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best light bulbs

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by tntacoma, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. Jan 22, 2010 at 10:29 PM
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    What are the best and brightest light headlight bulbs I can buy at my local parts store. Auto zone, advance auto, Orielly's..etc.
     
  2. Jan 22, 2010 at 10:53 PM
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  3. Jan 22, 2010 at 10:58 PM
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    i have those sylvania silverstars on my truck, there alright. definitely brighter then stock but nothing amazing like HIDs. if your looking at local part stores the silverstars would be your best bet.
     
  4. Jan 22, 2010 at 11:16 PM
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  5. Jan 22, 2010 at 11:39 PM
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    These 3 words should never be put in a sentence. Blue actually means less light. The bluer you go the less light output you're going to have. To the OP, if you're set on only buying bulbs from your local store then get the SilverStars, won't last long though. Are you afraid of purchasing the bulbs online?
     
  6. Jan 24, 2010 at 12:37 PM
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    No, I am not afraid to purchase online, Just locally I would be able to go get them now instead of waiting. I am really interested in some HID's. I just don't know enough about them or what even is involved to convert over. Any info on this would be helpful.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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    I'm looking for replacement bulbs as well. After some reading in the internet, I decided to go for Philips Vision Plus instead of Sylvania Silverstar.

    You can find Vision plus for $12 to $26 in ebay. The SS cost $39 in Autozone.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2010 at 12:53 PM
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    I use the PIAA Xtreme White Plus bulbs.

    At only 4000K, its not very blue at all. They say there is a bluish tint, but I only see it when I look at the chrome inside the headlamp, it's not noticeable on the street.

    I'm not a lighting specialist or anything, but what I understand it that the higher the Kelvin, the bluer it gets. Right? Maybe it's the other way around?

    Kelvin- Color temperature is a unit of measure for the color of light – it is not necessarily related to the heat of the light source. A higher color temperature represents a color closer to actual sunlight.

    Like I said, they're not blue at all when lit, and since I installed them, I see more of the same roads I always travel.

    Second bulb down...http://www.piaa.com/Bulbs/Bulbs-H4.html
     
  9. Jan 24, 2010 at 10:26 PM
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    HIDs are the way to go. check out ddmtuning or a member on here named slimcubby does a group buy about once a month. i have never done an installation but it seems pretty easy. just a simple plug and play install.
     
  10. Jan 27, 2010 at 9:51 AM
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    Not really. Kelvin is the scientific standard measure of temperature - it's the temperature in Celcius, plus 273. So, 4000K is really 4000 degrees (ish) centigrade... pretty damned hot. The temp of the sun (at the surface, not center) is about 6000 degrees centigrade, which is 6273 Kelvin.

    And higher does NOT equal sun like. 4000-6000 K is in the "white" range. Higher than that startes to go blue, and 10-13K is something in the purple range. Under about 4000K is orange/red/yellow ranges.
     
  11. Jan 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM
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    Doc, you should relay that information to PIAA, because that's verbatim.

    http://www.piaa.com/Glossary/Glossary.html
     
  12. Jan 29, 2010 at 8:40 AM
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    Holy crap, so it is.

    Well, maybe they've appropriated the term "kelvin" for their own industry use?

    Anyway, from Wikipedia (look up "Kelvin" and the temperature definition comes first):
    "The kelvin is often used in the measure of the color temperature of light sources. Color temperature is based upon the principle that a black body radiator emits light whose color depends on the temperature of the radiator. Black bodies with temperatures below about 4000 K appear reddish whereas those above about 7500 K appear bluish. Color temperature is important in the fields of image projection and photography where a color temperature of approximately 5600 K is required to match "daylight" film emulsions. In astronomy, the stellar classification of stars and their place on the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram are based, in part, upon their surface temperature, known as effective temperature. The photosphere of the Sun, for instance, has an effective temperature of 5778 K."

    Guess Kelvin means a lot of things. Glad to see that I was right, if in the wrong context.
     
  13. Jan 29, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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    Haha

    That's the problem with Wikipedia, you can put whatever you want in there. Some people don't know that Wikipedia defines the word truthiness. As long as a bunch of people think it's true...then it is.
     
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