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Old 07-14-2000, 08:39 AM   #1
JasonRan
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Thumbs up Installed Sylvania Cool Blues.....first impressions...

I purchased a set of the Sylvania Cool Blue Bulbs (9003 CB) last night from Auto Zone for $14.99 each. I installed one and left the factory bulb in the other side. These bulbs are definately a LOT whiter than the stock ones...no yellow at all. There is just the smallest hint of blue...not even enough to notice. If you bought these bulbs to have blue lights, you would be sorely disappointed. I did not want the blue, so I am happy about it. As for brightness, I only drove around for a few minutes, but they don't seem to be a whole lot brighter...just whiter. Overall, I am very pleased with them so far. I do wish that they made a simiiar bulb to go in the fogs. Does anyone know if something matches closely?
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Old 07-14-2000, 08:53 AM   #2
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Keep in mind that whiter / bluer light will scatter in the fog more, making them work worse as foglights. They would still be fine for driving, of course.

In this other thread, I said something about that:
http://www.i-club.com/ubb-files/Foru...ML/003119.html

Can you get a picture of your car with the factory in one side, and the cool blue in the other? if not, that's okay. I've been thinking about them too, but I've also been thinking about Hella Optilux Xenon whites (I think thats their name). Hella says they have "NO BLUE" in them... Well, *all* white lights have blue in them - if they didn't, they'd look some other color...
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Old 07-14-2000, 02:05 PM   #3
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Sure, I will try and get a picture this weekend for you!!!
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Old 07-15-2000, 04:44 PM   #4
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One of my Hella Optilux Xenons burnt out (leaving the Steeley Dan show, which was excellent! Driving in Camden with one headlight was not ). So there's now one Xenon and one stock bulb in the car.

The stock looks yellow compared to the Xenon; the Xenon does not look blue, but white. The Xenon appears brighter to look at (and looks nice), but the difference in actual illumination in small, if any. I'll check it out more tonight in the rain.

Interestingly, the Hella burnt out gradually, and after only two months use (yes, I wore gloves). The low beam wouldn't come on until I tapped the connector or shut the hood. This went on for a week before it permanently went. I've never seen a bulb do that before. Sound normal?

I think the Sylvania Cool Blues are essentially the same bulb as the Hella Optilux Xenons. I'll look in the local 'marts for a set tomorrow, then compare them to the Hella.
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Old 07-15-2000, 07:57 PM   #5
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how come you paid $14.99 "each" and i paid $15 for " a pair"?
hmmm....ohh well.

Jeff
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Old 07-16-2000, 01:29 AM   #6
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I had the Sylvania Cool Blue in my RS before. They are definitely whiter than stock but not noticeably brighter. Now I have PIAA 80W SuperWhite headlight and 85W SUperWhite fog light. I adjusted the fog lights to project about 10feet in front of the car and use them like driving lights with the headlights. It is much much brighter (and of course whiter) than stock.

IMHO, the manufacturers still can't make the halogen light bulb output more light without rising the wattage. The whiter=brighter idea just isn't true. If you are looking for brighter bulbs, I highly recommend the PIAA SuperWhite 80/80W H4 for headlight and 85W H3 for the fog light. They are really bright and white (not blue). The whiter light does help light up the reflective road sign and reflective markers (like those in between lanes) better also, so you can actually see farther away.

BTW, I don't see fog often enought to worry about light scattering from my white fog light here.
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Old 07-17-2000, 07:19 AM   #7
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I'm not sure Jeff...guess I just got ripped off.
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Old 07-17-2000, 07:50 AM   #8
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well jason don't feel bad i paid 14.99 too...
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Old 07-17-2000, 07:58 AM   #9
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Sheeeeeeew! I was just about to go burn down the Auto Zone that ripped me off! Just kidding!!!
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