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Old 02-20-2012, 09:35 PM   #76
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Just wondering what his a HIR bulb?
Quoting directly from Candlepower store (http://store.candlepower.com/9011hir.html):

"The HIR bulbs are not some tinted or over-wattage version of 9005 or 9006, but rather employ a relatively new technology called HIR, Halogen Infrared. The mechanical dimensions of the bulb are all virtually identical to the 9005 or 9006, but the bulb glass is spherical instead of tubular, with the sphere centered around the filament. There is a "Durable IR Reflective" coating on the spherical glass. Infrared = heat, so the coating causes heat to be reflected back to the filament at the center of the sphere. This causes the filament to become much hotter (producing more light) than it can by passing electricity through it, *without* the shorter life or greater heat production that comes with over-wattage bulbs (to say nothing of over-wattage bulbs' incompatibility with stock wiring.)

Here's the comparison:

High beam stock: 9005, 12.8V, 65W, 1700 lumens, 320 hours High beam ... HIR1(9011), 12.8V, 65W, 2530 lumens, 320 hours

Low beam stock: 9006, 12.8V, 55W, 1006 lumens, 360 hours High beam ... HIR2(9012), 12.8V, 55W, 1875 lumens, 800 hours"
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:42 PM   #77
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I did the 9011 high beam conversion (i have factory xenon) in my 2011 WRX today, what a HUGE difference. Don't waste your time, do this mod!!
Are you saying that you installed HIR1 or 9011 bulb into your high beams? HIR1(2530) is supposed to be only 430 lumens more than the stock H9(2100) bulb. Do you really see that much difference from extra 430 lumens?

And by "factory xenon" do you mean you have factory HID in your low beams? How does the factory HID compare to your new high beam HIRs?
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:58 PM   #78
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I wonder how much longer your HIRs would have lasted if you disabled DRLs.
I think they would have lasted longer if my daily commute did not involve rumble strips at a 4 way stop sign.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:42 AM   #79
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Are you saying that you installed HIR1 or 9011 bulb into your high beams? HIR1(2530) is supposed to be only 430 lumens more than the stock H9(2100) bulb. Do you really see that much difference from extra 430 lumens?

And by "factory xenon" do you mean you have factory HID in your low beams? How does the factory HID compare to your new high beam HIRs?
Yes I have factory HIDs. They match up nicely. The biggest issue I had with the factory high beams is there was a smallish gap between the projector cutoff on the HIDs and the bottom light scatter from the halogens. The 9011s fill that void of light in perfectly. The brightness difference is noticeable on a bright sunny day! The light is more of brighter white and less of yellowish color. Bang for your buck it's a GREAT mod. I got these per Daniel Sterns recommendation, well worth it.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:23 AM   #80
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Just wondering, does anyone know if the HIR2(9012) bulb can be modified to fit H11 socket and connectors?
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Old 02-25-2012, 01:47 AM   #81
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It is not a bad DIY for $15 at all, but coming from always using HID this is quiet a disappointment... maybe down the road I'll bake em lights and retrofit...
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:20 AM   #82
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I agree compared to factory HID this setup is not close. What I have seen from cheap HID kits and what people pay for those this is a lot better setup for the cash in my opinion. You do not have to worry about blinding people or giving the cops a reason to pull you over.
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Old 02-25-2012, 11:13 PM   #83
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Just did this mod today because the stock bulbs absolutely suck. They light up the road directly infront of you and nothing else.

While certainly not HID, there's definitely a noticeable difference and with the squirrel finder bent down I have a pretty clean cut off instead of the stock glare.

I think eventually I'll retrofit in HIDs but for now this will keep me tied over.
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:59 AM   #84
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Just got my bulbs in today too, and I'm not all that impressed. It's a little brighter, I think, but not whiter at all, which is really what I was hoping for.

Luckily I only spent $15 on 2 Philips bulbs on Amazon, so it's no biggie.
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Old 02-26-2012, 03:13 AM   #85
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Just wondering, does anyone know if the HIR2(9012) bulb can be modified to fit H11 socket and connectors?
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:55 PM   #86
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Obviously they are no replacement for HIDs, nothing is. With halogens they best you can do is brighter without adding an destructive heat that melts connectors and housings. I'm kinda over searching for a halogen that COLORwise, will match HIDs, it's not happening without frying stuff, having short bulb life and crappy light output. If you want HIDs, retrofit and you will be happy!
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:14 PM   #87
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It's certainly not a substantial upgrade. It is nice to be able to see now though and I only got the $7 bulbs as well. Did you bend down your squirrel finder? That seems to have helped me.
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Old 02-27-2012, 02:05 PM   #88
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I did this over the weekend and it's not a world of difference I can certainly tell..it seems like a more white light and the light seems to go farther to the sides and out more but prolly will save for a retrofit anyway lol
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:28 PM   #89
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Any HIRs available for stock fogs?
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Old 02-29-2012, 01:31 PM   #90
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did anyone find out having their low beams on while turning on the high beams after the mod?

(the factory set up should be no low beam while the high beam is on)
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I don't see how having a different bulb would change the way the circuit works.
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no one has both their high and low beams on while turning on high beam?
I found this happening as well. Before the mod my low beams and high beams operated separately. Now, when I click on my high beams, the lows stay on as well. I used the standard Sylvania H9's from AutoZone. They are definitely brighter than the H11's!

I live in a rural mountainous area with no public-funded outside lighting and decent lighting is vital to keep the local fauna out of my grill/windshield/front seat.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:05 AM   #91
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My lows stay on with the highs now too, thought I can't confirm that this didn't happen before the mod. I don't care much as I live in a populated area and never get to use the highs. If I ever did though, they are surface of the sun bright so I'm OK with it
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Old 03-05-2012, 02:58 PM   #92
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Have had H9 bulbs in 2010 STI SE since new April 2010. The factory H7s are dangerous. Thinking of HIR bulbs in the brights without the stupid yellow paint.

All 4 lights go on with high beams I think from day one pre mod.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:24 AM   #93
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I found this happening as well. Before the mod my low beams and high beams operated separately. Now, when I click on my high beams, the lows stay on as well.
I don't believe you. I think your lows stayed on with highs from day one. Mine did (05 LGT) but I didn't really notice until a friend pointed it out. Yet another good thing about Subie lights.

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Old 03-15-2012, 10:32 AM   #94
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I checked this a couple of days ago, but forgot to post up. My car is stock, with stock bulbs. The high and low beams are on simultaneously when I hit the high beams.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:02 AM   #95
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Just did this last night on my car, and noticed the difference this morning.
Will do the wife's this weekend. Before doing hers though, I will get pics side by side of hers/mine for a good comparison.
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:30 AM   #96
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Here is a better comparison...as you can see it's definitely an improvement over stock H11's..

But I've always liked HIDs..really thinking about picking up retrofits.

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Old 04-13-2012, 12:06 PM   #97
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Here is a better comparison...as you can see it's definitely an improvement over stock H11's..

But I've always liked HIDs..really thinking about picking up retrofits.

You have a 2012 subaru? or 2011 it doesnt matter. You have a housing which already can sustain a HID light that connect to ballast, connect to the orginal wiring. Put that ballast somewhere, next to a piece of metal. No plastic because that ballast will get hot !!!!

No need for a retrofit. My definition of a retrofit is buying a whole new housing with new bulbs and ballast installed in by removal of the OEM housing. Too much
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Old 04-13-2012, 03:09 PM   #98
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a retrofit is when you install HID projectors in your original housings. the stock housings have Halogen projectors, not HID projectors, and while they look similar (both are projectors), they will refract light differently. HID bulbs with Halogen projectors may be "better" than HID bulbs with regular Halogen reflectors, but it is still not correct.
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Old 04-13-2012, 06:06 PM   #99
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You have a 2012 subaru? or 2011 it doesnt matter. You have a housing which already can sustain a HID light that connect to ballast, connect to the orginal wiring. Put that ballast somewhere, next to a piece of metal. No plastic because that ballast will get hot !!!!

No need for a retrofit. My definition of a retrofit is buying a whole new housing with new bulbs and ballast installed in by removal of the OEM housing. Too much
Eh dude mines an wrx not sti. Hid housings only comes with sti..meaning I have regular halogen projectors....
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:22 PM   #100
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How can I fit PIAA H9 into the low beam...would it melt/burn cables or headlamp?
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