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Old 12-03-2002, 12:11 AM   #1
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Default Osram Sylvania Silverstars

These are headlight bulbs available at your local autozone. They're made by Sylvania and are about $20 each. Billed as the only upgrade bulb to actually upgrade lighting, they do perform. I put them on the other night and while not as bright as a full HID system, they are significantly brighter than stock, well beyond the point of justifying the cost.

Additionally, they change the color of the light, but it's the perfect color, just silver, not highly noticeable or anything. Not orange, really, but not blue, and not purple. Exactly what I was looking for. Once upon a time I had the part number, but now I don't, and you can find it in the last issue of SCC. I think it was something like 9007st.

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Old 12-04-2002, 03:54 AM   #2
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well all i have to say is: dont expect a HUGE difference... however it adds just enough light and distance to make the lighting acceptable. stock isnt acceptable because I couldn't see a person crossing the street at night until its too late.

despite the color of lighting it does fare better than the stock ones. it appears to be lighter, almost white in color, however the light on the road isnt. (which is good)

a nice upgrade, however I only wish there were a better, yet safe, bulb alternative. if it used a 9006 bulb, using a 9005 bulb (slightly modded) will yeild INCREDIBLE light with cheap stock replacement bulbs. with silverstars, it resembles HID's not only in look but lighting. (the 9005 bulb doesnt have the painted tip on the bulb)
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Old 12-04-2002, 10:23 AM   #3
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I just put Silverstars in last week, and while they're not everything I'd hoped, I am pleased with them and think they're a worthwhile upgrade. I paid 25 each at Pep Boys, and I'm not unhappy. They really do throw more useable light than stock, and I like the whiter light better than the yellowish stock light. Now to do the fogs...
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Old 12-05-2002, 10:15 AM   #4
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These bulbs are a good upgrade from the stock bulbs. I ended up changing the little wedge light to match the whiter Silverstars.
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Old 12-05-2002, 10:51 AM   #5
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which wedge bulb did you get. i repalced mine with the piaa extreme white, and they sould be called extreme blue as far as i am concerened.

i have the sylvania silverstars with piaa extreme fogs, and they match good. i searching for a better matching wedge.

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Old 12-05-2002, 11:03 AM   #6
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I replaced my wedge light with a PIAA light. I can't remember which one it was though. I think it was the Extreme White. Regardless, the one I used is bluer than the Silverstars...but they look far better than the pee yellow stock ones.

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Old 12-08-2002, 04:44 AM   #7
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i installed these bulbs a few weeks ago .. the difference is noticeable. the color of the light seems a little more white and a small hint of blue but not ricey blue looking .. they seem to be a touch brighter too .. as an inexpensive bulb upgrade i think it was worthwhile, but still i lust for HID ..
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Old 12-08-2002, 06:39 PM   #8
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Happy with mine, too. I got PIAA extreme whites for the fogs and parking lights, and the sylvania silver looking orange blinker for the turn signal. Also did the headlight mod to black out the housing surround. All in all, about the best you can do with the stock bugeye.
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Old 12-09-2002, 11:18 AM   #9
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Just curious, but there isn't any problem with these overheating the stock harness or anything? I've heard of other people having issues with this with some upgraded bulbs.
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Old 12-09-2002, 11:29 AM   #10
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These are only 5w higher than stock bulbs. No problems with mine.
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Old 12-09-2002, 12:23 PM   #11
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If you get 80W or 100W bulbs, you are at a much higher risk of damaging your stock wiring harness.

However, sticking with 55W or 60W should not cause any problems at all.
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Old 01-04-2003, 11:13 PM   #12
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I have had mine on for 20,000 miles with no problems. Agree with the slight improvement in visability. You get used to the extra light after awhile. When I jumped in my father-in-laws Rex without the Silverstars, I definately noticed a difference.
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Old 01-05-2003, 12:15 AM   #13
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Default Brighter, not hotter!

I just sent to MTEC-USA for 9007 bulbs, 170/160watt, designed for STOCK O.E.M. wiring. Yes, I asked them specifically. They are available in whiteish or yellowish. About $30 each.

I have been running 125/130watt for the last year without problems..

MTEC is a Jap company that makes medical/surgical high intensity lighting (not HID) for diagnostic/doctor kind of stuff..
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pagel-Let me know how the MTEC works out. Thanks.

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Old 01-14-2003, 12:33 PM   #15
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As posted in Dress-Up, by all accounts the U.S.-spec SilverStars are corrupted, to account for the import tuning crowd's fascination with HID-look bulbs. So they have more blue tint to the light than the Euro-spec Osram SilverStars.

I just got some XtraVisions and some Philips Hi-Visibility bulbs, to compare to the SilverStars. Interestingly, the Philips bulb is physically bigger than the other bulbs. Yes, they're 9007s, and the overall length is identical to the other bulbs. But the Philips bulb is noticeably longer, and fatter than the other bulbs. It also has a different filament setup than the other 9007s.

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As posted in Dress-Up, by all accounts the U.S.-spec SilverStars are corrupted, to account for the import tuning crowd's fascination with HID-look bulbs. So they have more blue tint to the light than the Euro-spec Osram SilverStars.

I just got some XtraVisions and some Philips Hi-Visibility bulbs, to compare to the SilverStars. Interestingly, the Philips bulb is physically bigger than the other bulbs. Yes, they're 9007s, and the overall length is identical to the other bulbs. But the Philips bulb is noticeably longer, and fatter than the other bulbs. It also has a different filament setup than the other 9007s.

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What about light output? Are the silverstars better than the Philips Hi-Visibility bulbs? Just wondering since silverstars seem to be at least twice the price
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Old 01-15-2003, 06:03 PM   #17
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What about light output? Are the silverstars better than the Philips Hi-Visibility bulbs? Just wondering since silverstars seem to be at least twice the price
It's been too cold to test, 98Legacy (BTW, my last Legacy was a '98 wagon...still the best-looking Subaru ).

In a European test, the Hi-Vis whipped the Osram SilverStars (the good ones, according to reports), so I would expect them to fare pretty well against the U.S.-spec SilverStars. If we ever get out of the single-digits up here in Chicago, we'll run that comparo.

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Old 01-17-2003, 09:01 PM   #18
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The SilverStars are a nice, clean upgrade from factory, but I was terribly disappointed. About a 10% improvement over stock. I have the JDM's with HID and was looking for something cleaner than the stock highbeams...... I would have been better off getting brand X from eBay, as I like the "cool blue" look MUCH better than nasty mellow yellow....

Yes, they ARE brighter.
Color is a little cleaner than stock.
Nice dispersion, but I seem to get some glare.... (maybe cuz I am getting spoiled by the HIDs )
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It's been too cold to test, 98Legacy (BTW, my last Legacy was a '98 wagon...still the best-looking Subaru ).

In a European test, the Hi-Vis whipped the Osram SilverStars (the good ones, according to reports), so I would expect them to fare pretty well against the U.S.-spec SilverStars. If we ever get out of the single-digits up here in Chicago, we'll run that comparo.

Kevin
Interesting...

I feel your cold pain... it's a balmy 9 degrees F where I live and I started to install splash guards on my car tonight. Well, lets just say that after 10 minutes outside I gave up An ice cold tool will never feel good to me.

I'm gonna have to agree with you on the '98 Legacy thing
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Old 03-22-2003, 12:49 PM   #20
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Default sylvania silverstars

i just bought some of these for my wifes durango and compared to the PIAA plat super whites there is no difference.. i guess i am going to get another set of the extreme whites like i have in my WRX...
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