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      11-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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Getting Flashed!!!

Ya bet the title got ya, but how often do you guys/gals get flashed by other drivers at night? Within like a minute period onetime I got flashed like 5 times by different people. Anyone else got this problem?
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Do you have aftermarket HID headlights?
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I get flashed a lot in the bimmer..I guess they just think I'm a cock. No other vehicle I drive I get this, yet my driving style is unchanged.

Night and day doesn't matter.
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I do but I think it's because my AHL headlight shake..
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a few reasons could be

1. you're going slow so flash to pass
2. they could think your highbeams are on because your lights are naturally bright..
3. admire your car, i sometimes give a thumbsup like this
4. giving you the right of way or saying go
5. your lights are off
6. warn you of a danger ahead, car wreck, animals, stopped traffic, speed traps..
7. if you make a jerk move, or driving like an asshat, they're "getting back" at you (not saying OP, just in general)
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      11-22-2012, 09:22 PM   #6
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Do you have aftermarket HID headlights?
Yes I do

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I get flashed a lot in the bimmer..I guess they just think I'm a cock. No other vehicle I drive I get this, yet my driving style is unchanged.

Night and day doesn't matter.
Ya whenever they flash me I flash them right back then they quit haha. This one time I was sitting in the turning lane and the person across me in the other turning lane flashed me so I flashed them back then they decided to turn their brights on the whole time so I did it right back. Ended up leaving our brights on eachother for like 1 or 2 minutes straight till the light changed haha I got a kick out of it.
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a few reasons could be

1. flash to pass
2. they could think your highbeams are on because your lights are naturally bright..
3. admire your car, i sometimes give a thumbsup like this
4. giving you the right of way or saying go
5. your lights are off
6. warn you of a danger ahead, car wreck, animals, stopped traffic, speed traps..
Its number 2 cause its at night where you can't even see my car cause its black lol. But everytime I drive at night im always getting people flashing me I get a kick out of it though.
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Ever think it's because of the aftermarket lights or lights not being aimed correctly?
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Ever think it's because of the aftermarket lights or lights not being aimed correctly?
Yes I have thought of this but I can see perfectly the way they are and see everything. My E46 people never flash me but they are not near as bright. Maybe its just people in kansas.
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do you really think people will flash high beams at you because you are cool? it usually means one thing - turn your lights down. if they are on low beam, then they are set to high.

if you have HID's in a non HID housing the light pattern is bullshit and will piss everyone coming towards you off.

i, personally, hate low budget aftermarket HIDS and all the cheap ass wannabes that run them.
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do you really think people will flash high beams at you because you are cool? it usually means one thing - turn your lights down. if they are on low beam, then they are set to high.

if you have HID's in a non HID housing the light pattern is bullshit and will piss everyone coming towards you off.

i, personally, hate low budget aftermarket HIDS and all the cheap ass wannabes that run them.
I got stock HIDS with aftermarket bulbs.
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Maybe it's the kelvin on your bulbs dude.
I try to run as close to 6000K as possible.
You might be running more into the 7000K range, if not higher.
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do you really think people will flash high beams at you because you are cool? it usually means one thing - turn your lights down. if they are on low beam, then they are set to high.

if you have HID's in a non HID housing the light pattern is bullshit and will piss everyone coming towards you off.

i, personally, hate low budget aftermarket HIDS and all the cheap ass wannabes that run them.
OP mentioned that he has a E46 M3.
It is entirely possible his car came with stock HIDs.
The Kelvin the bulbs he's running may indeed irritate some oncoming drivers - still waiting on that verdict.
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Maybe it's the kelvin on your bulbs dude.
I try to run as close to 6000K as possible.
You might be running more into the 7000K range, if not higher.
Im running 8000K

And I don't have a E46 M3 I have a 325I also but am talking about my 08 E92
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Maybe it's the kelvin on your bulbs dude.
I try to run as close to 6000K as possible.
You might be running more into the 7000K range, if not higher.
Im running 8000K

And I don't have a E46 M3 I have a 325I also but am talking about my 08 E92
Ah ok. Not sure where I got M3 from ha ha.

I honestly think it's the blue hue from your lights that are irritating oncoming drivers.

Just a thought, mind you, since you asked.

I'm not criticizing you at all brother
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Ah ok. Not sure where I got M3 from ha ha.

I honestly think it's the blue hue from your lights that are irritating oncoming drivers.

Just a thought, mind you, I'm not criticizing you at all brother
Its all good and I know you aren't just wanted to see who all else was getting flashed. Well time to go out and cruise see who else flashes me lol.
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Ah ok. Not sure where I got M3 from ha ha.

I honestly think it's the blue hue from your lights that are irritating oncoming drivers.

Just a thought, mind you, I'm not criticizing you at all brother
Its all good and I know you aren't just wanted to see who all else was getting flashed. Well time to go out and cruise see who else flashes me lol.
Every now and again I'll get it too.
I'm running 6000K.

Be safe and enjoy your drive my brother
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Have your lights check for alignment.
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Have your lights check for alignment.
They are inline already checked it.
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I thought you meant flashed like...



..then no, I haven't ahaha!
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They are inline already checked it.
How did you check it? DOT rules say that the top of the cutoff should drop 2-3 inches from the height of the headlight at 25 feet in front of the car on a level ground.

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/aim/aim.html
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Just used a parking lot with a building and aimed towards the side of the building.
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