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I’m not really sure if this light setup on my Pao works

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Picture: Jason Torchinsky

It’s been slow, but my little Pao is now almost fully repaired after running into a (possibly drunk) deer a few months ago. In this Pao-vs-venison mashup. Oone of the victims was an official Pao yellow fog difficult to replace lamp, so I had to think of alternatives. I’m testing a solution, but I’m not convinced I’ll stick with it. May be? I need to see how it works, and, you know, maybe talk about it. With you.

As you may know, I’m sort of an automotive lighting fetishist, and one of the ways that particular affection comes out is that I really like yellow fog. lamps.

When I got my Pao I was pleased to find that it came with the factory optional light bar and yellow fog lamps, not because I live somewhere surrounded by clouds and fog, but because I’m just a big sucker for looks.

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I readily admit that they are a kind of affectation. They don’t To do a lot of things when it comes to lighting the road, but they make me happy, damn it, so that’s enough.

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Anyway, as you saw in the photo up there, someone died, murdered by the hairy, indifferent side of a male, so now that it’s time to rebuild the car, I have to make a decision.

I might just get a new set of yellow round fog lights, of course. The vast, vast majority of the human population could not or would not even pretend to care that they are not official factory Pike fog lights, and they would probably look just fine. This is still a very viable option that I may come back to.

Yet when you wind up a car, it’s a Great time to experiment. My resolution not to hit deer anymore being stronger than ever I decided it might be a good idea to at least have the ability to really light shit off the road when I’m driving the genre-dark side roads where deer particularly like to congregate and, you know, kill themselves running right in front of you.

I actually drive back roads like this with good regularity so I got one of these super bright LED driving lights and i installed it on driver side to replace the lost lamp:

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Ignore this thread – all is not done yet. But you get the idea. It’s a very asymmetrical look. And sometimes I like it, and sometimes I’m not so sure.

I’m pro-asymmetry to cars in general, but it’s hard to pull off well, and I’m not convinced that’s the case. I am not convinced is not it, either, and I quite like the utilitarian feeling it gives. Also, I realized that one of my favorite doodles, this funny little robot man, I always draw with asymmetrical eyes:

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In my head, I always imagine that one eye is for close/macro vision, and the other for wide angle and distance. So maybe differentiated lights are on the mark for me?

Would it be better if the smaller lamp was also yellow?

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Hmm. May be.

Really, I think I need to test the bright white light and see if it really makes a big difference when driving on very dark roads. If it’s really useful, then I’ll keep it, damn it.

The only problem is that I’m not sure it will really help deter deer, thanks to some information provided, surprisingly, by one of my favorite authors: Mary RoachWho just wrote a book called Down which actually talks about the issues of deer-car interactions:

So Mary suggests building fake stag’s asses to put on the side of the road. And, although she had me at “asses”, I don’t think that’s really a viable solution for me. What may be more practical might be to turn this light 180 degrees to illuminate the Pao’s face:

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services (WS) program, here’s what works:

Through a series of experiments with free-ranging white-tailed deer, researchers from the WS program National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) found that using a rear-facing light-emitting diode (LED) lightbar—which illuminates more of the front surface of the vehicle than standard headlights alone—reduced dangerous deer-vehicle interactions. Chance of dangerous interactions decreased from 35% to just 10% of vehicle approaches when using rear-facing lightbar and headlights vs. headlights alone. The reduction in dangerous interactions appears to be due to fewer instances of immobility or “freezing” behavior in deer when the lightbar is used.

Lighting your grill helps make your vehicle more “llooming image for deer” which helps them get by. And, looking at pictures of what they’re talking about, I bet the light aimed at the Pao’s grille would do the trick:

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Picture: USDA Wildlife Research Center

Would it be fun to drive with, though? SSome LED strips behind the grille might be better for that. Do I want to spend all this effort to avoid deer?

As you can see, I’m full of questions. That’s why I’m telling you all! Because I want to hear your thoughts on the look, utility, deer scaring benefit, all of it. So go ahead.

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