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I dunno - I realize this Daniel Stern guy is pretty, umm, Stern about issues related to lighting. I can't find the link again with his post, but he was pretty clear that he thought the bowl on the Odyssey wasn't precise enough and doesn't have a sharp cutoff, therefore almost doubling the lumens will increase the "scatter" light to an unsafe level. He said you could angle your headlights down but that defeats the purpose of adding more light.
I'll do some more searching. I also see that the first generation of HIR bulbs made by Toshiba have been scrapped, but now Philips is making a new version of 9012 that may or may not even BE HIR?
Hahaha. He definitely knows his stuff when it comes to lighting, so I'd trust his advice. I didn't find them to be all that much brighter than the stock 9006 bulbs. The Accord's reflectors had a pretty good cutoff for reflectors though and the 9012's filled out the beam pattern nicely.
The new Philips 9012 bulbs are no longer HIRs like the old Toshibas with the spherical glass and reflective coating. They just use a new-generation filament design that's superior to the 9006's design that's been around for decades. Apparently, from what I read, the filament design is shared with the H7, H8, H9, and H11. That said, it makes me wonder what makes them brighter than the H11s that are standard in the 9th gen Accord...
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