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joebobdiddly

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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:17:38 PM

A website touting the Sylvania SilverStar headlight bulb says it provides “up to 30 percent” greater visibility down the road. That sounds impressive until you read the fine print: “compared with worn standard halogen” bulbs. Still, such claims are making premium-priced halogen bulbs an alluring choice for drivers.

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52MPG
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 12:09:57 AM

"Bright enough to annoy the #$&&*^ out of me."Right on DanMtz

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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 11:11:13 PM


Another vote for a good post...thanks for posting!
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TruthMatters
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:42:55 PM

Good post! Always need unbiased advice from CR.
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wamster
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 7:50:54 PM

I know they're brighter when I see them from oncoming traffic. I wouldn't mind seeing further. I will check into these when Ilosea headlight.
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RoadScholarOH
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 3:35:33 PM

If the more expensive bulbs lasted three or four time longer, then it may be worth the cost, but I seriously doubt it.
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pulpwood
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 3:08:08 PM

yes they are.
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:56:26 PM

Bright enough to annoy the #$&&*^ out of me.
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doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 11:02:06 AM

So bright they can see them from orbit in a blizzard. Definitely hate being on the business end of them.
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Norm10
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 10:30:02 AM

YES THEY DEFINITELY BLIND EVERONE!
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fora_7
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 9:57:42 AM

Brighter indeed, but hazardous
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livedream
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 8:10:31 AM

Yes. They are much too bright for on-coming traffic.
This creates a safety hazard on the road.
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mabrams184
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 7:49:21 AM

Harder on on coming traffic.
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Prov1322
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 7:42:27 AM

They are blinding when you are the oncoming driver!
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el_fr
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:54:18 AM

No they don't
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mandoid
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:12:04 AM

my sylvania ultras work just nice
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fuel2use
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 4:37:24 AM

Sounds like snake oil salesman.
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:18:41 AM

YMMV
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alterman156
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:31:32 AM

They help to some degree.
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gumbyrex
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 1:01:12 AM

I hate any type of halogen headlight when they are coming at you while your'e driving.
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RAE344
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:17:21 AM

Does it matter. Brighter bulbs might mean the driver can see a little farther, but it will end up blinding other people. Net effect is more dangerous to socity.
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1momsunshine
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 12:08:04 AM

They seem brighter
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 11:18:48 PM


Advertizing = lies.

Comparing a new bulb with a worn one is obviously and purposely misleading.
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 11:14:16 PM


Interesting article, thanks for posting!
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md11capt
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:55:10 PM

Marketing ploy.
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:45:05 PM

Love statstics. I think ziyulu has figured this out.
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esquared
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:39:47 PM

The answer is blindingly obvious....
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WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:26:45 PM

Ask the blind oncoming drivers.
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BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:24:45 PM

I say yes!
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:05:30 PM

They seem brighter.
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orphancarguyPE
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:05:11 PM

If they are aimed properly and you are driving at a reasonable speed, regular ones work fine.
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MidNJ
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:50:22 PM

They may burn brighter but they also sure burn out quicker!
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:10:59 PM

My new light has 100% more brightness--compared to the one that burned out.
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Radar1992
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 9:01:32 PM

Good to know....
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esq262
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:44:22 PM

I have been blinded by these things.
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schatzila
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:10:16 PM

LED headlights are what I want.
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Night Owl
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:53:01 PM

So buy a cheaper one only if you want a whiter light.
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CorvairHaven
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:23:49 PM

Ban blue ones.
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tnfran
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 7:15:01 PM

False advertising, even thought they have in fine print compared to worn halogens.
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ScottTee
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:51:04 PM

sometimes I think they are too bright, makes it tough on oncoming drivers
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Taxrefugee
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:38:46 PM

Interesting....
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FlatulenceOdor
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:08:29 PM

Reminds me of a scene from The Cable Guy: I'm blinded! My eyes! it was a beauty/funny.
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jl1rp
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:08:06 PM

good bulb test.
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rcornel
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 6:04:53 PM

Ok
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JagXKR
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 5:43:19 PM

The problem is not with the lights being brighter but the fact they are aimed too high. A whiter light produces less glare especially in rain but so many drivers do not even realize that they have their lights blazing in oncoming drivers eyes. Others don't care and blind everyone they drive up on. I installed HID on my old car and re-aimed the lights and had them checked by a friend driving towards me. Brighter for me and less glare and easier on my friends eyes.
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bston
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 5:25:15 PM

Annoying if you're the one that doesn't have them!
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JDchefF
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:59:20 PM

Agree with others, they are a pain when not properly aimed, it is hard on oncoming drivers eyes.

Fast Brite Lens Restorer works real good on dull lenses. Worked on my '95 Jeep Grand Cherokee. (No I was not paid to write this.)
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MrLefty0706
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:53:15 PM

These brighter lights are blinding to oncoming traffic and a nuisance to drivers ahead of the vehicle. How many of these cars are involved in accidents?
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:39:51 PM

Look cool
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StArrow68
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:34:47 PM

Good to know. No real surprise.
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DeserTBoB
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:32:02 PM

Sylania's "SilverStar" line is a ripoff that appeals to people who no brain. All they do is coat the envelope with a blue tint, then juice up the wattage on the filament to compensate for the loss. People think it looks like a xenon headlight. Truth is that you CANNOT SEE FARTHER if your headlights are properly aligned.
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