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what is the best/brightest headlight bulb on the market?

Discussion in 'Exterior / Detailing / Bodywork' started by knivesout, Sep 10, 2008.



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  1. knivesout

    knivesout ¬ µ ∫ ç π Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    i was thinkin about getting the osram silverstars, sylvania silverstar ultras or phillips extreme. possibly PIAA but not sure if they're worth the money. don't have time/money for the HID retrofit and no ebay PnP HIDs for me, so just gettin bulbs for now....basically just lookin for the best bulbs out there and i do like a tinge of blue to the light output, but just as long as they're quality!

    just lookin for people's experiences and opinions on what they've tried. thanks!
     
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    one6 Shorts and Sandals FTW! Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    :word: I was about to offer the same link. I'm running Phillips Extreme Power +80% bulbs and I'll never use a different halogen bulb, they're that good!
     
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    lkailburn New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    i ran the osram night breakers for a while before doing my hid retrofit. the osrams are definitly a great upgrade over stock. albeit, my stockers were probably 10 years old and faded but i was very impressed with the osram bulbs.

    -Luke
     
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    I kinda want some, where'd you get em at?
     
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    I got them from autolamps-online.com. I highly recommend them, they were the cheapest I found online, $40 shipped from the UK. Customer Service was great, answered my emails promptly and politely (I emailed first to make sure they had them in stock as they're pretty popular overseas). What's even better, they took 5 business days to get to my door (Royal AirMail don't play)!
     
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    Technically, 4300K HID's are the brightest.
     
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    Nice!! $40!! Sold!!
     
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    +1. i'm so happy i finished my retrofit. one of the best daily driver mods i've done

    -Luke
     
  10. one6

    one6 Shorts and Sandals FTW! Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    This is true, but a retrofit is expensive for most of us and PnP kits suck.

    What kind of headlight bulb does you mx5 use? The Phillips Extreme Power only comes in 2 sizes, H4 and H7.
     
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    H4 yo! Lets put one or your bulbs in to see if I like it :D
     
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    ok, i think i'll go with the phillips x-treme then. nobody thinks the PIAAs are worth the extra cash? haven't seen much in the way of reviews on those bulbs...
     
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    I had PIAA Extreme 4300K bulbs when I had Denji projector headlights. While they were whiter in color than stock bulbs, they sucked in inclimate weather. They weren't much brighter than Silverstars, and even those suck. Go with the Philips, you won't regret it.
     
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    I rock Philips XTP +80%'s and they're HELLA bright. Throw in foglights with PIAA H3 Ion Crystal's wired so they stay on with highbeams, and night driving is pure sex. I love driving at night in my car, whether its in good weather or bad. I can see everything.

    I got mine for about 40-45 shipped off www.powerbulbs.com.
     
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    Driving in front of you must be pure fucking hell!
     
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    nice. phillips it is! what's recommended for fogs? i've got a 00 ex with no fogs...should i go ebay or OEM? and is it a fairly easy DIY?
     
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    I've had someone drive my car while I was in another car. Man is it annoying :lol:.

    OEM. www.handaacessories.com

    Install is very easy. All you need to do is cut the bumper and the lines are already there on the back, inside the bumper as long as you have the OEM bumper.
     
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    In addition i would reccomend Silverstar Ultras. The ouput is the best i've seen for 50 bucks!
     
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    Sorry, but the light output on Ultras is less than regular Silverstars. I know because when I was working at Autozone, a coworker blew one of his silverstars and decided to replace it with an Ultra, the older silverstar was noticeably brighter than the brand new "brighter" Ultra. Plus I hate to break your bubble, but Silverstars are no brighter than regular standard Halogen bulbs, they just have that stupid blue tint that's useless in the rain, fog, or worse a snow storm.
     
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    thanks guys! just ordered my phillips x-tremes from powerbulbs. looking forward to seeing how they compare to my stock bulbs :thumbs up
    they are also including some phillips 5w wedge bulbs for free, are these the bulbs that are used for the turn signals or??
     


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