|Manufacturer||AA Media Limited|
|Product Dimensions||24.6 x 0.2 x 12.6 cm; 41 Grams|
|Item model number||PUB08338|
|Manufacturer part number||PUB08338|
|Item Weight||41 g|
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AA Car Headlamp Headlight Beam Converters Adaptors Benders AA8338 – EU Driving Essential – 1 Pair
Enhance your purchase
- STAY EU LEGAL and avoid a fine by using this pair of headlamp beam benders
- STAY SAFE and avoid accidents by not dazzling or blinding oncoming traffic
- ONE size fits all vehicles with detailed instructions for over 800 of them
- EASY to apply and to remove
- UPGRADED performance for modern Xenon/HID headlamps
WHAT ARE THEY?
A pair of stick-on converters that adjust a UK vehicle's headlamp beam to suit driving on the opposite side of the road in Europe.
WHY DO YOU NEED THEM?
They are a legal requirement in many EU countries, because without them, your beam will dazzle oncoming traffic and could cause an accident.
If you do not have beam converters fitted you could face a penalty. In France, for example, this is a 90 Euro on-the-spot fine.
They are suitable for all vehicles, easy to apply and include individual fitting diagrams for over 800 vehicles including the latest Clear Glass Headlamps, Projector, Xenon, and Glass Line Pattern headlamps.
You must have them attached before you disembark the ferry or leave the Euro Tunnel.
Remember to remove the beam converters as soon as you return to the UK.
2 x Headlamp deflectors
1 x Instruction leaflet
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 May 2018
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A word of warning, once you return from the continent - you need to remove these again to keep police happy, But these seem to peel off in two sections. Peeling off the first section will mean your lights will work properly for the police.- If you continue to drive for around half an hour with your lights on and the first section of these peeled off - the heat from your lights will soften the glue keeping the last bit stuck in place - it will then be easier to prise off the last sections without scratching the headlamp lenses on your vehicle.
Disclaimer - I have had a couple of lessons from continental cops on how to adjust my headlights. You go into an underground car park, drive the car against a wall and then reverse until the light from the headlights on the wall shows a clear set of "horns". These are the ones you have to kill using a beam converter. You align the beam converter until the horns disappear. This is what blinds the other driver and this is what you have to eliminate. By the way, you may find that the position where it happens is _DIFFERENT_ from the one on the diagram.
The older "stripe" model was considerably better for this. You could kill the "horn" completely. With this - not possible at least for my vehicle (Isuzu Denver).
So while you are complying with the legal reqs, you are actually not improving yours (and others) safety by much.
A second set applied as per instructions, but was still frequently flashed by other drivers in France,
I always think these things are expensive buts of plastic.
They don't convert the beam, but simply mask off part of the beam, making the lights less effective.
We had a stop to rest and were shocked to see that both the stickers were gone. This is the last thing you want to happen when crossing the border.
I am ashamed that AA does sell this kind of quality which puts customers at risk of fine (by French Police) as well as dazzling other drivers in France.
Come on AA. Stop selling us Junk!
It's difficult to say if the beam converters worked effectively as one of them had fallen off before I had reached my destination, less than 5 hours and 250 miles. The other converter disappeared at some point during the next day - less than 100 miles more. I didn't have the opportunity to test them in the dark.
The sticky residue left behind was far more long lasting. It took a fair amount of effort and nail varnish remover to get rid of it. All in all not a good buy and I would definitely recommend trying a different make.