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Old 12-30-2012, 12:29 PM   #226
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looks good. i still chuckle at all the ricers in my area with their cheap PnP HID's blinding folks vs. actual "usable" light w/o having to molest the car.

i'm at 4+ months, no issues... other than blowing one of the yellow fogs... which i got yellow overlays for anyway, so i just threw my white bulbs back in.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:31 PM   #227
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My headlights are noticeably VERY hot after driving with lights on for a while. Scares me a little.

They were never hot when I had an hid kit in there. I can basically feel the heat by putting my hand on the outside of the headlight.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:37 PM   #228
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My headlights are noticeably VERY hot after driving with lights on for a while. Scares me a little.

They were never hot when I had an hid kit in there. I can basically feel the heat by putting my hand on the outside of the headlight.
they can't be hotter than HID's.

mine are still going strong. YMMV. you saw the OP in this thread right? temps were taken.
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Old 01-06-2013, 09:47 PM   #229
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looks good. i still chuckle at all the ricers in my area with their cheap PnP HID's blinding folks vs. actual "usable" light w/o having to molest the car.

i'm at 4+ months, no issues... other than blowing one of the yellow fogs... which i got yellow overlays for anyway, so i just threw my white bulbs back in.
My friend with a truck swears by those eBay hids. I hate the way they look and try to convince him to get some regular bulbs. He's about the most stubborn person I know though, so all he ever says is "nope". Last set he got, we drove around for about 10 min and it was blink blink out with the passenger bulb. He still doesn't agree with me : l
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #230
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they can't be hotter than HID's.
They can, and significantly more so. HIDs are way more efficient, whereas any halogen bulb dumps most of its power in heat.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:42 PM   #231
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they can't be hotter than HID's.

mine are still going strong. YMMV. you saw the OP in this thread right? temps were taken.
Oh they are, by A LOT (at least what I can feel).
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:29 AM   #232
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Oh they are, by A LOT (at least what I can feel).
what wattage are your bulbs? mine are 65 watts.

this is a common bulb swap with the bulb life being the only down side.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:16 PM   #233
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Mine are 65w also.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:05 PM   #234
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Anyone know of any 4300k h9s? Something that isn't that blue coated crap, or are all clear halogens 3200k?
Just looking for something a little less yellow.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:30 AM   #235
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I got my h11 osram nightbreaker +90s about a month ago and the passenger bulb decided to go today. Would the h9 mod last longer? I know these bulbs don't last long to begin with, but for $50 a pair I was hoping they would last more than just a month
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:14 PM   #236
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My first set of H9 lasted about 2 years.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:06 AM   #237
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H9 still going strong after a few months. Nice and bright
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:17 AM   #238
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Anyone know of any 4300k h9s? Something that isn't that blue coated crap, or are all clear halogens 3200k?
Just looking for something a little less yellow.
I've used osram 4100k 9005's before I switched to hid's they were really good, lasted two years, infact i'd still have them if I didn't break one of them accidentally
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:49 AM   #239
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I've used osram 4100k 9005's before I switched to hid's they were really good, lasted two years, infact i'd still have them if I didn't break one of them accidentally
Can't find those

I'm assuming it's impossible to find a 4300k halogen bulb unless they are coated blue.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:53 AM   #240
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Anyone know of any 4300k h9s? Something that isn't that blue coated crap, or are all clear halogens 3200k?
Just looking for something a little less yellow.
Colour temperature ratings apply mostly to HIDs, not to halogen bulbs. Any filament bulb shifted towards blue is done by filtering out the red (i.e blue coating) - or, to a very limited extend, by increasing the voltage, which drastically reduced their liftetime. H9s are already "whiter" than a lot of OEM halogens...
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:45 AM   #241
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Makes sense. Thanks.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:31 PM   #242
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Colour temperature ratings apply mostly to HIDs, not to halogen bulbs. Any filament bulb shifted towards blue is done by filtering out the red (i.e blue coating) - or, to a very limited extend, by increasing the voltage, which drastically reduced their liftetime. H9s are already "whiter" than a lot of OEM halogens...
I think you ment, "increasing the wattage", not voltage.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:48 PM   #243
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There is what I think is called the catz zeta or something, it is basically a voltage regulator for halogen bulbs that crank up the voltage a bit, and keep is constant too.

Other way or havingh whiter light is with an overdriven filament, burning hotter (hotter=whiter) like the +30 and +50 bulbs but the too have shorter life.

Only exception is the true hir bulbs like te toshibas or some of the philips (9012 latest versions I believe, to my knowledge the philips 9011 are not actual hir bulbs) which run hotter by having a reflective coating sending back rays to focus them back on the filament, and increase the burning temperature.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:08 PM   #244
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Would osram night breakers or one of those special bulbs be better than an h9 bulb?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:03 PM   #245
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Sorry I went kind of off topic/general about the hIR 9011 and 9012 bulbs, these exist only in two bulb types that replace 9005 and 9006 so it is not applicable to h9 and h11.

I am having a hard time seeing what halogen bulb would be better than the h9 conversion.
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:35 PM   #246
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I am having a hard time seeing what halogen bulb would be better than the h9 conversion.
H7? (If only for the sake of having the 65watt version)?

Edit: nevermind, I realize now that the H9s are plug and play with minor alternations, version serious changes to fit an H7... my bad.
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:50 PM   #247
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Okay, so I've read this whole thread. But I don't think I was able to find what was the whitest and brightest option between the PIAA or Philips.

I believe PIAAs cost more money and I would be fine paying if somebody can tell me that they are whiter.

Also, has anybody changed out their "eyebrow" lights? If so, was it easy to get to?
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Old 02-04-2013, 11:41 AM   #248
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Is there any concern of a brighter bulb contributing to advanced lens yellowing?
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Old 02-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #249
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Lens yellowing is usually caused by oxidation and the uv protectant coating wearing away (external conditions)
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:38 PM   #250
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Just did the H9 swap today during lunch. Amazing how easy it is to change bulbs in this car, took about 10 mins total.

I used a small pair of wire cutters to snip off the tab, then found a set of small "hobby" files at Home Depot to file down the remainder. Worked real well and only took a couple mins per bulb.

Won't know how much brighter they are until I take the car out tonight after dark.
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