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Old 04-01-2001, 10:34 AM   #1
GregBolby
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Angry Ok thats it no more PIAA's!

I just had my second piaa burn out within a year...now i am just debating on takeing the other one out and putting in a different brand...i had the piaa super plasma blues

so anyway i want a bulb thats going to last
and i like the blue color any recomendations?

thanks

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Old 04-01-2001, 02:58 PM   #2
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try burning out every 3 months!!..you got lucky they lasted that long
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Old 04-01-2001, 03:00 PM   #3
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DAMN! you guys must be doing somethign wrong
i have had my set in the car since the first week this is two years and counting
and my suspension is STIFF!!!
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Old 04-01-2001, 03:23 PM   #4
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DAMN! You guys must be doing something wrong... I have had a set of Superwhites in the acura for almost 4 years now. Do you leave the lights on when you turn the car on & off?
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Old 04-01-2001, 03:56 PM   #5
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Tried Sylvanias? Pretty cheap IIRC.
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Old 04-01-2001, 04:26 PM   #6
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a bulb that burns twice as bright
lasts 1/2 as long...
so says a old proverb & a few fortune cookies
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Old 04-01-2001, 04:28 PM   #7
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Did you touch the globe when you put it in?
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Old 04-01-2001, 04:42 PM   #8
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nope didnt touch them at all

used a synthetic powder free doctors glove to put them in "talkin about being paranoid" and bam!

not to mention about a month ago the next day after the headlight burned out the damn fog light burned out to that was a piaa super white...now i have one headlight and one foglight...dont ya just love it..burnnnt


anyways im lookin at the hella (HIP) bulb
high intensity plus...anyone have experiance with these?

thanks

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Old 04-01-2001, 05:07 PM   #9
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We just ordered some Osram Power White bulbs & some Ring Xenon bulbe from the UK will let you know what we think of them when they arrive.

The Power White bulbs are supposed to be the preferred bulb by rally drivers.

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Old 04-01-2001, 05:21 PM   #10
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Hella bulbs are pretty nice, just put some in my headlights recently. And I was talking to the guy at the auto parts store about PIAA's, and problems people have been having with them. He mentioned that not to long ago, PIAA changed their warranty on their bulbs from lifetime to 90 days! Sounds like even PIAA isn't confident that they make good bulbs anymore.
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Old 04-01-2001, 05:31 PM   #11
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I had PIAA super plasma for over a year now..and still working good..I usually drive an hour every night

btw, PIAA bulbs should last on average 20 months..that's what they said when I emailed them..
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Old 04-01-2001, 05:49 PM   #12
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I had one of my fogs cook (PIAA Super White Platinum, stock wattage) at just under a year, but the other one and both the headlights are still going strong.
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Old 04-01-2001, 08:31 PM   #13
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And I thought you were winking at me.
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Old 04-01-2001, 08:50 PM   #14
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Do you guys leave your lights on all the time? I am guilty of this too. You gotta remember that on start-up sometimes the lights can get more juice than normal, causing them to cook. Having them on during the day is also unneccesary so turn them off!
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Old 04-02-2001, 02:23 AM   #15
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I've got to replace my 3rd PIAA bulb since I got the car in late Oct '00. First it was the LH fog, then the RH fog and now the LH headlamp...grrrrrrrr

I think I'm gonna try something different.

-myk
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Old 04-02-2001, 10:44 AM   #16
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I've had the same bad luck, er poor manufacturing quality, with the PIAA's. Had both my SuperWhite H3's burn, and also my Plasma Blue H4's burn out as well. Complete junk! I've got Hellas in the car now, and although 1 H4 has burned, Hella has admitted to a quality defect on that particular model. Otherwise, the H3's are working great, plus they are MUCH cheaper than PIAA!
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Old 04-02-2001, 10:52 AM   #17
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Rajah, what kind of Hella bulbs are you using? Is there a noticeable improvement over stock? Thanks .
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