'99 Toyota Camry
Where do I find them cheaper than $50?
Thank you for contacting us concerning you interest in Sylvania products.
The difference between the North American and European Silverstars are as follows:
The North American version is coated to make it a "whiter" looking light, in Europe, they don't.
Both European and North American versions are brighter. (higher lumen output)
Aside, from the colour of the light, the lamp is identical. The European lamp will be brighter, but the North American
lamp will be whiter.
The average rated life of Silverstars are 1-1.25 years for average usage.
The Silverstar is a high performance bulb, so life is sacrificed for performance.
Please let me know, if you require further information.
Customer Service Representative
Osram Sylvania Ltd
I purchased SilverStar bulbs for my car after being told that they give better lighting performance. Installed them and yes they do give out a better light at night. However, I was recently told that these bulbs are not the same as the ones sold in Europe under the name SilverStar and that they actually burn out alot faster (ie within a year in many cases).
The information I received is the following: ''Why do you specify ''Outside North America only'' on the SilverStar bulbs? Osram, the well-established German lampmaker, sells a line of automotive bulbs they call ''SilverStar''. These are Osram's top-of-the-range headlamp bulbs, equivalent to Philips VisionPlus and Tungsram Megalight Premium. They produce the maximum legal amount of light while staying within legal power consumption limits. They have clear glass. Osram bought the well-established American lampmaker Sylvania in the early 1990s, so Osram is now Sylvania's parent company. Sylvania also sells a line of !
automotive bulbs they call ''SilverStar'', but it's not the same product at all. These bulbs have a blue coating on them. Light output is of legal levels, but as with all blue-filtered bulbs, you do not get more light from them. The Sylvania SilverStar bulbs have a very short lifetime, because the filament is selected so as to be overdriven. This is necessary because the blue filtration coating ''steals'' so much light that only an overdriven filament can push enough light through the filter to be legal. The Sylvania SilverStar bulbs are also priced quite high. This is not because they cost a lot to make, and not because they're based on some exotic new technology. It's because the goal with this product is to take market share away from other overpriced bulbs like the PIAA line. For best headlamp performance and best value, choose only bulbs with clear glass.''
I would like to get confirmation that this is the case. I spent close to 30$ CAN for each bulb I put in my car in order to get better visibility but I also wanted a bulb that would last close to a stock/regular bulb lifetime. If it's true that your bulbs are not designed to last long, I am feeling ripped off.