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Old 03-23-2004, 09:15 PM   #1
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Default sylvania silverstar went out on me in 3 months!!!

my sylvania silverstar h1 bulb just went out in less than 3 months!!! never buying silverstars again.
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:24 PM   #2
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They make silverstars in h1's now?
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Old 03-23-2004, 09:53 PM   #3
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yeah, but they arent sold in stores yet.
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Old 03-23-2004, 11:25 PM   #4
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Really? I've had mine in for more than 3 months now and they are fine. Did you accidentally touch the bulb? That can reduce bulb life. Ooh wait, well I have the Osram ones, but I still don't think it makes a difference, I just have no tint on mine
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Old 03-24-2004, 01:19 AM   #5
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yeah touching the bulb will shorten the life. although working with ALOT of headlights....h1's have to be the weakest bulb evAR...the filament is real fragile. it can take one good bump and break the filament. so question is: is the filament broken or is the bulb burnt out?
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Old 03-24-2004, 07:16 AM   #6
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Bot of my lows (forget which is which) burned out at the exact same time. About 1 month after I got them. My highs (also silvers) have been burning fine for 3.

My DRL is/are turned off.

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Old 03-24-2004, 08:01 AM   #7
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my 9007 silverstars lasted about 16 months ..
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Old 03-24-2004, 08:52 AM   #8
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i took a loooooot of precaution to make sure that i didnt touch them :/ HIDs here i come.
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:19 AM   #9
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Weird. I thought about doing HIDs, but after reading something that Daniel Stern posted about HIDs...the only way I'd put HIDs in the car is to actually buy the entire headlight, aka STi HIDs, not just some conversion kit w/ a bulb, igniter and ballast.
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:41 AM   #10
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my 9006's lasted over a year.
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Old 03-24-2004, 10:12 PM   #11
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Weird. I thought about doing HIDs, but after reading something that Daniel Stern posted about HIDs...the only way I'd put HIDs in the car is to actually buy the entire headlight, aka STi HIDs, not just some conversion kit w/ a bulb, igniter and ballast.
what did he say?
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Old 03-25-2004, 10:45 AM   #12
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Old 03-25-2004, 10:49 AM   #13
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Hrm...there was some post that I read either on here or clubwrx.net that basically said that these kits aren't all that great. Since the housings aren't designed for HIDs, you think you can see better, but you really can't because of the way the beams are dispersing. Basically he said that the only way you will get GOOD vision from HIDs is to replace the entire housing and all, AKA buy the $1300 STi HID headlights and do a full swap in your car.
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Old 03-27-2004, 02:14 AM   #14
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If you move your bulb in and out while it is on in a non projector housing it will change the pattern. This would also be the case if you put HIDs in a regular non projector housing. But I think it wouldn't matter in a projector hosing with the beam cut off and all.
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Old 03-27-2004, 08:34 AM   #15
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Quote:
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yeah touching the bulb will shorten the life. although working with ALOT of headlights....h1's have to be the weakest bulb evAR...the filament is real fragile. it can take one good bump and break the filament. so question is: is the filament broken or is the bulb burnt out?
Are they as weak as H3's?

I swear, I have to change my H3's every 3-6 months because they burn out that quickly. And it doesn't matter which brand I buy.
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Old 03-27-2004, 08:54 AM   #16
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but arent our headlights and the sti headlights basically the same other than our bulbs and ballasts and igniters?
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Old 03-27-2004, 11:58 AM   #17
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I do not believe so. I am not a HID expert, let me try to dig up that post.
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Old 03-27-2004, 12:06 PM   #18
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Darn can't seem to be able to find the particular post I'm talking about, but after reading it, I decided that no $300 - $400 HID kit was worth it. To each their own though.
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Old 03-27-2004, 06:53 PM   #19
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paul25RS - The WRX halogen reflector and the STi HID reflectors are different designs. Put simply, the halogen reflector is designed for of a halogen bulb, while the STi reflector is designed for a HID bulb. Pairing a HID bulb with a relector that is not designed for it will result in an improper beam pattern and will basically blind other drivers.
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Old 03-27-2004, 09:32 PM   #20
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my 9007s have been good for over a year and a half now. *knock on wood*

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Old 03-28-2004, 12:05 AM   #21
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my H3 bulbs have been in over 3 years now....Wizard Ultra Whites..nice cheap set of lights.

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