALLY found with them was the MOT, but theres ways around that"

The fact is I answered this post because it was a subject I could offer an opinion on based on personal experience. If someone has a different opinion or advice then that's fine, discussion is what these forums are for, however had I known that some of those with a different opinion were going to lace all their replies with unecessary & tbh rather tedious sarcasm I would have kept my opinion to myself.
 

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Ok maybe I should have worded my first post differently... it should have read "The only problem I PERSONALLY found with them was the MOT, but theres ways around that" The fact is I answered this post because it was a subject I could offer an opinion on based on personal experience. If someone has a different opinion or advice then that's fine, discussion is what these forums are for, however had I known that some of those with a different opinion were going to lace all their replies with unecessary & tbh rather tedious sarcasm I would have kept my opinion to myself.
Well you will know for next time, then! [;)]
 
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