Plastic Vs Glass Vehicle Headlights: Which Is Better?

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The automobile world had seen the history of headlamps, now often called headlights evolved from carriage lamps to acetylene lamps, and from fog lamps on to the point of the electric ones. The trend has never for once ceased and had given birth to both plastic and glass headlights which are the subject of our topic. Although glass headlights have become less popular, due to the inception of the plastic ones in the nineties, it’s nonetheless, unacceptable to wipe them clean off the face of history.

Here, we will be bringing both into focus, detailing more on their pros and cons while also drawing a comparison between both types of headlights. Also, in the course of this content, we’ll be answering some frequently asked questions about the subject and will be shedding more light on dark areas surrounding both types of headlights.  

Glass Headlights

Common in the era before the nineties, the glass headlights are made from concave mirrors which converged the diverging light emitted from the bulb placed behind them and can reflect it in a string of parallel beam of light. Glass headlights are quite expensive to make and are harder than their plastic counterpart.

glass-vehicle-headlights

Plastic Headlights

Ever since their introduction in the automobile industry, plastic headlights made from polycarbonate plastic had come in various shapes and designs, that not only give Autos such features; as an attractive outlook but a far better aerodynamics advantage. To produce the plastic headlights are way less expensive than to have them in a glass form.

Glass Headlights’ Advantage Over Plastic Headlights

When damaged the glass headlights are less expensive to replace as they are fundamentally small seal beams. Replacing the plastic headlights of some high-end cars when oxidized can cost a fortune. And unlike the plastic ones, the glass headlights are never plagued by oxidization, which makes the lens on headlights look foggy, cloudy, or sometimes yellowish. Another advantage, the glass headlights had over the plastic ones is that they don’t scratch easily due to their hardness and are not affected by the UV light of the sun.

Plastic Headlights’ Advantage Over The Glass Headlights

The plastic headlights have a lot of advantage over their predecessor in that, they cost less in production. And are more durable and with high tensile strength. While in recent times, the broken shards from glass headlights had caused a lot of damage, which has led to road-accident related issues. The case is rather otherwise with the plastic headlights, which in the event of an accident don’t break easily, due to their polycarbonate structure. Also, the plasticity of plastic headlights makes it easy for them to be formed into complex shapes through the injection-moulding process, which accounts for their aerodynamics designs seen in modern cars. The plastic headlights can be easily worked into other components of the headlights, or the combined lamp assembly with an adhesive or by plastic welding.

What is the legal wattage for car headlights?

This is a really tricky question in that, the restrictions on wattage vary slightly in most places. However, the standard wattage for most halogen replacement bulbs is 55 watts. While most HID bulbs are around 35 watts.

Why are there no more glass headlights?

There are quite a lot of reasons why we don’t have headlights in glass form again. And the very first reason for that would be because of the cost in their production. There’s also the issue of aerodynamics, as glass can’t be cut or moulded to the designs we see in plastic headlights. Also, as glass is harder than plastic, they tend to be prone to breaking, leaving headlights lens exposed to UV light which impaired their performance.

Why does the plastic headlights lens oxidize?

As with our tires which are prone to wear and tear due to usage, so is it with plastic headlights in common, which due to overexposure to external factors, elements, mostly the UV light of the sun, become oxidized and foggy with time. Thus, losing its specularity and optical advantage. To know the ‘how’ to this we must understand that plastic headlights lens is made from a porous material, are coated with a UV protectant layer and had to be sealed in the lamp assemble for them to be able to see crystal clear. And when assailed for long by debris, pebbles, and abrasion of roadside sand and mud, the headlamp cracks over time, exposing the lens to external elements. When such cracked headlights are now exposed to the UV light of the sun, this brings about, the wearing off of the lenses’ topcoat layer along with condensation, which both caused discolouration of the lens and its fogginess. This problem however may be managed if minor. But if otherwise, then the need for plastic headlights restoration arises.

Are foggy headlights dangerous?

Recent researches have proven that foggy or yellowed headlights are 80% short of their specularity when compared to new un-oxidized headlights, therefore, leading to more dangerous nighttime driving situations.

From the statement above stated, we’re able to conclude that foggy or discoloured headlights are dangerous for both their users and other people traversing a road.

 And this further gives rise to another important question: if foggy headlights are that bad, then, is it possible to manage this condition?

How to clean an oxidized headlight?

Yes, the condition can be managed by just anyone if it’s minor. And all required to get it done is just a tad of your time and little household materials. To get started, to get the yellowness and fogginess off your headlights lens, you will need the combination of either of these items: vinegar, a foil of toothpaste, Windex, sandpaper pads (800-grit, 1000-grit and the 2000-grit depending on the damage), a clean cloth, or better still, a microfiber. When these materials are available, then you can get down to the business of scrubbing and buffing the headlight cover. After which, you clean, rinse, wipe and leave it to dry. Sometimes also, the case of oxidation in headlights retrograde to a far advanced stage, when the discolouration extends through and through the plastic headlights lens, rendering it useless. When at this stage, the best thing to do is to get a replacement. But if due to monetary-related issues, you can’t afford to replace your plastic headlights lens just yet. You can still buy some time by sanding and polishing off the fogginess from your lens.

Again, another question pops out at us. And the question simply put is, are there other ways to re-polishing aged or oxidized headlights lens?

Plastic Headlights Restoration

Yes. And that’s through the process of plastic headlights restoration, which in all is an act of redefining discoloured, aged, crazed, oxidized headlights lenses to extend the overall span and effectiveness of the headlights lens. The process makes it possible for cloudy and hazy headlights to be restored to a like-new condition and represents a far more economical alternative than replacing the lens. And it can be done both by you or by professionals at a body shop.

Benefits Of Plastic Headlight Restoration

The benefits of plastic headlights restoration come in a lot of ways. First off, it’s cost-saving as both lenses can be done at an affordable price. Also, it not only extends the usage of the headlights but also extends that of the assemble as a whole. The availability of do-it-yourself headlights restoration kit in markets like Amazon makes it easier and less stressful to get things done yourself. A piece of good news about that is you can also get UV protectant in various versions as a spray-on, wipe on and even peel and stick films to protect your lens from the adverse effect of UV light after restoration. Even better, most professionals in headlight restoration shops do apply a urethane or acrylic clear coat to help protect the plastic lens from UV exposure after the headlight lens is restored. Another add-on is that the process can be carried out as many times as one pleases.

Upon reading the paragraph above, you may wonder why go through all the stress of plastic restoration or elbow greasing and power-drilling just to get the yellowness off my headlights lens when I can easily avail myself to glass headlights that don’t oxidize.

Is it possible to change a glass headlight for a plastic headlight?

The answer to that is a simple no. And this is due to the reason that modern plastic headlights are complex and has a sealed housing that is coupled with other assemblies. Whereas, their glass counterpart is hard and is unable to afford the dynamism seen with the plastic headlights, which makes achieving such feat implausible.

Lens cleaner a way out?

Lens cleaner may also be a possible way out to keep headlights lens from being hazy or foggy easily. Dirt trapped on headlights lens may increase the glare and haziness of headlights, making it hard for lens specularity at night. Lens cleaners see to it that such dirt is wiped off the surface of the headlights. And come in two varieties as a small motor-driven rubber wiper or as brush conceptually similar to windshield wipers, or a fixed or telescopic high-pressure sprayer that cleans the lenses with a spray of windshield washer fluid. and has proved useful in enhancing lens nighttime vision.

The Retractable Headlamps

The retractable headlamp is commonly known as hidden headlamps or sometimes as pop-up headlights is a form of automotive lighting and an automotive styling feature introduced earlier in the twentieth century that conceals an automobile’s headlamps when they are not in use. This feature seen in cars like Mazda Rx-7 and MX-5 has seen its popularity wane in time in the automobile world. And had since ceased appearing in the mainstream.

Retractable headlamps: how it works?

The retractable headlamps come in various designs and can be housed in the fender or hood as on the 1963–2004 Chevrolet Corvette, or maybe concealed behind retractable or rotating grille panels as on the Dodge Charger, Mercury Cyclone, and may sometimes be mounted in a housing that rotates to sit flush with the front end as on the Porsche 928. Some variant cars with retractable headlamps, such as the original Mazda MX-5, have a squeegee at the front of the lamp recess which automatically wipes the lenses as they are raised or lowered.

What it means for automobile users

Given their ability to hide the headlights when they are inactive, the retractable headlights may be a temporal if not lasting remedy to the issue of oxidized headlights. When recessed within their protective walls, the retractable headlamp is saved from sandblasting and other elemental factors that lead to the crazing or cracking of headlights. Since they are mostly housed in their recess except during nighttime driving, the pop-up headlights are safer from damage in an accident or other harmful related incidence. Also, the risk associated with hazy, oxidized glass will be contained to some level. As some types of retractable headlamps come with a squeegee, they can clean up dirt and smudges caught on the headlights lens, thereby, assuring their safety from damages caused by such and extending their usage-expectancy. More importantly, it will save most users stress and money since they will visit plastic restoration shops or body shops less.

What it means for the industry

It will be a fair way to bypass the problems of oxidized headlights for the automotive industry as a whole. And an honest-to-god way to better improve their products and their buyers’ trust in their product.

plastic-headlights

 Conclusion

 After analyzing and studying the pros and cons of both types of headlights, we’re able to conclude that plastic headlights are far better than glass ones in numerous ways. And that even with their weaknesses, which of course can be managed through the method discussed in the content, the plastic headlights adopted in modern cars are head and shoulders above their predecessors.

The automobile world had seen the history of headlamps, now often called headlights evolved from carriage lamps to acetylene lamps, and from fog lamps on to the point of the electric ones. The trend has never for once ceased and had given birth to both plastic and glass headlights which are the subject of our topic. Although glass headlights have become less popular, due to the inception of the plastic ones in the nineties, it’s nonetheless, unacceptable to wipe them clean off the face of history.

Here, we will be bringing both into focus, detailing more on their pros and cons while also drawing a comparison between both types of headlights. Also, in the course of this content, we’ll be answering some frequently asked questions about the subject and will be shedding more light on dark areas surrounding both types of headlights.  

Glass Headlights

Common in the era before the nineties, the glass headlights are made from concave mirrors which converged the diverging light emitted from the bulb placed behind them and can reflect it in a string of parallel beam of light. Glass headlights are quite expensive to make and are harder than their plastic counterpart.

glass-vehicle-headlights

Plastic Headlights

Ever since their introduction in the automobile industry, plastic headlights made from polycarbonate plastic had come in various shapes and designs, that not only give Autos such features; as an attractive outlook but a far better aerodynamics advantage. To produce the plastic headlights are way less expensive than to have them in a glass form.

Glass Headlights’ Advantage Over Plastic Headlights

When damaged the glass headlights are less expensive to replace as they are fundamentally small seal beams. Replacing the plastic headlights of some high-end cars when oxidized can cost a fortune. And unlike the plastic ones, the glass headlights are never plagued by oxidization, which makes the lens on headlights look foggy, cloudy, or sometimes yellowish. Another advantage, the glass headlights had over the plastic ones is that they don’t scratch easily due to their hardness and are not affected by the UV light of the sun.

Plastic Headlights’ Advantage Over The Glass Headlights

The plastic headlights have a lot of advantage over their predecessor in that, they cost less in production. And are more durable and with high tensile strength. While in recent times, the broken shards from glass headlights had caused a lot of damage, which has led to road-accident related issues. The case is rather otherwise with the plastic headlights, which in the event of an accident don’t break easily, due to their polycarbonate structure. Also, the plasticity of plastic headlights makes it easy for them to be formed into complex shapes through the injection-moulding process, which accounts for their aerodynamics designs seen in modern cars. The plastic headlights can be easily worked into other components of the headlights, or the combined lamp assembly with an adhesive or by plastic welding.

What is the legal wattage for car headlights?

This is a really tricky question in that, the restrictions on wattage vary slightly in most places. However, the standard wattage for most halogen replacement bulbs is 55 watts. While most HID bulbs are around 35 watts.

Why are there no more glass headlights?

There are quite a lot of reasons why we don’t have headlights in glass form again. And the very first reason for that would be because of the cost in their production. There’s also the issue of aerodynamics, as glass can’t be cut or moulded to the designs we see in plastic headlights. Also, as glass is harder than plastic, they tend to be prone to breaking, leaving headlights lens exposed to UV light which impaired their performance.

Why does the plastic headlights lens oxidize?

As with our tires which are prone to wear and tear due to usage, so is it with plastic headlights in common, which due to overexposure to external factors, elements, mostly the UV light of the sun, become oxidized and foggy with time. Thus, losing its specularity and optical advantage. To know the ‘how’ to this we must understand that plastic headlights lens is made from a porous material, are coated with a UV protectant layer and had to be sealed in the lamp assemble for them to be able to see crystal clear. And when assailed for long by debris, pebbles, and abrasion of roadside sand and mud, the headlamp cracks over time, exposing the lens to external elements. When such cracked headlights are now exposed to the UV light of the sun, this brings about, the wearing off of the lenses’ topcoat layer along with condensation, which both caused discolouration of the lens and its fogginess. This problem however may be managed if minor. But if otherwise, then the need for plastic headlights restoration arises.

Are foggy headlights dangerous?

Recent researches have proven that foggy or yellowed headlights are 80% short of their specularity when compared to new un-oxidized headlights, therefore, leading to more dangerous nighttime driving situations.

From the statement above stated, we’re able to conclude that foggy or discoloured headlights are dangerous for both their users and other people traversing a road.

 And this further gives rise to another important question: if foggy headlights are that bad, then, is it possible to manage this condition?

How to clean an oxidized headlight?

Yes, the condition can be managed by just anyone if it’s minor. And all required to get it done is just a tad of your time and little household materials. To get started, to get the yellowness and fogginess off your headlights lens, you will need the combination of either of these items: vinegar, a foil of toothpaste, Windex, sandpaper pads (800-grit, 1000-grit and the 2000-grit depending on the damage), a clean cloth, or better still, a microfiber. When these materials are available, then you can get down to the business of scrubbing and buffing the headlight cover. After which, you clean, rinse, wipe and leave it to dry. Sometimes also, the case of oxidation in headlights retrograde to a far advanced stage, when the discolouration extends through and through the plastic headlights lens, rendering it useless. When at this stage, the best thing to do is to get a replacement. But if due to monetary-related issues, you can’t afford to replace your plastic headlights lens just yet. You can still buy some time by sanding and polishing off the fogginess from your lens.

Again, another question pops out at us. And the question simply put is, are there other ways to re-polishing aged or oxidized headlights lens?

Plastic Headlights Restoration

Yes. And that’s through the process of plastic headlights restoration, which in all is an act of redefining discoloured, aged, crazed, oxidized headlights lenses to extend the overall span and effectiveness of the headlights lens. The process makes it possible for cloudy and hazy headlights to be restored to a like-new condition and represents a far more economical alternative than replacing the lens. And it can be done both by you or by professionals at a body shop.

Benefits Of Plastic Headlight Restoration

The benefits of plastic headlights restoration come in a lot of ways. First off, it’s cost-saving as both lenses can be done at an affordable price. Also, it not only extends the usage of the headlights but also extends that of the assemble as a whole. The availability of do-it-yourself headlights restoration kit in markets like Amazon makes it easier and less stressful to get things done yourself. A piece of good news about that is you can also get UV protectant in various versions as a spray-on, wipe on and even peel and stick films to protect your lens from the adverse effect of UV light after restoration. Even better, most professionals in headlight restoration shops do apply a urethane or acrylic clear coat to help protect the plastic lens from UV exposure after the headlight lens is restored. Another add-on is that the process can be carried out as many times as one pleases.

Upon reading the paragraph above, you may wonder why go through all the stress of plastic restoration or elbow greasing and power-drilling just to get the yellowness off my headlights lens when I can easily avail myself to glass headlights that don’t oxidize.

Is it possible to change a glass headlight for a plastic headlight?

The answer to that is a simple no. And this is due to the reason that modern plastic headlights are complex and has a sealed housing that is coupled with other assemblies. Whereas, their glass counterpart is hard and is unable to afford the dynamism seen with the plastic headlights, which makes achieving such feat implausible.

Lens cleaner a way out?

Lens cleaner may also be a possible way out to keep headlights lens from being hazy or foggy easily. Dirt trapped on headlights lens may increase the glare and haziness of headlights, making it hard for lens specularity at night. Lens cleaners see to it that such dirt is wiped off the surface of the headlights. And come in two varieties as a small motor-driven rubber wiper or as brush conceptually similar to windshield wipers, or a fixed or telescopic high-pressure sprayer that cleans the lenses with a spray of windshield washer fluid. and has proved useful in enhancing lens nighttime vision.

The Retractable Headlamps

The retractable headlamp is commonly known as hidden headlamps or sometimes as pop-up headlights is a form of automotive lighting and an automotive styling feature introduced earlier in the twentieth century that conceals an automobile’s headlamps when they are not in use. This feature seen in cars like Mazda Rx-7 and MX-5 has seen its popularity wane in time in the automobile world. And had since ceased appearing in the mainstream.

Retractable headlamps: how it works?

The retractable headlamps come in various designs and can be housed in the fender or hood as on the 1963–2004 Chevrolet Corvette, or maybe concealed behind retractable or rotating grille panels as on the Dodge Charger, Mercury Cyclone, and may sometimes be mounted in a housing that rotates to sit flush with the front end as on the Porsche 928. Some variant cars with retractable headlamps, such as the original Mazda MX-5, have a squeegee at the front of the lamp recess which automatically wipes the lenses as they are raised or lowered.

What it means for automobile users

Given their ability to hide the headlights when they are inactive, the retractable headlights may be a temporal if not lasting remedy to the issue of oxidized headlights. When recessed within their protective walls, the retractable headlamp is saved from sandblasting and other elemental factors that lead to the crazing or cracking of headlights. Since they are mostly housed in their recess except during nighttime driving, the pop-up headlights are safer from damage in an accident or other harmful related incidence. Also, the risk associated with hazy, oxidized glass will be contained to some level. As some types of retractable headlamps come with a squeegee, they can clean up dirt and smudges caught on the headlights lens, thereby, assuring their safety from damages caused by such and extending their usage-expectancy. More importantly, it will save most users stress and money since they will visit plastic restoration shops or body shops less.

What it means for the industry

It will be a fair way to bypass the problems of oxidized headlights for the automotive industry as a whole. And an honest-to-god way to better improve their products and their buyers’ trust in their product.

plastic-headlights

 Conclusion

 After analyzing and studying the pros and cons of both types of headlights, we’re able to conclude that plastic headlights are far better than glass ones in numerous ways. And that even with their weaknesses, which of course can be managed through the method discussed in the content, the plastic headlights adopted in modern cars are head and shoulders above their predecessors.

The automobile world had seen the history of headlamps, now often called headlights evolved from carriage lamps to acetylene lamps, and from fog lamps on to the point of the electric ones. The trend has never for once ceased and had given birth to both plastic and glass headlights which are the subject of our topic. Although glass headlights have become less popular, due to the inception of the plastic ones in the nineties, it’s nonetheless, unacceptable to wipe them clean off the face of history.

Here, we will be bringing both into focus, detailing more on their pros and cons while also drawing a comparison between both types of headlights. Also, in the course of this content, we’ll be answering some frequently asked questions about the subject and will be shedding more light on dark areas surrounding both types of headlights.  

Glass Headlights

Common in the era before the nineties, the glass headlights are made from concave mirrors which converged the diverging light emitted from the bulb placed behind them and can reflect it in a string of parallel beam of light. Glass headlights are quite expensive to make and are harder than their plastic counterpart.

glass-vehicle-headlights

Plastic Headlights

Ever since their introduction in the automobile industry, plastic headlights made from polycarbonate plastic had come in various shapes and designs, that not only give Autos such features; as an attractive outlook but a far better aerodynamics advantage. To produce the plastic headlights are way less expensive than to have them in a glass form.

Glass Headlights’ Advantage Over Plastic Headlights

When damaged the glass headlights are less expensive to replace as they are fundamentally small seal beams. Replacing the plastic headlights of some high-end cars when oxidized can cost a fortune. And unlike the plastic ones, the glass headlights are never plagued by oxidization, which makes the lens on headlights look foggy, cloudy, or sometimes yellowish. Another advantage, the glass headlights had over the plastic ones is that they don’t scratch easily due to their hardness and are not affected by the UV light of the sun.

Plastic Headlights’ Advantage Over The Glass Headlights

The plastic headlights have a lot of advantage over their predecessor in that, they cost less in production. And are more durable and with high tensile strength. While in recent times, the broken shards from glass headlights had caused a lot of damage, which has led to road-accident related issues. The case is rather otherwise with the plastic headlights, which in the event of an accident don’t break easily, due to their polycarbonate structure. Also, the plasticity of plastic headlights makes it easy for them to be formed into complex shapes through the injection-moulding process, which accounts for their aerodynamics designs seen in modern cars. The plastic headlights can be easily worked into other components of the headlights, or the combined lamp assembly with an adhesive or by plastic welding.

What is the legal wattage for car headlights?

This is a really tricky question in that, the restrictions on wattage vary slightly in most places. However, the standard wattage for most halogen replacement bulbs is 55 watts. While most HID bulbs are around 35 watts.

Why are there no more glass headlights?

There are quite a lot of reasons why we don’t have headlights in glass form again. And the very first reason for that would be because of the cost in their production. There’s also the issue of aerodynamics, as glass can’t be cut or moulded to the designs we see in plastic headlights. Also, as glass is harder than plastic, they tend to be prone to breaking, leaving headlights lens exposed to UV light which impaired their performance.

Why does the plastic headlights lens oxidize?

As with our tires which are prone to wear and tear due to usage, so is it with plastic headlights in common, which due to overexposure to external factors, elements, mostly the UV light of the sun, become oxidized and foggy with time. Thus, losing its specularity and optical advantage. To know the ‘how’ to this we must understand that plastic headlights lens is made from a porous material, are coated with a UV protectant layer and had to be sealed in the lamp assemble for them to be able to see crystal clear. And when assailed for long by debris, pebbles, and abrasion of roadside sand and mud, the headlamp cracks over time, exposing the lens to external elements. When such cracked headlights are now exposed to the UV light of the sun, this brings about, the wearing off of the lenses’ topcoat layer along with condensation, which both caused discolouration of the lens and its fogginess. This problem however may be managed if minor. But if otherwise, then the need for plastic headlights restoration arises.

Are foggy headlights dangerous?

Recent researches have proven that foggy or yellowed headlights are 80% short of their specularity when compared to new un-oxidized headlights, therefore, leading to more dangerous nighttime driving situations.

From the statement above stated, we’re able to conclude that foggy or discoloured headlights are dangerous for both their users and other people traversing a road.

 And this further gives rise to another important question: if foggy headlights are that bad, then, is it possible to manage this condition?

How to clean an oxidized headlight?

Yes, the condition can be managed by just anyone if it’s minor. And all required to get it done is just a tad of your time and little household materials. To get started, to get the yellowness and fogginess off your headlights lens, you will need the combination of either of these items: vinegar, a foil of toothpaste, Windex, sandpaper pads (800-grit, 1000-grit and the 2000-grit depending on the damage), a clean cloth, or better still, a microfiber. When these materials are available, then you can get down to the business of scrubbing and buffing the headlight cover. After which, you clean, rinse, wipe and leave it to dry. Sometimes also, the case of oxidation in headlights retrograde to a far advanced stage, when the discolouration extends through and through the plastic headlights lens, rendering it useless. When at this stage, the best thing to do is to get a replacement. But if due to monetary-related issues, you can’t afford to replace your plastic headlights lens just yet. You can still buy some time by sanding and polishing off the fogginess from your lens.

Again, another question pops out at us. And the question simply put is, are there other ways to re-polishing aged or oxidized headlights lens?

Plastic Headlights Restoration

Yes. And that’s through the process of plastic headlights restoration, which in all is an act of redefining discoloured, aged, crazed, oxidized headlights lenses to extend the overall span and effectiveness of the headlights lens. The process makes it possible for cloudy and hazy headlights to be restored to a like-new condition and represents a far more economical alternative than replacing the lens. And it can be done both by you or by professionals at a body shop.

Benefits Of Plastic Headlight Restoration

The benefits of plastic headlights restoration come in a lot of ways. First off, it’s cost-saving as both lenses can be done at an affordable price. Also, it not only extends the usage of the headlights but also extends that of the assemble as a whole. The availability of do-it-yourself headlights restoration kit in markets like Amazon makes it easier and less stressful to get things done yourself. A piece of good news about that is you can also get UV protectant in various versions as a spray-on, wipe on and even peel and stick films to protect your lens from the adverse effect of UV light after restoration. Even better, most professionals in headlight restoration shops do apply a urethane or acrylic clear coat to help protect the plastic lens from UV exposure after the headlight lens is restored. Another add-on is that the process can be carried out as many times as one pleases.

Upon reading the paragraph above, you may wonder why go through all the stress of plastic restoration or elbow greasing and power-drilling just to get the yellowness off my headlights lens when I can easily avail myself to glass headlights that don’t oxidize.

Is it possible to change a glass headlight for a plastic headlight?

The answer to that is a simple no. And this is due to the reason that modern plastic headlights are complex and has a sealed housing that is coupled with other assemblies. Whereas, their glass counterpart is hard and is unable to afford the dynamism seen with the plastic headlights, which makes achieving such feat implausible.

Lens cleaner a way out?

Lens cleaner may also be a possible way out to keep headlights lens from being hazy or foggy easily. Dirt trapped on headlights lens may increase the glare and haziness of headlights, making it hard for lens specularity at night. Lens cleaners see to it that such dirt is wiped off the surface of the headlights. And come in two varieties as a small motor-driven rubber wiper or as brush conceptually similar to windshield wipers, or a fixed or telescopic high-pressure sprayer that cleans the lenses with a spray of windshield washer fluid. and has proved useful in enhancing lens nighttime vision.

The Retractable Headlamps

The retractable headlamp is commonly known as hidden headlamps or sometimes as pop-up headlights is a form of automotive lighting and an automotive styling feature introduced earlier in the twentieth century that conceals an automobile’s headlamps when they are not in use. This feature seen in cars like Mazda Rx-7 and MX-5 has seen its popularity wane in time in the automobile world. And had since ceased appearing in the mainstream.

Retractable headlamps: how it works?

The retractable headlamps come in various designs and can be housed in the fender or hood as on the 1963–2004 Chevrolet Corvette, or maybe concealed behind retractable or rotating grille panels as on the Dodge Charger, Mercury Cyclone, and may sometimes be mounted in a housing that rotates to sit flush with the front end as on the Porsche 928. Some variant cars with retractable headlamps, such as the original Mazda MX-5, have a squeegee at the front of the lamp recess which automatically wipes the lenses as they are raised or lowered.

What it means for automobile users

Given their ability to hide the headlights when they are inactive, the retractable headlights may be a temporal if not lasting remedy to the issue of oxidized headlights. When recessed within their protective walls, the retractable headlamp is saved from sandblasting and other elemental factors that lead to the crazing or cracking of headlights. Since they are mostly housed in their recess except during nighttime driving, the pop-up headlights are safer from damage in an accident or other harmful related incidence. Also, the risk associated with hazy, oxidized glass will be contained to some level. As some types of retractable headlamps come with a squeegee, they can clean up dirt and smudges caught on the headlights lens, thereby, assuring their safety from damages caused by such and extending their usage-expectancy. More importantly, it will save most users stress and money since they will visit plastic restoration shops or body shops less.

What it means for the industry

It will be a fair way to bypass the problems of oxidized headlights for the automotive industry as a whole. And an honest-to-god way to better improve their products and their buyers’ trust in their product.

plastic-headlights

 Conclusion

 After analyzing and studying the pros and cons of both types of headlights, we’re able to conclude that plastic headlights are far better than glass ones in numerous ways. And that even with their weaknesses, which of course can be managed through the method discussed in the content, the plastic headlights adopted in modern cars are head and shoulders above their predecessors.

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