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Sskafar 04-19-2011 04:05 PM

9005xs high beam bulbs

I'm looking for ideas on which bulbs to use in my gen 3 headlights for the high beams. I don't want the regular silver stars as they seem to burn out fast and they don't make a silverstar ultra that would fit. I bright bulb which is whiter that would match my 5000k HIDs is what I'm looking for but don't trust Many of these bulb companies. Just Looking for ideas.



Amelie 04-20-2011 12:06 AM

Re: 9005xs high beam bulbs
1) Do you putt Scott after every post or is it your signature lol? I'm sure just your username would suffice.

2) I've heard from a lot of people if you have your HID's aimed right with a projector that you hardly need high beams, But since as you already mentioned that Silverstar/Ultras suck in the longevity department then I would say most would suggest HIR's.

"These bulbs produce white light, rated at 3600 Kelvin color temp, slightly whiter than the 3250K stock halogen bulbs."

This first number is your stock bulb followed by the HIR # that will replace it. It also demonstrates the difference in lumens between an average halogen bulb for that location compared to an HIR

9006 - 55 watts - 1000 lumens
9012 - 55 watts - 1870 lumens

9005 - 65 watts - 1700 lumens
9011 - 65 watts - 2350 lumens

You can get them here:

or here:

(This last site is the only one I've seen that offers the supposed "3rd Generation" HIR which is supposed to be more efficient or something of that nature.)

If you're not interested in the HIR's, I like the Raybrig Whitesonic's, They seem to produce a nice white color compared to Halogen. (They say they consume 55w while putting out 100w of light)

Here's a good article on the ("55w=100w") myth that seller's try to claim:

Here's some comparison shots between the Raybrig Whitesonic's and Silverstar's:

Here's a good site to order them from:

Sskafar 04-20-2011 10:11 AM

Re: 9005xs high beam bulbs
Thanks for all the info! And yes I've been adding my name at the end! Lol I will build a signature soon.

Sskafar 04-20-2011 01:19 PM

Re: 9005xs high beam bulbs
Well they don't make the rayberg bulbs in the 9005xs straight type. Has anyone tried Nokya cosmic white bulbs?

Amelie 04-20-2011 05:31 PM

Re: 9005xs high beam bulbs
1) It's all good Scott, I didn't mess around with a signature myself lol.

2) If you're looking for a good high beam I probably wouldn't go with the Nokya Cosmic White (I've never used them) but for the fact that they have the blue coating which reduces light output.

3) What color are your HID's and are you running a 35w or 55w set-up? If I were you I would just go with the HIR, They're probably the brightest high-beam you can get and their pretty unique so not many people you know probably have them lol.

4) How do you like the output of your projectors, I have been needing to upgrade for a long time. I take it you're probably running a 35w kit but I want to run a 55w and I've heard some people say it works fine but I'm kind of nervous lol.

5) Do you have an HID kit in your fogs yet?

Sskafar 04-20-2011 10:03 PM

Re: 9005xs high beam bulbs
I have the DDM tuning 5000k slim ballast 35w hid in both the generation 3 headlight housing and well as aftermarket fog projectors that fit 99-03 wj. The aftermarket fogs don't put out that much light although they look very nice. The headlight put off a nice beam with very good cut off line. If I was to do it again I would try 55w hid for the headlights but was nervous myself about melting something! Maybe someone can chime in who is running them without any issues.

I would go with the HIR headlights for the high beam for sure the problem is the same as silverstar ultras as they don't seem to make a straight model 9005xs bulb. In the stock headlight housing you were able to force fit the 90 degree angled bulbs into the headlights but on the generation 3 aftermarket projectors you need the straight type 9005xs bulb. I've only seen them so far in the original silverstars and the Nokya headlights. I was wondering if anyone has forced the 9005 with the 90 degree elbow into the housing of the generation 3 lights

Amelie 04-22-2011 04:07 AM

Re: 9005xs high beam bulbs
1) I'm sure you could get it to fit, as long as one of the tabs is shaved off like instructed, I don't think you should have a problem if it's done correctly.

2) I too thought about going with the aftermarket fogs, they look neat in some applications but fogs are not meant to act as a second pair of headlights lol as some people tend to think. I also thought that since fog space is already small it would be a bad idea to go with them due to the heat build up.

3) How do you like the output of the 35w 5000k? Any noticeable blue? I heard the whitest white look you could get was with the 55w 5000k not sure though.

4) I thought about either going with a replacement fog housing with the fluted lens which look like an " lllllllll "pattern over the lens or go with this clear fog I found (not sure if you've seen it before but let me know what you think)



LED: (Don't want these, but look how goofy)

Sskafar 04-22-2011 10:28 PM

Re: 9005xs high beam bulbs
There is a slight blue tint when you first turn on the 35w 5000k HID's but once they heat up the beam is white. At the edge of the cut off of the beam is slight blue but thats about it. I think the fluted style fogs would be better then the clear especially if HID was being used to help cut the glare and distribute the light. Most will say do not use them at all unless in a projector housing. The clear may be better for a halogen bulb. Thiose LED fogs would probably not give out any usuable light.

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