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Old 04-09-2008, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default Brighter headlight options that won't break the bank?

So I've got an '02 bugeye and the headlights just aren't bright enough. I know about the $$$$$$ options but I was wondering if there was a cheap way to make them significantly brighter. I care 0% percent about looks, I just want something functional.

I'm sick of outrunning my headlights. Also, here in springtime Colorado, the weather is all over the place--rain one day, then snow, then fog--so I'm in a constant struggle to see what's ahead.

Any ideas?
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:40 PM   #2
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heard osram silverstar bulbs are good
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:48 PM   #3
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sylvania x-travision will be brighter than silverstars, also, try aiming the headlights a little higher. I find my '02's headlight light up pretty good. Maybe also polish them with some plasti-x is your lens are a little cloudy/blurry.
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:55 PM   #4
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sylvania x-travision will be brighter than silverstars, also, try aiming the headlights a little higher. I find my '02's headlight light up pretty good. Maybe also polish them with some plasti-x is your lens are a little cloudy/blurry.
Yep, already aimed 'em higher. Had this same problem on my old '04 also.

So you think the xtravisions will work huh? Might try that.

Any other suggestions?
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Old 04-09-2008, 10:57 PM   #5
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you can look at beefing up the wiring too

Bugeye lighting bliss: wiring harness and Philips VisionPlus
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:04 PM   #6
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you can look at beefing up the wiring too

Bugeye lighting bliss: wiring harness and Philips VisionPlus
omg, 17 pages Is there a way to sum it all up?
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:22 AM   #7
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check xenonexpert.com for apexcone HID's. they are $150 + $70 for lifetime warranty if needed. i have had my set since november and love every minute at night! they are so much better then regular halogens. i will never go back to stock again! let me know if u have any other questions.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:47 AM   #8
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I run the Silverstar Ultras and like them pretty well. About 50 bucks at Autozone.
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Old 04-10-2008, 08:59 AM   #9
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omg, 17 pages Is there a way to sum it all up?
Get a wiring harness. The wiring harness takes power directly from the battery and negates some of the voltage drop to increase your brightness. And DON'T get it from suvlights.com from what I've experienced.

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check xenonexpert.com for apexcone HID's. they are $150 + $70 for lifetime warranty if needed. i have had my set since november and love every minute at night! they are so much better then regular halogens. i will never go back to stock again! let me know if u have any other questions.
HID for 9007 is one of the last thing you would want. Most of the HID kits will lose your hi beam capability. And even if you don't, the beam pattern is well... a blob of light. With HID in 9007 reflector, I can guarantee you that you will not be able to aim your headlights properly against a wall. And if you do plan on getting HID, I hope I will never drive anywhere near your car at night because of the glare.

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I run the Silverstar Ultras and like them pretty well. About 50 bucks at Autozone.
Silverstars are "white" bulbs with blue coating on them. Any bulbs with blue coating will reduce light output but gives off a whiter light. The whiter light may translate to a false sense of security. I would recommend Philips VisionPlus +50 or Philips Xtreme Power +80 bulbs. They aren't as white as SS ultras, but they can illuminate farther than SS ultras.
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Old 04-10-2008, 10:13 AM   #10
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All you have to do (and should do) is email Daniel at http://www.danielsternlighting.com/ and buy what he says. Yes...just blindly buy what he says. He is the Lord Arisen when it comes to lighting and I ain't kiddin' either.
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:07 AM   #11
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Theres not much option for 9007 bulbs, since the reflectors are made as a high beam / low beam thing..it's real ****ty..and HID's are a big no no. Too bad I'd would have liked to buy those HIR bulbs Daniel recommends.
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check xenonexpert.com for apexcone HID's. they are $150 + $70 for lifetime warranty if needed. i have had my set since november and love every minute at night! they are so much better then regular halogens. i will never go back to stock again! let me know if u have any other questions.
You got the bi-xenon kit? Do you have photos of the beam pattern? Ever been flashed at?
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:02 PM   #13
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Danielsternlighting... 40 bucks and i am happy.. HIDs can wait.
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Old 04-10-2008, 12:32 PM   #14
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I'm running Osram Silverstars +50 for my low beams and HIR bulbs for my high beams. They may not be HID's, but they certainly do light a path...
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:56 PM   #15
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All you have to do (and should do) is email Daniel at http://www.danielsternlighting.com/ and buy what he says. Yes...just blindly buy what he says. He is the Lord Arisen when it comes to lighting and I ain't kiddin' either.
Would love to talk to that guy after checking out his site but I cant get his email link to work. Every time I click it sees "Fatal Login Error".

For some reason it opens IE and forces me to use that POS and thats all I can get out of it.

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Old 04-12-2008, 06:01 AM   #16
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i have the H1 and 9005 dual light. i don't know about the 9007, but a friend has a nissan maxima (his HID aren't from my site mentioned) that uses the "bixenon" where the highbeams are toggled with the same bulb. don't know which number it is. if his are 9007 they aren't too bad. i have gotten flashed less than 5 times since they are in. even when i stand a little in front of the car they aren't blinding at all. the light path is the same as if there was a stock bulb in the headlight. it is not like the projector types, but is a lot better than stock!
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Old 04-12-2008, 06:14 AM   #17
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throw a "cheap" light bar on the front... then start mounting up aux lamps (suggestion being a pair of hella driving lights and fog lights)...... at approx $100 a pair they would be MUCH brighter than any bulb upgrade your looking at ..

a bit more ugly.... a "tad" more $$.. but WAY more functional for less $$ than a hid upgrade.
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