Lights and Batteries

Car batteries ‘fuel’ lead demand


  1. Posted on April 7th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2.   Yesterday, I indulged in a spot of domestic tidying. Among the detritus within my garage were four large scrap car batteries, taken from various vehicles that I had owned over the years. Rather than handing them over to my local recycling depot, I deposited them at my nearest scrap metal yard, which handed me […]

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How to fit LED lighting to your car legally


  1. Posted on February 7th, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. In our last blog on the topic, we looked at why LED conversion bulbs are both illegal and dangerous, when fitted to vehicle exterior lamps. Here are the most common questions on the topic, fielded by GEM’s Technical Department:   1. New cars are fitted with LED lamps, why can I not install LED bulbs […]

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Avoid fitting illegal LED light bulbs to your car


  1. Posted on February 2nd, 2017 by Rob Marshall
  2. Who would have thought that Light Emitting Diodes would become so popular? As a schoolboy, I remember them being rather useless, except for the weird creations that barely made it outside of the Design and Technology classroom. Yet, 20 years later, LEDs have proven essential in reducing energy squandered by power-sapping filament light bulbs and […]

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Brighten up on the road, GEM urges drivers


  1. Posted on January 9th, 2017 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is once again urging motorists to ensure they’re as visible as possible at all times. The advice comes as numerous GEM members report spotting vehicles with dangerous lighting defects. Headlights out Even though the long winter nights are now shortening, there are still huge numbers of vehicles […]

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Brighten up behind, GEM urges drivers using daytime running lights


  1. Posted on November 21st, 2016 by James Luckhurst
  2. ROAD SAFETY and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is encouraging motorists to ensure they’re as visible as possible at all times. The advice comes amid concern that many drivers may be inadvertently making themselves harder to spot from behind when daytime visibility is reduced, because they’re relying on automatic lighting systems and front-only daytime running […]

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Avoid the misery of a winter breakdown with some basic car maintenance


  1. Posted on November 8th, 2016 by GEM Motoring Assist
  2. ROAD SAFETY organisation GEM Motoring Assist is offering simple tips for drivers to ensure trouble-free journeys this winter. Giving some attention now to batteries, tyres, antifreeze, wipers, lights and other vehicle essentials is the best way of ensuring reliability in the months to come, says GEM. GEM road safety officer Neil Worth comments: “ The […]

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Start-stop battery advice


  1. Posted on June 8th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. A variety of technologies have been fitted to modern cars within the last decade that are intended to reduce exhaust emissions and fuel use. As we are discovering to our detriment, many such systems tend to have more of a positive benefit within a closed laboratory, then in real life. An example of this is […]

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Vauxhall’s IntelliLux LED headlamps – are they any good?


  1. Posted on April 29th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Technology moves at a frightening pace. Only 18 months have passed, since an automotive lighting laboratory proved that production-ready LED headlamps were considerably inferior to HID Xenon types. Yet, the latest adaptive LED headlamps challenge this finding but their availability has been limited to certain very pricey models. That is, until Vauxhall launched its IntelliLux […]

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GEM’s latest research on illegal car bulbs


  1. Posted on March 29th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. With the days becoming longer, you may not think that lighting is as important but, as GEM Motoring Assist discovered, when it contributed to an Auto Express investigative feature on illegal bulbs in issue 1410, at the end of February, even a minor, but well-intentioned, lighting upgrade could result in a driver breaking the law […]

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Restore, not renew, discoloured headlights


  1. Posted on February 19th, 2016 by Rob Marshall
  2. Since glass headlight lenses were replaced with plastic covers, they have become more inclined to discolour and age. While glass would last indefinitely, unless shattered by an errant stone, or unstuck from the headlamp casing, the sun’s ultra-violet rays and chemicals from screen wash additives cause the plastic covers to degrade. The problem leads to […]

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