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Old 05-30-2006, 01:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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PIAA Bulbs?

My headlight blew on my car last night so i plan on upgrading them. I want to acheive the HID look without spending the money. Anyone have experience with the Xtreme White PIAA h7 bulbs? I want to get as close to the HID look as possible. Are these worth the 90 bucks, or should I look at some other bulbs?
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Old 05-30-2006, 01:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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These bulbs don't come close to HID. I have tried them in the past. I bought them for my 540i and was not happy with the results. I ended up buying the upgrade kit for $1500.
Save your money and buy the silverstars for around $35 a pair I believe or the stocks for alot cheaper

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I have the Xtreme Whites in mine and am happy with them. They are much brighter than stock. I got mine at Velocity Factor for about $65. For my money, these are fine and I saved $1450.
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Good for you exjarhead328!

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got any pictures of them jar?
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I'll try to remember to snap as few after work.
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I prefer the Silverstar. Cheaper, readily available at any local PepBoys and they achieve the whiter look. Keep in mind, you WILL NOT get an HID look from standard halogen bulbs. The best you can get is a color change. PIAA can give you a bluer bulb, Silverstar are closer to white, OEM are yellowish.
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I have some really cheap 80W bulbs from Amazon.com. They were $25 and made in Korea by Lumilite. However, they are perfectly white. If I drive down the road with just my fogs on, it lights it up almost as good as with headlights, so they are very bright.

I've used them for a while and they have not overheated the socket or burnt out, so I'd go with them again.
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jar this is me reminding you to take a picture. now!
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I agree with Hootie, the PIAA's look maybe slightly blue but mostly a bright clean white. People will occasionally flash me thinking I have brights on. They are bright but they don't seem to have as quite as focused a beam as HID's. It's been raining for 3 days straight with more on the way, I'll try for some pics tonight.
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Heliolite "Xenon White" 4200k 80W bulbs. $25 for 2 of them. Yay! They have no tint of blue at all, just white.
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where can u get those heliolites?? and what kinda bulb would i get for my depo fogs? i think ima get some of those for the fogs...
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I have silverstars, with the rebate i got a few months ago, the price wasnt bad. the PIAA's are def. better, but not worth the extra $ to me... like LOS said, if you really want that look, a regualr halogen isnt gonna cut it.
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rex where did u get the silverstars from and for how much??
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I got the Heliolites from eautoworks.com through Amazon.com. Amazon doesnt have them any more. You can go to eautoworks.com and pick your car, then they will have a table of which lightbulb type you need (I needed 9006's for the fogs and H7's for the highs). They were only $25.
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