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Old 09-19-2006, 05:16 PM   #1
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Nice Bulb. Great, clean white light. Does not look annoying or blue. Better defination at night than stock halogens. I have gone through 2 bulbs in the past 18 months though... is this normal?

Anyone compared these to the GE Night Hawks?
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:18 PM   #2
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i also have silverstar bulbs.. very nice bulbs...had em for about a year now i think.. they should last a long time.. just dont touch the bulbs..
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:22 PM   #3
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The Night Hawks will be better in the long run.

The Sylvania Silverstars are prone to burning out way before they're due, and they still have a coating on the bulb which cuts down on actual light output.
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Old 09-19-2006, 05:24 PM   #4
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Get the Osram silverstars rather than the sylvania.
Trust me, it's a lot better.
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:15 PM   #5
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Whats the best place for the osrams? Price?
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Old 09-19-2006, 06:38 PM   #6
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i'm using sylvania's right now and they're a lot better than the stockers. what's the difference between osram's and sylvania's?
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:23 PM   #7
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osram is the original, and a better bulb in terms of quality.


i had nighthawks in the TS, they worked pretty damn well. i wanted osrams but i'm on a budget
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Old 09-20-2006, 12:11 AM   #8
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Actually my brother uses the Silverstars, and I find the Piaa Extreme White's are better. Very white, and very good coverage. Although the Piaa's will cost you roughly $100 a pair. I've had them for almost 2 years now.
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:03 AM   #9
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Osram silverstars can be bought at powerbulbs.com,
cost me around $40-50 CAN shipped to my doorstep.
Took them 2-3 weeks to deliver.
Gave me free parking lightbulbs as well.
I ordered lightbulbs from them 2x already.
1st time took them 1 week to deliver
2nd time took them 3 weeks to deliver.
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:48 AM   #10
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I was going to buy Osram silverstars at Canadian tire.. but they might have been silvania.. i only talked to a guy on the phone and they aren't always correct.
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:58 AM   #11
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Osram Rallye 65W FTW! H9 bulb, on H7 socket ---> "For offroad use only" My favorite words!
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Old 09-20-2006, 01:59 AM   #12
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Canadian tire does not carry Osram silverstars. You can only purchase them from UK. Dunno about US though.
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:05 AM   #13
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Hi Mike,

PG Performance in Surrey might have what you need, but they are a little pricey. http://www.pgperformance.com/old/bulbs3.htm

I would personally recommend the Philips all-weather bulb. They give off a very slight yellow hue, but works wonders in rainy/dark conditions.

Another place to get bulbs (if you're not in a hurry) is from www.powerbulbs.com. They are much cheaper and last time I check they offer freebies with purchases.
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Old 09-20-2006, 03:09 AM   #14
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i had the Sylvania Silverstar on my civic and it was very very nice.. lasted my almost a year.. then i sold the car...
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Old 09-21-2006, 02:23 AM   #15
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my uncle was running osram's in his BMW for the longest time and he game me some of his diamond cut lenses for the brat...

he is running 80/100W and 100W for highbeams... (so 400W on highbeam, 160W on low...)

i will be running the same setup along with my 100W hella driving lights(x2) and 100W fogs(x2)... so will all guns blazing i'm gonna have 800W of light in front of me...

that's what i have so far... i like lights...

osram FTW!!!

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me too! all my lights say that...

"no officer! really! those came stock on the 79 brat!"
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Old 09-28-2006, 08:41 PM   #16
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Was just reading the fine print on my instructions for my Sylvania Silverstar and do I find at the bottom of the page? "Osram Sylvania Inc." Hmmm... I guess the Osram and the Sylvania are the same bulb then
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Old 09-28-2006, 08:43 PM   #17
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no, they are not the same bulb.
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=954736

Check this link out. Should help ya out.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:26 PM   #18
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Hmmm... I guess the Osram and the Sylvania are the same bulb then
Same company...NOT the same bulb.
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Old 09-28-2006, 10:40 PM   #19
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Thanks J! That thread rocks! Osrams forsho! Too Bad the HIR won't fit the GC :-(
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Old 09-29-2006, 12:08 AM   #20
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I had Sylvania Silverstars (from Canadian Tire) for nearly two years and then they both burned out on the same day, last Wednesday!!! Luckily I was at home on my way out when it happened! Now I'm back to the stock bulbs
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Old 09-29-2006, 01:19 AM   #21
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hahaha!
mine both burnt out last week too!
one on wednesday, and one on thursday
and I was out in Chilliwack when the second one went, and it was 11pm.
Luckily the high beams still worked.
I have new silverstars to go in this week, one is in, the other is being a jerk to go in (on the civic)

I had em for about a year when they burnt out
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Old 09-29-2006, 03:29 PM   #22
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Sorry for the 'jack, but are the aftermarket bulbs burning out faster than the OEM's?
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Sorry for the 'jack, but are the aftermarket bulbs burning out faster than the OEM's?
Doesn't anybody pay attention anymore? The Sylvania Silverstars are JUNK, if it burns out faster than OEMs or better built aftermarket bulbs a la Osram Silverstars, is it really that big of a surprise?

If you just want a flashy "white" bulb, just buy any generic cheap blue tinted bulb from any store for cheaper than the Sylvania Silverstar. If you want some good quality, go with the Osram or some Philips.
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Old 09-29-2006, 04:59 PM   #24
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Doesn't anybody pay attention anymore? The Sylvania Silverstars are JUNK, if it burns out faster than OEMs or better built aftermarket bulbs a la Osram Silverstars, is it really that big of a surprise?

If you just want a flashy "white" bulb, just buy any generic cheap blue tinted bulb from any store for cheaper than the Sylvania Silverstar. If you want some good quality, go with the Osram or some Philips.
Ummm...you talking to me? (in his DeNiro voice)

I wasn't actually talking about the Silverstars. I I was concerned about excessive heat buildup in non OEM higher wattage bulbs. I have read about some issue with melted housings and such and wondered if there was a problem.

Anyone with constructive input besides telling me what I know to be JUNK is JUNK?
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Ummm...you talking to me? (in his DeNiro voice)

I wasn't actually talking about the Silverstars. I I was concerned about excessive heat buildup in non OEM higher wattage bulbs. I have read about some issue with melted housings and such and wondered if there was a problem.

Anyone with constructive input besides telling me what I know to be JUNK is JUNK?
You already know the answer to your own question no?

Higher wattage bulbs, will there be a risk of heat buildup and potentially melting wiring and housings? Yes.

What can you do? Get proper quality bulbs, or just invest the money in a decent HID setup.
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