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post #1 of 17 Old 12-09-2008, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Want brighter headlights

Hello Accord Gurus,
I've done some searching, and am more confused than ever, hopefully someone can straighten me out.

I want to get brighter headlights in my 08 Accord EX-L V6. I don't want Xenon or whatever the high end ones are called, are there just simply brighter regular light bulbs available? Are they rated in like a lumens or something? I find that my stock ones are a bit on the dull side at night or for dark areas. Eg; are my stock ones say 400 lumens and I can upgrade to 600 Lumen ones at Crappy Tire or Pep Boys or something?

Is there a name for straight brighter off the shelf bulbs like "HID" is it? And do I need to do a daytime bulb and a high beam bulb as well (so 4 bulbs in total?).

Any suggestions/advice is great, sorry for all the newb questions I just don't know anything about headlights...

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I bought HID look alike bulbs off ebay. Thought they would help make it brighter but i guess not. Then I just bought the retro solutions 5000k hid kit and works alot better. I say hid is worth the investment.


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I replaced the stock bulbs in my sedan with Silver Star Ultras a few weeks ago. They are definitely brighter. Unfortunately, you should expect to replace the Silver Stars more often (about once a year) than regular bulbs, and they aren't cheap, about $50 (for the Ultras). In the long run, you'd save money by going with an HID kit since I believe those bulbs last several years longer. You would also get much brighter light with HID.

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A halogen bulb is based on wattage. The more watts the more power displaced by the filament which creates your light. If you put a bulb with too high of a watt rating in your headlight you could melt housings or wires.

If your looking for something brighter, your best bet is to go with a xenon bulb that is around the 5500-6000K range or an HID kit, they produce on average the most lumens. Which is the measure of how bright the light is.

Or if you can just use your high beams that would solve it. My 08 EX-L V6 high beams could light up a city.

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get HID, you will have no regrets. it gives the car a much more luxurious look, looks awesome from inside the car too.
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Go for the Silver Star Ultras, I put some in my friends Civic and he love them. But you can never go wrong with HIDS.


BTW lldsandsll,
How long do the HID bulbs last?

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also check the threads regarding HIR bulbs

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I agree HID's have a very nice light out put but the thing that i am worried about is voiding the factory warrenty or melting housing or wires

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I put some aftermarket bulbs I got from PEP boys and find them brighter than stock.


I'm no pro at taking pics but u get the idea...

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I agree HID's have a very nice light out put but the thing that i am worried about is voiding the factory warrenty or melting housing or wires
That's partially what I'm worried about as well... I just want a brighter light, I don't wanna worry about $600 HID install that would void the warranty and such though... :-| That commerical on tv, maybe Sylvania with the guy "now you see me, now you don't... now you see me, now you don't" is pretty effective....

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If your worried about your factory warranty being voided when installing aftermarket parts there is the Magnuson-Moss Warranty – Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act of 1975, which states that a written warranty has to be upheld unless the aftermarket part caused the equipment in question to go faulty, or it states in your warranty that you are not allowed to put aftermarket parts on your car. I don't think anywhere in the auto warranty it states you can't have aftermarket parts, and the HID's will not cause your electrical system to go bad. They are plug and play systems and actually are less of a load on your electrical system then your regular halogen bulbs.

For more info on the law check out the following sites:
(this has an explanation of what it all means without the lawyer talk)

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Infra red bulbs

I put in IR bulbs in. 9011 and 9012 are the #'s. About $24 each. Low beams ok, high beams great! If you google IR headlights or 9011 bulbs you'll find em.
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I agree HID's have a very nice light out put but the thing that i am worried about is voiding the factory warrenty or melting housing or wires
thats why you go w/ the site sponsor xenondepots HID, he powers the HIDS via the battery vs the OE wiring harness.

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Silverstar Ultras look like this:







sorry the night shots don't give you a great idea... but they are super bright. If purchasing silverstar, check out eBay and Amazon and forget the auto parts store as they are a rip off

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I think retrosolutions bulbs are rated at approximately 4 or 5 years, i could be wrong. for $135 a kit, and lifetime warranty on the ballasts, cant go wrong. xenon depot has a kit that's great for powering off the battery as previously mentioned. HID install at $600 is ape sh!t!!!! find a meineke or a tires plus with some kids working at it. offer one of them $60 bucks. you'll get it done.

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