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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Silverstar Ultra Bulbs Vs HIDs

I've been using the Silverstar Ultra bulbs in my headlights and fog lights for a few years. I'm happy with the light output. Noticeably brighter than stock bulbs but they don't last as long. This will be the second time that I've replace them after a year (driver's side is out). I've used HIDs in different vehicles for many years and I know they are much brighter. I started using them when they were over $600. per set (ouch!). I'm getting a little tired of changing bulbs every year so I'm tossing around the idea of going with HIDs instead. From memory when I looked into them for the Cobalt last time, I can go with the basic kit and lose my high beams or spend more and keep them. Or I can spend another $47.00 for the Ultras again. Hum... so what would you do?

Another thing, I like my fog lights to match so I'd have to buy a set for there too.



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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 06:53 PM
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It'd be actually a downgrade to put HIDs in your stock housing. Yeah, they're brighter, but you lose distance and you blind oncoming traffic. And nobody even think about pulling that "oh, aim 'em down. You be fine." B.S.. Save your money, do some research, and do a proper retrofit. The Mini H1s are decent projectors and outshine PnP kits by a long shot, but my EvoX-R projectors waste the Mini H1s. All these projectors can be found at The Retrofit Source.
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^This. If you don't want to do the work, stick to the halogens.


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If you stick with halogens, I would recommend trying Philips Crystalvision bulbs. I bought a set of Silverstars but wasnt impressed, found the Philips randomly at a Meijer and gave them a shot. They were whiter in temperature by 200-300k, and had better output on my car. Looking back I am surprised they were only $28.

I agree nothing beats a retrofit.
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If you stick with halogens, I would recommend trying Philips Crystalvision bulbs. I bought a set of Silverstars but wasnt impressed, found the Philips randomly at a Meijer and gave them a shot. They were whiter in temperature by 200-300k, and had better output on my car. Looking back I am surprised they were only $28.

I agree nothing beats a retrofit.
I might order the Philips for $20 on eBay in the next few days


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Maybe I'll try those instead. Much of a difference between the Crystalvisions and the X-tream Power?

I don't mind changing the bulbs but I don't think I should be doing it almost as much as I change my oil.



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Higher output halogens = shorter life time unfortunately.


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I went with the X-tream Power bulbs. Let's see how they work.



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Yea sorry it's been a long time, not sure what the difference is. I'd have to look at them and compare. I personally had a good experience with mine, I even kept them to pop in in case my HID's ever went out. That never happened but I still have them today I think lol.
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The last time, I bought a higher power output GPThunder 5800K 100/80. These seem to last a lot better. I had the same problem as you where at every 3 months I had to change a bulb. Unfortunately I can't seem to find them anymore. Lucky for me I purchased 2 sets the last time. They put out the best light I ever had.

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