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    Default Sylvania Silverstar Bulbs

    I would like to know your experience with the Sylvania Silverstar bulbs. I was comparing the packages of the Silverstars and the standard Sylvania bulbs, and they both have the same wattage. If you look on the package you can see this. So, how can the Silverstars be brighter? I do not see any difference`s between the bulbs either.

    As a Electrician, my logic tells me that bulbs of the same type and wattage put out the same lumens. (brightness) Only when the wattage of the bulb increases can you get a brighter bulb. The color spectrum does not change the lumens either. It just may appear brighter.

    I passed on the Silverstars and bought the standard Sylvania`s.

    Henry
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    Buy a set of Xentec HID's for less than the silverstars and have waaaay better performance.

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    There are a new Ultra bulb from them I think they are called the ZXE's I have them in mine now very nice..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Schaub View Post
    Buy a set of Xentec HID's for less than the silverstars and have waaaay better performance.
    I agree with the HID upgrade. I had Silverstar Ultras burn out shortly after the 1 year warranty expired. Did it on my explorer twice. I bought them for my Silverado but within the next 2 months I upgraded to HID's and haven't looked back since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2k8z71 View Post
    I agree with the HID upgrade. I had Silverstar Ultras burn out shortly after the 1 year warranty expired. Did it on my explorer twice. I bought them for my Silverado but within the next 2 months I upgraded to HID's and haven't looked back since.
    'Upgraded' to HIDs? If you produce more glare to oncoming drivers with HIDs in your stock lamp assemblies (which you undoubtedly do unless you did a HID retrofit using a HID projector) then it's not an upgrade, it's actually a downgrade ... in safety ... for others and you. You may be able to see better but the increased glare caused by placing cheap HIDs into a halogen lamp assembly means others can't see as well due to that glare. Hence the downgrade.

    I'm not knocking your choice I'm just laying out the facts. So many people slap cheap HIDs into their vehicle to see better and forget the repercussions on others around them. We don't own the road, we share it... and if our actions negatively impact others even a bit ... we've been irresponsible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BowTieFan1 View Post
    It just may appear brighter.
    As brightness is a visual thing, if it -appears- brighter to someone ... then for them, it is. You must understand that perception of brightness and measured brightness are two distinctly different things and what's key to this difference is context. Silverstars use a coating that changes the colour temperature of the light ... which, in turn, changes the light's effect within the context of what's being viewed. Whether or not it's effective for you really depends on how you perceive things...

    Here's some reading to help elucidate what I'm getting at. It's worth the time, especially when you hit the optical illusions that are merely generated by the use of different colours and shapes. When you hit this section and start to see the impacts of various aspects of vision, next try to imagine different shades of light on many, many shapes, while moving ... and extrapolate a bit. http://www.cns.nyu.edu/~david/course...-contrast.html

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    I have installed a couple of sets of those, they lasted about a year, just as advertised. I think they worked great, just would like to have lights that last longer than a year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surrealone View Post
    As brightness is a visual thing, if it -appears- brighter to someone ... then for them, it is. You must understand that perception of brightness and measured brightness are two distinctly different things and what's key to this difference is context. Silverstars use a coating that changes the colour temperature of the light ... which, in turn, changes the light's effect within the context of what's being viewed. Whether or not it's effective for you really depends on how you perceive things...

    Here's some reading to help elucidate what I'm getting at. It's worth the time, especially when you hit the optical illusions that are merely generated by the use of different colours and shapes. When you hit this section and start to see the impacts of various aspects of vision, next try to imagine different shades of light on many, many shapes, while moving ... and extrapolate a bit. http://www.cns.nyu.edu/~david/course...-contrast.html

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    Now you dont get an answer like this everyday.... pay attention folks.

    ---------- Post added at 09:42 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:40 PM ----------

    I have used the silverstars and loved them. They ARE brighter and other drivers seemed to think so also. I got the one finger salute a few times.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BowTieFan1 View Post
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    As a Electrician, my logic tells me that bulbs of the same type and wattage put out the same lumens. (brightness) Only when the wattage of the bulb increases can you get a brighter bulb.....
    Does a fifty watt incandescent put out the same lumens as a halogen? Or flourescent? Or Mercury Vapor? Or LEDs?
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