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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 10-30-2010, 05:48 AM Thread Starter
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Improve Night Vision on a Cobalt ?

I drive a 2k6 Toyota Matrix XR and a 2k10 Cobalt and I must say my 'trix light 10X more wide, far and bright than my Cobalt. Stock -vs- stock as well. I must say the Matrix is a little exceptional for headlights performances, but there is probably a way to improve my Cobalt night vision?

I'm confused between a few things... projectors... better bulbs... or full HID kit... or other?? What are just cosmetic mods and what really improve the lighting?

Actually money is a concern (new house, second child on the way, etc...) so I'm looking for a cheap way to improve my night driving.

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Cheapest way would be those really bright Silverstar bulbs from Walmart.

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Cheapest way would be those really bright Silverstar bulbs from Walmart.
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I put a set of them on my wife's Buick, and they made a world of difference for a lot less money than the fancy stuff.

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the above is true! I felt the same way.....I thought to myself, i could get more light out of a dollar store flashlight than these bulbs they have in there that were stock....get the brightest ones tho....i had the silverstars in my trailblazer and liked them, then put the "ultra silverstars" in my balt and it was even nicer....good luck



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Silver Stars definitely helped my situation. I have also had good luck with GE Nighthawk bulbs.


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Yes with the Cobalt, the only way is to upgrade the bulbs. Other vehicles have much better lighting due to the design of the reflector.

My Buell uses the same bulb for both high and low beam, it is the design of the reflector that makes the high beam side brighter. Also had a recall on the bike, because the material used in the reflectors was degrading and lessening light output on both sides.



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Silver star, yet bright, do not last long. My sisters mazda and dads truck have them, looks great but replacement is more often then wanted.

Anyone know some good bulbs that would fit in Spyder Halo Projectors?


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In many cases you sacrifice power and performance for endurance. Higher power lights do not last as long as normal lights, due to the increased power outage. You sacrifice endurance for increased night visibility and safety.



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HID's are an option as well, they are more expensive than the silverstars, (85 i think) and Mkulrey has lifetime warranty on them...soooo...jus sayin...vendor...BUYHIDS.COM HID Lights HID Kits Xenon Headlights Kit HID Headlight Kits HID Conversion Light

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