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272 of 277 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2012
Style Name: 9006Verified Purchase
cannot tell you how much researching and wasted time i have spent debating for the perfect set of headlights to replace my stock bulbs. the sad fact is that bulbs are bulbs, any after market bulbs are going to be an improvement than the ones you have in now. if your someone looking to drop $50 to $100 for greater output gains there are many options out there but for me, functionality, reliability and at a great price was my overall goal. it came down to the battle of Silver Star, Philips and GE. i have tried them all with my top picks being Philips X-tremes and GE nighthawks, silver star are a great product but they are still over priced and do not last as long as i would expect from a company that says they produce the best replacement bulb. silver star ultra's are more a performance looking bulb with a tint of blue/purple look to them. i was overall happy with the X-trmes, offered a true bright white light with a more centered beam that increases a wider and longer visual display a night. do not expect 80% brighter or any other gimmicks that persuade you towards one band over the other, if i had to give a percentage of gains, would say 30 to 40 percent brightness. for being the cheapest out of all three and for the gains i got, i was impressed. i would recommend these bulbs to anyone wanting a simple solution to enhance driving visibility without breaking the bank.
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125 of 130 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2011
Style Name: 9003
Pros:
* bright light output for halogens
* wider than average beam pattern
* excellent build quality (made in Germany)
* smaller size bulbs makes installation easier

Cons:
* shorter lifetime compared to regular bulbs (150hr)

first thing i do when buying new cars is changing their bulbs. cars, specially economy ones like civics and corollas, are equipped with long life low output lights. only bulbs i don't change are for my HID equipped luxury vehicle. as for halogens, I have tried many bulbs and i have learned 3 important lessons:

1. Do not buy those blue tinted bulbs that run on dangerously high voltage
2. performance bulbs die quickly
3. Philips x-treme are the best darn halogens out there

No matter which halogen bulbs you buy, if they claim more brightness (ie. sylvania silverstra ultra, osram nightbreaker, philips x-treme) they will not last you long. This because the filament burns at higher temperatures to improve brightness. Even still, the Philips x-tremes lasted significantly longer than the sylvania silverstar ultras. Philips x-treme lasted for about 1.5 years or roughly 150-200 hours compared to sylvania's 15 hours! They are also brighter than the sylvanias but not as white. also compared to other bulbs, philips x-treme powers are really well built with water resistant quartz glass and smaller than normal bulb size which makes them easier to install. Overall i recommend this bulb due to its higher than average light output and wider beam pattern. Only disadvantage is reduced bulb life time. Note that there are now newer Philips x-treme vision +100, which are slightly (10%) brighter.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2011
Style Name: 9003Verified Purchase
I own 2005 Mazda MPV, while it's been gently used, I notice the headlight bulbs have become dimmer so I got these philips bulbs instead. They draw 67 watts, brighter and not the fake hid blue-ish (which will be harder to see during rainy days), these are slightly whiter. I also compared with other newer cars, my car now has the brighter headlights. I will definitely search for these bulbs for my fogs and I will be ordering them soon. $10 Mfr. rebate is an icing on the cake!
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97 of 109 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2011
Style Name: 9007Verified Purchase
I recently replaced both headlight units on my DD Nissan (that was bought used). The original lenses had started to deteriorate & yellow. Despite having brand new lights, I still wanted to improve the low beam output a bit without melting or damaging the lights (all plastic) or surrounding wiring.

Did a lot of research on the various replacement bulbs that are available. Unfortunately, much of what I found was overwritten, flowery hype on what are basically "tinted" stock bulbs or simply outright BS ("Xenon HID 9007 Hyper Purple" for example) and it came down to there only being 3 or 4 "real" choices on the market that would provide a useful improvement in light output.

In checking those choices, the Philips X-treme Power bulbs seem to have the best combination of increased light output combined with good longevity, so I bought a pair. While I did not really notice a big improvement driving in built-up areas, there was a noticeable increase in light on dark or underlit roads, probably around 25%, + the light itself was more focused and evenly spread compared to the stock bulbs. These bulbs are fully DOT approved and did not seem to emit excess glare.

Overall, I would definitely recommend them as an inexpensive yet worthwhile upgrade. As a side note, the bulbs that I received were made in Germany, which was a nice change from all the Chinese crap that seems to dominate the market.
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79 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2011
Style Name: H7Verified Purchase
I have made myself become quite the expert on this replacement bulb issue over the last ten years. Being very active on the VW forums, I initially heard about the benefits of the Osram and Phillips bulbs, according to the body politic, the only ones that truly give more white light than the stockers. Many other aftermarket bulbs out there claim more light, but instead you just get some bluish light that may earn you some unwanted attention by Trooper Tommy, and possibly could fail inspection if blue enough. I have now replaced my bulbs in the last three Passats I have owned with the Phillips X-Treme Power H7's. Simply put, they rock. Very bright, very white, and not very expensive. My favorite part of the increased lighting with these bulbs is the much improved side-light they throw...hard to quantify, but true nonetheless. A noticeable difference for when you see that lurking deer alongside your car some night.

In my research some years ago, I found an article by a lighting engineer who quite diligently and scientifically compared many aftermarket bulbs, including the leading replacements, the Osram and the Phillips. He included much hard data, and found that most offered NO more light than stock bulbs, (Sylvania) and some were even worse, except for the two mentioned above. As you will see upon receipt, the X-Treme Power bulbs even LOOK beefier than the stock bulbs. As was mentioned by on other reviewer, however, these Phillips bulbs do NOT last as long as stock bulbs, but that's the price you pay for having the superior lighting that will benefit every dark night's foray away from home. Mine have averaged 2 years of life.

Make sure to search around for a source. Try the find.com or buy.com. Powerbulbs in the UK was the only carrier a few years ago, and had the best price for around 19 BPS, equating to about $25, but now they are $44 on that site and Amazon has them for cheaper. After ordering a new set a couple nights ago, I found that there is currently a $10 rebate being offered by Phillips, a sure benefit in the end. You can probably replace them yourself, too. Look on Youtube for a video on how to replace them on your vehicle. We all need to save our bucks for craft beer, eh? Peace - pdunay@verizon.net
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
Style Name: 9007Verified Purchase
Much brighter than the OEM bulbs that were in dad's car. He's been avoiding driving at night because his Taurus headlights were so dim and he's been having trouble seeing. Now he's able to leave the house.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2010
Style Name: 9003Verified Purchase
put a set of these in my girlfriend's 2003 ford focus after trying out some piaa blue bulbs (which got good reviews but didn't really put out much more light than her stock bulbs), these philips bulbs are the real deal no gimmicky color just tons of useful light it's at least double the light output of the stock focus bulbs and about 50% more than the piaa bulbs that I had previously put in. over all these are definitely worth it the length of light has doubled over stock and there is a ton more side coverage as well.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2011
Style Name: H7Verified Purchase
If you ignore the marketing hype of "80% more light" and buy these light bulbs simply as after-market replacements for your aging OEM or stock light bulbs, they're a pretty good buy. The light output is brighter (by about 20% is my best guess) and slightly whiter than the 2 year old stock bulbs in my BMW X3. In back-to-back tests in a dark parking lot several people agreed that objects at various distances were more visible (using the distances to various specific objects and a subjective standard of "visible" or "not really") and that the whiter color (without being at all bluish like some after-market bulbs) did improve visibility for all colors and for the asphalt pavement as well. (Even an absolute measurement of lumen output would not really tell the whole story about headlight bulbs - since the shape and style of the headlamp unit itself, the shape of the reflectors and lenses within the headlamp unit, the color of the light, proper aiming of the headlights, and the personal sensitivity to light color and intensity of the driver all come into play, here.) There is only so much light that you can get out of a filament bulb of this size and I think Philips is approaching the theoretical limit. Yes...more light could be generated but bulb life would be unacceptably short. Having said that, I have not had these bulbs in long enough to judge durability or life span, but if I can get several years I'll be satisfied. I would buy these again.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2012
Style Name: H13Verified Purchase
I changed my stock lights to the philips xtreme power and I felt that they are better than stock lights. I certainly can see better and the light seem to extend longer and wider and look somewhat whiter. I feel it helped me to use these lights and that they are worth the cost and effort despite the fact that there is nothing extreme about them. I realize that they do not come close to HID lights in cars with projectors but I would certainly recommend them for cars with reflectors.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2010
Style Name: 9007Verified Purchase
I installed them in a 1998 Plymouth Voyager, known for poor headlight design. In addition, this car has a lower voltage in the system then normal, 12.5 V with the engine running. A big improvement over the old Sylvania standard halogen bulbs. More side coverage, and definitely at least 50% longer. I hope they will last a long time, this car never burned one bulb in 13 years, 170000 miles (maybe due to the lower voltage).
Note: I tried new standard halogen bulbs after I polished the headlights, and it did help. The X-treme bulbs made the big difference.
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