- What’s a good home remedy for cleaning and polishing headlights? I don’t want to spend money on commercial cleaning products and headlight polish if I can use an effective homemade solution for less.
Toothpaste and baking soda are known to be great homemade solutions for cleaning and polishing headlights. Use ordinary white toothpaste and mix it with baking soda. The mixture may consist of 1 part baking soda and 3 parts toothpaste. The solution will be dabbed into the headlights using a soft, clean cloth or a brush. Buff the headlights until all the dirt and film have been removed. The residue can be wiped cleaned using a damp cloth. Another good home remedy is cooking spray. This will leave the headlights clean and polished. The spray, which is rubbed using a clean cloth or sponge, can also be used for greasing up the seals.
- I’ve run out of supplies. Instead of the plastic lens cleaner for the headlights, can I just use detergent at home?
Dish detergent can be used for removing surface dirt on headlights. Some would mix a quarter of a cup of dishwashing detergent into a gallon of water. The mixture could also be a cup of water with 10 drops of dish detergent. The solution is great for removing surface dirt since it can break apart grime and gunk. After washing the headlights with this mixture and rinsing away the dirt and residue, this will leave behind a streak-free shine.
- My Pontiac headlight on the driver side seems cloudy. What can be a good home remedy for this? Need some help!
Vinegar, an acid-based solution, can be used for spot-cleaning not just fabric or metal but also plastic. This can be used to get rid of the cloudiness on the headlight. Use white vinegar to soak the cloudy headlight for about an hour. After this, it would be easier to wipe away the cloudiness on the headlight using a mildly abrasive cloth. Salt may also be mixed with water to rub off the cloudy film that has gathered on the headlight. If the headlight is tougher to clean, you can gently rub off the dirt and grime using sandpaper. For small scratches and scuff marks, you can use plastic polish, while for discolored water marks and oxidation on the plastic, metal polish or silver cleaner can rub away these spots with mildly abrasive cloth. Just make sure that the polish doesn’t sit too long on the plastic.
- My headlights are no longer properly aligned. How can I adjust them? What is the proper way to do this?
It will help if you don’t have any load on your trunk and if pressure on the tires is level. Choose a level ground for parking your car, which should be facing a dark wall or garage door. It should be about 10 to 15 feet away. The headlight beams should be measured as you turn on the headlights. Mark the horizontal and vertical center, forming a T on the wall. See if both lights are even or level. If not, then you have to measure the difference. Check the manual for recommended distances during alignment (some may have to be 25 feet away during alignment, for instance) and the preferred adjustment. Use the adjusting screws or bolts for proper alignment. The adjustment should be done separately for each headlight. Adjust the aim of the headlights vertically and horizontally and then check the light pattern as you switch on the lights.
- I have to replace the old headlights on my vehicle, and I’m thinking of switching to xenon headlights. What are the benefits of using this type of headlight?
Xenon headlights offer great illumination. Compared to halogen headlights, these are more energy efficient. They consume less power and generally have a longer life span. However, these are a bit expensive. Because of the intensity of the light, these may cause some glare to other motorists if the beams aren’t used properly.
- A friend has been urging me to switch to cool LED lights. But I think I’d stick with halogen because of the lower replacement cost. Still, I have to weigh in the pros and cons. What are downsides as well as the advantages of using halogen headlamps?
Halogen lights are known to produce a lot of heat, and not all of the energy is used. So when it comes to efficiency, it doesn’t fare as well as other types of headlight. On the upside, these can emit bright white lights and have a long life. Because of their lower cost and good lighting output, they’re the most commonly used. If you want just the standard lighting and don’t really care much about upgrading the intensity or having the most efficient lights, then this would be a reasonable option.
- LED car headlights are quite expensive. Before I buy a new set for my ride, I want to know if the benefits outweigh or make up for the higher cost. What are the good reasons to switch to LED?
LED car headlights are highly efficient. They don’t need a lot of power or consume more energy in order to work. And since LED lights come in small sizes, you can find a great variety of designs to match your preferred style or to make it easier to customize your vehicle. If you think about it, you’re not just getting higher efficiency and longer life from LED headlights but also a great cosmetic upgrade for your ride.
Getting a New Pontiac Headlight
Having a properly working pair of headlights is crucial for nighttime driving or when driving in inclement weather. Without these front lights, you won't get a clear view of the road ahead. Other motorists also won't easily spot your vehicle. Compromised visibility on the road can lead to accidents. So if your Pontiac's headlight assembly is on its way out or it's already damaged, you have to search for a replacement right away. Here are some tips to help you with headlight shopping:
Know the main difference between standard crystal headlights and projector style headlights.
- Standard crystal headlights are your best option if you want to preserve the OEM look or style of the vehicle exterior.
- Projector-style housingswill upgrade the look and can enhance the lighting output of your vehicle's front-end lights. These are known to distribute an evenly dispersed beam, leading to increased visibility and reduced glare. These can reduce scatter loss that's common in standard headlights. With projector-style housings, you can also change the lights used.
Consider the pros and cons of using LED, HID, laser, and headlamps.
- Halogen-based headlights are easier to replace, considering their simple construction.
- These are cheaper than other types of headlamps, providing decent lighting at minimal cost.
- They come in various dimensions/sizes, making it the common choice for various car models.
- They produce considerable amount of heat, leading to wasted energy.
- HID/Xenon headlights last longer than halogen-based headlights.
- They are more efficient than halogen headlights, using less power to create bright lights.
- Their lighting output ensures increased visibility.
- They can produce too much glare.
- They're more expensive than halogen-based headlamps.
- They have a more complex design/construction compared to halogen lights
- Laser headlamps are energy efficient.
- They produce lights that are brighter than LED lights.
- They come in a smaller packaging.
- They are very pricey.
- They produce more heat than LED lighting systems.
- LED headlights don't consume too much energy.
- They come in smaller sizes and in different shapes.
- They produce brighter, warmer lighting.
- They have high production cost.
- They can raise the temperature around the adjacent assemblies.
Check out the different headlight housing colors.
As you upgrade your headlights, you can also pick a colored housing to customize them further.
- Chrome headlight housings have a bright, shiny polished finish.
- Altezza headlight housings, designed with red and clear projectors in a clear acrylic cover, give you that Euro feel.
- Smoke or black headlight housings can give the vehicle a more rugged appeal or a more aggressive appearance.
Explore other options such as halo lighting.
Halo lighting features an illuminated ring around the perimeter of the high and low beam lights. Halo lighting is available in two main styles: LED and CCF.
- LED-powered halos produce even lights without consuming too much power. They have a luminous beam. These are durable and also easy to install and replace. Two variations of LED halo lighting are Plasma and SMD.
- CCFL halos(Cold Cathode Fluorescnet Light) are known for their vibrant ambient glow.