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I’ve done some searching and seem to have A LOT of mixed answers and people keep saying go HID…which I will not do. Did it in the past and there is so many damn cheap kits vs expensive…nobody knows what to go with anymore. DDM used to have the best kits available…now all they sell I would compare to a pile of cow dung…..

I just want good basic headlight and fog bulb replacements for the best brightest light I can get w/o HID….which in reality it seems a bulb is a bulb but still…wanted to ask people here and see what everyone says.

Another thought….the standard bulbs are 60/55 watts for the H13, could I upgrade to a higher wattage bulb along with my wiring harness and make a better light without it melting the lenses?

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i put in Silvana (sp?) silver stars in both my headlights and fog lights…. and they are very nice lights. set of those and maybe a good cleaning of the headlight lenses you should be set, 7yrs of yellowing and haze on them will reduce light output.

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Originally Posted by joe 3578

i put in Silvana (sp?) silver stars in both my headlights and fog lights…. and they are very nice lights. set of those and maybe a good cleaning of the headlight lenses you should be set, 7yrs of yellowing and haze on them will reduce light output.

I completely agree (not that that means much Best headlight bulb to use?? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums )

Make sure the lenses are clear, and just replace with OEM or aftermarket “normal” bulbs.

Unless you’re driving around in pitch black and really NEED the extra brightness, the stockers – when aimed correctly – do the job.

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I find the higher output aftermarket bulbs burn out way to quick, 6 months was all I was getting out of silverstars.

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I would take my HIDs over halogen bulbs any day… Properly adjusted HIDs will be incomparable to a properly adjusted halogen bulb..

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Originally Posted by 2ndStroke

I find the higher output aftermarket bulbs burn out way to quick, 6 months was all I was getting out of silverstars.

i find that strange. ive had 3 sets of silverstars, in 3 different trucks. one set in my 94 ford ranger i sold are still working…. other set in my 08 ford ranger were going strong for 2 years till i got t boned in a intersection and truck was totaled, and my 3rd set is in my 03 f250 and they are on 1.5yrs….

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I concur. I tried a few sets of Silverstar Ultras, and would say they may be a tiny bit brighter, but do not last nearly as long. Now I use regular Silverstars.

I tow a lot and that means I want to see better than average. HID’s are sweet, but I have not found a decent reflector to allow a safe install in an SD. Let alone legal….

The best thing I did? Install a second set of Hella 4×6 headlights where the stock foglights are usually mounted. Look like fogs so no legal hassles yet.

But add a lot of light. The stockers are aimed a bit lower than before, and the new are aimed slightly higher. I used European pattern so they do not cast any light upward into oncoming eyes so this worked out really well. It is less blinding than stock, but quite a bit brighter with a more complete and wider pattern.

And since they are glass lenses and very heat resistant, I wired them up so both filaments light up when on high beam. Zoinks. 4 high beam and 2 low beam on all at the same time. REALLY nice when driving late at night on deserted roads.

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Somebody here did a custom install of a factory HID projector unit (I believe from an Acura?) into a SD headlight light assembly. Someday I would love to do that…. As factory HID’s get more common, donor parts should get cheaper.

It’s a bit of a grey zone from a legal perspective, but I would be willing to argue the point. The projector assembly IS designed for HID, but just happens to be installed a headlight assembly that is not – and I am not using the reflector in the stock bucket. It would be low beam only, but no problem as I would still have my auxiliary lights in the bumper for high beams.

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The only thing I don’t like about HIDs is being blinded by them when other people have them. I figure if I blind the guy coming at me on a 2-lane road in the dark, it’s less safe than having a dimmer bulb Best headlight bulb to use?? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums

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I really like my Silverstar Ultras. I have 3 1/2 years on them and no problam. I bought them when I was working in Wyoming, and in Wyoming their is nothing but pitch black. And with all the deer, antelope, and other wild creatures, They were well worth the money and I will be using them in the future. I also agree on keeping your lenses clean. I polished mine and then keep them waxed and they seem to be staying clear.

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Another vote for Silver Star Ultras. I run them in my SD and in my Jeep and they are awesome. Never had a set burn out yet. You have to be very careful not to touch the bulb when installing them. The oils from your skin will cause them to fail prematurely.

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Silver Star ultras for me also. 2 years and still strong

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I vote STRONGLY against HIDs in anything that didnt come with them from the factory. They are illegal and there is a reason.

When you add HIDs to a vehicle the light housing sends the light off in all directions. When a car comes with HIDs from the factory, they act much differently.. Take a look

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See how its chopped at the top, thats what makes them legal, and halogen housings do NOT do that. Its just the way the housings are designed. Get some Sylvania bulbs and call it good. Each higher level of their bulb is brighter, but lasts fewer hours. I was running HELLA bulbs for a while with good results.

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I have the PIAA xtreme bulbs. Can’t remember their full name, but you can search for my review here. The light is a nice clean white, but not any brighter that stock. No problems yet, but I’ve only had them for about six months.

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Originally Posted by joe 3578

i find that strange. ive had 3 sets of silverstars, in 3 different trucks. one set in my 94 ford ranger i sold are still working…. other set in my 08 ford ranger were going strong for 2 years till i got t boned in a intersection and truck was totaled, and my 3rd set is in my 03 f250 and they are on 1.5yrs….

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Interesting, maybe its the rough (and I mean rough) roads up here or the freezing winters, but my father and I have had bad luck with silverstars, we thought it was just the fact that they are a higher output.

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