How many times have you taken those insane LEDs in the face?
You're driving down the road at night, and you can see a car coming a little further down. And despite the fact that the car dimmed its lights, you find yourself nearly blinded by the lights as they come closer toward you. Worse, maybe you think they still have the high beams on and you flash them. Only to get even brighter lights in the face.
It's happened to all of us. If it hasn't, then you're the one with the crazy lights, haha. I'm kidding. But, it's true. We've all felt like we couldn't quite see the road anymore because of the brightness of the more "modern" headlights. I still have regular halogen lights, but honestly have sight envy when I see the mega-bright LEDs on another car.
However, change is on the way.
There's a shift among auto makers to switch to a new kind of headlight that's already in use in Europe. According to the Associated Press, these new “adaptive driving beam headlights” will sort of read the road a bit more and focus light to the areas that need to be lit up, and less into the faces of oncoming drivers.
They've been very popular in Europe, and will now finally be allowed in the U.S. For the life of me, it makes no sense that they haven't been used over here before this. It seems like the brightness wars have been going on for way too long. It makes a person wonder if any of the rise in traffic fatalities the last few years is related to this.
Either way, it's nice to think about there being some relief on the way. Granted, it doesn't seem it'll do much for existing vehicles, but new cars will have the tech added going forward. Bummer. I was really hoping for headlights that were worth more than my crappy old 2011 Honda CRV. Oh well. Maybe next time.