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Old 12-05-2002, 10:04 AM   #1
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Hey Everyone,
I'm looking for some bulbs that will make the headlights in my GC8 Brighter. Is there anything out there that works well that isn't blue? Dont' know everyones opinion, but blue just seems ricey to me. I was looking at some Sylvania's and it claims 30% bighter. Another thing I'm wonering is that bright halogen lights create lots more heat over stock. Has anyone had any problems. Any comments and suggestions appreciated.

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Old 12-05-2002, 10:18 AM   #2
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i run Piaa super white platinum series and they are great. run the 80w/80w they work fine. They are better than the Silverstars everyone is raving about and they're about $10 more then the silverstars roughly depending on where you go. Now Piaa's are not cheap but worth the money. I run the same bulb but 85w for fogs had then both in my 99 RS and now in my WRX .hope this helps, oh ya the bulb looks blue when you look at them but when you turn them on they are very,very white

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Old 12-05-2002, 11:00 AM   #3
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Take those PIAAs in the rain, and you'll see what the problem is. The SilverStars don't have that same lighting spectrum deficiency of the PIAAs. Every test that compares bulbs, finds that the PIAAs, though the light looks white and bright, in fact give off less light than stock, something around the order of 10% less.

Now, the argument can be made that whiter light is better for working conditions, like driving, than the yellowish halogen glow of stock lights. But the SilverStars have the same bright white tint, but by all reports, are more effective in the rain.

I had this problem when I ran PIAAs in my Legacy GT wagon. In inclement weather, it was very hard to see with the lights on. I went back to stock, and the problems went away. I'm now running Philips VisionPlus bulbs in my Prodrive headlights, and they rock the house. Brighter, more usable light that is greater in both quantity and quality than the stock Prodrive bulbs. Not coincidentally, the VisionPlus won a couple of bulb shootouts conducted in Europe, where most cars run H bulbs, as opposed to 9007s that we get in the 'States.

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Old 12-05-2002, 11:13 AM   #4
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IMHO your first step ought to be an HD Harness. Read hkwan's post about his recent results,
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=275400
and my own experience as well. The HD Harness prevents the voltage losses inherent in the light guage wire used in the OEM settup. Read those posts, as I believe I posted a good link to Daniel Stern's website as well. Most informative!! He states that $$$$ spent on harness upgrades pay off more than all the fancy-dancy bulbs!

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edit: And if you do decide to go with heavier wattage the wiring won't catch fire!!!

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Old 12-05-2002, 01:37 PM   #5
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yeah the silverstars, are also similar to the bulbs i run...Polarg VIP's...they are more pinkish than blue....and have a yellow tinge on the lower part fo the beam pattern, hence the better rain performance.....
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Old 12-05-2002, 02:30 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies everyone, lots of useful input.

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Old 12-06-2002, 01:49 AM   #7
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Silverstars are the cleanest, whitest light Ive had so far. The PIAA ultra whites (?) I had were good ,but blew out after a month. The SS are very pleasant and crisp at night. All my friends bought them for their cars after they saw how well they looked in my car.
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Old 12-06-2002, 02:39 AM   #8
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Where's a good place to buy silverstars and how much?? DO they have matching ones for the fogs as well??

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Old 12-06-2002, 09:12 AM   #9
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You can get them at any Auto Zone / PepBoys chain. Their price was $20 for the headlight 9007---Im not sure they make fog bulb yet<i didnt see any at the time I bought mine. I found a web sit for them-- www.sylvania.com/auto good luck, cdistance
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Old 12-07-2002, 02:40 AM   #10
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I wish I had read this a week ago. I just spent a fortune on PIAA Superwhites and now think that I wasted my money. I went with them partially because they have matching fogs, but I now wonder if I made a really expensive mistake...
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Old 12-07-2002, 10:24 AM   #11
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my theory is spend once spend well, so save up and go get yourself an HID kit. I'm using a 7000k setup and as long as you are aimed properly you wont be blinding anyone and your light will be like....well night and day.
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