Dismiss Notice



Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

Does it help to swap the standard halogen headlights for aftermarket brands?

Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorers - Tuning & Mods' started by esandye, August 2, 2011.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. esandye

      esandye Active Member

      Joined:
      January 10, 2011
      Messages:
      231
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      Oklahoma City
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 LIMITED 4WD
      My 2011 limited has the 301a package with the standard halogen headlights. The lights aren't all that bright but I don't want to go to the trouble to upgrade to HID's. Has anyone noticed a difference switching to aftermarket bulbs. I've read it really doesn't make that much difference. Comments from those who have changed bulbs please!
       
    2. Support EF

      Join the Elite Explorers for $20

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose fix problems yourself and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, can add their own profile photo, upload photo attachments in all forums, and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.


      to hide adverts.
    3. splash5

      splash5 Member

      Joined:
      July 10, 2011
      Messages:
      69
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      6
      City, State:
      West Fargo ND
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 XLT
      i swapped mine to the best sylvania bulbs that fit and they are 300% better

      i did the head lights and the foglights (great for spotting deer in ditches)
       
    4. splash5

      splash5 Member

      Joined:
      July 10, 2011
      Messages:
      69
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      6
      City, State:
      West Fargo ND
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 XLT
      [​IMG]

      PS they only have upto the silverstar for the headlights on the EX (or they did when i got mine)
       
    5. GregV8

      GregV8 Active Member

      Joined:
      July 1, 2007
      Messages:
      362
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      16
      City, State:
      Long Island, NY
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 XLT
      I got a pair of Silverstar Ultra. They are better. Not sure if they are $50 better but I can see some improvement in the whiteness.
       
    6. luck123

      luck123 New Member

      Joined:
      January 29, 2011
      Messages:
      7
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Canada
      Generally, you will see an improvement with higher end aftermarket bulbs. But, they have a shorter longevity since they burn hotter. I have tried Silvania silverstars, GE Nighthawk Platinum....and they generally last 9 - 12 months. Some get longer, but they seem to be the exception. I have heard good things about the Philips Extreme, and would likely try those if I was to need a new set for my Highlander. Not sure if you can get them for the EX....check powerbulbs.com.
       
    7. JanChristian

      JanChristian Active Member

      Joined:
      February 21, 2011
      Messages:
      104
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      26
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 Limited
      Don't waste your time or money with any blue tinted bulbs. Some of them are a higher wattage but that is often offset by the blue tinted glass, which reduces output. Aside from HID, the only bulb worth upgrading to is HIR. I don't know what kind of halogen bulbs the Explorer uses, but if it's 9005 or 9006, get HIR bulbs.

      http://hirheadlights.com/
      HIR FAQ
       
    8. techieman33

      techieman33 Explorer Addict

      Joined:
      January 29, 2005
      Messages:
      8,010
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      46
      City, State:
      Topeka, KS
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      00 V8 Mountaineer
      Agreed, the coating eats up any extra output that the slightly higher wattage gets you. They only look brighter because of the cooler color temperature, the actual light output is the same, or maybe even a little lower. And the wider and further beam pattern is crap too, for that to change the envelope of the lamp itself would have to change and I haven't seen any that were any different from a standard halogen lamp.
       
    9. gill72

      gill72 New Member

      Joined:
      May 28, 2011
      Messages:
      20
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      USA
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 limited
      i just converted mine with one of these hid kits and the results are unbelievable, the kit installed in literally 15 minutes and the output is out of this world. shipping was quick i ordered on friday night and had them at my door on monday.

      [​IMG]

      the distance and spread are amazing and the output is more then i ever hoped for. next are the fogs.
       
    10. TIO M

      TIO M Active Member

      Joined:
      May 16, 2011
      Messages:
      403
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Copperas Cove, Texas
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 LTD X/Platinum 4wd
      I'm confused, do you agree that the HIR1 are good?

       
    11. techieman33

      techieman33 Explorer Addict

      Joined:
      January 29, 2005
      Messages:
      8,010
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      46
      City, State:
      Topeka, KS
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      00 V8 Mountaineer
      I was talking about silverstar/silverstar ultra, not HIR. I have no direct experience with HIR but from what I've read the technology seems sound.
       
    12. TIO M

      TIO M Active Member

      Joined:
      May 16, 2011
      Messages:
      403
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Copperas Cove, Texas
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      2011 LTD X/Platinum 4wd
      Thanks...tracking now.

       
    13. cryptiq

      cryptiq New Member

      Joined:
      May 20, 2011
      Messages:
      48
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Florida
      Year, Model & Trim Level:
      '11 XLT
      Silverstars and any aftermarket halogen bulbs are a waste of money and use misleading marketing. As others have said, stay away from tinted bulbs....yes they may appear to filter out some of the characteristic yellow hue that halogens produce, but the tint is actually blocking light output so the end result is a bulb with less lumens.

      I've tried both HIR and HID bulbs in the new X. A $50 HID kit is definitely the way to go. HIRs are considerably brighter than the stock halogen, but the process of modding the HIR bulb to fit into a 9005 socket is a pain and the light output is nothing compared to what you'd get out of an HID kit.
       

    Share This Page







    We Support Our Troops!