I recently replaced the driver’s side headlamp bulb on my early 90’s Toyota Corolla. Unlike the $1300 bill I’d get if it were a certain model of Lexus discussed here prior, the the total cost for replacing a headlight bulb on this Corolla was $10.99 plus tax. Took about 5 minutes to replace, and 4 minutes of that was decyphering the bizarre pictorial directions that came w/the new bulb.
But now other drivers are complaining. How do I know this? By their actions – putting on their high beams in my face, flipping me off, etc – I think what they are saying is that my new headlight bulb is too bright.
Here’s what I’ve done so far. I parked facing a big blank wall. I turned on the headlights to judge if the new bulb is aimed correctly. As far as I can tell, both the driver side and the passenger side bulbs are aimed at the same height and direction. However, the driver’s side is noticeably brighter than the passenger side bulb. This is not that surprising, as the passenger side bulb is original to the car, and therefore almost 20 years old.
What should I do to avoid this headlight-hatred directed at me and my poor innocent Corolla? I was thinking of putting in a new bulb on the passenger side. My theory is that the oncoming driver is confused by bulbs of different brightness. So if they were both equal brightness, the’d look like any other car and the complaints would subside. What do you think?