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We just took delivery of our new 2012 CRV. So far love it except the headlights! Low beam with fog lights on is pretty good but high is terrible, no focus and scattered. I lose the side vision ( deer in the ditches etc) and the long range is basically dim. Any others feel the same?
Maybe if I could keep the fogs on with high beam, it would help the close and side lighting, anybody know how to force them to stay on with high beam? Should I try to install HID bulbs?
My 2008 Civic has great headlights, especially the high beam so this is really a disappointment.

Cheers, Gary
 

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I put GE Nighthawk bulbs in the wife's CRV because she complained about the "dim lights on this car!". As a test for me to find out if she was really seeing what she said she was, I replaced one bulb (she didn't know which one) and told her to tell me which was better. She did pick the new GE Nighthawk lamp as being brighter. I then replaced the other one. She likes her CRV better now. Look on Amazon for 9003 bulb.
 

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I feel the same way about the high beams - unusable. They light up the tops of trees but not the road ahead. I thought that maybe the aim was off but maybe it's the bulb. Is there anything that the dealer can do in terms of adjustments?
 

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Just took delivery of a 2013 CRV EX-L, and same problem. High beams light up down the road, but are awful for the first 50 - 100 feet. Is it just a matter of buying the expensive bulbs to fix the problem, or is the Honda headlight system designed so poorly? Do the low beam filaments stay on when the high beams are turned on? I don't think so. If they did, I don't think there would be a problem.

I have a BMW (the CRV is my wife's car), and on the BMW when I switch on the high beams, the low beam illumination close up doesn't change but you get additional distance illumination. On the CRV, you are forced to give up the close illumination for more distant illumination. Very bizarre. I've never seen anything like that before on any car. How could Honda do something so dumb and annoying?
 

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the high beams suck on gen 4.

buying a different bulb will not change the beam pattern. it will still suck.

we need a group buy of euro spec lights.
 

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Amazon & Genep,

Both you guys put in the expensive bulbs, which probably made things brighter. But as SeaR-V said, and I agree with him, even though it's brighter, it doesn't change the beam pattern. You are still forced to give up your low beam illumination if you want the high beams. So how are you seeing such a big improvement? It seems that all the expensive bulbs do is brighten up, but not alter, a very poor beam pattern.

I've never seen a lighting system so poorly designed in my entire life. So how do we resolve this?
 

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Well, if Honda actually does read this feedback, then maybe there will be a fix? I am going to the dealership this week and talk with the service manager about the fog lights. Maybe there is a way to bypass the high beam cutoff. This would help the close vision. As the previous post said, the design of the reflector is the culprit, although different bulbs can change color spectrum , they wont help the scatter.
Is the Euro headlight different?

Cheers, Gary
 

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I put in 130 watt over 80's and now have much better lights. The low beams don't bother anybody, the high beams will melt snow off of their bumpers. Has helped to avoid many deer running across the road.
 

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I wish I left one of the stock lights in for comparison. But there's definintely an "improvement". But like SeaR-V said, it's the reflector design. You can only do so much with it.

For example, prior to the switch, there was no sharp top edge to the light pattern when you pulled up behind another car at night. Now there is. My take on this is that more light is being emitted forward.

Also, the lighting is white, not yellow. I'm sure I can see further down the road at night. I just have no way to measure.

I'm sure I'll be replacing bulbs more frequently because I want more output. But so be it. Need to see at night!

I am very disappointed with Honda related to the headlights. I don't think we should have to pay out the whazoo either to upgrade to euro's! The tech is there Honda...use it!
 

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Amazon,

Have you tried other high intensity bulbs besides the Ultra's?

I've heard that many of those expensive after-market high intensity bulbs are not all they're cracked up to be.

Also, did you replace both low and high beam bulbs, or just the low beams?
 

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I've only tried the Ultra's. There are other brighter ones, but from what I've read too is that the trade-off is a much shorter life span. Since I use the auto-on, I'm planning on a year or so out of these. If more, great! $25 a year on bulbs won't break the bank.

Unless I'm totally mechanically challenged, there's only one bulb per side (dual beam).
 

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I replaced the 65(high beam) 55(low beam) bulbs with 130(high beam) 80(low beam) watt bulbs. A simple remove the old ones and put in the new ones. They are specified for off road but work well. I haven't had anyone flash me yet in low beam.
 

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I replaced the 65(high beam) 55(low beam) bulbs with 130(high beam) 80(low beam) watt bulbs. A simple remove the old ones and put in the new ones. They are specified for off road but work well. I haven't had anyone flash me yet in low beam.
Two questions:

1) I thought the current gen CRV uses one bulb for low and high beam. No?

2) Can you buy them at any auto parts store? Besides the wattage, what bulb spec do you ask for? Cost?

(Yeah, I know that's 4 questions)
 

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I had the local store order them in for me. They are H4 bulbs so you just remove the originals and "pop" these in. They cost about $20.00 each.
They sure make a difference with the deer on the road.
The wife likes to use the "fog" light on low beam to fill in the sides of the road (ditches).
 
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