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Old 07-31-2003, 02:49 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

I'm looking for an H1 bulb to replace my stock halogen light bulbs
in my Canadian (non-HID) STi.

Thinking Philips Vision Plus or Sylvania SilveStar. Any one used both that can comment? I want something that looks HID from outside but -most importantly- offers better vision.

Anyone use anything else they've had good luck (longevity) with?

What about the highbeams? ANyone doing anything interesting there, like 100W or 130W 9005's ? Where did you get the bulbs?:

As ususal, thanks in advance for all help received....

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Old 07-31-2003, 09:31 AM   #2
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I have silverstar lowbeams. They look sharp - bluish from far away but white close up.
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Old 08-04-2003, 08:29 AM   #3
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I'm not sure if this is the case in Canada, but here in the US Silverstars come with a light blue tint on the bulb. This tint creates a whiter light output but also cuts down slightly on brightness. I had Silverstars on my old car, and they looked terrific from outside the car - although they could never be mistaken for HID - and from the inside of the car they were acceptable. However, any quality bulb that doesn't have this tint (such as Silvania Xtravisions, or Philips VisionPlus) will have a slightly brighter output than the tinted Silverstars.

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Old 08-04-2003, 09:27 AM   #4
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I have silverstars on my car too. It's a dramatic upgrade from any non hid stock bulb. It's like night and day.
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Old 08-04-2003, 01:11 PM   #5
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I replaced the stock halogens on my 93 F-150 and my wifes 97 Civic with the silverstars. The difference was night and day. The light was whiter from inside the vehicle and street signs reflected brighter and from a farther distance. No adjustments to the lights as far as height. The only thing that pissed me off was my wife couldn't tell a difference. Oh well, I can tell and I love them. And as far as how they look outside, I don't care, if they are turned on I am inside the vehicle looking out because I am driving. Just my own opinion.
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Old 08-04-2003, 01:44 PM   #6
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Do a search on Silverstars and you see many threads regarding this subject. Tinted bulbs filter visible light (which is not good).

Here's one of the threads I mentioned:


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Old 08-04-2003, 05:49 PM   #7
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The whiter output of the Silverstars makes the headlights APPEAR to be brighter when looking at the car from the outside. They also make reflected objects appear brighter, such as street signs or silver cars directly in front of you. For a while, I was fooled into believing the Silverstars were brighter. However, they do a poor job of illuminating non-reflective objects (such as pavement) when compared to non-tinted (yellow) lights of comparable quality.

IMO, Silverstars are not worth the $40 or $50 a pair you pay of them. Stick with the higher quality non-tinted bulbs such as the Xtravision or VisionPlus. They are cheaper anyway.
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