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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: dwendt44] #750070 10/25/06 11:09 PM
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Human eyes are most sensitive to the yellow-green portion of the spectrum, so yellow will tend to appear brighter than blue everything else being equal. Some of the popular 'blue bulbs' appear to trade off bulb life for higher output but are also tinted, which reduces output.

When I drove motorcycles I use to use 55/100 watt bulbs, as a number of cars had the habit of leaving their brights on even if you blinked them them with the stock high beams; not a problem with the 55/100 bulbs.

Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: 1sttruck] #750071 10/26/06 06:25 PM
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In a conventional wattage/fit bulb, the GE line of NightHawk are the best, about 20% brighter than OEM, in some applications; no improvement in others.

There best bulbs by far, also conventional wattage are GE invented, Toshiba built 9011 and 9012 bulbs. They need to be slightly modified to fit to replace 9006 and 9007 bulbs but ther are about 50% brighter!!! They use a novel globe shape and a deposit of clear material that reflects heat back onto the filiment to get the greater efficiency. I use them in my PT Cruiser and Toyota RAV4 (1998) and they perform as advertised. You can order them on the web. Chrysler used them in a few vehicles but charges an arm and a leg for their Toshiba supplied part.

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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: RFIRE] #750072 10/27/06 07:57 PM
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Those 9012 bulbs sound good, if a little expensive. Shouldn't the 9012 low beam have a shaded end on it to reduce glare, like the 9006? What are the lifespan on these things?


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: T-Keith] #750073 10/29/06 05:32 AM
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Wagner Truview, got mine at napa.

Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: sxg6] #750074 10/29/06 06:46 AM
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I had two 9006 Silver Stars, and neither lasted more than 6 months. I just switched tonight to GE NightHawks. We'll see how they perform. I noticed today at Advance Auto the new SilverStar Ultras. The only difference advertised from the old SilverStar is longevity. I hope so. Anyway, they were too expensive. Too bad, because I loved them. They worked well in my 03 Tahoe.


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: IndyFan] #750075 10/29/06 06:26 PM
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IndyFan, where'd you get the GE's at and how much were they?


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: mshu7] #750076 10/30/06 02:22 AM
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The NightHawks you can get at WalMart..

I liked em, but one of the two I had blew a few months into it. XTRA Visions fixed everything..

Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: mshu7] #750077 10/30/06 04:12 AM
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I got them at Wal-Mart, and I think they were either 25 or 29 bucks for the pair. About 10 bucks less than Silver Stars. My bet is that they will last much longer. They are nice and bright, but not quite as good as the Sylvanias. More than enough to make up for the short life, however.


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: IndyFan] #750078 10/31/06 10:08 PM
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The 9011 and 9012 bulbs have normal life performance. The vastly increase output is a result of a clear coating and special globe shape that reflects the bulb's heat back toward its filiment. GE sells a line of these for outside building lights, etc., and licensed Toshiba to sell the automobile parts.

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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: ewetho] #750079 10/31/06 11:56 PM
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osram silverstars, not the silly sylvania blue ones we get here in the US.

You need to get the imported euro ones from ebay.

Well worth the money, the best bulb i've used.


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: Quickbeam] #750080 11/01/06 12:01 AM
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Quote:

Fwiw I buy my stuff and listen to what this guy says. He's opinionated and can be a bit grumpy at times but he has some impressive credentials when it comes to automotive lighting:





That's an accurate description of him. Cranky, but probably the best automotive lighting info resouce on the web.


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: XS650] #750081 11/04/06 12:20 PM
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Quote:

That's an accurate description of him. Cranky, but probably the best automotive lighting info resouce on the web.




Wouldn't you be cranky, too, if practically everybody buys into all the snake oil marketing instead of the sound information you give?

He's practically the only voice on the net to counter all the huckers, both large and small.

I've dealt with him directly, and he certainly wasn't cranky one on one.

A Dan Is The Lighting Guy forum would be just as helpful as BITOG.

Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: JustinH] #750082 11/06/06 05:57 AM
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I bought silver stars and one burned out at 9 mos. I went to Walmart and one cost about 21 bucks. I think a pair cost about 36 or 37 dollars.
Next day I was at Advanced Auto and they had the new and improved Sliver Star Ultra . Priced about 48 dollars but had about a 13 dollar discount for two. I am trying them out now. They are suppose to last 30% longer.


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: quicktruck] #750083 11/06/06 12:15 PM
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GE Nighthwaks in H4 in a 94 civic. Best bulbs i've used so far, and i've tried piaa, xtravision (the xtravision are a great value), sylvania us market silverstars (the coating looks cool but reduces light--simple physics there), philips bluevision. About the only bulb i like better than the nighthawks was the Philips VisionPlus; these are not readily availible in the US.


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Re: Your favorite non-OEM halogen headlight bulb? [Re: ChrisW] #750084 11/06/06 02:29 PM
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We run all of our vehicles with the headlights on.

I asked for a set of Xtravisions for Christmas, Mom went all out and bought me the silverstars. Lasted 3 months!!!! They were really bright but I will not buy those again. I have had the Xtravisions that I bought as a replacement in for about 8 months and I'm very happy with them. I also installed a relay harness in the jeep and the lights on high beam are very very good.

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