Originally Posted by Uncle Scotty
I guess you didnt read much of the material on these then.
your fears are groundless unless you buy counterfeit bulbs
I have used these and the h7 65w Osram 'rallye' bulbs in my 06 wrx since just after I bought it......and I have had to replace the h7's once....but that's it
these are the best thing you could buy and plug in and go with....no doubt
there is already a LONG thread, HERE, on all of this if you cared to actually search it
Thanks for your input about the life of your Philips 9011, that's good to know. However I don't care what you guess about my reading. Nobody ever search enough for your taste anyway.
Don't get me wrong, I agree the Philips 9011 is a very good bulb, and along with the Toshiba the best option for 9005 replacement. I am not afraid of being scammed, I just want to know.
You said there IS a newer version of the 9011 so I thought you could be specific about where you found this information. To me the more I look at it, it seems like there is only one version. Even Max at hirheadlights is not positive on this.
The lumen range of a 9011 is 2300 +/- 15% so if Philips put together a standard overdriven halogen bulb to fulfill this, it might be giving closer to the lower end of the specification (1955) in order to keep reasonnable life and still meet the regulation. On the other hand the Toshiba might give more of a middle of the range value given it actually uses the technology the 9011 regulation was based on ?
Anyway it is all speculation as I have no clue about the actual output of each bulb and we could talk all day about that for nothing. So in the end I guess I'll just try them both and keep whichever I prefer. Meanwhile if you happen to find the information on different versions of the 9011 let me know.