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Following are ADR 13/00 Standards/Australian Design Rules for Vehicles after amendment, in due consideration of Vehicle Standard (Australian Design Rule 13/00 – Installation of Lighting and Light Signaling Devices on other than L-Group Vehicles).
The content of the aforesaid rules are sub divided into various categories such as:
1. Name of Standard used
This Standard relates to the Vehicle Standard (Australian Design Rule 13/00 – Installation of Lighting and Light Signaling Devices on motor vehicles except for L-Group Vehicles) as per year 2005.
2. Commencement
Its commencement begins immediately from the succeeding day of its registration.
3. Scope
The laid out bullet points in the rule book of Australian design suggests all the necessary requirements for the frequency and mode of installation of light signaling devices on motor vehicles except for L group vehicles.
4. APPLICABILITY AND IMPLEMENTATION
This national standard is applicable to the design and manufacturing of vehicles in dependence on what kind/ type of vehicles are been manufactured.
By and large the types are- moped 2 wheels, moped 3 wheels, passenger cars, motor tricycle, heavy and light omnibus, trailers (further sub divided into the categories depending upon their weight) etc. All of these vehicles must adhere to this standard by following at least one of the below mentioned clauses:
(a) There are a series of guidelines stated in the upcoming sections of Exemptions and alternate procedures inclusive of another segment that narrates supplementary general requirements, Individual requirements and disparity to the requirements for lamps in appendix A.
(b) One among the many alternatives talked about in clause 9.
• Exemption and Alternate Procedures
Well by and large scope of the contract, its approval, any further alterations and adjustments in it, chargeable penalties for non- conformity of production activities, its control etc are exempted here. Furthermore, production is almost never opted for discontinuation and communication at every level for approval and disapproval of various kinds of contracts on signaling of devices are pursued in accordance to the regulation no 48.
Many a times, depending on what type/ model of vehicle in particular is being talked about, there are certain bullet points one would be made familiar with if needed that would come under a few more exemptions too. for instance all those vehicles that have filament headlamps attached to them would not call for a-
• dipped beam’s vertical orientation
• leveling of headlight
• the procedure for its measuring.
Similarly there are many more provisions kept aside on the use of cornering lights, rear end lights, fog lamps etc, each of which would be confided with you if considered necessary.

SUPPLEMENTARY GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

• Installation of extra lights in the automobile when the one previously fitted fail to comply with the entire system.
• Guidelines are mentioned for the installation of these too, one should adhere to them while bringing about this change.
• They should be fitted when the installation of before lamps are non- accessible to the bare eyes and hence mostly irrelevant.
• In addition to this, driving lights should be installed too. Their installation by and large depends on what kind of light exactly does one hopes to obtain as the final output.
For example, white light is obtained by main/ dipped beam headlamp, along with reversing and front fog lamp.
Similarly, lights in the rear end of an automobile use a standard red color lights to signal the various working of the automobile, like application of brakes, use of reverse gears etc.
In case of retro lights that are non triangular shaped, the color amber is aimed to be lit at its read end. It is generally grouped or takes up a part of the light emitting surface in common with rear end lamps, for a synchronized lighting system.

Unless stated in particular the various lights should be used in the same combination following the cliché rule as it is tried and tested. Alterations in their position, electrical connections and basic orientation should be kept at minimum to avoid unnecessary complexity.

INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS
These are set of guiding principle complementary to the requirements of the above points. It ‘s not mandatory to install an extra lamp in an automobile but when done they are strictly advised to follow the below rules. We enlist the major ones in particular to keep the bullets points concise and easily comprehensible.
• External cabin lights are prohibited for all vehicles in general except those which are more than 2100m wide. Even then, their installation is optional, if someone chooses to opt for it, they should be placed at the front at horizontal/ vertical angle with any sort of electrical connectivity. Albeit, their number should not go beyond 5 in totality.
• Side marker lamps are places on vehicles 7.5 m long and 2.1 m wide with an outward orientation placed in pair at both the front and the read end of the car and one in the center with any electrical connectivity that suits the user the best.
• Driving lamps: These are not mandatory on motor vehicles and trailers are totally prohibited from using them. No individual specifications are mentioned for them in particular except for that their number should vary in between 2-4 and should be fitted in adjacent to the headlamps.
• Cornering lamps
These are restricted for their usage on trailers and are allowed for installation on other vehicles if their demand is called for. Special guidance for their position as to where they would be located on an automobile is listed in here. For vertical position their height should not surpass the main beamed lights, for length the light giving off surface of the cornering lamp should not surpass the bonnet of the vehicle by 2meters at the maximum. Last but not the least, they should be place in pair, one at each side at the width. Much has been said about its geometric visibility layout too, such as the primary axis of photometry should not directly fall on the surface of the road. Also cornering lamp should be placed at the right end of the longitudinal axis passing through the center of reference at whose other side is in perfect alignment with this
part of the vehicle.
• Similarly guidelines for installation of each additional light such as fog lamps, indicators, reverse lights are mentioned too with slight variations to the above mentioned protocols.

ALTERNATIVE STANDARDS.
These state that the technical needs of any of the editions of the contract book in entirety at present or in future should comply with the technical requirements of the stated standards at every point.
Further for vehicles under the NC category are required to have a headlamp ranging in between 559 meters to 1372 meters (when measured from the lamp’s center to the ground).

Adhering to all the rules mentioned above, would lead you to the signing off of the final agreement which reiterates the use of different types of light placed at different part of an automobile in excruciating detail. Going through it might seem like boring trite job but one needs to hop through the contract to the major points that interests them. Read the guidelines for the one which you are intending to use and overlook the rest for a quick, pain less procedure.

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Before we start if you have any doubt then contact auto-electrician, this article is for your pleasure only and does not replace a trained professional.

If you have encountered some trouble with your headlights then there is nothing much to panic about, we have come up with simple, easy to follow instructions that would guide you through the entire process, make you capable enough to change it on your own, saving those extra bucks in your pocket from splashing it on a fleet of black and white crusaders. After all taking care of your darling automobile has always been “your” thing to do.
Let’s begin with the process that would empower you to provide the power of sight to your car!

Step 1: Take a quick look at the anterior part of your car.

Step 2: Locate the bulb holder. Safely open the hood covering it with great care. Once that is out you could see the bulb holder at the back of the headlight, out of which three wires are coming out of a trapezoid shaped plug.

Step 3: Slide off the wiring harness, you could see the three wires entangled at a the base of the headlamp in a either a plastic catch, a screw cap or a metal clip.
In case of plastic catch, push down the little lever you see on the top of a plug, on applying the pressure the gently pull the same so that it slides off.
In case of a screw cap, simply unscrew it by rotating the clip anti clockwise.
For the last one, the metal clip- just pull it in the upwards direction against the gravity of the earth and it would pop open. At any of these points, be careful how you handle these little equipment’s, dropping them off would call for another thing to do such searching for the part in the engine ay we’ve all been there it’s one hell of a task.

Step 4: Recognize which type of bulb is to be fitted inside it. Usually no big tools in specific are needed to replace or fit a new bulb.

Step 5: Take off the wasted bulb from the socket. After taking the wire out of the way doing that shouldn’t be that big of a task. Much precaution should be taken while handling the bulb once it’s out of its packaging. Always use a tissue or a clean rag to hold it, because any oil/sweat of your palm may lead to damage the piece prematurely, reducing its life to a considerable extent.

Step 6 : Now holding the bulb from it upper end, insert it at the back of the headlight, till it is grabs a firm hold in the socket. Look for yourself to confirm that is in there for sure, a clear line alongside the holder would confirm that it is fitted evenly.

Hence these were the simple steps whose execution requires a little of your time and effort with nothing more to ensure a good working headlight again. Be it a installation of new headlight or the replacement of an old one the procedure is the same.

• Different types of automotive lights
There are many lights in totality that constitute the entire automotive lighting in an automobile apart from the main headlamps. While headlamps can be segregated mainly under two types:
(a) Standard headlamps
These are also known by the name low, meeting or passing beam that gives out illumination of moderate intensity, providing enough for a proper vision and at the same time not overdoing it to cause any kind of glare.
(b) HID headlamps.
These are mainly used in luxurious cars such as Audi, Mercedes, etc that provide for an higher intensity light giving a better vision to the driver of the car but often injurious for other people on the road. Usually one has to go through the rules and regulations book for getting legal permission to install these. Other additional lights are:

1. Cornering lamps
With an intention to provide extra illumination for the way ahead, these are placed just adjacent to the main headlamp. They may or may not burn steadily depending upon their wiring on how the manufacturer wants them to work like.

2. Spot lights
These are more of an accessory provided to some special cars used for specific purposes such as hospital emergency vehicles, sheriff cars, fire brigades etc. They are more of signal lights with special sirens, mounted at the top of the vehicle.

3. Brake light
These are found at the rear end of any automobile, which glows bright red at the application of brakes (usually brighter than the headlights). When seen from a distant, the drivers preceding the front vehicle anticipate that the car is decelerating to either stop or run on a slower speed, accordingly they can maintain a safe distant from it to avoid any kind of collision.

4. Reverse lights
These are installed in a car with the same purpose as that of brake lights. Constituting a part of the rear end signaling/ warning devices, the reverse lights are present to give off illumination when the car is in the reverse gear, moving backwards than forward. Doing so the vehicles that are behind us are warned beforehand of the vehicle’s rearward motion and readjust/ realign themselves accordingly to make way for each other in order to keep away from any kind of crash.

5. Rear Fog lamps
These came into use quite later after the introduction of the above mentioned lights, concepts of whose are widely gotten on the wrong end of the stick and misrepresented.
So far as the manufacturer’s understanding states, fog lights are provided as an aid for driving in extremely foggy/ rainy weather where the standard visibility of the driver reduces to a great extent because of the unfavorable conditions in the surrounding nature. Ideally these are available in mono colors mostly yellow, characterized by long range, and lessened dispersion. The objective is to let others know that you are on the road too, so as to escape from the constant honking which mostly gets on the nerves of both you and the surrounding people. One would be surprised to know that certain countries do have laws about their installation and usage. As far as India is concerned, there are no laws under anyone’s knowledge for how to, when and where are these supposed to be used.

6. Indicator
These are small lights placed both at the front and the rear end of the car, in all four corners that are used for signaling when a car is about to take a turn. In earlier days the driver was manually supposed to hit the indicator button and turn them on or off but know the sensors in the car use the smart technology to turn them on/off on their own.
Just as standard color for stop lights used universally is red, similarly indicators are that of yellow color.

7. Glove Box
This is a closed compartment available like a mini drawer in inside of a car for the passengers to use the available space for storage of miscellaneous items. You will often find a small lamp inside, triggered by a switch.

8. Headliner
This is a composite substance that is used in the making of the roof of the cars to give them a foam backing. They comprise of multi-layered coating of different materials that together bring stiffness look and feel in the inside of the car. Depending on your car you may have a dome light, map light, courtesy light (rear seats).

9. Doors
Some doors have lights at the bottom which are great for warning other motorist at night the door is open. They operate on a pressure switch.

Whatever your lighting need we aim to provide it for you.

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Headlights are one of the most important components of any automobile; every driver realizes its importance and the usefulness as it’s not just a little something attached to the anterior end of the car. It’s more of a necessity that empowers the person to access the power of its sight and drive carefully after the sun sets down, because no matter how skilled of a driver a person is the skill needs a source of light to guide them through the ways for a happy and a safe strolling. Sure use of better headlights also gives the entire structure of a car a classy edge like the ones used in ludicrously expensive, luxurious cars but the bottom fact always lies in the importance of the purpose that it serves.
Following is a guide that serves two purposes:
(a) To help the buyer familiarize with the various types of headlights present in the market and their plus and minus points, their functions, so that the buyer could conclude by him as to which one suits them the best.
(b) it also sheds some light in the area of their installation, the lightning technologies making oneself efficient enough to bring about a change so minute on its own. You don’t need to run endless chores to a mechanic to do a basic job as this one for you.

What’s a headlight?
A headlight is also known by the name of “headlamp” that is fitted in the bonnet of the car to shed light on the way ahead after dusk or in any situation when there’s poor visibility say when there’s immense dense fog, cloudy rainy seasons etc. It hence enables one to see through things clearly and ensures a safe journey ahead. A factor that should be kept in mind while selecting them is that they should be of moderate intensity because a low intensity light wouldn’t provide proper illumination and a high intensity light could provide a string glare and hence temporary blindness to drivers coming from different side of the road.
The use of headlamps was first introduced during the late 1880’s, in its original form they were fueled by acetylene or oil. With advancement in technology with a gradual shift in era, electric headlights were introduced in 1898 by the Electrical Company of Hartford, Connecticut with the prime motive of providing the Columbia Electric car with an optional accessory.
Now to provide additional knowledge in consideration of the same, headlights constitute mere one part of the entire automotive lighting system of a vehicle like cars, truck, van etc others may include indicators, stop brake lights etc located at different places in a automobile.

Different Types of headlights:
All the headlights irrespective of their inbuilt features share the common function of being the source of illumination, what differentiates them from one another is the type of bulbs that they use to provide the light. Majorly there are three types of bulbs used in a headlight- halogen, xenon and LED.
Halogen Headlamps
Also known as tungsten halogen, it is an incandescent light that constitutes of small part of halogen along with iodine or bromine, together they create a combination of the halogen gas and tungsten that gives birth to halogen cycle re-depositing evaporated tungsten on above the filament, increasing its life and intensity. These are best if one needs a source of high luminous efficacy, working at higher temperatures.

Xenon Headlamps
These are a specialized type of lamp that discharges gas and electric lights that generates light on passage of electricity through ionized xenon gas at great pressure conditions. Final result obtained is a white light coming out of it very similar to the natural sunlight, one can call it to be the latter’s masquerading counterpart. The bulbs have their use in various fields such as in projectors used in movie theaters, torches, and of course headlights etc.

LED Headlamps
The abbreviation of “LED” stands for “Light Emitting Diode.” It is a semiconductor diode that emits light when voltage is applied to it, usually the quality of light depends upon the temperature, a low temperature results in a better source of light than at higher temperatures, and hence it kind of becomes mandatory to maintain a relatively stable temperature for a constant light output. The range of these lights are small, not too penetrating in nature, apart from headlights its used in abundance in manufacturing of Diwali lights as its miniature size help it to come in different shapes and sizes.

Which is Best to use : Halogen, Xenon, or LED Headlamps

This is a tough call, it actually depends on the consumer as to what are its needs and priorities and what kind of light suits him best in his interest. Following are few bullet points that’ll bring out the advantages and disadvantages of Halogen, Xenon and LED:
1. Halogen
Advantages:
• Perfect to use if one needs bright white light as the final output.
• It is durable and has a long lifespan.
• If damaged, the cost of replacement are highly reasonable.
Disadvantages
• Too much of unnecessary heat is generated, loss of which means loss of energy for the entire system .
• It is highly reactive and hence rigorously mixes up when brought in contact with other substances.
• Needs to be handled with great precaution, inability to do so could lead to serious injuries.
2. Xenon
Advantages
• Offers better illumination with much more clarity.
• Provides for better efficiency
• Consumes less power and hence is a little more cost effective.
• More durable than Halogen headlamps.

Disadvantages
• Initial cost of investment is high. Not used in cheaper cars.
• Often come in high intensities that causes to much of glaring effect leaving the people coming from the other end partially blind for a few seconds, while driving this could lead to major accidents also it causes too much of a strain in the eyes of the other drivers.

3. LED
Advantages:
• It consumes to less of a power for an efficient, proper working.
• Energy consumption is low by LED lights. They can run on a low voltage.
• Available in small sizes, hence more versatile. Can be made available in the market in all shapes, designs and sizes.
Disadvantages:
• They are more expensive, mostly used in making of luxurious cars.
• It non-deliberately tends to produce extra heat that hampers both the quality of final light being produced and of course the loss of energy.
• More and extra efforts have to be made to maintain them at relatively constant temperatures, so as to obtain good lighting.
All in all, it is widely accepted that headlights in an automobile is as crucial as the engine itself. Its importance has been recognized by and large by every automobile manufacturing company. Limited by the budget constraint or the need restraint one can opt for any of the above lights by carefully weighing each of its pros and cons. The answer is not tough to decide. One just needs to have a clear mind with a clear insight as to what are they finally expecting.

So to answer the question which is best, all have advantage and disadvantage but hopefully this article will allow you to make a more informed choice.

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In the childhood years of any individual, everyone dreams of owning an automobile of their own, just as your darling first bicycle in school days these become the new obsession when one moves past the teenage years. Maybe it’s the years long waiting to buy this baby that accounts for so much of love towards the machine or mere a hobby to act all mechanical in order to check up on its basic parts to ensure its well being, either ways I am of the opinion that such a hobby is an healthy exercise.
Car maintenance is very crucial to ensure that your machine runs a long life, new as ever, free from minor troubles that hamper its smooth working and not to mention dodge some of the possibilities of any future bigger car problems. Usually, this car maintenance technique has a very wide ambit where one is supposed to occasionally check on the engine oil’s- replace them on time, replace the dirty filters, clean the carbonator, check for any loose wiring, ensure if brakes and all are working fine or not etc. Together in a whole regular check on such small factors can help your vehicle evade the probable fiascos of engine failure or complete breakdown of normal functioning in the near future. It’ll be surprising to know that vehicles these days constitute of an internal clock that reminds the owner of the car to go run a maintenance check on it, if not this the owner manual, or your service dealer draws out a scheduled time table as to how frequently is your car scheduled for periodic maintenance check up. This is usually an hassle free thing to do, if you have even an iota amount of technical person living inside of you, you can bring about the minor check up procedures on your own, else dropping of the vehicle in the near service station is not too much of an herculean task either. Depending upon what part of it is reanalyzed the duration for such maintenance drive can vary from a few hours to a few days.
We in particular cater to your lighting bulbs accessories that are indispensible in the working of an automobile. Additional components in the car such as headlights, indicators, fog lamps etc together make up the entire automotive lighting system which acts like the eyes to the machine. Without them it is almost impossible for a driver to drive off on the road after the sun sets down. Hence for a safe, hassle free driving it is necessary to have a good source of light that provides for just the right amount of light in just the right amount of intensity to illuminate the path ahead. All in All, the point that could be drawn out after mentioning its importance is that in among the many spare items accessories that are maintained by the owner of the car, spare bulbs are an equal must for dreadful times.
This site hence solely provides for the source that would recognize your needs, help you identify what exact type of what bulb is it that you need for your various components of automotive lighting and then help you buy them in the most reasonable costs. Customers intending to avail the services can either contact our service providers or us in particular to meet their demands.
We present to you an assortment of all types of bulbs most commonly used in wide variety of automobiles, such as halogen bulbs, xenon bulbs and LED lights use in headlamps, indicators, rear end lights etc. It is to be noted that most of these products are available with replaceable bulbs except for LED lights. They have to be replaced entirely if damaged.
Furthermore we provide for replaceable transformers for products that work on low voltage to help they run efficiently without exerting too much pressure on your car battery in the long run.
Hence you are just a few clicks away to end your search on quality products for your beloved car.

Some additional terms one should familiarize itself with for ensuring better safety measures:
A safe future one road is not much of a distant dream in today’s era than it feels so. Sure, the number of accidents reported in a year is arising at an alarming rate but the manufactures and technology worldwide is spreading its ambit to ensure the non- happening of such misfortune events. They thus have come up with technologies and parts that address to every teeny tiny trouble of yours eradicating all the probable problems emerging from poor night vision, bad weather etc.

1. First Aid Kit
As simple as they may sound, they hold a much more crucial importance in the extra spare accessories of the car. If by any bad chance of fate there may occur a accident the first aid kit helps one to provide the victim of the accident with a first quick addressal to its wounds, thus minimizing the loss of blood and additional problems arising from it. A customized form of such first aid kit permits you to look after the needs of your own family immediately in times of need. Following are a few items that are a “must to have” in the box which would cater to all kinds of injuries of a minor to major accident:
1. a range of adhesive bandages
2. safety pins
3. adhesive tapes
4. Antibiotics (prescription only s4 medication)
5. If your are on regular medication keep a supply ensure rotate stock and keep in date.
6. Chlorhexadine / Normal saline for cleaning the wound
7. Antiseptic cream and washes
8. Cotton Balls
9. Scissors
10. Pain relievers
11. Nsaline and betadine sprays that relieves of the wounded area of pain. etc

2. Mobile Phone Emergency charger
Just like we need oxygen to breathe, similarly i think Cell phones in today’s era also work as a life support system for many. Yeah, no kidding, the increased dependency on it is impossible to ignore or overlook at, hence to keep this life support system working incessantly one can opt for keeping a highly compact, functional, portable mobile charger within their car and carry it as an additional accessory in times of need for charging your cell phone anywhere you want and at anytime.
These are made up of in such sizes that fits up most of the mobile phones pins and also require minimum amount of storage area for their own placement. It can be operated on a simple battery power of your car most efficiently giving one a peace of mind to stay connected to the rest of the world at all times when gone away on a long journey to someplace.

3. High visibility clothing
These are clothing formed out of a florescent material with additional reflective tapes that highlights you automobile on the road at all times, be it the day time or the night hours.
Doing so it is ensured that other passerby vehicles can easily trace your car and make way for it as they both move further down on the road on their final destination.
Talking on logical terms the ultraviolet rays of the sun react with the fluorescent colors to make it appear more brightly enhancing its visibility during daytime. At night the mere material of the fluorescent is capable of shining with its own color evident enough to be spotted from a long distance.

4. Flashlight in a car
Suppose the battery of your car dies in the middle of a journey a flashlight in such a case can come in handy to locate the different spare part accessory you have maintained in your car and then utilize them to make it run again. It provides for a temporary yet reliable source of light energy when every other source is shutting down.

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