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Sylvania Xtravisions are in the pink packaging, and produce more light. They do not burn as hot, and don't filter out yellow light like the Silverstars. Xtravisions are the Euro spec silverstar as well. Silverstars have more glare becuase of their color temp, and it'll show up on rain and snow. They're not blue like ricer lights but there is a difference between Xtra'* and SS'*. That'* why I recomend them (not to mention they're less then 1/2 the price of SS).
I've seen threads like these on many boards.
Guy on a MCSS board has had problems so he emailed Osram Sylvania
Originally Posted by Osram/Sylvania
Thank you for your inquiry.
The SilverStars are a performance, premium halogen that has a shorter life span
than the standard version. The shorter life span is directly related to the
performance nature of the lamps. The blue absorption coating on the glass
contributes to the crisp white light emitted, but also traps heat inside the
capsule, causing the filament to burn out more quickly, thus decreasing the
life. As with most high performance products, there is a trade-off between the
higher performance and the life hours, unfortunately. The SilverStar product
works harder (not burns hotter, however) to give the whiter, brighter light and
that impacts the life hours. The SilverStar product is quoted as "lasting
up to a year" (from our FAQ on the website):
SilverStar Frequently Asked Questions
What is the life expectancy of SilverStar?
The life expectancy of a SilverStar halogen light source is dependent on the
driver'* use of the lights, which vary by season, time of day and number of
miles driven. We estimate the SilverStar halogen lights to have a life span of
up to one year under average driving conditions. The life of the SilverStar is
further decreased if being used in a day-time running light application.
If you feel that your personal driving habits do not warrant the life expectancy
that you received from your SilverStars, please feel free to return the product
with receipt of purchase (if you have it) and with this e-mail to the address
below. Please also include the approximate hours you received from our product,
type of product purchased, if it was used in a daytime running light
application, your name, address (no PO boxes please), phone number, make, year
and model of vehicle. This information will aide our Quality Department in their
audit of the returned product. Upon receiving this, I will process your
replacement. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further
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