What Is The Brightest Low Beam Bulb Replacement?

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What Is The Brightest Low Beam Bulb Replacement?

Postby GoCreditGo! » Sun Nov 24, 2013 9:06 pm

Anyone know which ones are the brightest (not requiring a ballast)?


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Postby djrez4 » Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:00 pm

All bulbs you buy at the store will be the same 55 watt consumption. You can order higher-wattage bulbs, but the wiring in your vehicle is probably inadequate. Install a relay to draw power directly from the battery.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:22 am

I've played this game in my 'youth'. You seemingly see guys with 'brighter' lights due to the color temperature of the bulb. These so called xenon (I call fake HID) bulbs are crap. When weather is nice (i.e. no rain) you seemingly get more light on the road and it seems like the road is very well lit.

Not throw in inclement weather and you will think both bulbs are out.

Stick with the halogens dude. They may look 'ugly' as they are not mimicking the HID that high end cars run but believe me, when the weather gets bad and it does in the Pacific Northwest.... you will be strapping those camping headlamps on your forehead to help you see.

Best alternative is to convert your system to run HID (the caveat is your headlamp reflector was not designed for that much light output so your cutoff line would suck and you would be spraying light everywhere; including the oncoming driver's eyes)
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Postby Mrm-na » Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:56 pm

If you really think you need brighter low beams, just please try to keep it sane and well adjusted.
To be honest, I've become agitated with other drivers' "low" headlights in the last few years. The current trend towards super bright headlights has started to give me a chip on my shoulder. Halogens should be all that anyone needs, unless their vision is so bad that they shouldn't be driving.
To be fair my car does sit low, but that's not unusual, and I never used to get blinded nearly so badly and frequently until the last few years when headlights started to get out of control. Even factory installed HIDs are a nuisance compared to the lights on older cars.

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Postby GoCreditGo! » Wed Nov 27, 2013 8:15 pm

I picked up Sylvania Silver Star ones. They are halogen. I just want more light. I don't care about what it looks like to people. I just want brighter lights for me :)


FastSRT8 wrote:I've played this game in my 'youth'. You seemingly see guys with 'brighter' lights due to the color temperature of the bulb. These so called xenon (I call fake HID) bulbs are crap. When weather is nice (i.e. no rain) you seemingly get more light on the road and it seems like the road is very well lit.

Not throw in inclement weather and you will think both bulbs are out.

Stick with the halogens dude. They may look 'ugly' as they are not mimicking the HID that high end cars run but believe me, when the weather gets bad and it does in the Pacific Northwest.... you will be strapping those camping headlamps on your forehead to help you see.

Best alternative is to convert your system to run HID (the caveat is your headlamp reflector was not designed for that much light output so your cutoff line would suck and you would be spraying light everywhere; including the oncoming driver's eyes)

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Postby djrez4 » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:51 am

GoCreditGo! wrote:I picked up Sylvania Silver Star ones. They are halogen. I just want more light. I don't care about what it looks like to people. I just want brighter lights for me :)


Silverstars are a waste of money. The blue tint reduces the amount of light they put out. For normal halogens, Sylvania Xtravisions are as good as it gets.

Like I tried to convey above, the only way you get more light is by using more watts. Your car is designed for 55/60 (low/high) bulbs. If you want to run brighter bulbs, you need to redo wiring. Read this. Heck, read here about why the Silverstars are a waste. Then, return them and get better bulbs. Or, don't listen to us and run them, reducing your effective light output.
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Postby lucasoil4u » Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:36 am

You can get a good HID conversion kit for 100 bucks. I install 100's a year. If you get a brighter bulb non HID it might be a little brighter but the life will decrease. I recommend HID conversion. Just my 2 cents as I install a few a week.

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Postby djrez4 » Fri Jan 17, 2014 11:05 am

HID conversions are a bad idea. (But good on Lucasoil4u for doing brisk business.)

Halogen bulb headlights have reflectors and lenses that are designed to focus the light of a halogen bulb filament into a certain pattern. The arc in an HID bulb, even if it's designed to be located in the same place as the filament it's replacing, is a different shape. The stock reflector and lense in your car are not designed to focus the light from an HID arc into the proper pattern. So, you may perceive more light and you may actually be producing more light, but it's not going to be in the right places. You'll be blinding oncoming drivers and you may miss road hazards the are outside of the new beam pattern.

In the end, it's up to you. But, choosing to install an HID conversion kit in your car kind of makes you a dick.
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Postby lucasoil4u » Fri Jan 17, 2014 1:28 pm

i adjust the lights as low as they can go on the road and to be honest there isnt any more glare than ANY car with factory HIDS So you can call me a dick if you want. but thats fine with me.
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Postby djrez4 » Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:25 am

lucasoil4u wrote:i adjust the lights as low as they can go on the road and to be honest there isnt any more glare than ANY car with factory HIDS So you can call me a dick if you want. but thats fine with me.
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You're not a dick for installing them. Like I said, good on ya for doing brisk business. But lowering the beams to prevent glare also eliminates some important areas of the beam pattern. And plenty of people, the ones I have so eloquently called "dicks," choose to install HID kits without adjusting anything. Those people blind oncoming drivers. I think my name calling is justified.

Car companies design headlights to provide maximum useful light with minimal glare. Conversion kits screw that up. The only way to get a proper beam pattern out of an HID bulb in a halogen headlamp is to defy the laws of physics.
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