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Old 02-05-2005, 03:45 PM   #1
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I saw an ad in Popular Mechanics for Sylvania Silverstar Headlights. They appear to be just the bulb element. Any thoughts. - Of course the ad has the obligatory picture comparison to standard halogen, and what a suprise, the Sylvania Silverstar Headlights are whiter and and brighter
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Old 02-05-2005, 03:50 PM   #2
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You can actually find this pretty well dissected if you search... it has been gone over many times.

I have Sylvania SilverStars in my 04 and I like them. If you drive with one SilverStar in and one stock bulb in, there's really not an eye-popping difference unless you look at them shining on a garage or something. But they are a bit whiter and brighter and I like them fine.
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Old 02-05-2005, 04:01 PM   #3
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I have them on my 03 and I like them. I have had silverstars in my past 3 cars, I love them!
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Old 02-05-2005, 04:06 PM   #4
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i have sylvania silverstars in my '00 obs and its really impresive how much brighter they are. my mom's got them in her '99 dogde and my dad's got them in his '96 jeep and my bro has them in his '98 jeep. they're only 20$ a pop from autozone and have a long life. i think its worth it.
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Old 02-05-2005, 04:07 PM   #5
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one more thing: the ads are true. they are SIGNIFICANTLY brighter than stock.
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Old 02-05-2005, 04:45 PM   #6
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get them at Walmart and they are $34 for the set which saves you 6 bucks over AutoZone.
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Old 02-05-2005, 04:51 PM   #7
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^^damn. wish i'd known about that. i would had enough money to buy a good lunch.
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Old 02-05-2005, 04:52 PM   #8
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i had em and they worked great, but blew within 3k miles on my 02 wrx.
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Old 02-05-2005, 11:29 PM   #9
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Even better are the Osram Silverstars. Brighter than the sylvanias, without the fake blue coating!
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Old 02-06-2005, 02:46 AM   #10
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You notice the difference between the Silverstars and the parking lamps when you sit behind SUV's at night. I've been looking for something to replace them, but can't find anything that looks like it would be good. I also removed the orange bubble and installed the Silverstar blinker lights.
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Old 02-06-2005, 06:47 AM   #11
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:19 AM   #12
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Yes, I like them, but I hate the fact that they burn out faster and cost twice as much.
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:26 AM   #13
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I have them on both of my cars. (240 and wrx) I like them, they have lasted about two years so far.
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Old 02-06-2005, 10:44 AM   #14
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~15,000 miles and still working on my mom's van
~20,000 miles and still working on my dad's jeep
~10,000 miles and still working on my dad's jeep
~2,000 miles and still working on my subaru

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Old 02-06-2005, 11:22 AM   #15
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Lightbulb

I've always had great luck with Hella products.

Try these guys, you'll see the prices are very attractive compared to otehr alternatives along with some great technical information about light bulbs. It certainly made more sense to me what kind of trade offs are made for different kinds of light.

http://www.rallylights.com/hella/bulbs.asp

I've ran PIAA and Osrams in the psat with short life and high cost per unit. I switched back to the stockers. Last week I ordered, from Rallylights, a set of the discontinued High Intensity Plus H4's and a set of FF1000 driving lights.

I would guess that their Xenon +50's would be similar to the Silverstars. And at $11.55 per bulb, it's worth a shot.


Here's some tech material from their site about Xenon in bulbs:

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Xenon gas is used in both halogen bulbs and HID Capsules. These are two completely different technologies and should not be confused. For more information on HID lighting, click here.

The presence of Xenon gas in the halogen gas mix acts as a blanket to make the bulb run hotter. The hotter a bulb burns, the whiter the light. The whiter the light, the better you can see colors and contrasts. An HID lamp approaches the color of daylight (4500K). It is obvious that if Bambi is standing in the middle of the road, at the extreme limits of your lights, you would rather light him up with a white light than a yellow one.

As engineers add more Xenon to the halogen gas mix, it gets whiter. The industry seems to have standardized on three levels, +30% which raises the color temperature to about 2600 degrees Kelvin, +50%, which takes it to 3000 degrees and +100%, which raises the color to about 4000 degrees. Engineers have found out that more than 27% Xenon in the mix returns no further benefit. Other manufactures have different names for these levels, but physics effects all manufactures equally and at this point in time, no one has anything unique.

The use of the word brighter is misleading. It means brighter in the same sense that using Cheer detergent makes your laundry brighter. It makes little, or no more light, just a whiter light. A negligible increase in lumens (7-10%) may be expected in the +30% and +50% Xenon bulbs, the blue coating on the +100% bulbs will negate this increase.

The +100% bulbs use either a blue quartz bulb, or a blue coating on the inside of the bulb. They say that this to block out some of the spectrum which causes eyestrain. It also gives the light a blue tint, which is invisible to the driver, but visible to oncoming traffic. Some people find this blue tint objectionable, others think it is "cool".
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Old 02-06-2005, 01:17 PM   #16
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I've had Silverstars before. Sure, they may look brighter than a standard halogen, but they actually put out less usable light than a standard Sylvania halogen. Keep in mind that, any time you put a coating on a lightbulb, it decreases output. (i.e. blue ricetastic "xenon" bulbs) The Silverstars, however are the best looking "colored bulbs" out there that still put out decently usable light. I do think they're overpriced, though, but not as bad as some. *cough* PIAA *cough*
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Old 02-07-2005, 09:01 AM   #17
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What Grendel said.
Sylvania Silverstars are, in fact, not as bright as Sylvania Extravisions, although the SS blue filtered beam is preferred by the HID wannabes.
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