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Can't say it's "90%" brighter,
This review is from: GE 9007NHP/BP2 Nighthawk PLATINUM Headlight Bulbs, Pack of 2 (Automotive)
I purchased a set of these for my 2005 Jeep Liberty after a few years of using Sylvania Silverstars. I paid almost double the cost of Silverstars expecting that much more light ("90%" over "50%"), but... I try, but cannot see a noticeable difference over the Silverstars. I'm not sure if I can say it was worth the extra cost. I mean when I first replaced my factory lights with the Silverstars, I had immediately noticed the extra brightness. My reaction was "Wow!" These Nighthawks are supposed to be up to 40% more over the Silverstars... but,...meh. I tried. I really tried...but I just can't see it.
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Initial post: Aug 25, 2012 8:32:05 PM PDT
You are correct about the lack of noticeable improvement. If you read the fine print on the back of the package, you'll see that GE's description is misleading... no, actually it's flat-out dishonest. You see, every light bulb loses brightness as it ages. GE says that this bulbs is 90% brighter than a USED bulb, not a new bulb. So the comparison is invalid. It's like saying that your new tires hydroplane 90% less than your old bald tires. Shame on GE.
Posted on Sep 3, 2012 2:01:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 3, 2012 2:02:22 PM PDT
J Steck says:
Is there clear lens? Any fogging at all will make a snowball light. I agree sales statements are played up.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 7:18:16 PM PDT
This is the same disclaimer Sylvania uses on their Silverstar bulbs. The simple fact is that DOT regulations limit how bright the bulbs can be. Any decent bulb is at or very close to that limit. These and the silverstars and similar use a filter on the lens to block out the more yellow color light to create a whiter looking light. The whiter light may give the impression of being brighter, but it's the same light output. Because part of the wavelength is filtered out, to produce the same light output they have to run hotter and therefore burn out faster than standard bulbs. I'm not sure if that means that they are brighter at the end of their life than a standard bulb would be at the end of it's life, but you do have new bulbs far sooner than you would with standard bulbs. Anyway if you're buying these for a whiter looking light then they're great, but if you're buying them expecting to be able to see more than with standard bulbs I think you're wasting your money.
Posted on Mar 24, 2013 3:34:56 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 24, 2013 3:35:32 AM PDT
Big Ron says:
Good to know Eddie, thanks. I'll stick with the standard Silverstars I've been using for years (not the over-hyped, shorter life Silverstar Ultras).
Posted on Mar 24, 2013 10:12:10 AM PDT
D. Bunker says:
I think some posters may misunderstand how percentages work. 90% sounds like a lot, but in reality, a bulb that is 90% brighter is only about twice as bright (actually slightly less than twice). So if the Sylvania claims to be 50% brighter than standard, and the GE claims to be 90% brighter, the GE is really only claiming to be about 20% brighter than the Sylvania.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2013 12:17:47 PM PDT
There are several factors here. Since the DOT regulates the maximum wattage, the only real difference is color temperature (whether the bulb projects a yellow light, or bluefish, or white). As you know, whiter appears brighter. The real issue revolves around dishonest marketing. You have to ask what the percentage claim is COMPARED to. In this case, GE compares their new bulb to an old one. Not exactly a legitimate comparison... Actually it's deceitful.
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