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#4525542 - 09/25/17 08:55 AM Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2
Ammofirst Offline


Registered: 06/22/17
Posts: 353
Loc: Western usa
Vehicle is a 2014 Buick Regal no HID. Headlight performance is definitely below average at best. Can't seem to find any bulbs that offer an appreciable increase in light without going to silverstars (which I'm told Last about 1 year on avg.) Not Looking for any type of conversion, just want something that's plug & play. Any suggestions ? Thanks

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#4525558 - 09/25/17 09:14 AM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
skyactiv Offline


Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 4501
Loc: The Midwest
Consumers Reports does indeed more or less say the low beams and even the high beams suck on that car. They also state the HID headlights on the higher trim levels are much better. Unless you spend the money changing the housings over to HID lights, sticking ANY HID kit in, ghetto or not, in your stock housings will Suck. Theres more to it than the bulb.
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#4525680 - 09/25/17 11:11 AM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
dparm Offline


Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 13513
Loc: Chicago, IL
You can try something with a more efficient filament design in that size, but it's probably just a factor of bad headlight design. Upgraded bulbs rarely provide a substantial improvement because there are laws on the number of lumens they can put out...the better filament designs technically aren't illegal because they try to limit the amount of light that is wasted.

Might be worth checking if you can find a wrecked Regal and buy the HID headlamps to swap in.
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#4525772 - 09/25/17 01:03 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
Posts: 3393
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Do not do Silver Stars, blue tinted bulbs offer worse performance than stock and a very short life.

It must be poor lamp design because the 9012 HIR is an awesome low beam bulb. the 9011HIR is an awesome high beam bulb.
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#4525839 - 09/25/17 02:17 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
UG_Passat Offline


Registered: 05/27/08
Posts: 2007
Loc: NJ
must be a good light source, [censored] projector deal. NOthing you can do unless you get a better projector in there
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#4525888 - 09/25/17 03:04 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
Rolla07 Offline


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What about LED bulbs? Im extremely happy with mine. Tons brighter than OEM and should last.
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#4526714 - 09/26/17 12:55 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
Ammofirst Offline


Registered: 06/22/17
Posts: 353
Loc: Western usa
Over at candlepower forums I got a tip to try these : https://autoplicity.com/10797039-acdelco...CYaArwFEALw_wcB : I'll report back on their effectiveness : Supposed to be 30% brighter

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#4526744 - 09/26/17 01:31 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12897
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Yep the vosla +30 are the best you can do for a 9012. I am using them in my Buick.



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#4527063 - 09/26/17 08:03 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
Ammofirst Offline


Registered: 06/22/17
Posts: 353
Loc: Western usa
What bulb came in that Century oem ?

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#4527067 - 09/26/17 08:08 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10338
Loc: OH
Same as what came in the Ford Model A. laugh That's a big difference in years, 2014 versus an 02.



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#4527423 - 09/27/17 09:48 AM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
Do you have a GM part# for the 9011 (HIR1) in Vosla flavor?
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#4527911 - 09/27/17 08:13 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
Ammofirst Offline


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I don't but I did find these : http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-x-VOSLA-GERMANY-HIR1-LAMP-BULBS-12V-65W-E1-9011-HIR1-LAMP-HIR-1-PX20d-/282356716583?hash=item41bdc59427:g:-akAAOSwv-NWWEzI&vxp=mtr

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#4528580 - 09/28/17 04:16 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
Smokescreen Offline


Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
frown

..they don't ship to Canada...
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#4530306 - 09/30/17 02:02 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst]
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Registered: 03/11/09
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Loc: Cedarbrae, Ontario
They claim to ship worldwide, yet look at the long list of countries they don't ship to lol
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#4533409 - 10/03/17 10:16 PM Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Smokescreen]
901Memphis Offline


Registered: 08/14/10
Posts: 12897
Loc: Northern Kentucky
Originally Posted By: Smokescreen
Do you have a GM part# for the 9011 (HIR1) in Vosla flavor?



9006 for the low beams

The century has a full bulb shield to work with the 9012
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