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Want to improve headlights, but can't do a full retro yet...Recommendations?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by DavisBladeWorks, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. Sep 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM
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    DavisBladeWorks

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    Hey guys, I had nice HIDs on my car I had before I got this truck about a two weeks ago. (13 Nissan Maxima)

    This truck obviously doesn't have HIDs which is ok, but I cannot stand the piss yellow beam that it throws out. Without doing a full retrofit which I can't do right now (starting a business, money is TIGHT!), what are my options for getting headlights which are a tad bit brighter, but also look much cleaner and whiter?

    Hopefully there are some good plug and play options. Thanks in advance everyone!

    John
     
  2. Sep 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM
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    I've been using the sylvania silverstar zxe. There are the whitest of headlight bulbs I've tried.
     
  3. Sep 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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    Pugga

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    PIAA Extreme White bulbs or Philips Xtreme Power bulbs will both do the trick.
     
  4. Sep 13, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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    Some bilsteins, OME 885's, and an AAL.
    Are you using either of those pugga?
     
  5. Sep 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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    Find a bulb without any blue coating. The blue bulbs will give off whiter light, but they will not produce the same lumens as a non-coated bulb in the +30 / +50 range.
    Phillips / Osram / Sylvania, etc.
     
  6. Sep 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM
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    I was just throwing it out there as an option I dont know if they exist or not but I know he has fog light bulbs because I got a quote from him just trying to throw it out there haha :)
     
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    phillips xtreme are hands down the best ive used yet. check ebay, sometimes they have good deals on them.
     
  12. Sep 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM
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    Awesome, thanks for the suggestions guys!

    Are any of those available to pick up at your local auto parts stores?
     
  13. Sep 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM
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    I went from stock to Philips Extreme bulbs and felt they were a nice upgrade. I then got hit and one blew so I replaced the Philips bulbs with the PIAAs. Having them back to back, I prefer the pattern and light output I got with the PIAA bulbs.

    I actually had a full blown retrofit and yanked the projectors out and went back with the PIAA bulbs. Obviously, the retrofit was better but I was having solenoid problems that I got tired of dealing with and felt that the PIAA bulbs were plenty bright for dark backroad driving.
     
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    The Philips ones maybe but I haven't found them around me. I ordered all of mine off Amazon. The Sylvania ones you can usually find at Advanced or Autozone but I don't particularly like the color of those. The Philips and PIAAs are more like a 4300K HID bulb where as the Sylvania seem to be more like a 5000 or 6000K (more blueish).
     
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    Some bilsteins, OME 885's, and an AAL.
    I might have to give those a try. I'm due for a set of headlights.
     
  16. Sep 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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    Some people have complained about shorter bulb life with the PIAA bulbs but my first set lasted 1.5 years and I took them out to do my retrofit (both were working perfectly fine still) and my new set only has a couple months on them so far.
     
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    ^ This... I used them until i retro'd.
     
  18. Sep 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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    Well, my local auto parts store had the silverstar zxe bulbs so I picked them up and installed them a while ago. Just a tip, removing your battery and washer fluid reservoir makes it MUCH easier to change out the headlights.


    Anyway, on to the bulbs. They are a marked improvement over the stock bulbs as far as color, but I can't tell if they are any brighter since I haven't driven with them at night.

    The bulbs do have a slight blue coating on then, but they don't look blue when the lights are on. They are just a very neutral white color. Not blue, and not yellow. Right in the middle on the color spectrum. Overall I'm happy with them, but since I can change the bulbs so fast I may try the Phillips bulbs.
     
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    The Sylvanias are also in WalMart..I've seen the Phillips in there sometimes but it's hit or miss.
     
  20. Sep 15, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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    I've had Piaa bulbs in 2 vehicles I owned. The first car they lasted for a year and a half without issues. I sold the vehicle. My second car I had them in, they lasted 9 months and I got a replacement(warranty) set from Piaa. Sold the car shortly after.
     
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