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Old 08-20-2003, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default 80 Watt Low Beam Bulbs - good idea or not?

With all the talk of HID'*, PIAA'*, Xenon and Silverstars, I noticed that there are 80W 9006 bulbs for sale at JC Whitney and eBay. On eBay you can find claimed color temps of 5000K and 5800K!

Here'* an example -

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...tem=2427903249

So are these safe to run in the 1997 headlamp housing or what? And would it overtax the wiring or confuse the headlamp monitor?

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ok first off dont buy some cheesy knockoff brand that hasnt been heard of........my friend bought some in a japanese box and they melted the plastic clip on it and now they are taped on hahaha........the ones i bought work great havent had a problem yet with them yet and its so funny cuz when i run my fogs (stock halogen) with my white headlights people flash their brights at me thinking that i have my brights on.....the ones i run are legal.......dont go with cool blue they are horrible cuz they are not blue grr waste of $30......if you look into silverstars they are good bulbs but not that great of prices on them and plus they are not that blue compared to the ones i have and also others.......if you want a little tint of blue with it being pretty bright they are good but if you want a deeper blue (looks really white on ground and walls) go with xenon-white headlights like me or something close to that cuz i believe that would be your best bet...
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i have piaa xtreme white plus 9006'*

51w = 115w, 4000K

there'* the ratings - they work awesome and have a lifetime warranty i believe
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They should work fine. I had 80w Naxos bulbs in mine for about 7 months. Just don't touch the headlight cover if they've been on, it gets fairly hot.
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My low beams are 55W Hyper white.. Look great. People have flashed their lights at me too cause they thought they were my high beams. Hahahaaa. I should have turned my Plasma highs on them to show them I didn't.
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Purchase an upgrade harness designed for the high output bulbs, It costs about $40 I had a set of high wattage bulbs and melted my wiring harness because of the extra current draw.
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you shouldn't need a harness if you use a bulb that draws the same amount like PIAA'*. they take 51w and turn them into 115!!
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Default Feeling partial to PIAA'*

I'm going to shop for some PIAA'*. Considering how hot it has been around here I won't go with 80 watt bulbs. Plus, I'm a little nervous about buying the nonames on eBay. I see the PIAA Xtremes on eBay too, but I wonder if they're authentic - kind of like buying a fake Rolex in Manhattan, right? I might just spring for the ones at tirerack.com for $77 USD (ouch) - any other recommendations?

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OK guys lighting question. What size are the bulbs on a 1997 bonneville for High, Low, and Fog?? Thanks! I put a set of 9007 silverstars on our 99 explorer and love the results, hopefully they should be about 10x better with a non-plastic headlight assembly.
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highs = 9005'*
lows = 9006'*
fogs should be either 880'* or 885'*???
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