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Opinion On New Headlight Bulbs

Discussion in 'Chevy Suburban Forum (GMC Yukon XL)' started by Tracey121, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Tracey121

    Tracey121 New Member

    Got a 1997 GMC Suburban C1500 that I'm upgrading.

    The headlight plastic is no longer clear, so now the intensity of the bulbs is much lower.
    The cost of new plastic is very expensive, but new high wattage bulbs is much less.

    For just a few dollars, I can put offroad 100 watt bulbs for the bright lights in each.
    And, I can put higher wattage bulbs in the regular lights to compensate.

    Does this work very well to overcome the yellowed plastic headlight encasement?
  2. Crawdaddy

    Crawdaddy Moderator Staff Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    Brighter bulbs are nice as long as they are legal in your state. You may also want to invest in one of those headlight restoration kits. The kit includes what you need to polish the lenses clear again, and they do work pretty well. I think they usually go for around $20 and will restore a pair of headlight lenses.
  3. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member Platinum Contributor 1000 Posts

    From expericence I have had with high wattage headlight bulbs, they do not like the factory 22 gauge wire and neither does the bulb socket. I Upgraded my headlight harness to 14 gauge wire, and then I put in high temperature 9005/9006 sockets and have been running that setup for 7 years with no problems.

    Also being that you want to use off-road bulbs, they will melt your plastic lenses in a matter of minutes.
  4. Naptime

    Naptime New Member

    Not as good as replacing them.
    You can buy replacements on ebay for 20.00 each. I've seen complete lens sets (including parking, turning) for under 60.
    Just keep an eye peeled.
  5. stephenwsmith

    stephenwsmith New Member

    Hey if you see that link for 2002 Lights let me know :)

    I'd truly appreciate it, and would like both brighter bulbs and clearer lenses..
    thanks again.
  6. TELORVEHC

    TELORVEHC New Member 1000 Posts

    A friend and I used a cheap (under $25 IIRC) AutoZone headlight restoration kit on a friend's '98 Suburban. It took us about 2 hours (we were thorough, the lights were quite fogged and discolored) from removing the headlights, wet sanding, cleaning and polishing to re-installing and what a difference it made in the quality of the light output from the headlights. Try a headlight restoration kit, I think you'll be satisfied with the results.
  7. McMahan

    McMahan New Member

    go with DDM tuning or Krypton bulbs HID kit

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