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Last year was an uncomfortable one for anyone wishing to plan ahead and to press on with those plans. There was so much uncertainty on so many fronts, that it felt like wading through treacle. This year promises to be a bumpy ride, but at least there is movement, and hopefully, direction.

I was delighted with the response to my newly developed range of LED headlight upgrades for both classic and vintage cars. No matter how much work, time, investment or testing goes into these efforts, it is always a nail-biting experience, because, as Donald Rumsfeld once told us, there are "unknown unknows" out there. The work goes on, but at least there is now a solid foundation to build on. To those who were early guinnea pig customers, thank you for your invaluable efforts. It is only by your unbiased trialling of new products that we make real progress. In-house testing is too small a sample with which to judge new products. I will be spending time this year trying to fill the gaps and tweak the annoying shortcomings that always remain.

During this year, I  hope to address the issue of headlights, as opposed to what goes into them. For too long, we have had to put up with using either modern headlights, or very poor quality reproductions of classic headlights. The materials used deteriorate and they give poor beam patterns. I have been working with one Europe's foremost headlight manufacturers to develop a range of headlights which will give an excellent beam pattern with either halogen or LED light sources, which are made from the very finest materials, which use the most exacting manufacturing processes and which look "right" on period cars. For me, this is a very big project, so progress has been slow, but careful. I hope to show you the results of this work in the first half of this year.

Good news
Forgive me for repeating this next from last year, but many of you need to see it it black and white.

Some of you will have read about a certain amount of controversy regarding the use of LED lighting upgrades on classic cars. Now that the revised MOT regulations are out and in force, it is clear that while the powers that be still frown on upgrading to HID Xenon on some cars in the UK, they avoid damning LED upgrades. The expert advice I have been given is that these now have a green light and there is now a new section on the website to offer them.  Regulations which were written decades ago struggle to cope with modern developments and there will always be some  bureaucrat who believes that his interpretation of them is the only version and that he knows better than us. If, like me you believe that common sense should trump ridiculous rulings, then please stand up for your beliefs and shout loudly that in order to keep classic cars alive and not exhibits in a museum, they need to be made safe to use in modern traffic conditions. This means making them more visible and capable of driving with lights on and not running out of battery power. I have been designing and developing my lighting improvements for over 15 years and supply them to customers in 36 countries. I am not intimately familiar with all of the regulations in all of the countries, so I have to rely on customers doing their own research. It seems that in the UK I have to tell you that my safer, brighter and more efficient HID lighting upgrades are officially only for offroad use.  I rely on your common sense and wisdom beyond that. I have always given a money-back guarantee with all of my products and will continue to do so. If anyone who has already upgraded his car feels that he wants to go back to his previous candle power, this applies equally to them during the two year warranty period.

  To those of you who have both supported me and given me invaluable feedback, please don't stop. What I do would simply not be possible without you.
   A small but useful tip for those of you who like to keep up with developments, check out the Classic Cars section starting from the end and working backwards.

Gil Keane.


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