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Old 02-03-2012
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SilverStar ZXE head lights

I just had one of my my piaa headdlight bulbs just burnt out, I've seen the SilverStar zXe in the flyer and was wonder if they are any good or if i should stick with the piaa light bulbs?
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Never tried or seen the ZXE ones before, but I've had other Silverstars with no complaints!
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Saw them at Canadian tire. If you get them post pics of what they look like. Seem expensive for just being halogen though.

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Their NOT Halogen. They are Xenon. I have a set in the 94 "X", and love them (more since I have fixed the "fish tank" and foggy issues.). They put out a very much more usable light than the old 9004 bulbs ever did. The light is more akin to normal daytime than the older Halos' are.(Whiter, not near so damnably yellow tinted) I DO agree that they are a bit on the pricey side, but, I still think that they are a fair value, and am putting them in the other rides, one set per month. They are also "rated" at 250 hours life, according to the packaging, which is pretty close to the old Halogens that I had before.
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I had Xenon bulbs back in high school. I hated them, maybe I just had a cheap brand. My Silverstars were much better
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I had the zXe bulbs and holy **** they are bright as hell
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would you guys say the are brighter then PIAA extream white plus cause thats what i had in the truck, and what do you guys run in the fog lights for bulbs
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Their NOT Halogen. They are Xenon.
Sorry, but they ARE still just halogen lamps - that use some xenon gas to prevent the tungsten filament from beaking down as quick. Sure, it's a performance halogen lamp which will be brighter and perform better than the standard "old school" ones...but it's nothing more than a blue coated "performance" halogen lamp.

This general halogen lamp education is from the retrofit source (http://www.theretrofitsource.com/trs...it_vs_hid_kits):

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Because tungsten evaporates away rather quickly, researchers learned to fill the bulbs with inert gases like argon, krypton, and yes even the infamous xenon. The sole purpose of these heavy gases is to create a level of pressure within the bulb that deters tungsten evaporation. Once a tungsten atom leaves the surface of the filament, it is immediately blocked by giant xenon particles that are crowding it and pushing it back towards the surface of the filament. Xenon is most commonly used because it is the heaviest of the inert gases and is also tied to HID lighting; therefore an opportunity for marketing deception arises.
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tint on a bulb is instantly garbage. Plus them saying "XENON FUELED" is complete marketing BS as it's simply one of the noble gasses used in the bulbs and has no effect (the halogen additives are what do the work, the noble gasses are the suspension).
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The zXe's claim to fame is only that it contains xenon (which all good halogen bulbs do anyway) and that it's the whitest halogen in the Sylvania lineup. No claims made about it being brighter than anything else. I wonder why? Given the way Sylvania likes to tout the brightness of their bulbs, albeit in a deceitful way, one has to wonder why they make no brightness claims about the zXe..
Looks to me that these blue tinted ZXE's are just the "whiter" version of their Silverstar Ultras; which were already far from being the old shool yellow color.

Both products (or any other filament based lamps) are still MILES behind a true xenon, or bi-xenon HID setup (which are truly NOT halogen).

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Well. Nice to see that someone shares their references for a discussion on here! I would like to see some feedback regarding the PIAA bulbs.
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About as close to the qualities of an HID you can get with a halogen bulb.
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