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Are there brighter bulbs on the matket for the stock projector headlights? I'm not interested in replacing the whole light for the HID's just want some better light out of the stock units. Anybody replace their bulbs?

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I replaced all headlight & fog light bulbs on my 2014 Limited (non-HID) with Phillips Crystal Vision Ultras (H11 low beams, 9005 high beams, H11 fog light). Definitely whiter than the stock bulbs.

I got them for about $25 per pair on Amazon w/free shipping.

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I've not looked at my headlights/fog lights - are the bulbs on all of them easy to get to, GC?
 

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I've not looked at my headlights/fog lights - are the bulbs on all of them easy to get to, GC?
Not really.

There's a computer harness on the passenger side near the headlight assembly that needs to be disconnected so you can get your hand in there to replace the bulbs. On the drivers side, you have to take the air intake tube off the air box to access those bulbs on that side.

As for the fog light bulbs, you'll find it best to access those bulbs from underneath...taking off the plastic splash cover. When I had my lower fascia off to install the tow hooks, I replaced the fog light bulbs while I was at it. Piece of cake with that lower bumper off!
 

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Hey,

Are there brighter bulbs on the matket for the stock projector headlights? I'm not interested in replacing the whole light for the HID's just want some better light out of the stock units. Anybody replace their bulbs?

Thanks
I recently replaced the bulbs in my wife's Galant with the SilverStar Ultra's. They are much more white, but honestly they didn't seem much brighter. Her car is older so I had already replaced bulbs, so take it with a grain of salt - I'm sure what I put in there the first time I replaced the bulbs weren't OEM either. BUT, they really didnt' seem much brighter. I noticed that when you look at the specs on the bulbs, the color temp varies, but basically all of the halogen bulbs are rated at the same lumens.

I also just (yesterday) upgraded my Liberty from the OEM bulbs to an HID kit. Holy monkey-nuts....they are bright. I didn't replace the entire assembly, just did the conversion kit that xenon depot sells.

Keep this in mind - when you buy the "brighter" halogen bulbs, the life of the bulb is quite a bit shorter. Maybe 2 years. If you plan to keep your vehicle for a long time, you'll probably end up spending as much over time as you would on the HID's (they last a lot longer). In my opinion, they are well worth the money.

Last note - I debated between the 4300k and 5000k bulbs, went with the 5000. I'm not unhappy with them but they are more blue than i was expecting. If you want a really white light/no blue, get the 4300's.
 

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I replaced my crappy stock Sylvania bulbs with the Phillips Crystal Vision Ultras mostly to get rid of the cheap yellow look the stock bulbs threw out...not really for an overall increase in light output.

As for the actual increase of light the new bulbs emit, not much more than before, but they sure as hell look a lot better.
 

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I know I'm bumping a super old thread here, but could they make the process of replacing the bulbs any more complicated? I'll admit I'm not a car guy but there are simple things I like to do on my own and replacing my own head and taillights is one of them. Now I can't even do that b/c I'm concerned that if I take off the air intake I'll replace it incorrectly. I'm going to the dealer this week to have some service done and they'll put in the bulbs for me, but I feel like a tool asking them.
 

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It is doable for even the most inexperienced person.
I replaced my stock H11 low beams and H11 fogs with H9 bulbs. The H9 bulbs are 65W and the stock H11 bulbs are 55W.
Not a huge difference but for $6 each it is worth the upgrade.
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It is doable for even the most inexperienced person.
I replaced my stock H11 low beams and H11 fogs with H9 bulbs. The H9 bulbs are 65W and the stock H11 bulbs are 55W.
Not a huge difference but for $6 each it is worth the upgrade.
Greg.
Oh I agree that it is doable. It is just a huge pain.
 

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It's much easier to just remove the bumper cover when working on the headlights - several how-to posts on this forum; search the HID threads.
 

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For replacing headlight bulbs it is definitely not easier removing the whole bumper... That's overkill it takes 15 min for me to change headlight bulbs without taking the bumper off. Just remove the intake box and the power harness on the passenger side and u have more than enough room.


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And it would take me 10 minutes to change the headlight bulbs by taking off the front bumper cover - including replacing it. But, I've taken mine off so many times (to install HID kit; air horn; etc.) that it's second nature. First time is always the hardest. I wouldn't stick my pristine hands into those dark recesses of the headlight areas no more than I would go noodling for catfish.
 
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