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Brighter bulbs

So as its getting closer to winter here in Kansas, I'm noticing how dim my headlights are. Kansas has a lot of deer even in developed areas. Is there a brighter bulb I could buy? I don't want to spend the money on new headlights or hid conversion just yet


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So as its getting closer to winter here in Kansas, I'm noticing how dim my headlights are. Kansas has a lot of deer even in developed areas. Is there a brighter bulb I could buy? I don't want to spend the money on new headlights or hid conversion just yet


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You can go to walmart (or any other car parts dealer) and get silverstar ultra's. I got them within 48 hours of buying my car. Night and day difference.

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^Kris is right, those are the best you are gonna get for the money. I didn't wanna spend that much for HID's either. They're a good bit brighter and whiter and you can find them at a lotta places, I think Walmart even.


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yep just make sure you get the ultras. Also, if you have the big grill fogs, Get some 9005 high beam ultras. higher wattage than the 45 watt stockers (60) and with Silverstar Ultra tech, more brightness help there. nothing will cook if you do this. I've been running them for a year, on all the time because they are the DRL requirement where I am.

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DDM hid kit. $45 and will last longer and much brighter. Just get the 4000 kit.

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+1 for the ultras. I had them on my v6 and they helped a good deal.


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Since your other thread with my response disappeared, I will rewrite it.


The brightest halogen you can get is the Philips HIR2 9012. It's rated at 1700 Lumens on low beam, which is higher than the Silverstar Ultras on high beam and VERY close to the 1800-2000 Lumens of HIDs on low beam.

The next brightest is the Philips X-Treme Power, which is about 1500 Lumens on low beam, which is a little brighter than the Silverstar Ultras.


Here is a pic comparing the Philips X-Treme Power and the Sylvania Silverstar Ultra side by side. Philips on the left, Sylvania on the right.





The Sylvania Silverstar Ultras are really popular, but aren't really much brighter than stock and they have a very short lifespan. On average, you'll only get about 2 years worth of use out of a set, but don't be surprised if they last less than 1 year.

They are technically rated at 1500 Lumens on low beam, but they also have a blue tinting on the bulb which reduces the amount of useable light that they emit. When tested under real world conditions, they come in closer to 900-1100 Lumens. They seem to be brighter because of the blue-white light vs the yellowish light of others, but they aren't really. It's more of a placebo effect than it is an actual increase in the amount of light. It LOOKS whiter, and most people equate that to brighter.
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The Sylvania Silverstar Ultras are really popular, but aren't really much brighter than stock and they have a very short lifespan. On average, you'll only get about 2 years worth of use out of a set, but don't be surprised if they last less than 1 year.

They are technically rated at 1500 Lumens on low beam, but they also have a blue tinting on the bulb which reduces the amount of useable light that they emit. When tested under real world conditions, they come in closer to 900-1100 Lumens. They seem to be brighter because of the blue-white light vs the yellowish light of others, but they aren't really. It's more of a placebo effect than it is an actual increase in the amount of light. It LOOKS whiter, and most people equate that to brighter.
^^^^^^^^^ Exactly.


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The brightest halogen you can get is the Philips HIR2 9012. It's rated at 1700 Lumens on low beam, which is higher than the Silverstar Ultras on high beam and VERY close to the 1800-2000 Lumens of HIDs on low beam.
...And this won't be too hot and/or melt wires or anything?

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I've tried I think all the bulbs mentioned in this thread and there is little to no difference on the road.

I ended up giving them all to friends, keeping the stock bulbs in the glove box and installing a set of the RetroSolutions HID's - 4300k, 35watts, (That's OEM spec color temp and wattage) capped bulbs. <- capped because it's an open ended bulb type lamp housing

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They look great, put out SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more light and are not offensive or glaring to oncoming motorists. I've mentioned this in a couple other threads but I had a law enforcement officer friend of mine come over at night to inspect them both in his car and out as I drove by and not only did he give them a thumbs up for being ok for road use, he said that they were much more easy on the eyes than the majority of OEM projector HID's.


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