Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dandridge (Near Knoxville), TN, USA
Originally Posted by Texas42
Are PIAA bulbs actually brighter than other brands? They claim to have an 85/135 what H3-4150K has anyone tried it? Is it really that bright? I have HID low beam and I was looking to replace the stock high beam bulb only.
Don't waste your money! I had the PIAA 85 watt high beam bulb, but next to the HID low beam it looked like a pale, yellow candle.
I also have Sylvania Silver Star high beam bulbs in both my BMW cars trying to get closer to the color of the HID low beams, total waste of money yet again. There is not a halogen type bulb on the market that even starts to come close to HID in color, and certainly not brightness!
Strange, that even though the bulb manufacturers claim 3500-4000K color temps, they look very yellow compared to the 4200K HIDs. That is what I had on my bike, and the stock HIDs on the 740iL.
If you want high beam to rival low for color, the only solution is to convert it to HID also. Otherwise, just settle for yellow high beams.
Neither the Silver Stars nor the PIAA ultra white bulbs were much whiter than the standard halogens. Noticeable when on side by side, but no great leap.
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