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I've been all over the market on this question, I've used everything from Piaa, to silverstar, to streetglow, and I don't know which way to go. I'm looking for the bulb with the whitest light possible (not HID), without losing the brightness of the light, and as little blue color as possible. Any suggestions?
 

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Kelvin temperatures are something that I do know a lot about. Anything above 5000k starts getting blue. I have had 6000k hid's, and they are very bright, but have a definite blue color to them (I've gotten pulled over numerous times because of that). After blue, you start going deep purple, and so on closer to the most natural sun light. Under 3800-4000k the light starts going yellow, which is your incandescent (artificial) light. 3800k piaas (star white if i remember correctly) are basically white, close to stock (4100k) HID's. Silverstars are supposed to be what, like 4000k? Do I believe that? Not for a second....have you compared your piaas to silverstars at all?
 

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Silverstars are the most overpriced garbage that I've seen out there since APC

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I had nothing but problems with streetglows. So I have silverstars now. They're nice and white, and look good at night. Theres no blue to them. However, I do like the blue tint, but every type of bulb that I buy only lasts a few weeks, then they don't work anymore.
 

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Ok..the problem with the question that you stated is actually going to be in your eyes.
At night....living in good ole north america...we are flooded with High Pressure Sodium and Halogen Incandecent bulbs.
So when you say that you are looking for a white bulb/light with no traces of blue....I'm sorry to say....that anything that you get that even starts to head for a "true" balanced white light is going to look Crazy blue to our eyes.

True balanced white light for humans is right around the 5000K range. "White Light" from our Sun is right in the 4500k range and varys depending on the stars surface temp cycles and also a mess or variables in our own atmosphere. Remember that even in the daytime we are living in a Yellow world

So what you want basically is a blue tinted bulb lens with a wattage of 80w Low/100w high so you don't get any lux reduction from the tinting of the lens.
BUT...again...if you go for any bulb rated 4000k or higher...in out world that is just littered with High Pressure Sodium lighting....it's going to look really blue....even tho it's truely not.
 

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I have the 80/100 Nokyas and they have a definatel blue tint.... You cant see crap when under sodium lights in teh city but out int he country, with no ambient light around, they work better than any standard bulb I have ever used. They pick up reflectivity easily. I bought mine cuz I was tired of dodging deer. The Nokyas pick up their eyes really easily. If you live in the city, find something else, if you live int eh country, these are the way to go.
 

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i have the same experience with the no-longer made APC Plasma While Zenons. 80w/100w blue tinted capsules.

theyre super nice the darker it is, but with all the street lamps, in the fog or murky nights, its hard to see and i pop on the normal 100w halogen fogs i have.
 

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If your bulbs are burning out fast, try putting them in with rubber gloves or something over your fingers so the oil from you body does not get on the bulb. If you get oil on the bulb they will burn out.
 

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I have generally found that the bluer/whiter bulbs have a greater tendency to get swallowed by your surroundings when it's wet out. I went with the PIAAs, cost me $56 on ebay for a pair of 9004's. When I look at them from outside the car (looking at my car) they look somewhat yellow, but not as yellow as stock. From inside the car, their light is very white, no yellow at all. They are far brighter than the blue tinited bulbs I have used in the rain, and even brighter in the dry. Plus they are halogen, not xenon, so you don't risk damaging your cars electrical system. Overall, a slightly yellow color will give you the best overall performance - it may not look cool, but the idea of lights is to help you see. How cool will you look if you hit a power pole because your shitty aftermarket lights didn't light it up? You get what you pay for. Go PIAA.
 

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Has any ever heard of the brand called "Tru View" I was at napa the other day and they has these lights. They come in purple packaing I think. Anybody use these?
 

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Has any ever heard of the brand called "Tru View" I was at napa the other day and they has these lights. They come in purple packaing I think. Anybody use these?
Yea, I've heard of them, but haven't tried them. I'm still using silverstars right now, and they work very well.
 

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i just use a 80w low/100w high Xenon bulb with a blue capsule.

in the street lamps its rather mediocre lighting, but anywhere they arent many or any street lamps, these suckers shine!

for anything else i use 100w H3 powered driving lamps, makes a world of difference.
 

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i just use a 80w low/100w high Xenon bulb with a blue capsule.

in the street lamps its rather mediocre lighting, but anywhere they arent many or any street lamps, these suckers shine!

for anything else i use 100w H3 powered driving lamps, makes a world of difference.
I used to use those, but the problem with them is, if you don't upgrade your wiring harnesses, the higher wattage bulbs will melt your stock wiring harnesses.
 

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thats what they tell me.. but ive had them for almost 2yrs, and i have had no wires melt, no plugs burn out, no bulbs fail, no problems at all.

i also use dielectric bulb grease in the sockets.. helps cool the plug as well as lock out moisture..so maybe thats it.
 

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TheBlueScort said:
Has any ever heard of the brand called "Tru View" I was at napa the other day and they has these lights. They come in purple packaing I think. Anybody use these?
They are supposed to be Wagner's answer to Silverstar. They seem to be a little more reasonably priced. I bought a set for another car I have and will be putting them in this weekend. I'll let you guys know how they look if you want...
 
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