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BHLM vs. Light Output

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by badguybuster, Mar 13, 2010.

  1. Mar 13, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    badguybuster

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    Here is a question that has occured to me since I am gonna be starting my new truck mods. Tacomas/Tundras use reflector head lights. Do you think the BHLM affects your light output??
     
  2. Mar 13, 2010 at 1:33 PM
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    copernicus

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    Most people don't paint the reflector that shines the light.
     
  3. Mar 13, 2010 at 1:40 PM
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    Either way you're still introducing occlusion to the light that passes through the lens thus dimming it.
     
  4. Mar 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM
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    Huh?? Not really-The black paint goes on the front of the reflector- Not the lens...so it's not closing anything off (or occluding it). I don't think you'll see a noticeable drop in output.
     
  5. Mar 13, 2010 at 2:08 PM
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    MY50cal

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    Yes.
  6. Mar 13, 2010 at 2:10 PM
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    I was thinking the same thing, I wouldn't think so but i don't want to loose any K of my 8000k out of my HID's when i do the mod!
     
  7. Mar 13, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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    Well aren't I full of shit. My bad.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM
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    No light loss. You are painting a bezel AROUND the reflector bowl. BHLM does not effect the reflector bowl, nor the headlight lens. 09-2010' trd has the bezel smoked in anthracite on the same bezel that you paint black, so no light loss.
     
  9. Mar 13, 2010 at 2:35 PM
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    Shouldn't affect it at all. The part of the light that reflects the light forward(the parabolic curve) behind and kind of around the bulb, does not get painted.
     
  10. Mar 13, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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    Well, it would seem that even the frame, since it is reflective, would assist in light out put or at least in the width of the spectrum. But who knows, perhaps I ate too much lead paint as a baby.:D
     
  11. Mar 13, 2010 at 6:46 PM
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    just get some HIDs and than you wont have to worry about it :D
     
  12. Mar 13, 2010 at 7:08 PM
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    The lights in the Tundra are super bright as is. No need for the HID's.
     
  13. Mar 14, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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    I did not notice any drop in light output at all.

    Here's a closeup of mine. You can see the light reflector is not painted, only the surrounding chrome bezel.


    [​IMG]
     
  14. Mar 20, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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    Mine work great! If you don't want HIDs get the silverline bulbs...I've heard they're pretty good!
     
  15. Mar 20, 2010 at 10:19 PM
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    Do you mean Silverstar? I never heard of silverline.:confused:
     
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    My bad:confused: Silverstar are the ones!:D Thanks!
     
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