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Old 01-07-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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Truck Lite "Ghosting"

Sorry- I know I've seen this covered. But now that I have Truck Lites I can't find the thread. ( I tried the sticky thread but after reading 4-5 pages back I can't find anything to this effect. Plus there seems to be some anger there LOL).
So my TLs are installed. But I have this weird bright pattern/spot- best I can explain is a diamond shape- that floats in the upper center region of lighting. The rest of the light is dispersed properly. Is this "artifacting" as someone mentioned? And normal? While the TLs are much better than stock- this spot is annoying. Thought it might be my Rampage bumper blocking the lights but it doesn't appear this is the case. I should probably have taken a picture. Duh. And excuse my lighting ignorance- the TLs were a gift from Santa.
I do love my D2s installed on the cowl. They make the HIDs on my bumper, supposedly of similar lumens, look like candlelight.

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I know exactly what you mean. When up close to something I see a "V" from each light. Than when I back up and my lights are projecting out a ways, it looks more like an "X". I call them "Hot Spots", there are several threads where people call them that. I've just learned to live with them, in fact I don't notice the flicker unless someone points it out.

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Old 01-07-2014, 04:25 PM   #3
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The X hot spot is formed from each of the headlights V hot spots intersecting. I adjusted the TLs horizontally so they're separate and it's more like two little spot beams, not sure if I like it more than the X. Picked up 2 extra Torx adjusters today so I can adjust the headlights horizontally without removing the grill or lights.
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I know exactly what you mean. When up close to something I see a "V" from each light. Than when I back up and my lights are projecting out a ways, it looks more like an "X". I call them "Hot Spots", there are several threads where people call them that. I've just learned to live with them, in fact I don't notice the flicker unless someone points it out.

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Thanks Beastmaster. I thought I'd seen something about this being common but couldn't locate the threads when I needed it. Flicker and the X are different, right? I don't have flicker (have the anti-flicker harness)- the X is constant.
Considering the difference in price vs. JWs I guess I'll learn to live with it. I don't think TLs are THAT much brighter as most people suggest- but they certainly distribute MORE light/area than stock. They actually seem a little dim- but based on reviews my expectations may have been too high.
I have LED fog/driving replacements too- anxious to see how those look.
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The X hot spot is formed from each of the headlights V hot spots intersecting. I adjusted the TLs horizontally so they're separate and it's more like two little spot beams, not sure if I like it more than the X. Picked up 2 extra Torx adjusters today so I can adjust the headlights horizontally without removing the grill or lights.
Maybe side-ways eyelashes? I kid. Interested to see if adjusting horizontally works.
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Old 01-07-2014, 04:39 PM   #6
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I like the "Y" artifacts. It's like I have a red dot sight gun site pointing where I'm headed.
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Thanks Beastmaster. I thought I'd seen something about this being common but couldn't locate the threads when I needed it. Flicker and the X are different, right? I don't have flicker (have the anti-flicker harness)- the X is constant.
Considering the difference in price vs. JWs I guess I'll learn to live with it. I don't think TLs are THAT much brighter as most people suggest- but they certainly distribute MORE light/area than stock. They actually seem a little dim- but based on reviews my expectations may have been too high.
I have LED fog/driving replacements too- anxious to see how those look.
Yes, the flicker and hot spots are different issues. I have the harness as well but if you look realy close at idle you can still see a slight flicker. Like I said, I don't even notice it. Also, I'm like you, considering how much better they are than stock, I will live with the hot spots.
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Considering the difference in price vs. JWs I guess I'll learn to live with it. I don't think TLs are THAT much brighter as most people suggest- but they certainly distribute MORE light/area than stock. They actually seem a little dim- but based on reviews my expectations may have been too high.
I agree 100%. I second guessed myself based on reviews on how bright they are and Hilldweller's posts. Based on this chart, I knew I should've gone with another option. I installed mine with a RallyLights harness to get rid of the flicker and high beam delay so I'm considering Hella H4 E-codes or RallyLights bi-halogen setup and add off road lights.

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I don't think they are that bright either, especially on low beam. Better than stock lights for sure but I'm going back to my H4 conversion. I don't like the "artifacts"

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