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Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 #4525542
09/25/17 07:55 AM
09/25/17 07:55 AM
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Western usa
Ammofirst Offline OP
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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

Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4525558
09/25/17 08:14 AM
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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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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4525680
09/25/17 10:11 AM
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Chicago, IL
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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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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4525772
09/25/17 12:03 PM
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Alberta, Canada
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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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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4525839
09/25/17 01:17 PM
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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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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4525888
09/25/17 02:04 PM
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MTL, CANADA
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What about LED bulbs? Im extremely happy with mine. Tons brighter than OEM and should last.


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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4526714
09/26/17 11:55 AM
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Western usa
Ammofirst Offline OP
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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

Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4526744
09/26/17 12:31 PM
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Northern Kentucky
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Yep the vosla +30 are the best you can do for a 9012. I am using them in my Buick.





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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4527063
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Western usa
Ammofirst Offline OP
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What bulb came in that Century oem ?

Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4527067
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OH
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Same as what came in the Ford Model A. laugh That's a big difference in years, 2014 versus an 02.



Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4527423
09/27/17 08:48 AM
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Alberta, Canada
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Do you have a GM part# for the 9011 (HIR1) in Vosla flavor?


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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4527911
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Western usa
Ammofirst Offline OP
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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

Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4528580
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frown

..they don't ship to Canada...


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All with mpg > EPA
Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Ammofirst] #4530306
09/30/17 01:02 PM
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Cedarbrae, Ontario
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They claim to ship worldwide, yet look at the long list of countries they don't ship to lol


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Re: Looking for upgrade recommendation 9012 HIR2 [Re: Smokescreen] #4533409
10/03/17 09:16 PM
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Northern Kentucky
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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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