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Silverstar Ultra vs. GE Nighthawk bulbs

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Silverstar Ultra vs. GE Nighthawk bulbs

Our 98 Dodge Caravan's headlight bulbs suck (probably more so due to design of the headlight assembly). I have upgraded to Sylvania aftermarket bulbs (cool blue for whiter light??) a few years ago, but it doesn't light up the road well.

Anyone use either of these bulbs? I would appreciate your comments as far as increasing visibility and how long they last as I have heard some say Silverstars burn out easy. CR had a review of these bulbs vs OEM a few years ago and said result depended on the vehicle. Thanks.
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Silverstars have pretty short life. Try either Sylvania Xtravision or GE Nighthawk.
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I've had Osram Silverstars burn out on me in just a year. I would try Philips X-treme +80, you can get them at www.powerbulbs.com they have free shipping and you can use this 15% off coupon astgt15 at checkout
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All the aftermarket "white" bulbs are normal bulbs with a blue coating, which gives a cheap increase in the rice factor but reduce the amount of actual light being put out. To achieve similar levels of light as uncoated bulbs, the filaments are overdriven, and that's why they last half as long as regular bulbs.
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In an old car I had a pair of Silverstar 9007s last for at least 1.5 years, then that car was sold...

With my new car, I've had a pair of H7s die 3 days apart after 6 months of use.... Picked up another pair of Silverstar H7s but if these go again in 6 months I will definitely be switching brands and give the Nighhawks a try.
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So far all "HID" imitation halogen bulbs have short lifespans. Not worth the high prices for these bulbs. Better to have your headlights aiming checked.
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cipher wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 4:01 pm
So far all "HID" imitation halogen bulbs have short lifespans. Not worth the high prices for these bulbs. Better to have your headlights aiming checked.
Silverstars and Nighthawks aren't really imitation HIDs, they're just bulbs with a higher colour temperature. Those purple and dark blue bulbs are your imitation HIDs.
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cwb27 wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 5:28 pm
Silverstars and Nighthawks aren't really imitation HIDs, they're just bulbs with a higher colour temperature. Those purple and dark blue bulbs are your imitation HIDs.
The Sylvania Silverstar (US/CAN) is almost a HID imitator because of the visible blue coating. Osram Silverstars (Euro), GE Nighthawk and Sylvania Xtravision are clear and are true high output bulbs (30%+ more light)
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vtec260 wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 12:06 pm
Our 98 Dodge Caravan's headlight bulbs suck (probably more so due to design of the headlight assembly). I have upgraded to Sylvania aftermarket bulbs (cool blue for whiter light??) a few years ago, but it doesn't light up the road well.

Anyone use either of these bulbs? I would appreciate your comments as far as increasing visibility and how long they last as I have heard some say Silverstars burn out easy. CR had a review of these bulbs vs OEM a few years ago and said result depended on the vehicle. Thanks.
Walmart sells Xtravision for decent price. I found them better than Cool Blue. But then again I did try them after having a new battery installed. you might want to check how old your battery is.
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l69norm wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 5:54 pm
The Sylvania Silverstar (US/CAN) is almost a HID imitator because of the visible blue coating. Osram Silverstars (Euro), GE Nighthawk and Sylvania Xtravision are clear and are true high output bulbs (30%+ more light)
+1 someone who knows what they're talking about
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cipher wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 4:01 pm
Better to have your headlights aiming checked.

I wish more people would do that. These brighter bulbs are blinding at night when the aiming is not right for the car in front of them... :evil:
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ShadowVlican wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 8:12 pm
+1 someone who knows what they're talking about
Agreed. Too rare around here.

I had the XtraVisions in a previous car. Good investment. No bling, but better illumination. I'll take boring but alive over cool and dead anytime.
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I have Silverstar Ultras, and they are bright, not blue, and they are working great. Definitely notice the increase in brightness over stock.
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l69norm wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 5:54 pm
The Sylvania Silverstar (US/CAN) is almost a HID imitator because of the visible blue coating. Osram Silverstars (Euro), GE Nighthawk and Sylvania Xtravision are clear and are true high output bulbs (30%+ more light)
Hate to sound like the moron here, but I don't get what you're saying?

Are you saying that because the bulb glass has a light blue tint they're HD imitators? I've owned several sets of the tinted Silverstars and the light output has never been anything close to "HID like" blue colour temp. Sure if you look at the blue tint of the bulb, yeah you COULD call them imitation... but it's the light output that matters, and it ain't bluish (well, at least from the 9007s and H7s that I've owned.)
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l69norm wrote:
Feb 4th, 2008 5:54 pm
The Sylvania Silverstar (US/CAN) is almost a HID imitator because of the visible blue coating. Osram Silverstars (Euro), GE Nighthawk and Sylvania Xtravision are clear and are true high output bulbs (30%+ more light)
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He made up that 30% statistic, theres no way those things increase light out put by 30%.

Thats what people who waste their money on fancy light bulbs tell themselves to sleep better at night. 30%... please... It's either HID or nothing.
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