Headlight Restoration in the U.S.

By Richard (Rick) Lawson, Owner, Bright Lights Now | | 6.7.23

About half of all fatal crashes in the U.S. occur in the dark, and more than a quarter occur on unlit roads. Headlights have an obvious role to play in preventing nighttime crashes, but not all see it as the potential threat to life that it is.

The Insurance Institute for Safety (IIHS) assesses automotive vehicles for safety across the U.S. for crashworthiness. The IIHS uses a five-category testing method to evaluate cars and how safe they are.

When it comes to the areas of the testing that include the front of the car, the IIHS is very attentive to a vehicle’s headlights.

The headlight assessment is a serious part of the IIHS’ safety testing activities. That’s because headlights likely play a role in up to 50 percent of car accidents. About half of motor vehicle mishaps occur on dimly lit roadways.

In times past, automobile manufacturers used glass which limited the manufacturers’ ability to produce a more aerodynamic vehicle. It was also much heavier than modern material polycarbonate (plastic). Plastic lenses can be shaped to just about any design and are much lighter.

That's why most modern vehicles have plastic headlights, and, with them, new problems. Plastic expands and contracts with temperature changes. While the lights are on, they generate heat, and sunny days also cause the temperature to rise. The material is porous, so it traps various types of road material and chemicals used for cleaning and waxing. These factors, combined with the fact that over time exposure to the sun oxidizes the material, make it yellow or brownish in color, as well as dull, hazy, or foggy in appearance.

This is not just an aesthetic problem detracting from the overall look of the vehicle and affecting the resale value. It is also a safety issue. Less light passes through the lens, and in extreme cases most of the light does not get through. Some people have reported changing their driving patterns by driving only on well-lit streets or not driving at night because of these problems.

Until now many thought the only solution was replacing the old, unsafe headlights with COSTLY NEW ones, sometimes running into thousands of dollars. This is just not True.

About the Author, Richard Lawson:

After two years serving in the military as a communication specialist, I went to work for General Motors. I remained at GM for over 30 years, the majority of which I was a production Job-setter. I am now a retired UAW/GM member.

After retiring from my job at GM in July 2008 I started my own small business, Bright Lights Now, LLC. We do the very best headlight restoration work available in the state of Indiana.

I have currently restored tens of thousands of sets of headlights, without a single complaint.

My biggest client is Andy Mohr in Avon and Plainfield; however, we do have other clients and a very good presence on Google with 202 reviews and a 5-star rating.

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