Blinding Vehicle Lights or Lightmare

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Created December 10, 2010 by Roy


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  1. Dr Nicholas Roberts

    Following extensive eye tests around thirty years ago, I was advised by an Consultant Ophthamologist that, after exposure to bright light, my retinas took longer to recover than average – in other words I am more easily dazzled. I have driven safely since then, without being involved in any serious accident. I do, however, find that the new HID headlamps are particularly bad. It cannot be right for the drivers of vehicles who use these vehicles to preserve their safety by endangering other users – it is just selfish.

  2. Dave Neath UNITED KINGDOM

    It’s about time someone raised this issue. Superbright HID headlights are a severe hazard to all other road users.
    The problrm is it’s not just aftermarket ‘boy racer’ headlights that are the problem but most high value cars have them fitted as standard. The same applies to super bright LED headlights, and DRL’s.

  3. Borek Puza AUSTRALIA

    I totally agree with this petition. There are too many vehicles on the road with lights that are too bright, and this world-wide ‘lightmare’ is only getting worse. Nowadays, many low beams are more dazzling than high beams ever used to be, and high beams are so blinding that they should be classed as a military weapon. Also, an ever-growing number of cars have fog lights and/or daytime running lights that are on all the time and so harsh, so hurtful to the eyes, that the onlooker is forced to look away and lose situational awareness. It’s sheer madness and out of control.

  4. Steven Bathe UNITED KINGDOM

    As a pedestrian I was dazzled this morning at 7:30am and my vision is still abnormal now an hour and a half later. I have been dazzled by cyclists too many times. It hurts. It damages. It is an assualt.


    The equasion, I feel, is very simple. If, say, 50% of drivers have extra bright lights and dazzle the other 50% of drivers ther can only be a negative effect on road safety.
    Personnally, I now find night-driving a thoroughly distressing experience due to the plethora of quirqy, dazzling and distracting vehicle lights.
    (Not just front lights, either. Around five years ago I followed a lorry on the M40 which had something in the region of 48 red lights on the rear. Of course, I passed it to rid myself of the glare. There was another lorry just in front decorated in just the same way . . )


    Tungsten DRL’s seem perfectly adequate to me. They are are easily visible to pedestrians, cyclists etc. without dazzling them. Even the less bright LED’s are OK as they don’t dazzle and consume much less power. It seems to me that all German cars, and the country does seem to be infested with them, all feature ridiculously bright headlights. I’m sure the drivers of these cars are oblivious to the extreme annoyance they are causing. Funny that I can see ahead perfectly well with my old fashioned tungsten filament headlights. I note that cars with extra bright headlights are also the ones who suddenly appear behind where a minute ago the road behind was empty. They then proceed to show their annoyance that I’ve slowed them down by giving me the full benefit of their lighting power. As for Range Rovers with their high level lights – words fail me.

  7. Ana Maria Roe UNITED KINGDOM

    7?10/14 at 7pm

    Driving this evening through Seven Hills Road in Surrey, was particularly unpleasant. Almost constantly, I had “an explosion” of light into my eyes and was unable to see anything else around me in several occasions. Furthermore, my eyes were very irritated and itchy. These extra bright lights are a real danger and completely unnecessary. Ordinary lights are fine and the government should get involved NOW and sort out this serious problem quickly and efficiently.

  8. Deborah Gibbons UNITED KINGDOM

    Finding it harder to drive at night – was never a problem for me before.

  9. David Thomas UNITED KINGDOM

    Blue/white light does not light roads and features well as it is narrow bandwidth. It appears bright and is dazzling but it does not give good night vision in the way that more yellow light does.
    I find it very dangerous that I am dazzled by oncomming white lights and could easily not see pedestrians in the road.

  10. L. Bowerman UNITED KINGDOM

    At last I’ve found an up to date website about this problem.

    Xenon and LED headlights, break lights, and side strip lights are an absolute menace. I drive a great deal, and agree with just about every comment that’s been left here.

    I’ve been blind sighted many times by 4x4s turning out of junctions, and also oncoming on upward gradients. I use my flare shield on the rear view mirror if I’m followed by any car with Xenon or LED lights – and have subsequently found, especially during the day – that my view is THEN obscured to any cyclists who are approaching from behind. Regardless of self leveling – every light I’ve ever encountered has been a problem.

    Any pedestrians crossing in front of fully lit xenon headlights completely disappear from view.

    If you’re in slow moving traffic behind the cluster bomb LED brake lights (which now more often than not are set slightly higher on the back of a car… and are directly at eye level on 4x4s) – especially if the driver is brake happy, then you are completely blinded, and it’s very difficult to judge distances.

    How on earth have these remained legal? If it’s illegal to keep your rear fog light on – then surely it should be illegal to even have these fitted to a car, never mind the new EU directive about daylight lights. I should NOT be coming away from a day’s drive with spots in front of my eyes. I have a friend who’s contemplating giving up night time driving purely on the basis of these lights.

    Originally they only seemed to be on high-end cars: Audis, BMWs, Mercs, etc.. but I’m now slightly horrified to see those retinal laser eye surgery LED side strips on smaller Citroens, and Toyotas. Genuinely hope this campaign has some sort of success.

  11. Mark Eagleton UNITED KINGDOM

    I am a seasoned cyclist and a reasonably new driver, I am amazed that these lights are allowed. They are distracting and dangerous. I have taken to wearing yellow glasses when cycling, but even these won’t stop the burn to my eyes. As a new driver, having these ultra bright lights shining in my eyes is absolutely terrifying; whether it is from the front or in the rear view mirror. I find this latter case totally intimidating, especially when on over large cars. Please let something be done before they cause deaths. Let’s act before the event for once, Britain.

  12. Graeme

    As a rural dweller that drives to work early in the morning before dawn, I am fed up with HID headlights blinding me on a regular basis, whether oncoming or behind me.
    They are totally unnecessary and unsafe for other road users.

  13. Steve Morrissey

    It’s simple. If someone is blinding another driver with their headlights then they should be taken off the road. Lights like this should be an MOT fail. Sick of not being able to see anything out of the back of the car at night when some tool with superbright lights, badly adjusted lights or deliberately wide-scatter lights is behind me.

  14. pam oskam UNITED STATES

    I now dread night driving. LED headlights just dazzle on coming traffic, but aren’t effective as yellow light for illuminating the road ahead. I cannot understand the why the engineers in the car industry think LED are safe, their introduction have increased accident risk.

  15. dene weld UNITED KINGDOM

    very dangerous and blinded more and more often

  16. peter lai UNITED KINGDOM

    You just can’t see if your facing one of them or if one of them in behind you.

  17. D J Young

    Dazzling lighting is not the same as good lighting. On the contrary, increasingly bright car lights make pedestrians and cyclists – and other potential hazards – that much harder for drivers to see. And the recurring glare of oncoming vehicles is unpleasant and just plain exhausting.

    Apart from squeezing any of the pleasure out of driving by night, none of this makes our roads any safer – in spite of the baffling protestations in defence of “high intensity lighting” from such bodies as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

    Do these guys drive wearing industrial eye protectors, or what?

  18. hannah jarratt UNITED KINGDOM

    I am signing because i haev just started a job in Norfolk where my commute is a 43 round trip journey on country roads. Nearly all cars now have super bright lights and i can’t see anything but black past the car whilst it passes and for 2-3 seconds after then.

    I literally have to guess where to drive. I guess i will have to upgrade my lights in order to battle the dazzle, and send the dazzle back to oncoming drivers so we can all drive blindly together

  19. Mr Ian Paterson UNITED KINGDOM

    I thought it was just me. But I am delighted to learn that so many other drivers are blinded with these lights at night. When they come towards me I can’t see and I think they are on full beam, I give them a quick flash and then up go their lights and it’s even worse. When they approach me from behind, particularly high 4x4s they dazzle from behind.
    something needs to done . Well done for bringing this matter forward.

  20. Elzabeth Graham UNITED KINGDOM

    Over-bright oncoming headlights on country roads are dangerous.

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