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Have you replaced your DRL/Hi beam bulb?

Have you replaced your DRL/ Hi beam bulb? If so what did you use?

I'm really looking for the whitest light that i can achieve (not really that worried about output) without having a blue coating on the bulb. Sylvania advertises that their zXe's have the "whitest" (very close to 4300K) light of any filament/ incandescent bulb out there. But I've read that that it comes at the expense of bulb life. Plus they are fairly expensive, and are tinted blue.

To this date I have never used my high beams, and I am tempted to just throw an led in there (bandit would scold me for even saying that).

What do you guys use?

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Yes, I use the mtec super white 4350k bulbs. Actually just ordered a set of them for my fog lights too. I like them. But the bulbs are coated blue. I don't use my highbeam either because I have a retrofit done to my headlights.

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I'm using HIR1 9011 bulbs. They're very bright (probably the brightest 65W halogen), but I don't use high beam much because my low beam is powerful enough. If I'm not using them as DRL, I will install Catz Zeta, which then makes them brighter than my low beam.

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I'm using HIR1 9011 bulbs. They're very bright (probably the brightest 65W halogen), but I don't use high beam much because my low beam is powerful enough. If I'm not using them as DRL, I will install Catz Zeta, which then makes them brighter than my low beam.
Are these coated blue? If not do they give off a nice white light?


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Yes, I use the mtec super white 4350k bulbs. Actually just ordered a set of them for my fog lights too. I like them. But the bulbs are coated blue. I don't use my highbeam either because I have a retrofit done to my headlights.
I'll check these out. I've actually never heard of them. What's the life expectancy?


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Are these coated blue? If not do they give off a nice white light?


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They are not coated blue. They don't give off a nice white light as you see in many HID bulbs. I think if you don't want coated blue bulbs, HIR1 (or 9011) bulbs are the one you should use (plus their output is the best).

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I've thought about putting some nokya yellow bulbs into my drls. They'd work on par, or better, as a drl.
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They are not coated blue. They don't give off a nice white light as you see in many HID bulbs. I think if you don't want coated blue bulbs, HIR1 (or 9011) bulbs are the one you should use (plus their output is the best).
I did a bunch of looking last night and confirmed that I won't be able to get the 4300K light unless I get a coated bulb. I am really not concerned with output as we rarely (never yet) use the high beams, and I just want the light whiter during the day. I may go with the mtech's as they are very cheap on Amazon and see how they work out. I found a PIAA bulb (I have 9005's) that looks like it has the output and the color I'm after, but its right around $65.

I plan on putting HID's in my fogs soon (I know some on here are opposed to this) but I think those combined with my HID headlights should cover most low visibility situations. I wish I had bi-xenon or a separate bulb for the DRL's and Hi's - it would make things so much easier.

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Yes, I put Sylvania Ultra
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I just used some HiPro 100w 6k's I bought off eBay for ~$15. I also bought the ceramic adapters to keep from melting my OEM plugs. They seem to be working fine so far and are pretty white as DRLs. After my 5k *** HIDs, I rarely use highbeams.

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