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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-25-2017, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Question Best light bulbs ?

So I currently have a daytime running light bulb out, and it is on my drivers side. I want to know the best light bulb for our cars and should I switch to LED? I always liked LED lights because of how bright they are but I am unsure what to go with. Currently I have default lights in my car Xtra vision I think is what they are called. So if anyone has any ideas to share or good recommendations I would appreciate it!

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Sylvania Bulbs are fine, Incandescent.

LEDs are nice for immediate illumination, but in lights not designed specifically for them they will struggle with distance illumination. There are several articles on the subject speaking to the Pros and Cons of LED headlight bulbs. They're not really plugin and go for all applications.

LEDs are good for fogs and other lights in the G8, but for these headlights you should stick with those that are best for the projectors.

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I should add that it is important to note the "designed for them" part. The reflective surfaces inside the light are the reason for the disadvantage, rather than the bulb itself. Headlamps designed for LED bulbs will compensate for that.

Though, why spend all sorts of money to use an LED Bulb? These lights are pretty darn good on their own without modification. Plug OEM style in and move on.
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Thanks! Makes sense.
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Sylvania Bulbs are fine, Incandescent.

LEDs are nice for immediate illumination, but in lights not designed specifically for them they will struggle with distance illumination. There are several articles on the subject speaking to the Pros and Cons of LED headlight bulbs. They're not really plugin and go for all applications.

LEDs are good for fogs and other lights in the G8, but for these headlights you should stick with those that are best for the projectors.

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I should add that it is important to note the "designed for them" part. The reflective surfaces inside the light are the reason for the disadvantage, rather than the bulb itself. Headlamps designed for LED bulbs will compensate for that.

Though, why spend all sorts of money to use an LED Bulb? These lights are pretty darn good on their own without modification. Plug OEM style in and move on.
I went with the OPT 7 LED last year and they died after a year. They are a simply plug-n-play but LED's are not yet reliable. The LED itself is fine, but the need a heat sink or fan to cool - the fans both died on my LED bulbs so I went back to stock bulbs for now.
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I've always run Sylvania Silverstars in my non-HID equipped cars. I have them in our Subaru which has projector lenses. Looks very much like HIDs.
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I've always run Sylvania Silverstars in my non-HID equipped cars. I have them in our Subaru which has projector lenses. Looks very much like HIDs.
Yup, I went the SilverStars - or whatever the whiter bulb is called.
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I went with the OPT 7 LED last year and they died after a year. They are a simply plug-n-play but LED's are not yet reliable. The LED itself is fine, but the need a heat sink or fan to cool - the fans both died on my LED bulbs so I went back to stock bulbs for now.
Yeah, that's a big reason to avoid LEDs. Active cooling is required, and it all seems like so much needless cost for an item that you insert and forget about for literally years.

In fact, I don't recall replacing my headlight bulbs at all. That tends to mean it was so long ago that I forgot.

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Awhile ago, had a decent run with a set of Phillips Crystal Vision headlamp bulbs. Am unsure what bulbs are currently in there, but typically shy away from the ones that promise long or extended life since, in my experience, they burn out faster than the regular bulbs. At one point in time always replaced bulbs (manufacturer recommend) in pairs. However, depending on the vehicle and its light setup, will exchange one bulb at a time if the old one was recently replaced or the contrast in color and/or beam pattern isn't too apparent.

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I use the Ultra Silverstars. THey lose some brightness over a two year period. LEDs dont give the distance of factory or HIDs. HIDs are usually a pain to deal with. I'm looking for brighter than Ultras but one that won't melt my lens from the heat. No matter what options you go with there is not one hundred percent fool proof option.

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Looks like some of you have run the Silverstars.

Been my experience that DRL systems are hard on them. They are warrantied, but
They don't seem to last.
My HID setup from Spencer's has held up well.

things are not as they appear to be.........

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If staying incandescent, and you want actual bulbs that put out more lumens. Do an H9 swap into the lows. A sharp knife or narrow chisel is all you need to cut the post out between the two terminals on the bulb.
Now a trim on the metal tab.







Make sure you have not left any fingerprints on the bulb glass, and stuff it in. H11 are around 1350 Lumen. H9 is 2100. About a 55% increase. Buy 2 more bulbs but modify all of them (4) . This way when one burns out. You can just swap one from the highbeam and you are not in the dark.
Hell, try before you buy. mod you current bulbs. Try them and see if you like it. If not stick them back.

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