Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby Nedroj » Jan 2nd, 2018, 10:54 am

Completely agree! This stretch of highway when rainy is an absolute mess when it comes to maintaining decent visibility. Makes it even worse when you have oncoming traffic with LED/HID lights. I drive a 02 tacoma and I cant see the lane/fog lines and Im forced to look for the slight indentation of where they should be to help guide myself. I was considering swapping out my standard headlights for some fancy blue/white HIDs. I may blind some oncoming traffic but at least I will be able to see the roads.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby dirtybiker » Jan 2nd, 2018, 12:03 pm

Nedroj wrote: I may blind some oncoming traffic but at least I will be able to see the roads.


To this I have a big problem with !!

Probably crank on them ditch light too just for good measure.... :swear:
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby sulchie » Jan 3rd, 2018, 8:30 am

I have a small mirror in the car I use on the overly-bright hid's, it makes people shut them off really fast!

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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby Anonymous123 » Jan 3rd, 2018, 5:36 pm

Nedroj wrote:Completely agree! This stretch of highway when rainy is an absolute mess when it comes to maintaining decent visibility. Makes it even worse when you have oncoming traffic with LED/HID lights. I drive a 02 tacoma and I cant see the lane/fog lines and Im forced to look for the slight indentation of where they should be to help guide myself. I was considering swapping out my standard headlights for some fancy blue/white HIDs. I may blind some oncoming traffic but at least I will be able to see the roads.


Here we go again. Me Me Me. You know you are going to blind oncoming traffic yet consider using it anyway. This is what's wrong with society today.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby Urban Cowboy » Jan 4th, 2018, 1:04 am

Anonymous123 wrote:Here we go again. Me Me Me. You know you are going to blind oncoming traffic yet consider using it anyway. This is what's wrong with society today.


Actually no more than perfectly legal new factory equipped vehicles all over the roads already.

The biggest issue I see with HID conversions is that many who do them clearly fail to bother aiming them correctly as part of the process.

There's a simple solution for those who complain about night blindness, and that's get yourself some night driving glasses.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby zerograv » Jan 4th, 2018, 12:39 pm

Most new Trucks and a lot of older trucks have projector style LED or HID headlights. When you are in a honda civic and they are in a silverado 3500 with 18" wheels its going to shine in your face. Doesn't have much to do with the setup.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby pentona » Jan 4th, 2018, 1:29 pm

This thread is about streetlights; not vehicle lighting. I would urge anyone who is in favor of LED streets to google what other cities have done. Not everyone is pleased. There are even some court challenges over them.

In Penticton, the new lights are pretty much changed over to LED and the glare to oncoming traffic is horrible. A real safety issue. Glare off the sides/rear is awful and they were poorly designed (the shades). Light should point straight down with little side splatter. If you don't agree, try driving down here at night. You will see what I mean.

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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby stuphoto » Jan 4th, 2018, 1:55 pm

Nedroj wrote:I was considering swapping out my standard headlights for some fancy blue/white HIDs.

Do some research first, you may discover that Blue / White HIDs may even male maters worst for you in some conditions.
In snow and rainy conditions I find them to be horrible, however fine in dry conditions.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby UhHuhYeahSure » Jan 4th, 2018, 5:11 pm

Take a lesson from the stretch of Highway 1 just west of Popkum. Waaaaay cheaper.

Just like these...

http://www.coralsales.com/products/high ... arescreen/

Oh...but wait a sec. This is West Kelowna with a council pretending to be like we are a city with bottomless pocketed taxpayers. Sorry. My bad.

Go ahead Council and put in the reeeealy expensive LEDs. Yeah...the Platinum ones.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby Urban Cowboy » Jan 4th, 2018, 5:59 pm

zerograv wrote:Most new Trucks and a lot of older trucks have projector style LED or HID headlights. When you are in a honda civic and they are in a silverado 3500 with 18" wheels its going to shine in your face. Doesn't have much to do with the setup.


In that scenario it doesn't make much difference what the lights are as they will be in your face. :biggrin:

FWIW I'm not a fan of these new model trucks that all have a much higher stance than necessary.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby Nedroj » Jan 5th, 2018, 8:44 am

Here we go again. Me Me Me. You know you are going to blind oncoming traffic yet consider using it anyway. This is what's wrong with society today.


Hey as long as they are DOT approved and I adjust them correctly which I've done many times in the past as I do all my own mechanical work and maintenance on my vehicles its perfectly legal and no different than all the newer vehicles out there.

There is another solution and that's to install those vertical fins on the concrete meridian. They have them down in Vancouver and they work pretty well to stop oncoming traffic from blinding each other. However it does nothing to enhance the visibility of the road lines during rainy nights.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby AlienSoldier » Jan 5th, 2018, 9:29 am

Its at times like this I'm reminded of a song...

A singer in a smokey room
A smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on

Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlights people, living just to find emotion
Hiding, somewhere in the night.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby noremac » Jan 5th, 2018, 1:41 pm

I missed the original story about this. Who is paying for the lighting? From the forum it sounds like West Kelowna is paying for it and, if this is the case, my first question would be why? Hwy. 97 is a Provincial Highway and any lighting or improvements should be done by the Province, not the local governments. West Kelowna has bigger lighting issues on it's local roadways than a stretch of highway.
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Re: Streetlights on the highway in Westbank

Postby Fancy » Jan 5th, 2018, 2:41 pm

Fancy this, Fancy that and by the way, T*t for Tat

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