Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sun Sep 22, 2013 9:50 pm

There has also been some discussion about replacement cheap ass aftermarket headlamps imported from China and Taiwan.

They do not meet the federal specs for focusing the beam and directing the beam correctly.

And yes, I had installed them on customer's vehicles. Tried to aim them with my photo aimer and they would not aim. And would not meet the brightness test either.




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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: Rob R. On: Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:32 pm

Good point Rick. I ordered a set of cheapo headlight lenses for my Grand Marquis last winter. I reused the adjusters from the OEM housings, and the beams weren't even close! I was able to get them in a reasonable pattern, but it was easy to see that the factory lenses did a better job of focusing the light in the proper pattern.

As for the high-output bulbs, I recommend checking the voltage at the bulb before you replace anything. Often the voltage drop through the factory harness and switch is responsible for the reduced output...in that case a relay kit to supply full-voltage from the battery will help considerably.
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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:08 pm

Sadly, due to the extremely short life-span of these bulbs, I can no longer recommend them in good faith. Standard OEM bulbs are better unless you are willing to buy new bulbs every six months. In some cases, due to badly deteriorated headlight lenses, this may be necessary.
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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: davidmcbeth3 On: Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:39 pm

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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: EarthWindandFire On: Wed May 06, 2015 2:41 pm

Well, I could have said nothing. In my opinion, feedback is better late than never.
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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: nealkas On: Wed May 06, 2015 3:36 pm

The Sylvania Silver Stars are legit oem replacements in PA.

It is crucial they be aimed correctly though as they are much brighter.
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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Wed May 06, 2015 8:52 pm

nealkas wrote:The Sylvania Silver Stars are legit oem replacements in PA.

It is crucial they be aimed correctly though as they are much brighter.



Those can be bad if not adjusted properly. I had some AHOLE behind me a few weeks ago with a pair of the 20 bulb cree off road lamps on their front bumper. I had my flat bed trailer on the back of the truck and it was very tempting to slam on the brakes. Instead I did the grown up thing and just pulled over and let him by. I do a lot of driving at night. Aftermarket bulbs that are not original design can be irritating if not done properly.
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Re: Headlight Replacement Bulbs.

PostBy: McGiever On: Fri May 08, 2015 8:26 am

EarthWindandFire wrote:Sadly, due to the extremely short life-span of these bulbs, I can no longer recommend them in good faith. Standard OEM bulbs are better unless you are willing to buy new bulbs every six months. In some cases, due to badly deteriorated headlight lenses, this may be necessary.


Average bulb life is printed on the bulb's packaging.
I noticed when compairing different stated bulb brightness that as the brightness went up the bulb life went down proportionaly...this factor alone helped my decison to be content with the oem's standard brightness. :)
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