Pilot Headlights?

Discussion in 'Pilot' started by LT, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. LT

    LT Guest

    Looking at used Pilots. Is it correct that the Pilot went to a
    better/brighter headlight in the '06 model? I have night vision issues and
    this is important for me.
    LT, Feb 11, 2008
  2. LT

    Art Guest

    You should try to test them out.

    Our 2005 Accord hybrid had horrible headlights. Consumer Reports rated them
    fair. I would have rated them unacceptable. I fixed them with HIR bulbs....
    same wattage but much more light.
    Art, Feb 12, 2008
  3. LT

    highkm Guest

    I had a 2003 pilot. I currently have a 2006 pilot. Could not tell a
    difference in quality or the intensity of the lighting on the low beam
    between either vehicle. High beams are better (reach farther) on the
    2006 Pilot. What makes a lot of difference in foul weather is the fog
    lights. They are excellent (dealer/factory installed) on either 2003
    or 2006.
    highkm, Feb 14, 2008
  4. LT

    Rick Frazier Guest

    My wife bopught a 2005 Pilot a couple of years ago and though the
    brightness is just fine, I really don't like the extremely sharp cutoff
    of the low beam headlight beams.... It is so sharp, there is essentially
    NO light above about waist height from the headlights. While this may
    be a "good thing" relative to oncoming traffic, it is an incredible PITA
    (in my opinion) when I drive the pilot, because I just don't think I can
    see nearly as well as I should. As she recently bought a Civic Hybrid,
    I went out and cranked up the angle a bit, and now it's a lot better
    (still don't get anyone flashing lights at me) as I can see better, but
    you really need to look at the patterns. I've never seen a headlight
    pattern with so sharp a cutoff. The reflectors must be extremely
    precise, as when you are on low beams, there is absolutely NO light
    above a certain plane. Unless the aim was wrong from the factory, I
    feel it was bordering on unsafe. Now that I've aimed them up a bit,
    things are more to my liking, and still nobody seems to notice. The
    beam is pretty bright (where it is, that is) and even, without any
    noticeable hot spots, so they must have done their homework with the
    design. Even with the aim directed up, I rarely see the edge of light
    above the hood level, so it isn't in the eyes of oncoming drivers. My
    guess is that they were just not aligned quite properly when we got the
    vehicle, and during the 60,000 miles my wife put on it, she probably ran
    high beams a good portion of the time anyway, once she left town (we
    live about 25 miles from town, on a two lane rural road).

    Now that she's got the hybrid, I'm thinking about putting aftermarket
    bulbs in to kick up the wattage a bit, as I have "night vision" issues
    (apparently inherited from my father). During dusk I have a hell of a
    time, but once it gets really dark, no real problems for some reason
    (though I assume once real darkness occurs, my pupils dialate so I can
    see reasonably well, where during dusk they haven't adjusted yet. Of
    course, it seems that the majority of the drivers here use High beams
    until it gets really dark... Perhaps they also have dusk issues and are
    trying to compensate. Needless to say, I don't drive at dusk unless I
    really have to. Unfortunately, as I don't do any really long distance
    driving anymore, my typical "night" is during dusk hours, so I'm looking
    for the brightest lights I can get away with without causing problems
    for the oncoming traffic. Oddly enough, the beams of the hybrid, though
    with seemingly just as sharp cutoff, seem to be aimed better to start
    with. The only thing I can imagine is that the pilot factory aim was to
    accomodate throwing several hundered pounds of cargo in the back (which
    would move the beams upward) without causing oncoming drivers any
    distress, where the civic hybrid assumes the front/rear balance will be
    essentially unchanges with load.

    Rick Frazier, Feb 19, 2008
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