This is a discussion topic only. I do not think we are going to overturn marketing decisions that sell cars. But I do think it warrants discussion and I'd like to hear what others think.[FONT=arial, helvetica, sans-serif] [/FONT] [FONT=arial, helvetica, sans-serif]Do headlights need to be better, as in brighter? For many years, with poorly lit roads, we survived with low lumen lights. But we had highbeams for those rural dark roads. High beams were not actually brighter just aimed higher and so would blind oncoming drivers or a driver in front (via mirrors). We all know the procedure, if a dark road led to one's trying to look beyond the standard low beams, bights would really light up the road. Oncoming cars require the high beams go off; failure to do so is rude and may draw a flash of the high beams from the oncoming driver. In the case of a leading driver being blinded, there is little or no recourse. [/FONT] So now we have halogen lights with a blue tinge and severe brightness. Although low beams are still aimed down, in many places (like New England) the rolling hills just about everywhere make blinding low beams very common. So in recent years getting blinded is more common, getting blinded by negligence (either oversight or not knowing the rules) is more common, The hills and negligence apply just the same for a driver behind. Also in recent years, we have better lit streets and roads, and a much smaller percentage of drivers actually needing brighter lights. We now could do most nighttime driving with our lights off, although for safety they should be on. And there are lots of roads where this is not true. But a large, very large, proportion of our driving these days is both well lit and in lots of traffic. So are we talking improvement? Or are we talking about seriously over lit new cars, on roads that are better lit than ever, with SUVs aggravating the problem with headlights mounted higher than ever (and fog lights always on)? Where will it end? My opinion is that newer are more dangerous and not safer.