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Old 01-06-2006, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Headlights bulb help

What's the brightest bulbs i can buy for my headlights that wont cost me hundreds of dollars? I just bought a new set of Euro glass headlights, half projector, and I'm confused on what kinda bulbs i should use to get maximum light output. What temp Xenon's would be best for a combination of looks and lighting? What are some other possibilities for increasing light output?
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would use whatever the was recommended for your lights. I like the silverstars, but many people like the OEM bulbs. Did the lights not come with bulbs or tell you what to buy? Usually H1's or H7's, but you need to find out for sure.
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if they are inpro lights then they would be H7... but depo, zkw, and bosch.. would be h1...

as to your lighting question...
id suggest buying silverstars... now, they do cost aprox 20 bucks a bulb... x 2.. is 40... just think for another 150 u can buy HID's on ebay...
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i third the vote for silverstars
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i dont have the funds for hids. I need H1 bulbs. Silverstars are gonna be brightest? Are there different versions of H1 bulbs or will any H1 fit?
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if you ask for H1 silverstars at the parts store they will hook you up. H1 is H1. It will be like 100 bucks for all four.
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You can get higher wattage H1 bulbs from different sources on the net. But they are not street legal. I think the standard wattage is 65 watts, I have seen them up to 100 watts. They will probably be too bright, and could get you pulled over.

I have saved some money by buying Silverstars on Ebay. But be careful and check feedback score.
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Yea I have the Silverstars and love them. Personally though I like having the OEM bulb in the high beam slot. Then when you flash someone the contrast between the high and low beams is kinda cool - yellow vs. white. Don't use high beams much anyway.
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Yea I have the Silverstars and love them. Personally though I like having the OEM bulb in the high beam slot. Then when you flash someone the contrast between the high and low beams is kinda cool - yellow vs. white. Don't use high beams much anyway.

Same setup I have. The high beams seem to throw a lot of light just as they are. And I don't use mine much either.
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word of advice on higher wattage bulbs... if u do decide to get those crazy 100watt bulbs.. u have the threat to melt the wireing, and plastic around the bulb, bc it gets too hot..

OEM BULB is 55w...
HID bulb is 35w...

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So what is the wattage on standard H1 Silverstar bulbs? Think there is any threat of melting wiring with the Silverstars? I'm going to replace all 4 lights no matter what the cost is, i hate my yellow factory lights. Thanks for all the help, i appreciate it
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The Silverstars have the same wattage as the factory bulbs. So, no problem switching.
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on the subject of headlight bulbs...are thos PIAA bulbs really as bright and stuff as they say they are...100 bucks seems quite alot for bulbs that arent HID....
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on the subject of headlight bulbs...are thos PIAA bulbs really as bright and stuff as they say they are...100 bucks seems quite alot for bulbs that arent HID....
If you go to the Sylvania and PIAA websites, I believe you'll find the K (kelvin) ratings to be about the same. The higher the Kelvin rating, the brighter the lights.
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i dont know if you have bought the lights yet but Advance Auto Parts has a sale on the SilverStars right now. they are buy one, get one half off plus then you can get a 5dollar mail-in rebate. after all the math you'll be down to 25bucks for two bulbs after the mail-in rebate or 30bucks if you dont do it. i just replaced mine and i think they are 4300k, but that was a 9006 bulb, although the H1 should be right around the same.
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