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Old 02-05-2004, 02:03 AM   #1
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Just got this from Daniel today:

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Howdy, Peat, Daniel Stern here (note new address)

Hey, I thought I'd let you know the HIR1 bulbs are finally here.
These are the high-zoot replacements for 9005 high beam. Used as OE in Dodge Viper high beams.

The new bulbs are not some tinted or overwattage version of 9005 and 9006, but rather employ a relatively new technology called HIR, Halogen Infrared. The mechanical dimensions of the bulb are all virtually identical to the 9005 and 9006 bulbs, but the bulb glass is spherical instead of tubular, with the sphere centered around the filament. There is a "Durable IR Reflective" coating on the spherical glass. Infrared = heat, so the coating causes heat to be reflected back to the filament at the center of the sphere. This causes the filament to become much hotter (producing more light) than it can by passing electricity through it, *without* the shorter life or greater heat production that comes with overwattage bulbs (to say nothing of overwattage bulbs' incompatibility with stock wiring.)

Here's the comparison:

Low beam stock: 9006, 12.8V, 55W, 1000 lumens
Low beam new: HIR2, 12.8V, 55W, 1875 lumens

High beam stock: 9005, 12.8V, 65W, 1700 lumens
High beam new: HIR1, 12.8V, 65W, 2530 lumens

So you're looking at nearly 88 percent more light from the low beams and a grand total of 137% more light (49% of which from the high beam units, 88% of which from the low beams, which remain on with the high beams) on high beam. The beam pattern will not change, but there will be considerably more light within the beam pattern.

These bulbs are spendy - $39/ea - but their cost is worth
considering in context: Any number of companies will charge you more than this for a tarted-up 9005 or 9006 with blue colored glass (PIAA comes to mind) that doesn't produce more light and has a very short lifespan.


DS

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I'm going to try a pair of the high beams in our Outback an see what happens. I'll report back. Please keep in mind, these are street legal bulbs but only in headlights originally designed for them, Stern will probably ask you what you're putting them in when you request these bulbs and might not sell them to you if you answer with a vehicle they don't originally fit,so tell him you have a Dodge Viper.
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Where can I get them?
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Old 02-05-2004, 02:16 AM   #3
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I think at this time only 9005 and 9006 can be had. Daniel Stern has them here:

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/home.html
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Thanks, Peaty
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Do these produce a regular white light or are they cool blue or HID or does nobody know?

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hmm.. too bad they dont make them for 9007
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I wonder if you can mod either of these to fit either an H1 or H7 bulb?
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Do these produce a regular white light or are they cool blue or HID or does nobody know?

-Branden
White not blue, blue is a bad colour as it's the major componant in glare and it will bounce back at you in the fog. It also is very annoying to oncoming drivers.

I have some info here:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3122
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I wonder if you can mod either of these to fit either an H1 or H7 bulb?

No they are very different bases.
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No they are very different bases.
that's what I thought. thanks.
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Any new ones for me, Peaty????
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I have used them for three months now and they are excellent. They require a bit of a fit adjustment. The plastic round base of the bulb is a tad thicker than the stock base. I ended up removing the three small screws that holds the plastic retaining ring on the light housing. Then I inserted the bulbs, placed the retaining ring back on and screwed it back on.
I am not entirley sure if their specifiactions holds up to their reality. I found them to be only minimally better than the stock high beams on the STI.
But you can judge them for yourself. They were well worth it for me since I have the RS with no HID's.
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So,
For my '04 STi I would order the 9011 HIR1 for the High beams, correct?

Great mod for better visibility on those pesky dark evenings!!!

Oh yeah - Peaty, let me thank you for all your guides on Scoobymods!

The STi is my 1st Subaru - I has a Dodge Durango and a '86 Toyota 4x4 truck before I got the STi

Your guides have made owning my Subaru much more enjoyable!
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