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Old 12-22-2009, 08:12 AM   #1
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Does anyone have any suggestions for replacing the stock headlight bulbs with a better brighter bulb. I dont want the HID option.
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Old 12-22-2009, 09:39 AM   #2
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I went with the Sylvania SilverStar's you can pick them up at your local autoparts store. They are noticably brighter. I did all for bulbs (fogs and heads) for like $40.
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Nice. Noticably brighter is good. How long ago did you put them in?
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A month ago.
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I went with the Sylvania SilverStar's you can pick them up at your local autoparts store. They are noticably brighter. I did all for bulbs (fogs and heads) for like $40.

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Nice. Noticably brighter is good. How long ago did you put them in?
I have had mine for aboot a year
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IMO the brighter bulbs are a waste of money unless you go HID. I ran two sets of SilverStar's, one in my GMC and one in the Tacoma. Neither lasted more then 7 months, and at 40 dollars a pop, that was one hell of a waste. I have also heard of many people having the same experience, so this doesn't seem to be an isolated incident, its more of a hit or miss.

Mind you installation was flawless, and the bulbs never touched a thing from the time they got out of the package to when they entered the housing.
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Mine have gone for a little over 12 months. I picked mine up with a $25 rebate so the cost was minimal. I have them as my headlights as well as fogs and in my wifes Corolla.
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IMO the brighter bulbs are a waste of money unless you go HID. I ran two sets of SilverStar's, one in my GMC and one in the Tacoma. Neither lasted more then 7 months, and at 40 dollars a pop, that was one hell of a waste. I have also heard of many people having the same experience, so this doesn't seem to be an isolated incident, its more of a hit or miss.

Mind you installation was flawless, and the bulbs never touched a thing from the time they got out of the package to when they entered the housing.
I put those Silverstars in my Accord and they didn't last a year. When they worked, they were great, but what a waste of money.
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I put those Silverstars in my Accord and they didn't last a year. When they worked, they were great, but what a waste of money.
Yep. The output and clarity of the light was excellent, but less than a year? No thanks.
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Silverstars seem to be made in different countries. The ones made in Germany (in my experience) have lasted a long time. Never had one burn out. The ones made in Thiland, Japan, or USA, seem to have a short life span.
Maybe I have just been lucky with them lasting for me here is another thread on the silverstars if you wanna look through it: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...headlight.html

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What do you think about these? Are they worth it?

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Maybe I have just been lucky with them lasting for me here is another thread on the silverstars if you wanna look through it: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...headlight.html

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For the record, I tried a pair of ultra stars, from Sylvania, and they didnt last long at all. One burned out in a month or so. They were made in Germany. Im now trying a set of regular Silverstars, made in Japan, and they are lasting.....
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I bought a pair of the Bi-Xenon's (high and low beam) with the slim ballast kit from slim a while back. I've been really pleased with them and have had no issues at all. At the moment I'm piecing together a HID Retro convention for the taco.
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I think I will give the stars a chance and see what happens. Personally I just dont like the HID look. Thanks for the comments all.
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Osram Silverstars are better quality at lower price. Check eBay. I've run a set in my motorcycle for well over a year, brighter and they're still working.
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Old 12-22-2009, 08:08 PM   #17
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I have Silverstar Ultras in the heads and fogs. Nice upgrade over stock. Nothing near the HID's I had in my previous vehicle, but I'm not putting HID's in the Taco so these are good enough. As far as shorter lifespan, it specifically shows on the packaging that they don't have considerably long lifespans. So you can't really complain about that it's a known fact.
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I was in your exact position... wanting brighter bulbs, but not wanting to go the hid route. I didn't want to go with the Sylvania's, as it seems they have a lot of complaints about longevity, or lack thereof. I decided to go with Philips X-Treme bulbs. They are supposed to be the brightest halogens available. However, for whatever reason they are not sold here in the states. Ended up buying them from powerbulbs.com. Took about a week to get them, though I haven't installed them yet.
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For the most part you're limited in how bright you can get with a halogen bulb unless you get something that's higher wattage that runs the risk of frying up wiring. I wouldn't even consider the Silverstars to be that much brighter, same with PIAA's I've used in the past. It's mostly just a whiter light.
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I am going to try the Phillips Extreme. I will post pictures once I get them to show the difference. Thanks
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