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Snow Accumulation on Headlights

Anybody experienced this? On the plastic covers, enough to severely restrict the light intensity. Early evening but dark, road temp. estimated 33, air temp. 36-37. Very wet snow, flakes literally silver-dollar sized, due to the traffic, melted on the pavement surface. On I-5 in WA (yes, it does occasionally snow here), n. bound; by the time I could safely stop, it was a good thing I had tail lights ahead of me to follow. (Familarity with the road also helped.)
I learned to drive in western PA, drove in bad weather all over the US, never had this problem before. I attribute it to the covers, the old style headlamps never did that, due to the heat of the lamps, I think.
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Are you running stock light bulbs?

It's very common up here, usually my headlights produce enough heat to keep them clear. I changed over to the Silver Star Ultras and haven't noticed as much. But then again we have been lacking snow due to the lower 48 taking more than their fair share of snow this year.
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I notice that the stock bulbs produce enough heat to melt a circle for the light to shine out. My problem is all the splash-back and road dirt dries on the cover and blocks all the light, which is a bigger issue to me. I wish we got the lens washers like European cars have.

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Using the stock lamps.

I was just thinking the same thing about the Mercedes & Volvo lens wiper/washers, never saw the real utility until now.

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I have had that happen when it is snowig hard. I have actually had a thick coat of ice over the whole headlight. It is warm enough to melt it but once the temp drops it freezes then just keeps getting thicker. So the silverstar ultras burn a little hotter? That is maybe a solution.
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No, they burn cooler.

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Are you running stock light bulbs?

It's very common up here, usually my headlights produce enough heat to keep them clear. I changed over to the Silver Star Ultras and haven't noticed as much. But then again we have been lacking snow due to the lower 48 taking more than their fair share of snow this year.
i`de be more than happy to send some you way
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i`de be more than happy to send some you way
Gee thanks!

You know after posting to this thread I was at work and noticed all our 2008 F250s had the same issue. So I am guessing we need to find us some wipers and defroster kits for the XK.

Didn't know they burned cooler just seemed to get better results than my dad's XK.
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Someone recently posted a pic of his Commander after driving through a snow storm. I remember noticing that there were two perfect circles where the ice/snow melted on the headlight lenses, and I thought it had to have been from the heat of the bulbs.
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I found the thread. Look at the pictures here:

https://www.jeepcommander.com/forums/...4356#post34356
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