Car Headlamp

A headlamp is something that is on every vehicle but is one that you do not usually think about on a regular basis. The car head lamp is positioned on the front of a vehicle so that it can illuminate the road and any obstacles that you might encounter in either the darkness or during periods of heavy rainfall. The head lamp itself refers to the beam of light that is transmitted by the mounted light. While it is mainly used in reference to automobiles, it can also be found on motorcycles and ATVs. The head lamp has had a very interesting development over the years, from its original advent in the 1880's until today's modern versions.

The very first head lamp that was put on the market was actually not run by electricity but rather involved the light being fueled by oil. These lamps were commonly used, and were high in popularity because they were designed to be resistant to the wind, which meant that they would still burn even if the vehicle that they were mounted on were moving. When the electric version of the head lamp were introduced nearly twenty years later they were not as well received in popularity because they had a tendency to burn out and because they were unable to harness enough energy to power the light sufficiently so that the road could be adequately seen in the darkness.

The electric head lamp began to be modified in the early 1900's in different methods which allowed the light source to be changed around from a high beam to a low beam by a lever in the vehicle which the driver could control. The most popular version of this switch was one that was operated by a panel on the floorboard. This design was so popular that it was kept in use until the 1990's, and was the first major change to a head lamp that dramatically changed the way that the driver viewed the head lamp and its functions on the road.

Another change that head lamp systems underwent was the inclusion of fog lights on vehicles. This was because there were problems with the fact that the lights that were on cars had problems in the fog since they were so bright the light reflected back and the drivers could not see. However, when the fog head lamps were put in the 1930's they introduced a whole new era for drivers. It was also a land mark in the evolution of the safety for drivers as they were now able to see better in a variety of road conditions. Then, in 1962 halogen bulb head lamps were introduced on the market. These bulbs proved to be far more efficient than the older models and while they didn't consume any additional electrical power they were able to illuminate a lot more on the road, making drivers even more aware of their surroundings at night.

Since then the head lamp systems in vehicles has undergone a series of transformations and styles. There are those head lamps that are designed to flow with the vehicle's exterior, and those that do not show up until they rise out of the front of the car. A relatively well known car with this installation was Chevrolet’s Corvette. The head lamp would not be visible until the driver turned on a switch, which initiated the head lamps to rise up and illuminate the road. Then, when they were turned off again they would sink back down and be even with the top of the hood. If you need to replace your head lamp bulbs, then you can accomplish this at any auto parts store as long as you know the make and model of your vehicle and the type of bulbs that it uses.

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