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Bulb Replacement

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by tomonian77, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:12 AM
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    tomonian77

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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.
     
  2. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:39 AM
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    magneticnick

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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.
     
  3. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:41 AM
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    Nice. Noticably brighter is good. How long ago did you put them in?
     
  4. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:42 AM
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    A month ago.
     
  5. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:43 AM
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  6. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:44 AM
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    I have had mine for aboot a year
     
  7. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:47 AM
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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.
     
  8. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:49 AM
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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.
     
  9. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:52 AM
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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.
     
  10. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:55 AM
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    Yep. The output and clarity of the light was excellent, but less than a year? No thanks.
     
  11. Dec 22, 2009 at 8:58 AM
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    Maybe I have just been lucky with them lasting for me :confused: here is another thread on the silverstars if you wanna look through it: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2n...ylvania-silverstar-bulb-vs-oem-headlight.html

    Have fun
     
  12. Dec 22, 2009 at 9:02 AM
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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.....
     
  14. Dec 22, 2009 at 9:05 AM
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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.
     
  15. Dec 22, 2009 at 9:06 AM
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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.
     
  16. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:01 PM
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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.
     
  17. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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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.
     
  18. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:12 PM
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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.
     
  19. Dec 22, 2009 at 7:13 PM
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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.
     
  20. Dec 23, 2009 at 6:28 AM
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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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