Roadside Jewelry

I spotted a piece of jewelry during a recent walk:

Headlight Condenser - rear

Headlight Condenser – rear

The other side shows off The Shiny Bit:

Headlight Condenser - front

Headlight Condenser – front

I seem to have swapped the “front” and “rear” labels; the flat side faces the LED / HID bulb.

It looked even better after extraction and casual cleaning:

Headlight Condenser - sunlit

Headlight Condenser – sunlit

It seems someone with a relatively new car had a fairly high energy accident just north of Red Oaks Mill. The remainder of the debris consisted of shattered engineering plastic. We’ll never know the rest of the story.

Both lens surfaces have a slight nubbly finish, perhaps to produce some side light around the main beam. The rectangular opening apparently shaped the low beam and doesn’t appear movable, so perhaps the car had separate headlights for the¬†high beams.

I’m not quite sure what to do with a chipped condenser lens, so it’s sitting on the windowsill (in a sun-safe orientation) along with many other glittery bits of glass I’ve collected over the years.