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    b33jay
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    I’ve relented! Buying a headlamp converter kit I got an Alcosense kit for just £1.50 included in the postal cost.
    The converter was originally marketed by the RAC who no longer list it and it seems their stock has been bought by entrepreneurs who repackage them.
    About to do some serious night driving in France I thought I would try these “new” kits.
    However, the kit is no better than the previous makes are bl**dy useless and neither convert nor adapt anything. Modern headlamps have the reflector/elipsoid lens too far from the cover which is too sharply angled for a stick on converter to do anything useful.
    Back to carry the kit in case I get stopped and plead “the adapters have fallen off but I have a spare kit”.

    If anyone is interested these kits are suitable for either lhd or rhd cars.


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    senna
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    @b33jay wrote:


    However, the kit is no better than the previous makes are bl**dy useless and neither convert nor adapt anything. Modern headlamps have the reflector/elipsoid lens too far from the cover which is too sharply angled for a stick on converter to do anything useful.
    Back to carry the kit in case I get stopped and plead “the adapters have fallen off but I have a spare kit”.

    Might be better to actually buy the correct headlamps.


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    exuserc2
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    @roadrat wrote:

    @witsinfr wrote:

    If you took the logic of it to the extreme you’d need more than two. Think of it this way…

      You have 2 in the car
      You’ve had a quick apero so test yourself before driving
      When eventually stopped by Gendarme you’re OK because you still have one left
      So you drive home
      Have a few drinks to celebrate being on top of the ‘rules’
      Next morning, hmm should I test myself again?
      And then all of a sudden you don’t have ANY in the car

    Which means that unless you have a way of replacing the used one without immediately having to go on a search for a vendor with supplies you could theoretically put yourself in a position of not being able to drive again :-)

    On the other hand, if you have any intention of driving, why not, just not drink at all? The two don’t mix and one of the worst things about this law, (other than the fact it’s pointless and corrupt) is it encourages people to do so.

    I agree. I certainly wouldn’t risk my licence based upon the possibly iffy results of a cheapo €1 breathalyser. Drink by all means, but don’t drive afterwards or alternatively get someone else who hasn’t imbibed to do the driving.


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    b33jay
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    @senna wrote:

    @b33jay wrote:


    However, the kit is no better than the previous makes are bl**dy useless and neither convert nor adapt anything. Modern headlamps have the reflector/elipsoid lens too far from the cover which is too sharply angled for a stick on converter to do anything useful.
    Back to carry the kit in case I get stopped and plead “the adapters have fallen off but I have a spare kit”.

    Might be better to actually buy the correct headlamps.

    Meaning? My U.K. car has the correct headlamps for the U.K. where I reside. You are not seriously suggesting that I buy a set of lhd lamps for my trips to the continent?
    I visit regularly and rarely drive at night but I would be happy to adapt the lamps if an effective kit was available.
    Back in the days when headlamps had a flat glass lens incorporating fluted sections to create the dipped beam kick up it was possible to obtain a perfect horizontal dipped beam with a triangle of black tape. Modern lamps are incapable of having the kick up modified and the “adapters” rely solely on diffusing the light.
    It cannot be that difficult for lamp manufacturers to provide a lever operated change over which has been available on a few cars in the past.


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    Chanceux
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    I once swapped cars with some friends who visited me, they needed to return to their camp site but had problems getting fuel after hours with their UK card.

    Anyway he is a real anorak and no doubt will have a bootfull of NF ethylotesters, he had fitted thes diffusers with millimetric precision, its the way he is, the car was absolutely dangerous to drive as they blocked out so much light and I had to rip them off, I would rather have walked the 25km than driven an inch further.

    I dont think that I have ever seen a French vehicle on UK raods fitted with beam converters, do they even exist? I had to laugh when the staff at the ferry ports were handing out flyers to the queueing cars warning them that they would be illegal in France and how much they would be fined if they didnt buy some convertors in the on board shop, they never did it in the france UK direction.


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    jolen
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    Seen some in Gifi today €1.99


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    roadrat
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    @chancer wrote:

    I once swapped cars with some friends who visited me, they needed to return to their camp site but had problems getting fuel after hours with their UK card.

    Anyway he is a real anorak and no doubt will have a bootfull of NF ethylotesters, he had fitted thes diffusers with millimetric precision, its the way he is, the car was absolutely dangerous to drive as they blocked out so much light and I had to rip them off, I would rather have walked the 25km than driven an inch further.

    I dont think that I have ever seen a French vehicle on UK raods fitted with beam converters, do they even exist? I had to laugh when the staff at the ferry ports were handing out flyers to the queueing cars warning them that they would be illegal in France and how much they would be fined if they didnt buy some convertors in the on board shop, they never did it in the france UK direction.

    Has anyone actually been nicked for this? I drove UK registrered vehicles in France for 10 years or more and despite being stopped regularly, the headlamps were never questioned.


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    The cops on either side of the channel don’t carry headlamp beam testing gear in their cars so are not likely to be bothered.


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    senna
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    @b33jay wrote:

    My U.K. car has the correct headlamps for the U.K. where I reside.

    The fact you were resident of the UK was not evident in your post. Therefore my response was made thinking you were a resident of France, nothing more than that.


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    coldonat
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    Which is why contributors are asked to show their location.


    Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit. Proverbs XXVI, 5-6

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    @roadrat wrote:

    the headlamps were never questioned.

    If they had no doubt they would have invoked their right to silence :lol::lol::lol:


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    bartonflyer
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    @another wrote:

    @roadrat wrote:

    the headlamps were never questioned.

    If they had no doubt they would have invoked their right to silence :lol::lol::lol:

    Or if a Japanese car their light to silence??? :lol:


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