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Old 29 Nov 2004, 10:31 am   #1 (permalink)
Johnny Melvin
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Default Head lamp Bulbs.

Hi ,

I have a 95 4cyl CAMRY.
The headlamp bulbs I think are H4
and 60/55 watts.
I would like a bit more light for winter months.

Do these BLUE kind of bulbs offer any advantage.
Also I see 120/100watt on sale.

Whats the best route for more light.

Johnny UK.


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Old 29 Nov 2004, 01:30 pm   #2 (permalink)
m Ransley
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Silverstares help a bit , A hotter bulb 120 watt may melt Lexan and bulb
holders, Blue is a fad color to mimic HID no increase in output, Pia
are good but I checked Lumen output and Silverstars on H3 were higher,
E mail Piaa for Lumen rating of your bulb, They do have some that are
better than Silverstar.

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Old 29 Nov 2004, 11:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
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In my experience, the PIAA bulbs burn out faster.

"m Ransley" <ransley@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> Silverstares help a bit , A hotter bulb 120 watt may melt Lexan and bulb
> holders, Blue is a fad color to mimic HID no increase in output, Pia
> are good but I checked Lumen output and Silverstars on H3 were higher,
> E mail Piaa for Lumen rating of your bulb, They do have some that are
> better than Silverstar.
>



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Old 30 Nov 2004, 06:58 am   #4 (permalink)
Daniel M. Dreifus
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"Johnny Melvin" <johnny@melvin.com> wrote in message news:<cofis0$mr9$1@newsg3.svr.pol.co.uk>...
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> Whats the best route for more light.


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Old 30 Nov 2004, 08:37 pm   #5 (permalink)
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On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 13:30:18 -0600, m Ransley wrote:

> Silverstares help a bit , A hotter bulb 120 watt may melt Lexan and bulb
> holders, Blue is a fad color to mimic HID no increase in output, Pia
> are good but I checked Lumen output and Silverstars on H3 were higher,
> E mail Piaa for Lumen rating of your bulb, They do have some that are
> better than Silverstar.


I could argue this one! I put a set of the 'blue' bulbs in my Tercel. Holy
Cow!!! I couldn't believe the difference in output! Just amazing.
Unfortunatel, I can't remember which brand. They were either Sylvania
Super Blues or APC Xenon. There was a dramatic increase in usable light.

The ones you are talking about are the ones that appear different colours
depending on where you are in relation to them. They DO suck, and are just
for 'cool'. Since I live and drive in rural areas, I want LIGHT!!!

Um, they were (the good ones, that is) only about $2-3 more than the
regular replacements!

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Old 30 Nov 2004, 08:40 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 16:31:27 +0000, Johnny Melvin wrote:

> Hi ,
>
> I have a 95 4cyl CAMRY.
> The headlamp bulbs I think are H4
> and 60/55 watts.
> I would like a bit more light for winter months.
>
> Do these BLUE kind of bulbs offer any advantage.
> Also I see 120/100watt on sale.
>
> Whats the best route for more light.
>
> Johnny UK.



See my answer to m Ransley.

Also, I did this here (I take it you're in the UK. Over here the 100/120's
are illegal).

Inside the headlight, look and see if there is a metal ring that
encompasses the light bulb. I have NO IDEA what it is for, but on my '95
Tercel, I bent them down out of the way. Even with the Xenon bulbs, I
wasn't getting 'flashed' by other drivers, and the range and width of the
beam increased greatly. I was going to removed them completely, but I sold
the car so I could buy a Supra...
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Old 01 Dec 2004, 11:44 am   #7 (permalink)
m Ransley
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To say one brand is better than another is meaningless, unless you have
tried them all, which no body has except for Car magazines in testing. .
Bulbs have ratings, Lumen = brightness. Kelvin = the color temp of the
bulb, the higher Kelvin the whiter then blue the light. Piaa has maybe
3-4 different Kelvin models in one line, So you can pick a white light
or go to blue. Blue is outlawed in some states as it is blinding. For
H3 Silverstars have apx 15% more output if I remember correctly. For
H4 Piaa may win and offers more options. I would like to read an
indepandant test as I drive unlit country roads and use Piaa replacement
bulbs and 2 pair Piaa auxilery lights with Silverstars. In H3
Silverstars are better, I dont recommend 85-100 watt bulbs, they put out
alot more heat which in summer can cause problems. A friend melted their
lights with 100w. Different brands may be even better but I do not know
of others that seem to be. US DOT has a limit on what can be legaly
sold.

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Old 02 Dec 2004, 01:21 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Mon, 29 Nov 2004 16:31:27 -0000, "Johnny Melvin"
<johnny@melvin.com> wrote:

>Hi ,
>
>I have a 95 4cyl CAMRY.
>The headlamp bulbs I think are H4
>and 60/55 watts.
>I would like a bit more light for winter months.
>
>Do these BLUE kind of bulbs offer any advantage.
>Also I see 120/100watt on sale.
>
>Whats the best route for more light.
>
>Johnny UK.
>

Johnny,

I have tried all different kinds on multiple vehicles. From my
experience, the "blue bulbs" sometimes provide more light because they
have higher wattage, a tiny amount of xenon gas, or filaments that are
brighter but wear out faster. Katz are bright but burn out fast. Mine
blew at 4 months. PIAA's are good and last a long time but they're
not the brightest. Had them for 4 years now and still good. The
Silverstars are the brightest but can't vouch for its longevity. I've
only tried them for about 15 months. Since I have multiple vehicles,
they don't get used very much. They are reasonably priced though.

The best route for more light though is true HID conversions. But
that's about $500. I'm guessing that you're not willing to spend this
much.

Your Camry has 9006 for low beams and 9005 for high beams. Bulbs
starting with H are typically fog lights (with exceptions of course).

Bulbs are painted blue so they look "whiter" when turned on. In
actually this tinting of the bulb weakens the light, just like any
other kind of tinting. The more expensive ones compensate by making
the output higher. The cheaper ones don't they're ouput is actually
weaker than standard halogens.

I would suggest to stay away from bulbs that use higher wattage than
stock. It is possible that you may burn out your wiring system for
having higher loads that what it is designed for.

I know you've received multiple responses here. So you have to think
for yourself, which ones have made more logical sense?

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Old 03 Dec 2004, 12:36 am   #9 (permalink)
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Hi,

been using 100/90 without any problems for some time now.
Unlikely to melt your lights.
real issue is your wiring it may not handle the wattage back to the light
switch, the wires can overheat but you can check this by looking at the
lights. if the lights go yellow your wiring isn't high enough grade to
handle it - you can get around this by installing a relay switch.

I used 4 100 watt aircraft landing lights on my 72 Celica for 5 years with
no issue (relay switch used there).

Truck drivers dipped their lights for me...real quick.

Camry lights (low beam) are downright dangerous on the open road - can't see
the road while car is passing in other direction.

rgds

Peter




"Johnny Melvin" <johnny@melvin.com> wrote in message
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> Hi ,
>
> I have a 95 4cyl CAMRY.
> The headlamp bulbs I think are H4
> and 60/55 watts.
> I would like a bit more light for winter months.
>
> Do these BLUE kind of bulbs offer any advantage.
> Also I see 120/100watt on sale.
>
> Whats the best route for more light.
>
> Johnny UK.
>
>



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Old 03 Dec 2004, 07:27 am   #10 (permalink)
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"Peter" <#shaca#@bigpond.net.au> wrote in message news:<TPTrd.56855$K7.7952@news-server.bigpond.net.au>...
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> Camry lights (low beam) are downright dangerous on the open road - can't see
> the road while car is passing in other direction.


Perhaps my earlier link posting wasn't clear (no pun intended).

The headlamp lenses can be polished and brightened improving optical
clarity.
I used a white polishing compound applied with a damp cotton cloth
(baby diapers), beginning with light pressure then increasing force as
the material absorbed into the cloth.
In addition to giving the headlight enclosures a nice gloss the amount
of light thrown forth onto the roadway is improved.
Also, as mentioned before, you can use a ratchet handle and socket to
adjust the headlight aim on marks on a wall 25 feet out, two inches
below height as measured at the car, and beam pattern aligned with
headlight centerlines. There's even a small raised bump on the
headlights to help measure centers accurately. Pointing, or aiming
correctly helps a lot.
While they do burn out more quickly due to the being "over driven" to
overcome color tint, Sylvania Silverstars (also more expensive) in
combination with the above procedures give an entirely acceptable beam
pattern and good visibility on a 1994 with 125,000 miles.
Had occasion to drive in complete darkness last night and they work
well. On an open stretch using high beam, illumination is excellent.
Also on low beam, noticed they're working well - with no additional
load on the electrical system, and meeting all US DOT regulations.
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