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Headlight bulbs

I have a stock headlight bulb out and I want to replace both sides. What the latest greatest replacement bulb for the stock housings?

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i had them in my last FWB. There was a bad run on the forum it seems decades ago but mine lasted for years. But it ain't as easy as it used to be as there's like 3 or 4 different priced models at AZ now.

For the same or less money I could swear guys are reporting good luck with known name LEDs now.

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The problem with a lot of LED's is people think because they "look" brighter to the eye when you see the light source that is because LED's have a higher color "temperature" than typical headlights.

It is "lumens" that you want for throwing light good distance so compare the photometrics of whatever you chose....if they are published for whatever particular bulb you are looking at

FWIW I have had the Sylvania Silverstars in for years

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No offense intended, but I hate the silverstars. Stay away from anything tinted, I don't care if the blue makes it look fancier. Any tint is just reducing the amount of light being thrown, and even though it "looks" brighter, it's simply a placebo effect. Also, all sylvania bulbs are made in china, screw china. If you want standard halogen, the one I've been using lately is Phillips. They have a variety of standard and "+" brightness bulbs. I've been using either the +60% or +100% bulbs in stuff, depending on what was available. In my youngest brothers '11 CTS, the only available one for the high beams was the standard brightness, and it turned out to be the exact, actual OEM bulb that Cadillac puts in them. And they aren't overpowered or +wattage or any of that nonsense. My understanding is that the increased brightness comes from a higher quality, tighter wound filament that's able to more efficiently make use of the available current, and possibly also creating a tighter, more focused pattern of light. Also, Phillips are made in Germany. If it involves quality manufacturing, you want either USA, Japan or Germany.

Now, if you want to talk upgrades, there's been some amazing progress in the world of LEDs the last few years. There's a lot of stuff out there. At the moment, I'm interested in the stuff being made by OPT7. I plan to try out at least of set of low beams, and possibly a set of high beams from them. The previous generation are the Fluxbeam, which are about $80 a pair on Amazon, and the current gen are the Fluxbeam X that just came out, and are $100-110 I think. I've normally been against putting HID or LED into our older style headlights because they don't throw the light correctly, but supposedly the more recent LED stuff is starting to get be able to cope with this and work well without blinding oncoming drivers. I'm by no means an expert on LEDs, but the technology has finally reached the point that I'd be willing to take a stab at it.

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I run some 80w/100w Hellas. I don't recommend them if you haven't upgraded the harness though. Also they are technically offroad only.

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Hellas are also very good. I have a set of standard 55w/65w ones in my S10 and my brother's C4 vette with the Hella e-code glass conversion housings that you can just put standard H4 halogen bulbs into and still use the factory harness. Amazing cutoff, nifty little feature that angles some light up at road signs (have to be sure to get the correct side drive version, they have it for both LH and RH drive countries). I believe Hella is also made in Germany, but the bulbs are a little harder to find in the states so that's why I've been using the Phillips more now. You can get them online though, amazon for sure and probably fleabay.

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Another option: http://www.amazon.com/GE-NIGHTHAWK-P.../dp/B002UX5CHG

I'm running these on my car right now and I'm very happy with the performance. Better than standard halogens, 100% plug and play, and them seem to be lasting longer than the Silverstars.

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Originally Posted by Sshockr View Post
I run some 80w/100w Hellas. I don't recommend them if you haven't upgraded the harness though. Also they are technically offroad only.

I agree! I have run 80/100 Hellas and a HD relay wiring harness (LMC Truck .com, about $30) in my Impalas', Ford Excursion and Lincoln mark VII LSC, for over 10 years. I am very happy with the visible improvement in illumination. Used properly, no one flashes at me. (Not a dramatic improvement, but significant).

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