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Decent while they worked!
on March 17, 2012
I needed to replace the headlights on my 2003 Subaru Outback, and decided to give these bulbs a try seeing as they claimed to be white(r) than stock. Read ahead for a (in my mind) fair review.
- Coming from my car's stock, these are bright and very white
- Relatively durable
- DOT Compliant
- Not blue
- Don't last long enough for money spent
Personally, I dislike the blue tinted HID headlights. When in the car, I find them very distracting and I just don't like the color tint. These CrystalVisions do not have a blue tint, and while they are definitely not HID, they aren't yellow either! When reading reviews where people say that they aren't different from their stock headlights, it is important to note that they might be comparing it to the stock bulbs, and some manufacturers have whiter stock bulbs than others. I know that my 2003 Subaru Outback had yellowish bulbs, and in comparison these are much whiter. It all depends on what came stock with your car!
This is my one complaint. These didn't last very long...maybe a few months at the most. I installed them properly, using new mechanic gloves to avoid getting oils on the bulb. Several months later, you guessed it, I was opening up the hood again to replace the first. I decided to go with a more expensive but reportedly longer lasting bulb, and so far no problems. If these had lasted 6 months, I probably would buy them again at the current price of just over $20...but at this point I am sticking with the other brand I found!
You might get lucky, I have read reviews of these lasting upwards of 9-10 months, but I wonder how often these people drive at night. I'm not recommending these if you don't want to spend $120 on headlights a year!