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Old 02-15-2004, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default Which headlight bulbs do you use?

I've got a 98 Shaggin' Wagon, and the lights suck. I tried those Eurolights, that give off a blue tint, and one of them burned out in under 3 months....

Which lights do you guys use, and are they bright enough? I wanna have my head lights be as bright as my dad's F250, lol.

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Old 02-15-2004, 06:56 PM   #2
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A lot of members use the Sylvania Silverstars as they're brighter than the OE bulbs if you can stomach the $20/bulb price. I decided to go with the more cost-effective XtraVisions which I picked up for $17/pair at my local Meijer.

The XtraVisions are just a traditional color instead of the white offered by the Silverstars. They are plenty bright; besides, you can only get so good lighting with the poor reflectors.

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Old 02-18-2004, 05:01 AM   #3
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And I'll use this excuse to ask:

1) Has anyone compared the H4-based '95-'97 headlight performance to the 9007-based '98-'99?

2) Has anyone tried to fit '95-'97 headlight assemblies to a '98-99 Legacy?
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Old 02-18-2004, 12:56 PM   #4
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EuroDezigns.... fogs and headlight, and Optionracing Blue Side Marker lights... the blue actually shows up purple, surprised I havnt gotten pulled.

I will post a pick tonight.
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Old 02-18-2004, 11:10 PM   #5
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And I'll use this excuse to ask:

1) Has anyone compared the H4-based '95-'97 headlight performance to the 9007-based '98-'99?

2) Has anyone tried to fit '95-'97 headlight assemblies to a '98-99 Legacy?
I think the weakness lies in the reflector. I imagine the bulbs perform similarly enough. If anything, the '98-99 lamps have clear covers which might let more light through.

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Old 02-20-2004, 07:59 PM   #6
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I got the Sylvania Silverstars and there ok but my car is 7 years old and the lens is gettin yellow and dirty so i didnt notice THAT much of a difference but they are a lil brighter and white. Overall I would reccomend them.m Now I just need some nice warm weather so I can clean my lenses.
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Old 02-23-2004, 04:09 PM   #7
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one word.. PIAA
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Old 02-23-2004, 07:46 PM   #8
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Technically thats not a word. Its an abreviation of 4 Words.
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Old 02-24-2004, 12:33 AM   #9
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Technically thats not a word. Its an abreviation of 4 Words.
Technically, wouldn't that be an acronym?

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Old 02-24-2004, 12:38 AM   #10
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Whats that got to do with anything

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Technically, wouldn't that be an acronym?

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Old 02-24-2004, 09:00 AM   #11
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Although there may be some arguable cases, an acronym is 'pronouncable' - like a word. an abbreviation is not.

laser is an acronym

AFLCIO is an abbreviation
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Old 02-24-2004, 10:11 AM   #12
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so LED is an acronym?
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Old 02-25-2004, 12:16 AM   #13
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so LED is an acronym?
I suppose so. Radar is a kinda weird - radio detection and ranging. Sorta uses more than JUST the first letters. But I'm not losing sleep over it.
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Old 02-26-2004, 05:28 AM   #14
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Well,PIAA is pronouncable, if anyone needs Putrid Illumination for All Automobiles.... OK, PIAA does make some decent loghts - but any blue-coated halogen bulb will be inferior to non-coated.

But back on what I asked about - the problem is that the '98-99 Legacy headlights have lousy bulbs (9007) and lousy optics.
Supposedly, a few have swapped to the earlier H4 units, but I've gotten no confirmation.

'98-99 happen to be reflector-based, as opposed to the earlier lens-based, which might account for the above comment re "clear covers". In reality, both are "clear".

This place is getting as bad as miataforum.com...
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Old 02-26-2004, 08:51 AM   #15
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The 2 most often bulbs I've read about that you may be interested in are the Sylvania Xtravision (I think those are clear) and some called IIRC Wagner Britelites? There is alos a website called www.midnightmoose.com (I think) that some folks over www.usmb.net seem to like. Also, anything you can do to 'refresh' your ground and wiring connections will help, even 1/2 volt of voltage drop can significantly reduce bub brightness. Going much higher wattage than stock has also led to some folks reporting melted wires/connectors.

Please post back with your results. Sorry for the OT language stuff.
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Old 02-28-2004, 12:02 PM   #16
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Old 02-29-2004, 09:24 PM   #17
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Hey Peaty...i've got a 98. We only have one light bulb.
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Old 03-03-2004, 11:57 PM   #18
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You can get theSilverstars at Pep Boys for $22.99 after rebate for a pair. Unfortunately they never seem to have the H1's, so I just received the European bulbs. I'll swap them out this weekend.

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Old 03-04-2004, 07:07 AM   #19
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Hey Peaty...i've got a 98. We only have one light bulb.
My Forester XT has a single bulb for the high and lows. I'm using these in there:

http://www.scoobymods.com/forums/sho...&threadid=1247

They work well the +50's from Stern.
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