ANY SC owner who has headlights over 2 years old needs to be concerned with the condition of your projector lens. This lens is EVERYTHING to the headlight. If your lens is dirty from impurities gathered from years of use, your light output can suffer as much as 40%
The reason for this is the simple fact that this little piece of glass must be pure and clean to focus light in a beam. If dirt is present on your lens the light will scatter in all directions which will not only cut your light output as much as 40%, but it will also affect your cut off on your beam and leads to blinding oncoming drivers from all the light being scattered everywhere.
I know what you are saying....... "My headlights are nice and clear". That's great.... but what about your projector glass???
The nice clear lens means nothing if your projector glass is dirty, folks this is going back to simple physics. Your objective goal here is to focus a beam of concentrated light through the purest glass you possibly can so no light is shattered in the beam or reflected and dispersed as noise. When this happens you are wasting light!
If your headlight is over 2 years old you have dirt accumulated on your projector. You are losing light, your cut off isn't what it should be, and you are potentially being a nusiance to other drivers from shatter light dispersion. Wanna know how to properly check your projector? Check this out:
GO OUTSIDE WITH A FLASHLIGHT and shine it into the projector from a few different angles. Is it cloudy? dirty? Can you see contaminents on the glass? Sure you can....... let's fix it!
Here's what it looks like right now:
YIKES! Look at all that nastiness on the projector glass. When you get it apart it is going to be a lot more obvious. the following two pics show not only how dirty my hands are by now
, but also how nasty this glass is when you try and look through it..... now remember..... this is supposed to be PURE clear glass for the light to travel through.
OK, that is obviously not going to work. Look at how much light you are loosing just trying to look through it. See all that glow? Thats light being refracted in the glass and dispersed in the wrong direction.
Well let's get started!
Pop them in the oven for about 3 minutes @ 300 degrees to loosen up the adhesive that holds them together.