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Old 10-31-2002, 11:54 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Sylvania Cool Blue Headlamps

Has anyone tried these headlamps before?

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I was wondering if they really change the appearance of the headlamp light or not?

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Old 10-31-2002, 02:02 PM   #2
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I'm running those on my minivan. It just look whiter but don't really notice it making thing brighter and easier to see.
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Old 10-31-2002, 02:08 PM   #3
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i have them on my RS. they're slightly whiter and brighter than stock headlights. that's about it. if u want good lights, get HID
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Old 10-31-2002, 02:14 PM   #4
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There's really good info on blue bulbs here: http://lighting.mbz.org/tech/info/bulbs/blue/

The Sylvania fall into the "good" blue category but even then:
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In fact, you could be getting less light from such a bulb than from a regular clear bulb, and here's why: A blue filter removes nonblue components of the light passing through it. Halogen bulbs produce very little light in the blue frequency range. When you put a blue filter on the bulb or lamp, you are reducing the amount of usable light that gets from the glowing filament to the reflector, to the lens and from there to the road.
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Old 10-31-2002, 09:46 PM   #5
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Does the light actually look any more blue?

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Old 10-31-2002, 09:58 PM   #6
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Nope, it actaully looks white.
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Old 11-01-2002, 12:53 AM   #7
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IMHO, Subaru already has a bright stock bulb with the headlamps and fogs. If you change to Sylvania or Phillips, I don't see much of a change rather than a whiter hue. Only way you'll get noticeable change is if you get illegal lights (Eurolite). I had them on my Legacy for 4 months before it burnt out. Usually they burn out after 3-6 months. Best bet is to stay stock or go for the Sylvania's. Or just get HID

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Old 11-01-2002, 02:14 AM   #8
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Functionally speaking.. stick with the stocks.
Cosmetically.. go with those.

The moment I went for a drive after I put in whiter bulbs, the visibility went down. Sometimes I drive with my tiny MY01 fogs as a supplement. Whiter light just don't bounce back off of objects as good as the stock yellowy light.

I believe they are "brighter" is only because the color white is more lively than yellow to begin with.
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Old 11-01-2002, 02:21 AM   #9
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IMHO, Subaru already has a bright stock bulb with the headlamps and fogs. If you change to Sylvania or Phillips, I don't see much of a change rather than a whiter hue. Only way you'll get noticeable change is if you get illegal lights (Eurolite). I had them on my Legacy for 4 months before it burnt out. Usually they burn out after 3-6 months. Best bet is to stay stock or go for the Sylvania's. Or just get HID

Derek
I believe the stock bulbs in Subarus are made by Osram.

Go check your own bulbs to make sure! In the three years of owning my car, only one bulb has burnt out - the map light!

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Old 11-01-2002, 08:20 AM   #10
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In the three years of owning my car, only one bulb has burnt out - the map light!

LaterZ!
Darren!!
you got stop grading papers while driving

back to topic, I'm running the cool blues and they do look white and not blue. no problems from cops yet in the 2 1/2 years I've had them.

I want to try the sylvania silverstars. does anyone know where I can get them locally?
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Old 11-01-2002, 01:20 PM   #11
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I want to try the sylvania silverstars. does anyone know where I can get them locally?
I was at Lordco and Canadian Tire this week to look for McGard's and I beleive Canadian tire has Sylvania but I'm not too sure about silverstars. Check Lordco. But I'm 100% Canadian Tire has Sylvania, just nto sure which kind.

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Old 11-01-2002, 01:28 PM   #12
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I currently have the Silverstars in my car and they are definitely brighter than the stock bulbs as well as whiter.

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Old 11-01-2002, 03:06 PM   #13
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i tried those bulbs, they're supercheap from Can.Tire
its quite a bit whiter&brigher than the stock 325i bulbs...
haven't tried it on my car yet...
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Old 11-01-2002, 04:47 PM   #14
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I emailed Daniel Stern of Stern Lighting a while back and this is what he said:

The headlamps on the North American WRX are typical of late Subaru
headlamps: Not real good. They could be a great deal worse, but the
pattern isn't very good. The *one and only* bulb that would be worth
installing in a 9007 bulbed headlamp is the Sylvania Xtravision 9007,
which has approximately 20 percent higher luminance. This improves
in-beam performance by a roughly comparable amount at the hot spot,
but does not change the overall shape of the beam pattern, which is
the prime determinant of headlamp "goodness" (performance). There are
LOTS of so-called "performance" bulbs that should be left on the shelf
(PIAA etc.).

You can order Xtravision bulbs from Autozone.
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Old 11-01-2002, 11:18 PM   #15
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I tried the Cool Blues on my WRX and i found that they didn't make a huge diff. don't waste your cash eventhough they are cheap... IMHO the Cool Blues only made a very little significance, and i mean little in terms of brightness and colour compared to the stock bulbs. I eventually bought another set of aftermarket bulbs and replaced the Cool Blues. Anyhow hope this helps
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Old 11-02-2002, 02:19 AM   #16
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Just a note,
Osram = Sylvania
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Old 11-02-2002, 02:21 AM   #17
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I currently have the Silverstars in my car and they are definitely brighter than the stock bulbs as well as whiter.

Nick C.
You use 9003/H4 right? Ive been looking for the H4 silverstars but every store I asked didnt carry the H4 type. Where did you get yours?

Thanks in advance
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Old 11-02-2002, 02:33 AM   #18
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I use Piaa Platnium White for my Driving lights and some Korean H3 bulbs for the fogs... I love them... just that I don't think they are exactly properly aligned

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Old 11-02-2002, 05:44 AM   #19
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If ur gonna get the Cool Blues, might as well buy the Eurolites....their about the same price........only diffrents is colour..one is white and the other is blue...
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Old 11-02-2002, 11:25 AM   #20
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If ur gonna get the Cool Blues, might as well buy the Eurolites....their about the same price........only diffrents is colour..one is white and the other is blue...
Eurolites are illegal for street use. Sylvania's are legal. Plus the Eurolites are notorious for burning out within a few months of use and it blinds oncoming traffic.

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Old 11-02-2002, 01:10 PM   #21
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You use 9003/H4 right? Ive been looking for the H4 silverstars but every store I asked didnt carry the H4 type. Where did you get yours?

Thanks in advance
I'm in the States and I looked for quite some time. All the stores had lights for other makes rather than for the Subie but I found them at a place called Pep Boys. I don't know if you have that store there but on Sylvania's website they list the stores that carry them.

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Old 11-02-2002, 02:28 PM   #22
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If ur gonna get the Cool Blues, might as well buy the Eurolites....their about the same price........only diffrents is colour..one is white and the other is blue...
No way! you can totally tell the difference. If you use eurolites, you wont be able to see anything on the ground, the filament isnt even aligned properly, it hardly focuses any usefull light to the ground. I found cool blues to be much "brighter" as it more light is focused down in front of you where it should be. Nothing beats a non-tinted bulb though, visability wise.

BTW, I have a pair of H4 eurolites for sale, used for 2 days

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I'm in the States and I looked for quite some time. All the stores had lights for other makes rather than for the Subie but I found them at a place called Pep Boys. I don't know if you have that store there but on Sylvania's website they list the stores that carry them.

Nick C.
Thanks for the info, maybe ill pick a pair up next time I go down
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