Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Dutchess County, NY USA
Car: '14 Subi OBW, '02 Subi OBW, '08 Toyota Sienna
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I assume pix 4 is low beam, pix 5 is high beam operation. Were you able to still fit in the 9005 high beam bulb below the HID projector enclosure, or are those HIDs bi-Xenon? I cannot tell from pix 2 & 3.
I've been running low beam H1 Philips Vision+30 & Vision+50 bulbs that I bought from Autolamps-Online in England for years. Recently I found that CandlePower (from a link on Daniel Stern's page) was selling the newer Vision Xtreme H1XV for comparable money and no importation issues. These are ECE bulbs, a little whiter and a bit brighter than the stock US DOT 1,000 lumen products. How much brighter? My guess - maybe 1300 or so, but with the same spread pattern and cutoff as stock. The cutoff is probably actually better, as the filament placement is guaranteed to be spot on by sort.
On the subject of HIR bulbs - I'm not really sure if they are worth the premium price. REAL Toshiba brand with the round bulbous chamber surrounding the filament are no longer available. Searching for an upgrade to the 9006 low beam bulbs in my Toyota, I ended up buying the modern replacement made by Philips (HIR2 9012). It looks externally like a conventional bulb, although it might have some of the heat reflective coating that made the Toshiba such a powerhouse. Subjectively, there is an improvement in output, but it isn't as substantial as i would have expected.
I run regular 9005's in my OBW fogs (replacing the 9006), tipped up slightly. They still work great as fog lamps - keeping the reflection that the high beams produce in snow and fog at bay, while illuminating the deer and other hazards off to the sides and slightly wider and further down the road than the low beams. I do not run them all the time for show - only when I really need them. It isn't my intention to torture other drivers. I got really tricky and added a relay so that the fogs also come on with the high beams (dash switch defeatable), so I get tons of light out there on dark, lonely country roads.
2002 OBW base model with automatic. Added: CD player, Security System, tweeters & subwoofer, trailer hitch, lighting mods, cabin filters, hood deflector, drivers lumbar mods, winter tires.
2014 OBW Premium, CVT & Moonroof. Added: trailer hitch, lighting mods, upgraded horn, winter tire/wheel/TPMS package.