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Old 03-22-2001, 06:53 PM   #1
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Post Anyone have any experience with Sylvania Cool Blue bulbs?

Are they much brighter than stock? Basically is the difference worth it? Pep Boys, $14.99 each. They advertise a "whiter" light and better vision. The package must be torn open to get the bulb out, so I think return is out of the question. Thanks

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Old 03-22-2001, 06:57 PM   #2
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Ya, I had them on my Legacy and my friend had them on his V8Q. They do look a little better and shine whiter light, but there is no improvement in visibility that I can see. If anything it decreased a litte, but I'm not a very good judge since me Legacy had some really bright PIAA driving lights that I always used. In this case you get what you pay for.
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Old 03-22-2001, 07:00 PM   #3
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I had a pair on a Volvo Turbo, and there was minimal to no improvement. I'd save yourself the trouble and get a set of PIAA replacement bulbs, they improve visability a lot.

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Old 03-22-2001, 07:04 PM   #4
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i had a set in mine and i thought they were a good set of bulbs. i saw a big difference over stock. I liked them, but thats me.

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Old 03-22-2001, 07:13 PM   #5
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Don't expect HIDs for $20. They are not yellow but for damn sure aren't blue.
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Old 03-22-2001, 07:15 PM   #6
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Do you get a lot of people flashing their high beams at you? I'd like to get blues on my car but I don't need people constantly flashing their high beams in my eyes.
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Old 03-22-2001, 07:22 PM   #7
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i had a bunch of olf people(no offense intended) flash their lights at me. They do look bright to oncoming traffic, but not too bad.

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Old 03-22-2001, 07:26 PM   #8
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I tried them...like most ppl, I didn't notice a too big of a difference in visibility over stock. And they definatelt aren't "blue".
Get PIAAs. They're a whole lot better.

LOKI: I put the PIAA super plasmas in 'bout a month ago. I haven't had one single person flash me yet.
But when I'm driving around in the wife's car (Acura 3.2 TL), it has HIDs and I get flashed constantly.

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Old 03-22-2001, 07:33 PM   #9
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I had those bulbs in for a week.
One of them went to hell. I guess it burned itself pretty easily.
I have been driving around in Arctic White (name lies, they are blue) Nokyas for 6 months now, and I never got flashed.

Just my $0.02
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Old 03-23-2001, 06:19 AM   #10
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ok my two cents,,I like em ,,for 14 bucks ya cant beat em,there not hellas or pias but they do throw more light then stock,especially the high beams.There not illegal either ,No one has flashed me yet.Im runnin hella yellow stars in the fog lights,Nice combo I think.Careful with wattage on the pias ya mite fry your wiring harness.
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Old 03-23-2001, 06:23 AM   #11
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i had em for a few months and they worked ok..the visibility was for crap though.

they only lasted about 4 months though.

the catz galaxy white bulbs are as bright as piaa's and cost 30 bucks less.
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Old 03-23-2001, 06:24 AM   #12
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Those are my favorite bulbs. They last longer than PIAAs or RAZOs (from my experience), and they are only $20-30 / pair. I used use RAZOs, and they were much whiter than Silvanias, but they cost $75 and they died quickly.

They are slightly whiter than stock. You'll see the difference when you put the Silvania bulb on one side, and stock on the other. There isn't any increased visibility. It's just whiter.

I haven't had anyone flashing at me because of these bulbs.
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Old 03-23-2001, 06:26 AM   #13
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i have had them for almost a year, and i think they are pretty good. the high beams are great, especially with the fogs w/ high beam mod.

i just got Hella Yellowstars 85w for my fogs last month and they are pretty good also.

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Old 03-23-2001, 06:39 AM   #14
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they were great...
not too bright...
not cheesy blue...

lit up the road without pissin off everyone around you... good bargain too!!

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Old 03-23-2001, 08:41 AM   #15
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I have something similar on my 2000 Outback. They might put out slightly more light than stock halogens, but the only substantial difference is the color temperature of the light. It is closer to actual white. You can see the difference if you mount one of each. The halogens definitely have a more yellow cast. Don't expect a huge increase in visibility, though. If you really want more light, you can install higher wattage bulbs, but you should note 2 things: 1) this may be illegal in your state. 2) you may need to replace the wiring harness so that the wires don't melt from the higher current.

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Old 03-23-2001, 08:58 AM   #16
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The Cool Blues are not bad for the price. If you're looking for a bright and dependable bulb, try the Philips Vision Plus. I have them in my Forester and they are noticeably brighter than the stock bulbs, Hella Premium bulbs and Cool Blues. I believe they were something like $30 from Autolamps-Online.com.

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Old 03-23-2001, 09:39 AM   #17
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Don't use high wattage bulbs!! I had yellow star 85W in my Legacy's fog light and the bulbs already burned the center lens.

I don't even turn them on that often!!
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Old 03-23-2001, 11:48 AM   #18
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I have them and like them. Brighter crisper light, cheap and available....they last pretty long too.
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Old 03-23-2001, 02:01 PM   #19
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I had a set of them, they look cool but the visibility is worse. And just wait till you drive in the rain with them, you might as well just drive without any lights on.

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Old 03-23-2001, 02:03 PM   #20
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anyone thinking about blues should go here and read up:

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Old 03-23-2001, 02:22 PM   #21
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i have to agree with e'scubi. i have them in right now. good in fair weather, high beams are awesome, but in the rain... they plain out SUCK!

waiting for these to die before i go with hellas/piaas.


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Old 03-23-2001, 07:36 PM   #22
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I didn't like them. When I was at a local kmart I was very tempted to by some all weather bulb that was for snow and rain I think may have been similiar to hella yellow star. They were like 15 bucks each!
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