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I drove during an emergency last night to Cape Cod and the fog was really bad. I realized my window tint did not help me at all. However, I drove next to a car that had LEDs or HIDs, idk which, but I could see better. I know I need to buy one or the other but Idk which one will help me see the best. I currently have the Sylvania Gold Halogen bulbs. Money is not an object. Any ideas which will help me see the best regardless of cost or effort to install?
 

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/me dons my grumpy old man hat

i know i won't make any friends with this answer, but why tint your front window in the first place? i mean the title of your post says it all "trouble seeing at night". plus, i'm so tired of all the SUPER bright headlights nowadays. sure you can see, but everyone in front of you can't, the glare is ridiculous. how about just not tinting your front window. im sure most states don't let you do that in the first place

/me takes off hat

to answer your question though, LEDs would be easier
 

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/me dons my grumpy old man hat

i know i won't make any friends with this answer, but why tint your front window in the first place? i mean the title of your post says it all "trouble seeing at night". plus, i'm so tired of all the SUPER bright headlights nowadays. sure you can see, but everyone in front of you can't, the glare is ridiculous. how about just not tinting your front window. im sure most states don't let you do that in the first place

/me takes off hat

to answer your question though, LEDs would be easier
Thanks for the help, buddy.
 

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Thanks for the help, buddy.
yeah i was a little sarcastic, sorry about that. but yeah i think LEDs would be the easiest way to go especially if you're going to be removing the tint at a later time. be safe
 
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At my inspection I'm taking the front tint off and not putting it back on. However I have to get though winter with it and it gets dark earlier.
Why do you "have to" get through the winter with tint that you already know is making your car dangerous to drive? Can you not remove the tint now, before winter? This would be a cheaper and easier solution than HID or LED headlights.
 

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If you decide on LEDs don't go with cheap bulbs, you will not be able to see better due to the beam pattern and may also blind oncoming drivers if the beam pattern causes excess glare. What year Forte? And I am sure you have heard it, but tinting your windshield is ALWAYS a bad idea, and I may be wrong but I don't think it's legal in any state?
 

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Window tint isn't that difficult to remove. Get a bottle of PURE AMMONIA and put it in a spray bottle. Make sure you're outside when you do this. After spraying it thoroughly, take a razor blade or sharp knife and get it under a corner and start pulling. It WILL come off. You might have to spray the ammonia behind the tint once you get it started and it's a pain in the neck. Go slow and keep steady pressure and it MIGHT come off in one piece. Then you can use some goof off or goo gone to clean up the windows followed by a good window cleaner. I like the Windex with white vinegar.
 

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Brighter headlights really don't help much when your windshield is tinted mine is at the legal limit if 35% and it greatly reduces headlight glare from oncoming traffic and from the sun but it does reduce the ability to see well at night, I have driven with the stock lights without much problem and changed over to much better LEDs but it doesn't greatly improve your vision. I don't drive it much at night except on the highway so it hasn't been a problem for me at least. Just my experience, if i were to do it over it would have been only 50% but I love it in the daytime! Again Just my opinion and my experience
 

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Good LEDs with LED fogs definitely help, but nothing will be as good as just not having any tint on it.. I cant say anything tho, being as I’ve got 15% all around.. 🙄😂
But like Stoutlaw, I tend to not drive much at night unless I have to, and I tend to drive slower at night anyways.
I still see deer almost every night that I do drive where I live, but it helps if the cars not quite! They don’t like the loud noise and pops!
 
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