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01-17-2020 08:01 AM
87manche I don't mind replacing them every 2ish years if they get dim.
every 10 months when one burnt out driving down the road was a drag.
so far they haven't dimmed noticeably, but you know how that is.
you don't realize it until you put new bulbs in and go damn those are bright.
01-17-2020 07:50 AM
pcorssmit
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Originally Posted by 87manche View Post

sylvania xtravision bulbs I put in after the 2nd set of silverstars have gone two years.
I've been running these in our vehicles for years (the Xtravision, in the purple package) and have been happy with them. ~$20/pair. They do dim over time; I just replaced the ones in the wife's car that were still working and the new ones are noticeably brighter. They don't look as bright as some other bulbs, but the actual visibility is better.

Pete
01-17-2020 06:13 AM
ChiScouter Ordered Phillips Extreme Vision off of Amazon, 30 bucks.
01-16-2020 07:56 PM
freerider15
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Originally Posted by CarterKaft View Post
Beamtechs have been suggested in other circles as being "good".

I learned allot from this thread on ADV but I haven't bought any yet...
https://advrider.com/f/threads/how-t...-want.1080510/
I run drop in Beamtechs in four vehicles.

Two XJ's and an XJ buggy (all with Hella E-Code housings)
'99 F-350 with '05 headlight housings.

All have better cutoff than stock, but much brighter.

I've yet to have anyone flash me running these in the last few years, same with the wife.

There might be "better" out there, but for ~$30 a pair...been WELL worth it. Biggest different was the F-350...dogsh*t before, FAR better now.
01-16-2020 07:41 PM
FlexyTJ
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Originally Posted by rockota View Post
why are you going through low beams every couple of months?

I'd answer that before spending money on more bulbs...
This.

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Originally Posted by takotruckin View Post
Because Silverstars are junk and donít last.
But this too, it's pretty well documented.
01-16-2020 07:29 PM
[486] I need a pair of H7s for some high beams that'll blind the absolute fuck out of everyone
Seems the only thing I use my brights for any more is for oncoming assholes that think the blue light on the dash means their headlights are on

at work we have many loaner cars and it seems half the time you jump in one, the brights are latched on
01-16-2020 07:06 PM
87manche
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Originally Posted by D_JEEPER View Post
Been running Silverstars in my vehicles for years.

I cannot say they are the best as I am not a certified light bulb "judgerator", but I cannot imagine they are the worst.

It is much easier to blame the product than to diagnose the issue in the vehicle. :thumbs:
my wife's volvo ate a set of silverstars every 10-12 months.

sylvania xtravision bulbs I put in after the 2nd set of silverstars have gone two years.

no problems in the car. factory relay setup with not shitty wire, separate bulbs for hi/low.
DRL used the low beam and I really think they didn't like that shit.
01-16-2020 05:12 PM
cslimfu Bought these for my 06 f150. They were the deal of the day when I got them and $30 I think. The base is adjustable to focus the cutoff and pattern in a standard housing. I didn't have to mess with that, but did aim the buckets down a little. Nice white and bright light that isn't puking light into the faces of oncoming drivers.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
01-16-2020 05:05 PM
Jwrednecki
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Originally Posted by u2slow View Post
Long Life bulbs typically have reduced light output due to the more robust filament.



Same general idea as rough-service, and 125-130V rated incandescent household lamps.
She hasn't killed a bus load of nuns do to low visibility and I don't have to scrape the back of my hand every 6 months changing a bulb, so they are ok with me. And I didn't see a difference when I put them in. I had a standard bulb in one side and the long life in the other and they looked equal shining down the driveway.

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01-16-2020 04:16 PM
u2slow
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Originally Posted by Jwrednecki View Post
They are the long life bulbs made in Germany. They have thicker elements. Haven't changed a bulb on three years now.
Long Life bulbs typically have reduced light output due to the more robust filament.

Same general idea as rough-service, and 125-130V rated incandescent household lamps.
01-16-2020 04:11 PM
Jwrednecki
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Originally Posted by ChiScouter View Post
2014 subaru crosstrek. I put a meter on and voltage was over 14. Both sides burn out. Sylvania seems to be what all the auto parts places sell around here. I have heard from others that the next step up from the silverstars which I think are called goldstars have a shorter life than the silverstars.
Wife's Forester and her sisters were going through bulbs ever 6 months. Did some reading on the Subaru forums and they recommended Osram H11's. They are the long life bulbs made in Germany. They have thicker elements. Haven't changed a bulb on three years now.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071H7CRZ8..._NXoiEbD8CSQER

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01-16-2020 03:40 PM
u2slow I put some SeaLight 9008 LEDs (amazon) in a friend's JK. The hardest part was manually clocking them correctly in the housing. Could not get hem to sit exactly right (10 degrees off approx) but the results were still good.

I almost ordered a set for the gf's Liberty, but got 50% brighter halogens from rockauto for ~$8 each instead.

Something I noticed on both Jeeps... the stock halogens go dark inside from filament oxidation over time. I get some of that would be normal, but for the lamp to go basically black? I thought changing them when they burn out was often enough...
01-16-2020 02:27 PM
Alpine4x4 I just put LED's in my 2011 Ram to get rid of the shitty stock light output. I went with Hikari Ultra H11's from Amazon for my lows and Hikari standard LED's in 9005 for my Fogs. I have yet to upgrade the high beams, but will be soon. They were plug and play, but I didn get some flicker from my lows. I was able to adjust my trucks settings using an app to disable PWM to the headlights and fixed that. Prior to LED's I upgraded my stock fogs from 9145's to 9005s and that was a nice bump in brightness. Lows were Silverstar H11's. These LED's are next level. They're definitely not the brightest in the world, but the kill the stock lighting. They dont scatter light terribly like the old LED's did, it does help the Ram quad reflector housings work well with LED's. I also just stuck a 30" curved LED lightbar in between my tow hooks to use as a high beam. Works great.

You will notice that while LED's are bright, the whiter light doesnt seem like it shines as far. If you can get bulbs at 5000k or 4500k they will appear brighter, but will also be yellower if thats a concern. The other concern is heat, LED's dont develop much heat at all. If you live somewhere where it snows your headlights run the risk of icing over if the snow is heavy and wet. We had this happen on our 17 wrangler with factory LED's and had to pull over every 10-15 minutes to wipe the housings off. This was also a very bad storm with wet snow and it is the only time we've had to do it.
01-16-2020 01:38 PM
Kyle_T https://blackflamecustoms.com/2014-s...ight-housings/

This and never look back.


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01-16-2020 01:33 PM
Weasel
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Originally Posted by PROJECTJUNKIE View Post
I worked in a rural area that crossed 7 miles of national forest, and open range cattle lease. After yet another coworker totaled a truck related to animals on the road, I put an Amazon light bar in the bumper of my DD, well worth it IMO
Similar I run 2 Baja Designs S2 lights on my Jeep and love them. Ran them on my Dodge and similar setup on my BMW when I had them, low enough and aimed, it doesn't bother traffic either.

I am amazed I have IPF H4 inserts in my Cherokee that I have had for over 12 years. LED are better but they ice over in the winter.
01-16-2020 01:28 PM
scooter2374 My '07 Subie Impreza 5 doors hates any of the Sylvania bulbs, but loves the cheapo NAPA ones. YMMV.
01-16-2020 01:23 PM
PROJECTJUNKIE I worked in a rural area that crossed 7 miles of national forest, and open range cattle lease. After yet another coworker totaled a truck related to animals on the road, I put an Amazon light bar in the bumper of my DD, well worth it IMO
01-16-2020 01:21 PM
CrustyJeep
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Originally Posted by MattS View Post
But not asshole bright so everyone flashes you. Like all the dumbasses that put LED bulbs in a normal reflector housing. Those people should be run off the road.
This is old information. The new LED's have gotten efficient enough that the size can be brought down to about the same size as an incandescent filament. I ran the old large format emitters for awhile and they weren't so great. I use them for my hi-beams now. The new ones I use for low beams now are muuch better.
01-16-2020 11:44 AM
Harry Johnson I had the same issue in my daily. Bitched to the guy at the auto parts store while I was buying my third pack of bulbs in a year and he told me to stop buying the more expensive, brighter bulbs and just get the cheap-o not-so-bright bulbs instead.. still made by Sylvania.

Tried that and those bulbs lasted the last 2 years I owned my truck.
01-16-2020 11:30 AM
MattS
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Originally Posted by thetastelingers View Post
Fuck. I put silverstars in my wifes 4Runner not long ago...
I run them in my 4runners and have for years. They last about 2-3 years. My commute is 1.5 hours a day and they are on the whole time. Don't worry about it. I put in Ultra's last time. They are awesome. But not asshole bright so everyone flashes you. Like all the dumbasses that put LED bulbs in a normal reflector housing. Those people should be run off the road.

https://www.sylvania-automotive.com/...ltra/index.jsp
01-16-2020 10:50 AM
clb 017
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Originally Posted by rockota View Post
Right. Got it. Well informed post there.

But let's run with it.

"replace the one light you keep burning out with a different brand, because Silvertars are junk and don't last. problem solved."
Winnerwinner chicken dinner!
01-16-2020 10:34 AM
Kunker
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Originally Posted by takotruckin View Post
Any of my customers that has come in with a concern of ďmy headlights keep burning outĒ either has had an obvious burned connection at the bulb socket, or silverstar bulbs.

Sylvania lost a class action lawsuit because the bulbs were marketed as longer lasting and they didnít last as long as they claimed.

The internet is also full of posts from people that got a short lifespan out of their silverstar bulbs. They simply arenít worth the money.

My vehicles that still run halogens all use Philips Xtreme vision. The set in my truck are going on 6 years old at this point and still work fine.
My Silverstars burned out, days apart, at 1 year. Threw in some shitty generic bulbs, never burned one out again. I looked at it as a trade off for the better lighting, but didn't drive enough in the dark to care.
01-16-2020 10:26 AM
[email protected] Read the back of the bulb package. Anything but the "standard" will say right on the back that it's going to burn out 10x faster.
01-16-2020 10:22 AM
DMG I bought led bulbs for my mid-travel tundra that sees a lot of off-road miles. I put them in and turned them on, happy about the bright white light they put out but not happy that the bulb seal wouldn’t fit with them in place. Then I heard the little tiny cooling fan in them and decided that one dose of mud or snow would end the fan and cook the bulbs. I took them out and ordered the 2nd brightest sylvania bulbs.


So I wouldn’t use less on most vehicles. They aren’t ready yet. Get a led light bar on amazon and run that when your headlights aren’t enough. Just remember to turn it off around other traffic and aim it low.
01-16-2020 10:16 AM
DMG
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Originally Posted by takotruckin View Post
Because Silverstars are junk and donít last.
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Originally Posted by rockota View Post
Right. Got it. Well informed post there.

But let's run with it.

"replace the one light you keep burning out with a different brand, because Silvertars are junk and don't last. problem solved."
Heat kills bulbs. Halogen bulbs get hot and the brighter they are, the hotter they are. Especially if the headlight capsule in smaller, a brighter than stock bulb will burn out faster.
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