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Old 09-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Want to improve headlights, but can't do a full retro yet...Recommendations?

Hey guys, I had nice HIDs on my car I had before I got this truck about a two weeks ago. (13 Nissan Maxima)

This truck obviously doesn't have HIDs which is ok, but I cannot stand the piss yellow beam that it throws out. Without doing a full retrofit which I can't do right now (starting a business, money is TIGHT!), what are my options for getting headlights which are a tad bit brighter, but also look much cleaner and whiter?

Hopefully there are some good plug and play options. Thanks in advance everyone!

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I've been using the sylvania silverstar zxe. There are the whitest of headlight bulbs I've tried.
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PIAA Extreme White bulbs or Philips Xtreme Power bulbs will both do the trick.
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Are you using either of those pugga?
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Find a bulb without any blue coating. The blue bulbs will give off whiter light, but they will not produce the same lumens as a non-coated bulb in the +30 / +50 range.
Phillips / Osram / Sylvania, etc.
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there might be some LED bulbs out for the headlights I know CSjumper has LED fog light bulbs he might have regular ones too.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...pers-leds.html
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I hated the pissy yellow beams too. I bought some awesome whiter light bulbs.

I didn't want blue light either or the crazy whitish blue that blinds other drivers.

I went out on a limb and ordered these:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I love them. Alot better than stock. And yes they have the blue "coating" but no blue light comes out.
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there might be some LED bulbs out for the headlights I know CSjumper has LED fog light bulbs he might have regular ones too.

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...pers-leds.html
LED headlights...i think not.
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LED headlights...i think not.
I was just throwing it out there as an option I dont know if they exist or not but I know he has fog light bulbs because I got a quote from him just trying to throw it out there haha
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phillips xtreme are hands down the best ive used yet. check ebay, sometimes they have good deals on them.
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PIAA Extreme White bulbs or Philips Xtreme Power bulbs will both do the trick.
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I've been using the sylvania silverstar zxe. There are the whitest of headlight bulbs I've tried.
Awesome, thanks for the suggestions guys!

Are any of those available to pick up at your local auto parts stores?
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Are you using either of those pugga?
I went from stock to Philips Extreme bulbs and felt they were a nice upgrade. I then got hit and one blew so I replaced the Philips bulbs with the PIAAs. Having them back to back, I prefer the pattern and light output I got with the PIAA bulbs.

I actually had a full blown retrofit and yanked the projectors out and went back with the PIAA bulbs. Obviously, the retrofit was better but I was having solenoid problems that I got tired of dealing with and felt that the PIAA bulbs were plenty bright for dark backroad driving.
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Awesome, thanks for the suggestions guys!

Are any of those available to pick up at your local auto parts stores?
The Philips ones maybe but I haven't found them around me. I ordered all of mine off Amazon. The Sylvania ones you can usually find at Advanced or Autozone but I don't particularly like the color of those. The Philips and PIAAs are more like a 4300K HID bulb where as the Sylvania seem to be more like a 5000 or 6000K (more blueish).
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I went from stock to Philips Extreme bulbs and felt they were a nice upgrade. I then got hit and one blew so I replaced the Philips bulbs with the PIAAs. Having them back to back, I prefer the pattern and light output I got with the PIAA bulbs.

I actually had a full blown retrofit and yanked the projectors out and went back with the PIAA bulbs. Obviously, the retrofit was better but I was having solenoid problems that I got tired of dealing with and felt that the PIAA bulbs were plenty bright for dark backroad driving.
I might have to give those a try. I'm due for a set of headlights.
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I might have to give those a try. I'm due for a set of headlights.
Some people have complained about shorter bulb life with the PIAA bulbs but my first set lasted 1.5 years and I took them out to do my retrofit (both were working perfectly fine still) and my new set only has a couple months on them so far.
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phillips xtreme are hands down the best ive used yet. check ebay, sometimes they have good deals on them.
^ This... I used them until i retro'd.
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Well, my local auto parts store had the silverstar zxe bulbs so I picked them up and installed them a while ago. Just a tip, removing your battery and washer fluid reservoir makes it MUCH easier to change out the headlights.


Anyway, on to the bulbs. They are a marked improvement over the stock bulbs as far as color, but I can't tell if they are any brighter since I haven't driven with them at night.

The bulbs do have a slight blue coating on then, but they don't look blue when the lights are on. They are just a very neutral white color. Not blue, and not yellow. Right in the middle on the color spectrum. Overall I'm happy with them, but since I can change the bulbs so fast I may try the Phillips bulbs.
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The Philips ones maybe but I haven't found them around me. I ordered all of mine off Amazon. The Sylvania ones you can usually find at Advanced or Autozone but I don't particularly like the color of those. The Philips and PIAAs are more like a 4300K HID bulb where as the Sylvania seem to be more like a 5000 or 6000K (more blueish).
The Sylvanias are also in WalMart..I've seen the Phillips in there sometimes but it's hit or miss.
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I've had Piaa bulbs in 2 vehicles I owned. The first car they lasted for a year and a half without issues. I sold the vehicle. My second car I had them in, they lasted 9 months and I got a replacement(warranty) set from Piaa. Sold the car shortly after.
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