2020 Touring XT, Cinnamon Brown Pearl
This is a pretty good video about LED headlight aiming, A quick check might take some of the BS out of this subject:
You're kidding, right. I think you are over estimating OEM fog lights, LED or otherwise.No, they are blinded by your always on fog lights. No point in driving around with fog lights always on, unless you don't drive faster than 15mph and always have visibility that's less than 25ft.
Depends on the car with the lights and what car you are in. I would be blinded by fog lights all the time from trucks when in my sedan (one that is lower to the ground than other sedans).You're kidding, right. I think you are over estimating OEM fog lights, LED or otherwise.
I think people are confusing low power fog lights and high power driving lights that people add to their trucks for off road driving or work uses. There is no way fog lights can blind anyone. Driving lights, however, are made to be as bright as possible without any regard to blinding other drivers.So weird, I've never noticed being blinded by fog lights. People drive with them on all the time, and I'm in a Mazda 3 pretty low to the ground. I've never even heard someone complain about people driving with fogs on until one the threads here in the last few days.
Haha, I literally just googled this issue and found a Cartalk discussion that mentioned driving lights. I think you must be right.I think people are confusing low power fog lights and high power driving lights that people add to their trucks for off road driving or work uses. There is no way fog lights can blind anyone. Driving lights, however, are made to be as bright as possible without any regard to blinding other drivers.
From IIHS' page above, it does seem like the low beams create some glare which explains why drivers are flashing (at least on the ascent).IIRC, the new LED projectors are indeed load leveling. Also, in order to earn the highest ratings for light projection, they do need to be as bright as they are. That will get you flashed by other drivers, as I know from driving my Ascent Touring with similar headlights.
Sadly, that's the way these new lights are.
In the detailed reports on IIHS, you can see how the fall off on earlier HID bulbs didn't meet their satisfaction. Check the 2019 Ascent, for instance.
I don't have any evidence to back it up but sometimes I suspect people expect fog lights to be more like driving lights and they adjust the beam up higher trying to get more reach out of them. That would be when they could blind oncoming traffic. In fact I think some people do the same thing with their low beam headlights because they seem to have a need to light up the world without regard to other traffic.I think people are confusing low power fog lights and high power driving lights that people add to their trucks for off road driving or work uses. There is no way fog lights can blind anyone. Driving lights, however, are made to be as bright as possible without any regard to blinding other drivers.
Did I miss something?I guess you didn't read the entire post but whatever.
People flash headlights all the time, thinking that modern HID, and now LED headlights are 'too bright'. Ignore them. There is nothing wrong with your Outback.
OP here responding with a follow-up. On the advice of Subaru Customer Support, I was directed to another dealer who not only diagnosed the headlight problem and lowered the low beams by 1.5 inches (might have been a software glitch and fix) but also fixed the deactivated RAB system (for Reverse Activated Breaking, I think, for which I have had a dash warning light and Starlink notifications). Turns out the original dealer failed not only to address the headlight issue but also failed to reattach the RAB sensor when they installed the tow hitch). Argh! I got charged only for reattaching the RAB sensor ($70) for which I will need to go back to the original dealer and ask to be compensated. Again, though, argh!Wondering if anyone else has had problems with their headlight low beams pointing too high on their new Outback.
My low beams are clearly too high—this evidenced by every 3rd or 4th car flashing their high beams at me while out on the open road. I took it back to the dealer and was told they were fine (by a quick visual check by the service facilitator standing out in front of my car who also told me they couldn't be adjusted anyway). Then, on the way home, a State Patrolman pulled me over for having my high beams on!
So...has anyone else had trouble with their low beam adjustment? Are they, in fact, not adjustable? Finally, what recourse might I have in dealing with this (e.g. a
means of contacting Subaru directly).