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Old 04-11-2012, 05:17 PM   #1
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brightest non-HID bulbs for headlights

Basically I want the highest visibility I can get without going with HID. I like the way my headlights look but if I can get more bright on a regular plug and play bulb then Why not?

I was on google for a bit looking for an answer and the best I can get seems to be sylvania silver star ultras. which is what I'm leaning toward.

I was just wondering if anyone had any other brands that might be better.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:31 PM   #2
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They are good but will only last 8 months or so.

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Here's some information on upgrading your lighting circuit.

http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...ys/relays.html

Here's a brief chart on Lumens vs Hours for a few bulbs.

http://www.rallylights.com/Hella_9006_Bulbs.aspx

As you can see HIR bulbs give significantly more lumen output, with not much reduction in hours.

These bulbs claim 2100 Lumens out of a stock bulb, and aren't a junk brand, but without an hour equivalent, I don't know how long they'd last. I do not have any personal experience with these.

The HIR bulbs, which show 2400 lumens and 1400 hours.

When I get a new vehicle and I don't have OEM HID, I will probably try out the HIR bulbs before I tackle a full on projector retrofit. I have no desire to run an HID kit in non-HID housings.
Get the 9012 bulbs and a wiring harness, do the minor modification (which can apparently be even done with a nail file) and you're set to go
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:44 PM   #3
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Thank you!!

I like the HIR bulb. Seems like what I'm looking for. Would it simply plug in? (9012/HIR2/9006 this confused me) is it a 9012 or a 9006?

If can can get those to fit without much effort that's probably what i would go with.
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Old 04-11-2012, 05:54 PM   #4
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It is plug and play right after you do a minor modification with something as basic as a nail file.

http://www.rallylights.com/detail.aspx?ID=5028

These guys will sell you the bulb, and they marked off the material that is needed to be removed.

So it is technically a 9012, but after that minor mod it will fit a 9006. A lot of people who buy the bulb buy it to use as a 9006.

Also, many people will suggest to buy a wiring harness, just to be safe since they are a bit higher in wattage (Which is somewhere around $15-20)
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Old 04-11-2012, 06:09 PM   #5
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I'm rocking my oem bulbs in my coupe I had silverstar ones. Never tried the second series bulbs. Freakin expensive. At the time I paid 20 each. I had all 4 in. 80 beans for bulbs. Wowzers.

Get pics up of those hir bulbs u r talin about
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I personally haven't used them yet, I will when my OEM bulbs eventually die.

But this video should help you with the modification in case you needed some video help

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Old 04-12-2012, 01:25 PM   #7
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Damn I dunno If I want to mess with a harness. I was just thinking out loud. Kind of wanted to know what there was out there as far as a normal bulb I could just plug in there and still be legal and brighter, why not? I just don't want to fry my wiring. I got about four extra bulbs lying around so I'll have replacements for a while but maybe once those are out I'll get a harness and try these out.
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You probably won't fry your wiring, it's just for added protection so that it won't happen. It's pretty simple
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I hate wiring stuff also.
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found this.
http://honda-tech.com/showthread.php?t=1325662

I'm really liking these bulbs.

i might get both silver star ultras and the hir's so I can compare both right out the box.
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I've also looked in to PIAA bulbs but they don't seem much better than the silverstars or the GE night hawks. They're all kind of on the same level.
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File down the tabs in some 9005s and stick em in your low beams. Or wire in 9005 sockets into your low beams.

Then you basically have high beam bulbs in your lows, but without the bad glare since you have the shroud in the housing. It's a bit brighter.

I actually did it on my SE before I sold it.
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