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Relatively short lifespan. Not a hint of blue to be seen.
on November 22, 2012
I've tried several brands of headlight bulbs over the past few years... Sylvania Silverstars, Philips NightGuides, GE Sport Nighthawks, and now the Philips CrystalVision Ultras... and I can say without a shadow of a doubt, these bulbs are, by far, the most recent I've tried. Hahahah. In other words, they don't stand out as anything special. The bright, white output from these bulbs is very good, but it looks about the same as all the other bulbs I've tried in the $25-$35 price range.
These bulbs do not have any blue in them whatsoever, so as far as the "Xenon look" goes, don't let the packaging deceive you into thinking you're getting anything special. The color from these bulbs is not a cool white like a high-end HID headlight -- it is warm white like a halogen bulb, although definitely not as yellow as cheap bulbs often are. But, because a pair of these bulbs is currently priced about $10 less than comparable GE Nighthawk Sports, the CrystalVision Ultra bulbs are a better value.
I would have given this product five stars simply for being a good product, but I am revoking two stars to punish Philips for false advertising. In the product description, they state both "Color Temperature Of Up To 4,000 Kelvin" and "Extreme Blue/White Light". Yes, it does burn around 4,000K, but 4,000K is still within the yellowish-white color range.
UPDATE JANUARY, 2014 : The first bulb burned out after exactly one year (literally 365 days), and the second one followed six weeks later. My Philips NightGuides lasted 21 months, so that's the bulb I'm going back to.
SUMMARY: Because this product's description is blatantly deceiving, and because the bulbs seem to have a relatively short lifespan, I cannot rate this product any better than two stars.