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Painting middle bowl inside headlight.

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by rab89, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Dec 6, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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    rab89

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    I was at ford today, and noticed on the black headlights that the center bowl is painted black, what I mean is the part that is covering the actual bulb.

    It was very cool as it makes the entire light look darker...
    would this be an option for us? perhaps a sort of black chrome?

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. Dec 6, 2011 at 11:13 PM
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    you mean like this [​IMG]
     
  3. Dec 7, 2011 at 3:00 PM
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    yes! whatchya think? would there be any negative effects as far as light output?
     
  4. Dec 7, 2011 at 3:03 PM
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    If you are talking about black chrome, nit much light would be lost. Painting them will greatly effect the light output unless you retrofit a projector into them.
     
  5. Dec 7, 2011 at 4:09 PM
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    I dont think you understand.
    I mean the middle part that is covering the bulb, not the entire headlight bowl
     
  6. Dec 7, 2011 at 4:13 PM
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    Oh, no. That shouldn't have any effect on beam pattern or output.
     
  7. Dec 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM
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    not to thread jack. i wonder if you could spray some nite-shades tint on the actual reflector bowl and that bulb cover....or maybe some black chrome paint? damn i wish i did this when i did my BHLM.
     
  8. Dec 7, 2011 at 4:22 PM
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    For the amount of trouble you'll go through to just paint the plunger (is that the name of it?) black, you might as well do the BHLM as well.
     
  9. Dec 7, 2011 at 4:42 PM
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    exactly, but with the F150, it was bhlm, and the "plunger" was black, and it gave a really nice dark look to the light in the day...

    Someone try it, but I want credit to make me feel cool....
     
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    ive got a shitty ebay set i was about to trash..hmm
     
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    yes the halogen bulbs have a coating on the end of them something xenons don't have hence the scattered light out put that little piece has reflectors on it's underside that actually face the bulb thats the optic. the part you see civering the bulb from the outside is only chrome in our housings to have it blend in better so it will not effect light out put.
     
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    do it!
     
  13. Dec 7, 2011 at 10:15 PM
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    do it do it do it!

    I am very interested in seeing this!
     
  14. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:05 AM
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    anyone done it yet?
     
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    Sacrificing light output for looks is one thing I do not recommend. Improve the factory lighting, don't hinder it.
     
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    It is just a cover over the end of the bulb so the light is reflected back onto the bowl and not straight out where it will be blinding. Painting it will not do anything negative to the light output, but I imagine that it will get pretty hot being so close to the bulb, so not any regular paint will work. It will probably have to be a high-heat engine paint or similar. And no plasti-dip.:cool:
     
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    I do plan on getting another set to disssamble and do the BHLM, i think I'm gunna have to try this. Have everything black except the bowl with orange blinkers and reflectors! I need some lights now!
     
  19. Dec 9, 2011 at 11:38 PM
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    Very true, a high temp paint is a must!
     
  20. Dec 15, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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    has anyone done it yet?
     
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