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Here we go son.
SEMA Prevails on Motor Vehicle Lighting Rule; NHTSA Alters Interpretation on Enhanced Replacement Headlamp Systems
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 1, 2005--Following a challenge by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has withdrawn a controversial interpretation of the federal lighting standard. SEMA disputed NHTSA's constitutional and statutory authority to prohibit vehicle headlamp replacement systems that are different than the headlamps and components which came with the original vehicle. The agency's latest action reverses this ruling.
In a Nov. 1, 2005, notice published in the Federal Register, NHTSA agreed with SEMA that Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 108 is a performance standard that allows for different types of replacement headlamp systems, lamps and sources so long as the system meets the photometry and functionality requirements of the standard. It had been NHTSA's contention that replacement headlamps must comply with all applicable photometry requirements using the same light source as the original equipment. This interpretation would have prohibited, for example, replacing a halogen-based system with high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps that otherwise meet all requirements of FMVSS 108.
"NHTSA's reversal is wholly consistent with the statutory requirement that replacement lighting equipment meet an objective performance standard. We applaud the agency for issuing this revised ruling," said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. "A policy limiting the consumer's choice of design runs contrary to long-standing precedent, is beyond authority as delegated by Congress and could have threatened other equipment beyond lighting in the future. We are pleased that by acting on our members' behalf, we were able to overturn this policy."
NHTSA first issued its controversial interpretation in 2003 as a draft opinion letter subject to public comment. None of the 25 organizations and businesses that commented agreed with NHTSA's proposal that replacement equipment conform to the standard in the same manner as the original equipment. Instead, commenters argued that aftermarket manufacturers should be allowed to certify replacement lighting equipment under FMVSS No. 108 in such manner as complies with the performance standard it sets forth. Despite these recommendations, NHTSA stuck with its position and published a final opinion letter in October 2004. SEMA immediately petitioned the agency to reconsider its action.
"SEMA continues to stand for the right to responsibly accessorize, modify, and improve vehicles with enhanced aftermarket lighting," said SEMA Chairman Mitch Williams. "Enhanced headlamp lighting systems improve safety aspects of the vehicle and can be fully compliant with all relevant federal standards. SEMA vigorously opposed this interpretation of a long-standing regulation. It threatened to inhibit many legitimate companies who are in the business of improving vehicle lighting to the benefit of the motoring public. SEMA welcomes NHTSA's reversal and will continue to work with the agency to ensure fair and accurate implementation of this new interpretation."
Founded in 1963, SEMA represents the $32 billion specialty automotive industry of 6,466 member companies. It is the authoritative source for research, data, trends and market growth information for automakers and the specialty auto products industry. The industry provides appearance, performance, comfort, convenience and technology products for passenger and recreational vehicles. For more information contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765-0910; call 909-396-0289; or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com.
dam you all happy now?
Soo in regard to the "Are my stock headlamps sufficient for an H.I.D. kit" section....are our 6th gen accords considered to have good optics and not have this big glare problem when using oem housing?
I ask because I have considered doing this...but if our cars' reflector set up sucks for HID kits then I won't do it. Also, if this the case, do retrofits eliminate this problem?
Our optics are better than most cars with reflectors. There will be glare, that is pretty much true for all halogen reflector lamps. Not as much as some vehicles, but yes you will have glare and you will blind people if you don't readjust your headlamps a little lower than normal.
Projectors (proper ones, not eBay) will eliminate glare because they have what is called a "cut-off" shield within the lamp.
Thanks, love this thread. Do you have a Kaixen HID kit installed on your car? If so, how is it working out for you? Do you recommend it or other brands?
Yes I have a Kaixen 6000K installed in my low beams. I would highly recommend them, they have been in my headlamps for well over a year now and I have had 0 problems. As for other brands, I recommend any brand that works correctly, installs easily & lasts.
^ I was thinking Onex, McCulloch, or Kiaxen. I just want a good kit at a reasonable price and a decently easy install.
Do your 6000k's make a pure white with a hint of blue? That was kind of what I wanted to go for. I mean I want something that makes the light, that's what matters...but I wanted to have a bit of blue in there. What made you stay away from 8000k?
Thanks for your input.
thnks bro. this helped me out big time
6k is white/blue mixed. 5k would just about be pure white. 8k is too blue and the higher you go in kelvin the more lumen's you loose.
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