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Damn low-beams!!!

For the FOURTH time in 2 yrs now, I've had to replace my Low-beam bulbs!
Grrrrrrr...**$&#^&%*^(^%*$#*@- it!
(my 2008 LTZ. 71,000 miles now)

One of those times, the low-beam fuse was out. Cheaply fixed that obviously....
Been using the Philips Silverstar H11 bulbs. $26.99 ea @ O'Reilly's. At least for this recent bulb, I had saved my receipt, so I got a free replacement!! They're a "whiter/brighter" bulb than normal.
This now marks the 2nd time I've replaced BOTH L & R low-beams.
On the pkg., it says these bulbs are warranted for 150 hours, & that an avg driver will use about 100hrs/year.

Good Lord.....does that mean I have to buy these damn bulbs almost ANNUALLY?!?!??!
Is the wear on a brighter filament just gonna relegate me to frequent replacements????
Worth considering an LED BULB-ONLY refit?
I have no desire to replace the whole assembly(s)!

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Are you wearing gloves and cleaning the bulb glass with alcohol before installing? Try that......
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FYI - SilverStar bulbs have a much shorter lifespan than "normal" bulbs (especially the "LL" - or Long Life bulbs). Basically, the brighter the bulb, the lower the lifespan. You may want to go back to just using the LL verity bulbs...

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I've used Silverstar bulbs before and in my impala I'm lucky if they last 6 months. So I no longer use them.
The filiment in these bulbs burn hotter, this is how they get whiter and brighter, and as a result they burn out a lot faster.

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I was getting about 8 to 10 months out of them but not sure the DRL s didn't have an affect on them. Went back to the regular bulb with the giant Frankenstein filament in them and no problemo.

Some things are better left unsaid, which I generally realize right after I have said them.
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Factory bulbs on our 2012 were good until the passenger side low beam bulb went on my wife back in February. Car had about 113,000'ish on it then. I replaced both with SilverStar/Headlight Part Number: H11ST-2 from autozone, @ $46.99 for the pair. They are brighter than the originals. Wish I had known about this before. Guess I should be expecting to change them in about 5 months?
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I blew a bulb on my first set of sylvania (brightest available for low beams) around 6 months or so. replaced but also got a small piece of foam, hollowed it out to cover the light sensor on the dash and covered it in black duct tape to make it look a little more appealing to the eye. trying it out to see if being on full powered low beams all the time (not running in day time mode) makes it last longer this time! so far i'm about 2 months in i think.
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Just be glad that the bulbs are easy to change on this car. I put the brighter bulbs in my wifes G6 without knowing that they go out sooner. 6 months later and I had to change them again. The G6 you essentially need to take the front bumper off the car to change the bulbs. It's a serious pan in the ass. Now I go for LL bulbs. Not going to make that mistake again.
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Agree.....these bulbs are simple to replace. My other 2 vehicles require bumper or wheel removals.....

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Just the new Silverstar H11
Like I said, this one was free, due to not lasting a year!!
(might've been the bulb on the other side......hee-hee!)
We'll see how long my drivers side Low-beam lasts....starting now!

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Just be glad that the bulbs are easy to change on this car. I put the brighter bulbs in my wifes G6 without knowing that they go out sooner. 6 months later and I had to change them again. The G6 you essentially need to take the front bumper off the car to change the bulbs. It's a serious pan in the ass. Now I go for LL bulbs. Not going to make that mistake again.
x2.......A one year lifespan at about $30 a pop for a set of Sylvania Ultras is a cheap price to pay for adequate lighting especially considering it only takes less than 10 minutes without tools to replace both! If they burn out in under a year, they are replaced free under the warranty.

Wipers don't last forever either.
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Hmmmm....

Good points on "both sides of the bulb"!
I DO like the brighter down-road light. Way up here in the wintry Fargo ND environs, I've gotten used to their higher power. Thanks to the input here, I guess it's just the norm for better bulbs. I thought something was going wrong with my headlights!!

Are there opinions on LED bulb-only fitments? Will they fit??
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everything i've read on this forum is saying if you're going to upgrade go with an HID not LED. i'm currently looking at the Spyder headlights and think i'm going to pull the trigger on that purchase in the next couple of months. i've also been told to go with the cffl's as they're reportedly brighter than the LED's. sounds like LEDS are becoming more popular but might not be there quite yet in terms of brightness. if you think about it, the new chevy trucks are using HID's not LED's for the main headlights. i had them for a while in my stock buckets and they did put out a better whiter light (6300k bulbs), however since it wasn't a projector bucket it just sprayed light everywhere and wasn't as good as they should have been. i suggest going with a dedicated HID bucket if that's the way you want to go. the retrofits don't work as well IMO.

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Spyder Auto | 2010 Chevrolet Impala
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I have an hour one way commute, so my year of use hours is far in excess of a typical user, and I changed to the Silverstar bulbs.

I changed them one after the other about every 2-3 months, and gave up, going back to OE style bulbs.

It wasn't worth the hassle and I didn't want the additional risk of being pulled over for having one out before I'd noticed it.

They do not nearly last as long as OE's, and I don't think their quality is is what they claim it is.

I did not touch the bulb glass, I get the drill, but I found them to be more of an expensive PITA then an actual benefit, as long as the headlight lens has not gone hazy with age.

If the lens is at all hazy, polish or replace it, rather than use the Silverstars, it's probably even cheaper in the long run than to buy and change the bulbs over and over, unless you drive very few miles per year.
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