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Old 01-12-2008, 02:36 PM   #61
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i love silverstar. had them in my zx4 and now have them in my st and they lasted a the whole time of my old car and a year so far in the focus and i use the highmeans withlow on alot
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Old 01-12-2008, 03:13 PM   #62
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im gonna try the xenon bulbs. i had the silverstar bulbs, one blew out this week after a few months
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Old 01-12-2008, 04:10 PM   #63
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I had silverstar bulbs in my 02 zx3 for a year then when I started tearing the car down I moved them into my 00 zx3 and they have been going fine all year so far. I even had a problem with my battery causing the lights to constantly flicker and they still never had a problem.
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ive had mine for over a year in the focus.... just for x-mas i got my dad some for his f350, he was so impressed that friday when i came home from work there was another set of silverstars for my moms jeep on the counter for me to install...
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Old 01-12-2008, 11:23 PM   #65
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To add my frustration, I have those silverstar bulbs too and changed untill now 5 bulbs in one year. I had the car wiring checked just in case but all is fine so I blame it on poor qualityof the material. What really frustrates me is that you pay them a lot but only one filament in the bulb burns (low) while the other (high) is still good but useless
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Old 01-13-2008, 06:15 PM   #66
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yeah. my low filament blew (usually what goes on cars). so today i went to target to get the xenon bulbs mentioned at the beginning of the thread.....they dont carry them. so i went to pep boys and got them. im going to put them in my car tomorrow if i get my car back. it's in the shop for a trans line leak. in the mean time, i have an 08 focus loaner car.
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:32 PM   #67
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the xenon's i got are cool. nice and bright
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Old 01-14-2008, 09:37 PM   #68
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i have piaa bulbs and they are great! no problems and i have some for sale as well! they are great bulbs and are bright as hell
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Pretty much any blue-coated bulb is going to be shorter-lived than its clear glass counterpart. There are strict DOT guidelines regarding headlight bulbs and lumen output, the bulb must fall within a certain range to be considered legal. More on this later.

Halogen bulbs generate most of their light towards the "warm" side of the spectrum, which is why halogen light is typically yellow-white. Coating the bulb blue cuts down significantly on the amount of light that gets past the coating, as halogens generate very little light on the "cool" side of the spectrum.

Now to combine the two...for bulb manufacturers to make a blue-coated bulb that meets DOT guidelines they have to make the filament burn hotter -resulting in higher lumen counts- to overcome the lumen-reducing nature of the blue coating. As a result the bulbs have a significantly lower life expectancy and higher cost. And the joke is really on the consumer - blue coated bulbs only produce the illusion of better lighting, due to the nature of the bulb they tend to generate a lumen count towards the low side of the DOT range standard, while most OE-replacement bulbs fall somewhere in the middle. So you're pretty much better off buying a plain OE-replacement bulb from a cost and performance standpoint.

If you want to spend the extra money, look into GE Nighthawks or (assuming you can find them) Osram Silverstars (which are different from the Sylvania Silverstars commonly found in most chain parts stores.)
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I've had mine for a few months, and the output is nice. After these go, it's back to a normal replacement, they're not worth the money.
Just remember, they're German made. Translated, that means over-engineered and not-so-relaible.
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