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Old 03-10-2011, 11:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to replace my stock headlight with some for a brighter and nicer pair. I saw some Sylvania Silverstars at autozone for $26 a piece. I'm wondering if they'll be good/bright enough for my liking. I've also seen some on RRO's website. Any one with experience with IPF H-4 headlamps? They are a bit expensive, but i'm willing to spend for quality. Thanks for any help.
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I'm not sure where you are located, but I am upgrading my lights by adding six LED lights. Most all my work and parts are from Samurai Salvage in Marshalltown, Iowa. See website
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If you haven't done the headlight relay mod yet, then do it first so that you can get full power to your headlights. I did the mod and put in the Sylvania Xtravisions.

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yeah, samurai wiring and relays aren't set up to handle the current of a major lighting upgrade. Make sure you do the wires and relays so you don't cook the electrics or reduce the effectiveness of your new lights.
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If you upgrade to HIDs they actually use less power than halogens[after start up].
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Be considerate of the elderly and stay away from the HID lights. They have enough problems seeing at night without being blinded by the glare. I know as I am one of them.
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Actually make that be considerate to yourself and stay away from HID conversions.

Two reasons - first - they are actually illegal, and second, whilst they are brighter, using the HID bulb in a fixture designed for a halogen bulb does not allow for proper focussing so the light goes everywhere except where it's needed (which is what causes the glare that Haptown mentions).

A good halogen bulb (such as the Sylvanias mentioned earlier) will actually give you greater light output where it's needed than the HID conversion, even though the HID gives you the illusion of more light.

Slightly different question - for those of you who did install HIDs - what was it like on a dark & rainy night?
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That you - I wasn't going to say it, but I have the same problem with the over powered lights at night - they blind me!!! So I won't do that to other people, that is why I've added a couple of 100watt KC's to the front bumper and I'll be adding 3 more lights on the roof for off road use, but as for on the road stock has been working for me...

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If you upgrade to HIDs they actually use less power than halogens[after start up].
true they use less power, but you still need to upgrade the wiring since you'r installing balasts. Don't need heavier gauge, just different harness and connectors.

@Haptown, fordem, and Dwcarr1: all too true. Illegal, unfocused, scattered and way too bright if used in the wrong housing. (illegal in any housing if not original factory equipped) If done properly, the HID lighting can be extremely beneficial and safe. (but still illegal in a samurai for on-road use) Unfortunately it costs way too much money to install a set of HID's in xenon projector housings. The cost outweighs the benefits, hence most people stick the xenon bulbs in halogen housings. this results in a beam that isn't properly focused and it blinds others. A place where xenon HID's can be cost efective is in your off road lights. Having a broad beam flood that lights up everything like daylight is a great thing when off roading at night. Less lamps, and less power draw, means less weight, and less load on your electrical system. A xenon off road light may cost you 100 bucks, but it puts out more light than 3 halogen lights and uses 1/3 the power of one halogen light.
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