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Recommendations for '98 OBW H4 replacement
Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:00 PM
I drive a '98 OBW with factory headlights. I want brighter headlights, but don't want to install a whole new headlight assembly, just the bulbs. I have read about these H4 bulbs. Are they a drastic improvement over factory bulbs, and if so, which brand/type should I get?
Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:38 PM
I'm running Eaglite high output bulbs. The lighting is much improved. Check the midnightmoose website to see if they have a 9007 version. Very good pricing and long life. So far, no trouble with my wiring harness, but after about 3 or 4 years, my connector has started to crumble due to heat. You could put in a wiring harness if you want. I tried to go that route, but the daytime running light system for the Canadian cars messed things up.
Some people love the Sylvania Silverstar bulbs. They are the same wattage, but more light output (supposedly). I personally haven't found them to be that much better than a regular H4 bulb. It depends on how much improvement you are looking for.
Posted 15 September 2004 - 12:46 PM
So I need to look for bulbs that have the 9007 # on them?
I'm looking for something as bright as I can get...legally.
Posted 15 September 2004 - 10:32 PM
I have to get my car at the dealer tomorrow. I'll try to remember to ask, just to be doubly sure.
Heck... just pull one of the bulbs and look at it. You'll get the number that way and be 100% sure.
Also, your manual should tell you what the bulb number is.
H4 (or 9007, etc) is just a design of bulb. You can't change the design that your car is equipped for (without major alteration). But, many manufacturers make the same design of bulb in different 'flavors'. Regular, high output, HID look, etc etc. Companies such as GE, Osram, Sylvania, a slew of Asian brands, etc. You just need to find one that suits what you are after.
Posted 16 September 2004 - 05:17 AM
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Posted 17 September 2004 - 09:24 AM
I switched out one and compared it to the factory headlight and noticed a slight difference in brightness, BUT this was the reflection off of a beige wall in the evening, not total darkness, so we'll see.
Posted 17 September 2004 - 10:43 AM
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Posted 20 September 2004 - 10:08 AM
Sylvania has a road-view test of their bulbs on their website. The SilverStars aren't really any brighter than the XtraVisions, they just produce a whiter light (for that annoying HID look), cost more, and last a shorter time....
I looked in to the Silverstars and am impressed with their specs. Not a bad price either. Does anyone know if the Silverstars are illegal?
Posted 01 October 2004 - 09:47 AM
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