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GE nighthawk lamp replacement

Do the GE nighthawk bulbs fit my trep? The manual says 9006XSLL for low beam 9005XSLL for the high beam. Heard from various sources that the GE Nighthawk lamps are the best. However, the GE website does not suggest the replacement of stock 9006XSLL with the 9006NH (Nighthawk). Any special reasons? The local crappy tire could not say much on this except for the "get the silverstar" crap. Any suggestions?

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The XS bulb is a strait connector where as the standard bulb has the connector come out at a 90 degree angle from the bulb. This being said you can use any 9006/9005 inthe respected places with out issues.

oh and LL is long life bulb, just another type of sylvania bulb like the cool blue or silver stars.
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Many have used the non-XS bulbs with no problems (including myself).
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So if I am understanding you right, the bulb would be oriented parallel to the reflector instead of pointing to the front (90 degree angle). Does that not have any issue with the intended lighting? Oh apologies Sport/Sound, by Silverstar crap I did not intend to say that Silverstars are bad in any way. Actually, I am not aware if Nighthawks are any better than the Silverstars. Any researches on the best available headlamps?
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Don't get the nighthawk, they suck. I have them on my neon and didn't see any change in the lighting. On the other hand, you should get the Sylvania Silverstars, I have those on my Intrepid and they are good. Some people flash me thinking I'm on my high beams. I bought them in October 2003 and they are still good. I don't drive the car in the winter though. Next thing I'm doing is buying that OEM HID kit everybody is talking about Check this thread: https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...ad.php?t=60820

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So if I am understanding you right, the bulb would be oriented parallel to the reflector instead of pointing to the front (90 degree angle).
Other end. The connector is what is different.

The bulbs on the left are the OE 9005 (high beam) bulbs. The bulbs on the right are PIAA Platinum White 9006 (low beam) bulbs. You can see the 90 degree bend on the PIAA bulbs. The bulb itself is still oriented the same within the headlight housing.



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Any researches on the best available headlamps?
A lot of people like the Sylvania Silverstars. I have heard some say the bulb life isn't the greatest. Personally (these are in reference to the low beams), I have used the PIAA Platinum White and really liked them. I than tried the Eurodezigns bulbs (the purple ones) and liked them as well. I thought the light output was the same as the PIAA Platinum Whites. The bulb life on the Eurodezigns suck though. I am currently using Luminics Bulbs Hyper White. They are ok. I think the Luminics Bulbs Ultra Violet would be better. I have the Ultra Violet for my fogs and love them. I only went with the Hyper White for the low beams because they were out of the Ultra Violet.

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Oh apologies Sport/Sound, by Silverstar crap I did not intend to say that Silverstars are bad in any way.
lol don't worry, it's actualy for the general masses being that everytime the idea of using silverstars comes up there are atleast 2+ people that will say silverstars suck and that they hate um ect.

I run silverstars and love them, the white output makes people think I'm a cop (as does alot of things with my car ). I purchased a set of bulbs for a buddie from www.autolumination.com and thier "Super Krypton White" bulbs are damn white and gives a lot of illumination and for the cost it's a good deal.

In the end you'll have to pick a set of bulbs and see if you like um, SilverStars are a bit costly, PIAA's are a bit more most of the time and then there are several other companies that sell cheaper bulbs just have to pick one and test it.
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Don't get the nighthawk, they suck. I have them on my neon and didn't see any change in the lighting. On the other hand, you should get the Sylvania Silverstars, I have those on my Intrepid and they are good. Some people flash me thinking I'm on my high beams. I bought them in October 2003 and they are still good. I don't drive the car in the winter though. Next thing I'm doing is buying that OEM HID kit everybody is talking about Check this thread: https://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...ad.php?t=60820
That's because many people are sensitive to blue light (caused by the filtering which cuts down on actual useable light). Hint: It's not a good thing if people see your lights as glare and think you have your brights on.

The experts like the Nighthawks.

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Thanks for your info Warlord. That made a lot of things clear to me.

I have seen a few 'bluish' lights, some of them even factory made, on the road. How much of "blue" is legal? Blue or not, the main issue is to be able to see as clearly as possible without impinging the rights of other users. I think lights being used as a blinding type of distraction tool kills the cause for what it is used. So my rephrased question to you guys would be, which lights would offer the best vision.
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That's because many people are sensitive to blue light (caused by the filtering which cuts down on actual useable light). Hint: It's not a good thing if people see your lights as glare and think you have your birghts on.

The experts like the Nighthawks.

Mine are not blue.....I have regular silverstars, not the cool blue or whatever they call it......Mine does a white light with a lil' hint of pink or something......I need to adjust one headlight also because it does cause a lil' glare. I'll try to do it soon, but I'm storing it in 2 weeks anyways.......And If they can't deal with my headlights, then they can't deal with BMW, Mercedes Acura etc....because those are brighter than that, as far as I noticed.
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The stock 9006xs put out 1000 lumens.
The 'quality' (number of reflector facets, glare control) allows for a no problem 25% increase in light,(9006+30(1095 lumens), 9155(1200 lumens)) and passable 50% and not bad 75%. You can get there cheaply by modifing the keyying tabs of the 9005xs high beams (use two o-ring for tight fitment and weather protection) don't forget to dremel the electrical connector.
And to replace the high beams-HIR1
http://www.hirheadlights.com/stats.htm
but if $60 is too steep, then find HB3+30 (9005 +30) for high beam replacement
http://www.danielsternlighting.com/t...ulb_types.html
You can't have too much light on high beams, but you can have too much heat. Don't bother with 100watt high beams, or 80 watt 9006 (using 65 watt 9005 is the limit for heat)
http://www.midnightmoose.com/9005halogen.htm
http://www.rallylights.com/hella/9006.asp
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....If you are willing to spend the money test the bulbs and see which you like best, everybody will have thier own opinons and each will be different.

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Toshiba HIR bulbs seem to be pretty good in terms of light output, color temp, and life expectancy. Pricey though at $25- *per* bulb.

I've ordered a pair of 9005 high-beams from ebay, should be in by the week-end. Rain/snow forcast for nights here in Minnesota, will probably be a good test.

I'll let you know.....
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Warlord..these Luminics, where did you get them from, or are they only a web based thing?
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I actually like the 9005xs low beam better than the HIR2.
There is definately more light with HIRs, and a higher white point, but the distribution is 'funky'
I would definately get the HIR1 high beam (Wow would aptly describe their use) again, but would only get HIR2 if I was going to use them in projector applications.

If you use brand new 9005+30 versus HIR2 (I used some nice and old original OEM 9005xsLL that had plenty of tungsten deposits around the capsule for the low beam) then the quantity of light would probably be the same.
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