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I too was looking to upgrade my OE headlight bulb and started looking around. I found a few different kinds but really wanted some PIAA's since I have good luck in the past with them. So, I emailed PIAA and told them I couldn't find any for my year, and they told me this. "The xtreme white plus #19617 (low and high beam) and #15211(factory fog light) would be a great choice without the need to upgrade your wiring harness or worrying about damage to your stock reflector. Our technology permits us to acheive a more efficient bulb that draws the same watts as your stock system but with a production output ranging from 90 to 135 watts (varies per bulb style) and a color similar to an HID system white/blue. We also offer a 1 year warranty from the date purchase from the consumer's receipt against manufacturing defects. " I installed them today and it is a pretty big improvement and I still have my high and low beams. 8)
 

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here's my honest to god findings on PIAA bulbs vs silverstars....

i purchased those 9007 extreme whites that you mentioned...

1st - they are a whiter light, not blue at all.

2nd - i was NOT very impressed with the over all improvement for how much they cost.

3rd - i purchased the bulbs for about 60 dollars - silver stars are about 30 bucks for the pair, maybe less if ya look around

4th - the silver stars did just as good of a job - infact the result was identical to the naked eye.

My conclusions:

- the PIAA's are WAY over priced, and a quick search ont he internet will reveal that they have longevity problems. I have not had them installed long enough to draw a conclusion in longevity. Infact, in my searching, and in my experiance with silverstars on another vehicle, it seems that just about any aftermarket "brighter" bulb has longevity issues...

Is it worth it: the PIAA bulbs? Not in my opinion when you can have the same results from a pair of bulbs that cost 30 bucks less.

If you have any other questions, feel free to email me or which ever - i'd be happy to answer any other questions.

I was honesltly thinking about switching out the fogs for some standard HID lights and using them as my high beams. I haven't even begun to look into the feasibility of this, ie will they fit, how to mount them, ect ect, but the fact that they are mounted low would probably mean you could actually easily have them running when in traffic - as the light is cut off and you wouldn't need them aimed up. But just an idea at this point - i know that i would like something more along the lines of a driving light than a fog light so it would be easier for me to see deer ahead...
 

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I sell both lights, Piaa and Silverstar and no longer list the Silverstars on the website.

I've had great luck with the piaa's and I think the quality is a notch up on the belt. I can sell both, but choose to only sell what I think is best, and that is the Piaa, which I also like the color better.

In comparison, with a silverstar and a piaa in each headlights., the piaa's make the silverstars look green. Now, noone will know this until you see them side-by-side.

I've found the Piaa's also to last much longer, and I just prefer the color over the piaa's as well. I'm addicted to their color, and have them on my own truck.

But, it's all what YOU like and what YOU are happy with that worksin the end.


Now added to the site and ON SALE.

http://www.burtmanindustries.com/zoomprod.php?id=front_p_heads_05_up
 

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From what I have read in Consumer Reports and seen on the various forums I think that
all we are talking about here is the color of the different lights, not the quality of the lights on our vision.

I too like the white lights better than the stock lights, but if they light the road in the distance no better then they are just another lookyloo, not really an upgrade in the
quality of lighting.

Since I do most of my driving in town it probably won't make much difference what
bulb I use. If I did mostly highway driving I would definitely stay with the yellow
light of the stock bulbs. My old eyes need all of the help they can get.

OkieScot
 

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The piaa's make about a 10-15% inprovement in most cars. In my own truck, I can definitely see better.
 

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SIlverstars are junk. They work fine for a while..like 6 months. I guess since they're cheaper you can afford to buy more of them. I have PIAA Xtreme WHite Plus's. I have been using this brand and type in vehicles for over 5 years. THey are awesome. THey cost more but you can find deals if you look. I got two pair (4) for 25.00 shipped total from a guy on ebay.
 

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My "junk" Silverstars have been going strong for about 18K miles, almost a year's time. I also had them in my last truck for 2+ years and when I sold the truck they were still working fine.
 

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i also had silverstars on my 2003 frontier, and they were still going strong 2+ years later when i traded it in for my 2005 nismo, which has had silverstar's in it for about a year now with no problems. i read all these posts trashing silverstars, and i'm not sure if there are really that many PIAA fanboys out there, or if people like spending more money for a brand name, or if people just ignore directions and touch the bulb itself when they're installing it, which will definitely shorten the lifespan of the bulb.
 

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sdfronty said:
i also had silverstars on my 2003 frontier, and they were still going strong 2+ years later when i traded it in for my 2005 nismo, which has had silverstar's in it for about a year now with no problems. i read all these posts trashing silverstars, and i'm not sure if there are really that many PIAA fanboys out there, or if people like spending more money for a brand name, or if people just ignore directions and touch the bulb itself when they're installing it, which will definitely shorten the lifespan of the bulb.
I have had PIAAs a long time and am very familiar with the don't touch the glass thing. The only thing I can say about the different experiences with the Silverstars could be maybe the model of bulbs. I did not own a Frontier or Nissan previously that I used them in and the bulbs were for a chevy. My friend who drives an 18 wheeler used them too and had similar results of them not lasting. Maybe the type of vehicle and electrical system could play a part. I guess as long as you're happy with whatever works for you, then no big deal. By the way I have 2 model 880 35 watt fog Silverstars if any one wants them for cheap.
 
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