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    Question Current generation (2020) Civic headlamps - how good are they?

    My sister was rear ended recently - she's okay but her car (2008 Civic) was totalled. She's in the market for a new car, and seems intent on purchasing another Civic (her past 2 cars were Civics).
    It's very unlikely she will buy anything other than the base model - LED headlamps don't appear to be an option here - so how are the Civic's halogen headlamps?

    (Looks like 2021 is a facelift year - let's say for the sake of this discussion she gets a 2020 leftover.)

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    Default Re: Current generation (2020) Civic headlamps - how good are they?

    Don't own that one specifically, but if they are anything like my 4 hondas they are excellent.

    Honda appears to use some sort of voltage regulation so the lights are run at optimum brightness and color temp regardless of battery state or engine rpm. I had a link verifying this one time but lost it.
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    Looks like the halogen headlamps get a P (Poor) grade on the IIHS tests, whether we're talking about the hatchback, the sedan or the coupe. However: (1) these test results -- short seeing distance in all the tests, no glare demerits -- fairly scream "lamps aimed too low". And (2) they're projector low beams with H11 bulbs plus reflector high beams with HB3 (9005) bulbs, so you can effectively, safely and cheaply upgrade with well-picked H9s in the low beams and HIR1s in the high beams. That plus a real aim job should make them work well.
    Last edited by -Virgil-; 11-22-2020 at 09:36 PM.

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    Thanks for the info Virgil. Good to know that there are effective and safe upgrades for the bulbs.

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