Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: California,Santa Clara
Just my two cents...
In Europe (and most of the rest of the world), low beams are very bright, but they’re aimed quite low, so as to not dazzle other drivers. They’re used exclusively at low speeds. High beams are brighter, but not so bright as to make them dangerous to other drivers, meaning they can be used in many more “normal” highway driving situations.
In North America, low beams aren’t very bright (by design), but they’re aimed quite high, allowing them to illuminate further ahead. They’re used 99% of the time. High beams are the bright ones here (although they’re not as bright as European high beams), and they’re aimed higher than European high beams. They’re to be used exclusively when there are no other cars present.
You can put European wattage bulbs in NA housings, but often you’ll find they melt them, since the NA housings are designed for lower wattage bulbs which generate less heat. On top of that, you’ll be a menace to other drivers unless you change the angle of your beams so as to not dazzle oncoming drivers.