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Old 02-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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Default Okay to swap 55w for 65w/100w bulb?

I wouldn't even know what to search for so I figured I'd just post a thread. But I'm curious to know if you can install 65w or 100w bulbs where an OE 55w low beam bulb is in my 2013 wrx now? Thanks for any help given.
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Old 02-06-2013, 03:12 PM   #2
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No.

you'll increase glare and heat and voltage draw which can cause wiring problems, burns/pits/mars on the optics in the lamp, and you'll annoy people. if you need better light get better lamps, or more lamps.

even a 65w bulb, while it may be totally manageable with stock lamps and wiring, is going to increase glare for you and every other driver that has to share the roads with you. If you want nicer output, OEM hid retrofits are the only option, or just buy hid sti lights from subaru. notice i say "may"... even a good quality 65w bulb may burn your wires up and make little pits in your projector bowl.

also: always always always look through and read EVERY sticky in every forum you ever want to not be berated in.
The Ultimate Bulb Lighting Thread: All You Ever Need to Know About Bulbs
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thank you very much. I can only use the app so stickies aren't something I can see. I figured swapping wattage was a no go, just wanted to check. I'll check out your link for any further questions though. Thanks again.
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Old 02-06-2013, 04:07 PM   #4
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BTW can see the stickies (I assume you are using the iPhone nasioc app) when browsing say the electrical forum, on top in the blue header there is a Stickies tab.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #5
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Lol...def never noticed that. Thanks again.
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Old 02-07-2013, 09:49 AM   #6
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You can use 65 W

Even in the 06's there was barely any noticeable difference!
There's been threads with years of information and most positive feedback has been given.

There's been more negative feedback about HIDs in your stock projectors! Let alone the expenses and regrets of even retrofitting
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:34 AM   #7
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Just do the H11 to H9 conversion-http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2083911
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:09 AM   #8
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Your low beams take a 1350-lumen H11 bulb. You can easily, safely, and
effectively replace this with a 2100-lumen H9 bulb:
http://store.candlepower.com/h-9.html . You may need to shave a small
ridge of plastic off the H9 bulb's connector so that the H11 socket will

snap on. Other than that, it's a direct swap. The only disadvantage is
shorter low beam bulb life - the H11 is optimised for very long life
with relatively modest light output, while the H9 is optimised for very
high output with relatively short life. The other option is the Osram
Night Breaker H11 http://store.candlepower.com/bconibr90ulh5.html which
gives better performance than a standard H11, but nowhere near as good
as an H9.

From the man himself- Daniel Stern
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Old 02-07-2013, 02:31 PM   #9
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Yeah I was actually emailing back an forth with him last night about the route to go. He pointed me in the right direction. Great guy to talk to also...very detailed!
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:31 PM   #10
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What route did he suggest?
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #11
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Recommended H11 Philips Extreme Vision +100 for lows, Philips HIR1 9011 conversion for highs, and 9005 Philips Extreme Power +80 for fogs. He said this is the best setup for me in a 2013 wrx.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:01 PM   #12
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Not voltage draw , current draw.


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No.

you'll increase glare and heat and voltage draw
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:34 PM   #13
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Maybe he meant voltage drawp
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:24 PM   #14
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I recently went from the H9 bulbs to a cheap bolt on retrofit and it's a huge difference. Huge.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:05 PM   #15
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I recently went from the H9 bulbs to a cheap bolt on retrofit and it's a huge difference. Huge.
How much is "cheap" and what one did you go with?
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:04 AM   #16
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$250 retro quick system
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