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Headlight bulb swap---Worth the hassle?



I've seen the suggested recommendation for the Sylvania bulbs, both the high and low beams.

Not knowing if I had these or not, I thought (no big deal), I'll pull 'em out and check. By the way, they are all working OK now.

So, checking my Service manual, I see I gotta turn the front wheels to access the little trap door. Once I did that, I quickly discover that my (lowered front end + big tires)make getting to that tiny door screw quite a hassle.

No room to get a socket on it, Digging into my small open ended wrenches, I find a tiny 7/32 ignition wrench fits. So at less than a half turn at a time, I finally get the screw out and the door off............(I dread trying to get that damn screw started again) and NO, I have no desire to jack up and pull off a wheel/tire to do it.

So I found that I did indeed have the prescribed Sylvania for the high beam, so good to go on that one. But the low beam is currently a Phillips 55W.

Is it really worth the hassle to swap out my current low beams for the Sylvania ones when they are working OK now or do the Sylvania deals throw out a stronger better light???

Please advise.
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If you are happy with the light, then leave it.

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Driving at night in your neighborhood and your Eyes and Reaction time will be Your yardstick... Not Our Opinions, as we Don't live and drive in your area. If you Need more light, change 'em out, by all means.
Out West, I Still have the OEM bulbs and they are adequate for where I drive. (also have had cadillacs removed from both eyes) and OEMs are Ok by me.
I have replaced 3 sets of Fog Lights....


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(also have had cadillacs removed from both eyes) and OEMs are Ok
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I changed all mine when one Low beam bulb went out. I got the Sylvania ZXE bulbs on line for half of what the local parts stores sell them for.
We live in an area with no street lights and it pitch black at night. The ZXE bulbs made a very noticeable difference in both low and high beams driving at night out here. I have read reports they don't last as long as standard bulbs but mine have been in for 2+yrs and 20K+ mi now. I wish the HDM Relay would last that long!
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When I changed my bulbs and had to remove door, I changed the screw to 7mm to match all the other 7mm on our SSR.

I tried HID which are illigal on Highway, removed and installed Sylvania ZXE which are 3 times brighter. Happy so far.

Long trips, I turn my running lights off, just turn the switch, when you get out Headlight switch will "ding" to remind you to reset.

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When I changed my bulbs and had to remove door, I changed the screw to 7mm to match all the other 7mm on our SSR.

I tried HID which are illigal on Highway, removed and installed Sylvania ZXE which are 3 times brighter. Happy so far.

Long trips, I turn my running lights off, just turn the switch, when you get out Headlight switch will "ding" to remind you to reset.

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A couple of questions before I make another Amazon purchase. Sylvania seems to offer multiple versions of their H11 ZXE bulbs.

There is a ZXE "Gold" for $64.99 and also a ZXE for $54.99. Not quite sure what the "gold" label and extra 10 bucks gets ya.

Also.............Dictator. As to your (long trips) comments. In order to turn off the running lights, you must mean you are then running your regular headlights. Not sure how the "running lights" work.......are they in fact the regular headlight bulbs running at a reduced voltage or what. If that is the case, are you doing that on long trips to get better longevity out of those ZXEs.
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I changed my low beams and the Sylvania are much brighter than the originals which in my opinion are not that good.
Did not remove wheel just turn the steering to gain access. Easy job
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