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Headlights-Silverstars are crap

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Rockstar2448, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. Sep 14, 2008 at 7:47 PM
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    Rockstar2448

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    I'm looking to upgrade my headlight bulbs. I've been using the Sylvania Silverstars for my Taco and my wife's Accord and I'm really tired of replacing them.:mad: Where's a good online site for buying bulbs? Any suggestions to what kind/brand of headlight and fog light bulbs I should use? I want something good and bright, but probably not HID. I can't convince myself that the HID conversion is worth while if I can just use good standard bulbs for both vehicles. THANKS
     
  2. Sep 14, 2008 at 7:48 PM
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    beastlytaco

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    philipps makes a really good headlight ill try to find a link. heres one for ya http://www.luminicsusa.com/ i dont really know anything about them but i hear they are really good.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2008 at 7:51 PM
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  4. Sep 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM
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    I used the sylvania for years but it seemed like I was replacing one bulb at a time every six months.
     
  5. Sep 14, 2008 at 7:59 PM
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  6. Sep 14, 2008 at 8:34 PM
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    Rockstar2448

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    Exactly! I have to keep a spare bulb for my Taco and the wife's Accord in the car at all times because they seem to blowout in alternate fashion, and the two vehicles don't use the same bulb.:mad:
     
  7. Sep 14, 2008 at 8:39 PM
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    w8n4mud

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    I like the SilverStars as well. Yes they are crap because they blow out all the time. I gave up and even emailed the company my frustrations. Never heard back. I do plan on making the upgrade to the HID's but until then Wal-Mart has what we need. The GE brand for both myself and our other car...Toyota Highlander.
     
  8. Sep 14, 2008 at 8:46 PM
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    SocalMan22

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  9. Sep 14, 2008 at 9:02 PM
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    :p I always wondered if it was just me. I did have a crack in the headlight on my old 4Runner, but I never got any condensation or anything like that, and the silverstar bulbs would burn out all the time
     
  10. Sep 16, 2008 at 7:15 PM
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    How are the PIAA's holding up for you? I've heard mixed reviews on them from other people. I used one pair in my wife's car a few years back and they didn't seem to last very long. Don't know if I just had bad luck or not.

     
  11. Sep 16, 2008 at 7:52 PM
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    Here's what I have had for the last couple of months. Love them.

    Headlighgts: PIAA 4100K H4's
    Foglights: Luminics JDM Yellow H10's
     
  12. Sep 16, 2008 at 10:09 PM
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    I have been buying Osram Silverstars from a seller on eBay for several years now and think they are the best. I buy the Osram +50% versions as they are the same wattage (no burned wires!) but the light is the closest to HID that I have found.

    The seller I have been buying from is: pdburg. Check him out and see his feedback! Again, the +50% is the one to focus on as they are not going to burn out the lenses or the wiring and I KNOW you will see the difference. Not a "phony" bluish tint - but super clear bright white light.

    I love them on my 2008 Tacoma! Rob
     
  13. Sep 16, 2008 at 10:12 PM
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    CHOOSE THE LEADING LIGHT,OSRAM



    1 NEW PAIR H4 OSRAM SILVERSTAR +50% MORE LIGHT 60/55 watt CAPS.

    MANUFACTURED IN GERMANY, A PRECISE FILAMENT COIL AND XENON GAS ENSURE A LONG BRILLIANT LIFE, UV BLOCKING GLASS IS SAFE FOR PLASTIC HEADLIGHT LENSES. THESE BULBS WILL NOT DIM WITH AGE, OVER 90% OF INITIAL LIGHT OUTPUT IS MAINTAINED OVER THE ENTIRE LIFE OF THE BULB. TESTS GIVE TOP RATINGS TO THESE BULBS, AND PROVE THEY PUT OUT UP TO 50% MORE LIGHT ON THE ROAD! SEE AN EXTRA 20 METERS!

    OSRAM SILVERSTARS AVAILABLE ONLY IN H1, H4, H7'S
     
  14. Sep 17, 2008 at 4:35 PM
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    How are the Luminics? I've considered them too. Are you running the wiring harness that they recommend on their website to prevent melting or damage to the factory wiring? I'm not sure if it's worth the $20 investment on the harness.

     
  15. Sep 17, 2008 at 4:38 PM
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    wat?
    i bought a cheap set of superwhite hid bulbs off ebay and ran them over a year w/o one blowing...just got a set of each again for this taco in headlight and fogs for $30 shipped...i ran a set of silverstars for my old s10 and they crapped out in about 4 months...then bought a cheap set off ebay for those and they ran for years
     
  16. Sep 17, 2008 at 4:42 PM
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    I must be the only one whose had good luck with the silverstars. I put a set in the truck over a year ago, they still work, my wife's civic has had them for two years now, no problems. She does however keep breaking the lenses on her foglights which cost 100.00 a piece to replace. ouch.
     
  17. Sep 17, 2008 at 4:43 PM
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    Is this the bulb that is labeled and advertised and the Silverstar Ultra? It's a 4100k color temp bulb?
     
  18. Sep 17, 2008 at 4:46 PM
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    Ouch on the fog lights! That hurts. And yeah from the looks of it you are the only one with good luck on the Silverstar bulb. I know I've been running them for a few years in my Taco, my wife's Accord, and even had them in my previous ride, and tricked Civic. Honestly the only time they lasted for even more than 8 months was in my Civic. Since then I replace one every couple of months.
     
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    They seem good so far; they are a little deeper cooler than my PIAA headlights; but different colors are good for bad weather.

    I did not buy the wiring harness, I decided it was a way for them to get more money from you. The bulbs themselves would get no hotter than the factory bulbs as they are the same type - just a different color.

    Bill
     
  20. Sep 17, 2008 at 4:54 PM
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