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Old 05-07-2003, 06:02 AM   #1
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Default good light bulb for stock headlights

which bulbs do you guys prefer?
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Old 05-07-2003, 12:04 PM   #2
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optix 100/80 watt xenon charged. Very nice bulbs, real white not too blue. Clean light!
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Old 05-07-2003, 06:09 PM   #3
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Sylvania Silverstar. Standard wattage... but brighter, whiter light. No BS gimmicks or colors. Just great headlights.

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Old 05-07-2003, 06:54 PM   #4
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I just replaced my burnt PIAA Plat Superwhites (15 months) for Silverstars, $25 cheaper and just as bright ! I like the PIAA H-3's in the fogs, I haven't seen the Silverstars in H-3's.
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Old 05-08-2003, 02:25 AM   #5
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Here is the consensus of most people --

If you care about performance over looks, you won't get any bulb that is tinted. That includes Sylvania coolblues, sylvania silverstars, Piaas, or any brands that uses the word "xenon" on the advertising.

Also, you don't want to go with a bulb over the 55/65 (or something like that) wattage rating, lest you want melted harnesses.


If you want the best, look for Phillips Hi Visibility, although they're somewhat hard to come by. K-Mart carries them, if you can find one that's still open. www.suvlights.com has them too.

Sylvania XtraVisions (basically a SilverStar without the tint) also come highly reccomended, and they're a lot easier to find than the Hi Visibilities.
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Old 05-08-2003, 12:32 PM   #6
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...what NeoteriX said^^
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Old 05-08-2003, 01:45 PM   #7
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I just wanted to reply that I got the silverstars while on the road. They are stock wattage and the best I could find, I keep the stock bulbs in the trunk if all else fails...I banged out a 15hr. straight run from central Oregon to San Diego the other day, it rained for 10 hours and was dark for 8. They performed...
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Old 05-08-2003, 02:51 PM   #8
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I've been running APC 100watt super whites for about a year and a half. Nice white light, don't blow out every other month (like PIAA's) and they're only about $30. I run a relay to acount for the increased wattage. Pick em up at Pep Boys.
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Old 05-08-2003, 02:55 PM   #9
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oh one other thing, Silverstars are YELLOW, in comparison to other bulbs I've tried. PIAA, APC, Seltek, Noyka etc.....
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Old 05-08-2003, 03:20 PM   #10
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Another vote for the Philips Hi-Visibility bulbs. Much brighter and whiter than stock, and cheap...$17 for a pair. Kevin (gtguy) and some Chicago folks did a shootout with different bulbs and the Hi-Visibility won hands down.
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Old 05-08-2003, 10:03 PM   #11
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If you care about performance over looks, you won't get any bulb that is tinted. That includes Sylvania coolblues, sylvania silverstars, Piaas, or any brands that uses the word "xenon" on the advertising.
Well, I'm 37 years old, and don't care about 'styling'. The fake HID headlights are stupid. That's not why I bought them. As an older driver that wears glasses, I can definitely attest to the vast improvement over stock that the Silverstars provide. Having said that... I will check out the other lamps that were recommended when the time comes. Heck, if they're that much better, then it'd be nice to have them.

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I've been running APC 100watt super whites for about a year and a half.
I've got Hella 500 driving lamps with 100 watt bulbs. I've got the light when needed, but there sure isn't any reason to drive around like that all the time.

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oh one other thing, Silverstars are YELLOW, in comparison to other bulbs I've tried. PIAA, APC, Seltek, Noyka etc.....
Well, maybe so, but they're still whiter than the standard lamps in my Legacy. I guess if my headlights are working (as in, not burned out), I don't generally run around buying headlamps. So I must admit, my personal experience is limited to the Silverstars. They are indeed an improvement over stock.

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Another vote for the Philips Hi-Visibility bulbs. Much brighter and whiter than stock, and cheap...$17 for a pair.
Hmmm... I'll have to check those out. Sounds like a good deal.


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Old 05-09-2003, 03:02 PM   #12
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Phillips Hi Visibility
A+ , brighter and better beam pattern than stock.
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