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post #1 of 54 Old 05-05-2009, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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I happy with the stock lights on my 2007 Vee but don't know what type of bulb will be best as a replacement. Some night I'll need a bulb and be sorry I didn't replace the pair sooner; or at least have a spare. As will every other modification there seems to be the old trade off between performance and reliability. More light would be nice but not by a sacrifice of reliability.
I'm asking for suggestions ?
- Sylvania Silverstar Ultra
-Osram SilverStar ( from Europe ? and not the same as US SilverStar ? )
- Philips VisionPlus
- PIAA H4 60/55W Xtreme White Anti-Vibration XTRA
- Osram Nightbreakers H4 55/60w Pure white light, no coating & DOT acceptable.

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post #2 of 54 Old 05-05-2009, 04:26 PM
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Philips MotoVision.
More light, made specifically for bikes, and cast a hue that makes you more visible to others.
Works for me.

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I've been running the, standard, Sylvania Silverstars in my bike since day 1 and I'm very pleased with them. I have a pair of the Ultras in my tool box but haven't installed them yet.


The Osram SilverStars are supposed to be brighter and more robust than the Sylvania ones but I've never found them to try them.

I put Sylvania Silverstars in my car and had one burn out after only a month or so. I changed it out and it has been fine since.

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I happy with the stock lights on my 2007 Vee but don't know what type of bulb will be best as a replacement. Some night I'll need a bulb and be sorry I didn't replace the pair sooner; or at least have a spare. As will every other modification there seems to be the old trade off between performance and reliability. More light would be nice but not by a sacrifice of reliability.
I'm asking for suggestions ?
- Sylvania Silverstar Ultra
-Osram SilverStar ( from Europe ? and not the same as US SilverStar ? )
- Philips VisionPlus
- PIAA H4 60/55W Xtreme White Anti-Vibration XTRA
- Osram Nightbreakers H4 55/60w Pure white light, no coating & DOT acceptable.
Out of all the lights listed the PIAA H4 60/55W Xtreme White is the brightest at 4000K. But they are intended to give a slight blue hue. If you intend to look like HID this is the best way to go. The Silverstar has a rep of going out at around 6 months. I don't believe in internet rumors until my Sliverstars went out....at 6 months. Methinks the vibrations kills them off early.

I now have the PIAA H4 60/55W Intense White. It is even brighter than Xtreme White (without the blue hue) at 4150K. HID is at 4300K. With the PIAA Intense white I no longer use my bights unless I'm modulating during daylight hours.

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Thanks for the help, I've ordered 2 PIAA H4 Star White bulbs from Les at Dual Sport Plus.

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Thanks for the help, I've ordered 2 PIAA H4 Star White bulbs from Les at Dual Sport Plus.
Intense White not Star White.

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I have had SilverStars in the Wee for 3 years now. No failures.

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i'd put silverstars in my cage, i liked them a lot, till they blew out after 9 months on avg, pulled my DRL relay so they weren't burning all the time got almost a year out of them
complained to sylvania and they sent me a couple pairs of the silverstar ultras, like these bulbs even better, lifetime is slightly better than the straightup silverstars
not sure how they'd hold up on the strom though

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I happy with the stock lights on my 2007 Vee but don't know what type of bulb will be best as a replacement. Some night I'll need a bulb and be sorry I didn't replace the pair sooner; or at least have a spare. As will every other modification there seems to be the old trade off between performance and reliability. More light would be nice but not by a sacrifice of reliability.
I'm asking for suggestions ?
- Sylvania Silverstar Ultra
-Osram SilverStar ( from Europe ? and not the same as US SilverStar ? )
- Philips VisionPlus
- PIAA H4 60/55W Xtreme White Anti-Vibration XTRA
- Osram Nightbreakers H4 55/60w Pure white light, no coating & DOT acceptable.

My luck with SilverStars has been bad also. I am going to try some of the others the good folks have suggested. I always run bright in the daytime.

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