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Old 02-04-2008, 10:23 PM   #1
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Default Need pics of silverstar and regular headlights

I want to upgrade to the Silverstar headlights as I do most of my driving when it is dark because I work midnights.


I know there is a considerable difference in light output, but I would just like to see some pics of cars at night with the SS bulbs and with the stock bulbs.

I did a search and didn't really find anything
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not trying to copy you here but I'm curious as well!
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I have the silverstar ultra and they work fine at night and really well when its raining.
the color temp is around 3900k they have a slightly better output than the regular ss bulbs. Over the stock bulbs I can see another 100 feet down the road and it makes the paint lines on the roads stand out really well. also I can spot the reflective lettering on cop cars a mile away in open areas.
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I wasn't impressed with the light output of the silverstars. They are much whiter, yes, but not that much brighter. There was a bigger difference in light output between my new headlight lens and my old slightly fogged headlight lens than there was between the two different types of bulbs.
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I wasn't impressed with the light output of the silverstars. They are much whiter, yes, but not that much brighter.
I agree. The whiter part of them makes it very hard to see the road when it is raining. Jason, remember that test we did WAY back? I had a Silverstar in one headlight and my blue ebay bulb in the other headlight. I had jason guess which one was the Silverstar. He guessed the ebay bulb
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So, then could my $55 be better spent on a different set of lights then? I can get them here for about $80 for both pair, and on Ebay for about $55 for both pair shipped.

As I said, I probably do almost %75 of my driving at night and am looking for something to improve nighttime visibility.
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Depends on how fogged your lenses are. I drove around like this for years until i finally a new right side lens at a good price and jumped on it.

These are regular bulbs.


...........................................Old lens.............................................. .................................................. .....................................New Lens.

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So, then could my $55 be better spent on a different set of lights then? I can get them here for about $80 for both pair, and on Ebay for about $55 for both pair shipped.

As I said, I probably do almost %75 of my driving at night and am looking for something to improve nighttime visibility.
HIR bulbs
i Have them in my High Beams and Lows. I Say there about 20-30% brighter then SS and Normal Hologen Bulbs

Take a look at the specs them selfs. PS... The Silver Stars are the SAME Lumins as the "halogen" Bulbs listed, so no better then other bulbs. But look how much brighter the HIRs are
http://www.rallylights.com/hella/9005.asp
http://www.rallylights.com/hella/9006.asp

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General Electric patented this new technology in 2000. Their intention was to create a bulb that emits about 3/4 as many lumins as an HID capsule at a fraction of the cost. The technology was licensed to Toshiba for automotive use.

The technology involves a specially shaped quartz globe which has multiple layers of semi-reflective materials deposted on the inside surface of the bulb. The coating reflets a portion of the Infra red energy emited by the filament back to the filament causing it to glow hotter and produce more light, which escapes through the uncoated forward portion of the globe. Even though the filament runs hotter, the bulb produces about the same amount of heat as a stock bulb.

Interestingly enough, the 9012 bulb can be used in a 9006 lamp with a simple modification with a Dremel tool or file. Due to federal regulations, we can not make this modification, but you, the end user, can. The material to remove is marked on each bulb.
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Heres a comparison posted from HID planet by corvettecrazy when the SS ultras came out...

http://www.bonnevilleclub.com/forum/...ic.php?t=67990
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if anything the color temperature of SS bulbs is worse than a "standard bulb". I had some Philips Hi-visibility bulbs in my bonne that were a noticeable step up from OE type bulbs I had been running.

Blue tinting is bad for glare, and it reduces overall light output. It also causes them to run hotter, which will lead to premature death. I'm not a fan of blue tinting in bulbs, it'* only purpose is looks.

That being said, after having HID for 6 months, driving halogen lamped cars is almost hard..
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