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uvarossa
19-01-14, 03:00 AM
Hi guys! I have a question and would be grateful if you could help me with this.

I'm from Russia and here it's widely thought that JDM cars or culture have to do with yellow (selective yellow), mainly, or orange (or even any other from pink to blue) color of headlights/foglights (lenses or bulbs). However, I couldn't find any prooflinks except for the fact that 80's-90's JDM cars could have yellow foglights really (e.g. pics here (http://japanesenostalgiccar.com/2013/09/10/news-nissan-360-part-01-racing-heritage/#more-28039)).

Could you please tell me if it is true and JDM cars can really have colored head/foglights? Maybe some JDM style or stream? And also, what does it really mean - "JDM style"? This term is very popular here (put yellow film on the lense and your car is "JDM style"), but it seems to me nobody can really explain what does it mean.

Thank you very much in advance!

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Prancer
19-01-14, 09:25 AM
pretty sure yellow tinted headlights are used in motorsport to stop the glare dazzling the driver in front

from my knowledge no japanese car was delivered with yellow tinted headlights

Redbird
19-01-14, 10:19 AM
Yellow shows off texture in the snow better than white I'd think, reducing glare and casting more visible shadows to help judge your surroundings? Always what I thought anyway

aly in underland
19-01-14, 10:37 AM
Yellow headlights were slightly a thing in Japan in the 1980s, with cars like the Toyota Starlet Turbo and Suzuki Alto Works coming standard with them - but they were yellow bulbs inside clear housings. Other people fitted yellow bulbs into their cars too, but most cars had normal headlights in those days and the fad died out not long after. Currently yellow headlights are illegal in Japan and people don't run yellow film as seen in your pictures.

Also, "JDM" means "Japanese Domestic Market" - essentially, taking cars you'd be likely to find in Japan and modifying them in the various styles Japanese people do, using parts that they would use. Because there are a lot of modification styles in Japan, "JDM" isn't limited to one sort of thing.

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clutch-monkey
19-01-14, 11:38 AM
pretty sure yellow tinted headlights are used in motorsport to stop the glare dazzling the driver in front

from my knowledge no japanese car was delivered with yellow tinted headlights

it's also so you know what class of car is coming up behind you.
blue headlights= faster class, let them by
yellow= battle time

seen it on euro cars and porsches in the early 70's.. never heard of it in jdm cars

Joy
19-01-14, 12:24 PM
foglights for my crown are standard yellow.

Drifter995
19-01-14, 03:54 PM
Yellow light penetrates fog a bit better than white light iirc.

Lekic
22-01-14, 02:03 AM
Yellow light penetrates fog a bit better than white light iirc.

That's true. Yellow/orange are better for fog penetration. Personally I find them less appealing aesthetically though.

Redbird
23-01-14, 01:04 PM
Yellow light penetrates fog a bit better than white light iirc.

I've got yellow foglights (from a Mazda Bongo van lol) on my car and being that I live in the Hawkesbury on the river where there's no street lights and generally quite a lot of fog around late at night/early morning the yellow fog lights make it vastly easier to see through it than just lowbeam/hi-beams. Especially important with Wallabies and Kangaroos.

Prancer
23-01-14, 04:09 PM
Still reckon you get a train style front plow happening

nizpro
27-01-14, 10:06 PM
JDM ("japanese domestic market") Style = to copy modifying trends from japan

Drifter995
28-01-14, 12:18 PM
JDM ("japanese domestic market") Style = to copy modifying trends from japan

Thank you for that astute observation