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Silverstar Epic Fail

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by cdikkers, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:13 AM
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    cdikkers

    cdikkers [OP] Minimum Wage!

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    Last night I was getting ready to leave my house, turned on my headlights, and the driver's side front headlight did its best impression of an old school camera flashbulb! It was so impressive that it even got some passerbys to stop and do a second take as if to say "why did your Tacoma just take my picture?" I had "upgraded" to Sylvania Silverstars about 7 months ago, and up until last night I was pretty much in lust with those headlights. Living in small town Illinois and commuting to work through the countryside pre-sunrise and post-sunset many days, I even felt justified to own them. I was just wondering if anyone else has had a similar problem with Silverstars, if they should last longer than 7 months, or if I made another poor choice. (I now have one stock and one Silverstar headlight, that will be fixed soon!) If I did make a poor choice, can anyone recomend another better-than-stock headlight that won't break my wallet or need replacement semi-annually?
     
  2. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:19 AM
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    Jester243

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    I know a lot of people have been less than impressed with the lifespan of the silverstars. I have had mine in for over two years in both my truck and the wifes car with no problems, so...:notsure:
     
  3. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:22 AM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Ive been pretty happy with the times I have used them. From what I have gathered, over time, it seems the ones made in Germany last, while the others dont. See if you can find some German made ones, and give them a shot...
     
  4. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:23 AM
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    Oh and just to be sure you did not touch the bulb with your bare hand right?
     
  5. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:24 AM
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    To indicate if they came from Germany is there a serial number, or written on there somewhere as to where they are made, or a picture of the Hoff that I should look for?
     
  6. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:27 AM
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    They don't last very long, but there nice lights. I just upgraded to HID's from DDM tuning very much worth the money. Get the 35W 5000K about $25 I got the high low beam for $20 more the kits are plug and play and come with all the wiring.

    www.ddmtuning.com
     
  7. Aug 28, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    I got mine from another member and they are still working great
     
  8. Aug 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM
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    The package will say "Made in Germany".
     
  9. Aug 28, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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    I never had any that lasted much longer than 6 months or so. I had one go out when I hit a speedbump a little too fast.
    Love the brightness, hate the cost and lack of longevity.
     
  10. Aug 28, 2010 at 10:10 AM
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    Seems the only ones I have had fail, have been the ones made in Thailand....or something. I cant find may packaging....
     
  11. Aug 28, 2010 at 10:44 AM
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    i had my ultras fror 2 years on my nismo and 6 months on my toyo and had no problems.......i did notice a diminshed light output after time....
    but 6 months ago i switched to ddm fogs and hi/low kit and love them
    cheap and worth every penny
    g/l
     
  12. Aug 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM
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    i have never had a silverstar blow on me
     
  14. Aug 28, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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    I had my silverstars for probably a year and a half before one bulb finally died. After that I made the switch to HIDs from DDM
     
  15. Aug 29, 2010 at 9:48 AM
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    Just orded some nightbreakers to try them out. Worth a shot I suppose and way cheaper than buying PIAA or Sylvania stuff here.
     
  16. Aug 29, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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    hmm, i thought osram bought sylanvia? they are the same now as far as the their website says
     
  17. Aug 29, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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    Another good bulb to consider would be the Philips Xtreme Power. I think they're a +80 bulb. I run them on my Subaru and they've been good for 2 years now, as well as running like daytime running lights.
     
  18. Aug 29, 2010 at 11:52 PM
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    You are correct, they are the same company, but the Osram branded bulbs are made in Germany or some other European country, but the Sylvania branded ones are made elsewhere... inferior quality compared to those of Osram.
     
  19. Sep 2, 2010 at 11:41 PM
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    Thought I'd update. Just got my Nightbreakers in from powerbulbs.com and got to test them out tonight. MASSIVE improvement over stock. We'll see how long they last.
     
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