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9005/9006 to 9011/9012 swap

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9005/9006 to 9011/9012 swap

Anyone done this, on headlights that have the proper shield? Do you get flashed all the time? Any bad experiences with the cops?
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I've had these in my Accord for about two years now. They're not that much brighter. Nobody will bother you.
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Go from 9006 to 9005 by simply using a razor blade and cut out the little plastic piece inside for a quick upgrade. Why? 9006 has a black cap on top of the bulb but the 9005 doesn't as it's normally a high beam bulb. It'll have lower voltage going through it so it won't be super bright but it's good.
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Nov 7, 2017
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I had to do this to get HIR bulbs installed on my old Accord. It was noticeably brighter than stock but not bright enough to get flashed or pulled over
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The 9011 and 9012 aren't much better.

I had to replace the low-beams after 1.5 yrs and ~150 hrs.
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derass wrote: The 9011 and 9012 aren't much better.

I had to replace the low-beams after 1.5 yrs and ~150 hrs.
Okay just to clarify, I'm talking about using the Philips 9011 and 9012 HIR bulbs.
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Yeah. I use Vosla 9011/9012. They make the Phillips bulbs, iirc. Sylvania too.

It was the low beam that burnt out. Whichever that one is.
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Optically speaking the 9011/9012 are 100% compatible with 9005/9006 respectively.

You won't get flashed or hassled. They'll be a smidge brighter visually speaking as the human eyes need a doubling of light to perceive a slight amount of brightness increase. In terms of raw lumens the 90xx bulb are almost twice as bright. Their lifetimes are similar to 900x
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I've spent a fair amount on bulbs and concluded it's simply not worth dropping $30-40 on those extra bright bulbs (Sylvania Silverstar, Hella's) for example. Yes, they are brighter, but their lifetime is cut down to 1/3 or 1/4 of a regular bulb.

The sweet spot seems to be the Xtravisions, slightly better than stock, but still provide a reasonable life.

Actually on sale right now on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.ca/SYLVANIA-9005-Xtr ... 0031HI0HY/
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er34er34 wrote: I've spent a fair amount on bulbs and concluded it's simply not worth dropping $30-40 on those extra bright bulbs (Sylvania Silverstar, Hella's) for example. Yes, they are brighter, but their lifetime is cut down to 1/3 or 1/4 of a regular bulb.

The sweet spot seems to be the Xtravisions, slightly better than stock, but still provide a reasonable life.

Actually on sale right now on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.ca/SYLVANIA-9005-Xtr ... 0031HI0HY/
That's not what "HIR" 9012/9011 are. They do not have 1/4 or 1/2 the lifetime of standard 9005/9006 they have nearly identical lifetimes. 9012/9011 are standard equipment on a lot of cars the Chevy Volt was one.

I don't get the downvotes or the confusion between OP's question and people's perception of these bulbs.

The XtraVision is a +30 bulb you'll get 30% more light where it will be mostly noticed on the edge of the beam where the lower lux values will almost double.

The HIR bulbs use the same 55/65W as a standard 9006/9005 but has about 80% more light (IIRC 1000lm vs 1800lm), optically identically and has nearly identically lifetime (about 80%).

You should be able to get 9012 bulbs at a GM parts counter or a John Deere Dealer for fairly low price.
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tebore wrote: I don't get the downvotes or the confusion between OP's question and people's perception of these bulbs.
Because most people knows squat about the subject and just downvote anytime they see any bulb not OEM.

I swapped my high beam to Wagner HIR equivalent, seems decent, they don't get used often so hopefully they last, because they aren't cheap.
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I've been using Philips 9012 for years. They're noticeably brighter than 9006, and the lifespan is just fine. I've had my car for over 8 years now, and I'm only on my second set of bulbs.

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