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Unread 11-21-2015, 01:06 PM   #1
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Question Do headlights fade?

I have read several articles and posts on the Internet that say a cars headlight bulbs fade and get dimmer over time, and that replacing them will make them brighter. My car is 13 years old, I have had it for 3 years. I never replaced the headlights since I had it, I don't know about before that. I just took my car into the local Firestone service center to have the headlights replaced. When I told them I wanted the headlights replaced even though they still worked just because I wanted them to be brighter, they looked at me like I had two heads. I ended up replacing them with brighter bulbs(at twice the price I was quoted over the phone to just replace them). Is everything I read online about headlights fading false, or was I lied to by Firestone?

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Unread 11-22-2015, 02:47 PM   #2
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No, you should not have to replace the entire headlight. They get dimmer because the headlights start to fog up over time. Just use some headlight restoration stuff from your local parts store.
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No, you should not have to replace the entire headlight. They get dimmer because the headlights start to fog up over time. Just use some headlight restoration stuff from your local parts store.
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Yes, I wouldn't replace the bulbs. When you touch high intensity bulbs with your hand, it heats up the oil and will burst the bulb. Its a much harder process. New headlights aren't much more and are much easier to install.

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yes headlight do fade.(not bulbs) factory uv coating degrades and becomes a yellow haze on the lenes, making your lights pretty much useless, very common thing for 10+ years old cars, no brighter bulb will fix that, more watts from halogen bulb will create more heat and kill your light a lot faster , and from inside. hid kit will not make much difference if lenses are hazed. not to mention they are out of focus in halogen reflector, it will flood your foreground and make things up ahead even less visible, not to mention legal issues, and blinding other drivers.
you need to remove the haze, there are kits on the market that remove haze, polish headlights, cost about 20-40 bucks, they make light a lot better than before cleaning\polishing. some even come with uv coating, but usually they last about a year, so you will have to do it again in a year.
https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...ht+restore+kit

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