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Should I buy a Silverstar bulb--answered #5282535 12/02/19 02:22 AM
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Here's what Osram Sylvania has to say about its line of Silverstar bulbs

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Applicants herein appreciated that if lamp capsules of the type known as the 9005 Sylvania Silverstar Ultra [...] were inserted into a conventional projection-type headlamp system, the coatings on these lamp capsules (if they could even produce a street-legal beam satisfying NHTSA standards) would be detrimental to performance, due to the manner in which the central, rear region of the ellipsoidal projection-type reflector forms the hotspot.


In other words: Osram Sylvania knows that the 9005 Silverstar Ultra bulb doesn't perform well in many headlamps, and [censored], it might not even satisfy minimum legal standards in your headlamp!

Re: Should I buy a Silverstar bulb--answered [Re: Dave_Mark] #5282546 12/02/19 03:37 AM
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Once I found out how difficult it was to change bulbs on my 2014 Fusion … did a bit of research and just put in Phillips Crystal Vision Ultra … big improvement over stock and supposed to outlast SS.

Re: Should I buy a Silverstar bulb--answered [Re: Dave_Mark] #5282589 12/02/19 06:43 AM
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I ran Silverstars for a few years, they are way over priced for how long they last. I also highly recommend not installing them in a vehicle where the bulbs are difficult to change because of their short lifespan. I've been running Philips Xtreme vision with much better results in my car, and my Jeep I converted from sealed beam halogens to LEDs for the price of a few silverstar bulbs.


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Re: Should I buy a Silverstar bulb--answered [Re: 4WD] #5282654 12/02/19 08:09 AM
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Originally Posted by 4WD
Once I found out how difficult it was to change bulbs on my 2014 Fusion … did a bit of research and just put in Phillips Crystal Vision Ultra … big improvement over stock and supposed to outlast SS.

Thanks 4WD. Just ordered a set for the old 98 Accord; still has the original bulbs and they are pretty dim.
I gave the car to a single Mom. Now the car is perfect!


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Re: Should I buy a Silverstar bulb--answered [Re: JeffKeryk] #5282689 12/02/19 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by JeffKeryk
Originally Posted by 4WD
Once I found out how difficult it was to change bulbs on my 2014 Fusion … did a bit of research and just put in Phillips Crystal Vision Ultra … big improvement over stock and supposed to outlast SS.

Thanks 4WD. Just ordered a set for the old 98 Accord; still has the original bulbs and they are pretty dim.
I gave the car to a single Mom. Now the car is perfect!

I did the 9012 mod in my Accord. Made a marked difference in light output.

As far as Silverstars - I had surprisingly good luck with them. They were still going strong after 2 yrs but became noticeably dimmer.


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Re: Should I buy a Silverstar bulb--answered [Re: mclasser] #5282786 12/02/19 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by mclasser
I did the 9012 mod in my Accord. Made a marked difference in light output.


What is the 9012 mode? Just a different bulb or is it more involved?
Thanks in advance.


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