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2008 Impala Headlights??

I am looking for some new headlights for my 08 impala LS... Currently I have the Sylvania H11 Basic Halogen Bulb in my headlights now. The stock ones are super dull... I was even in an accident where the front drivers side assembly was replaced with a brand new one and they are still very dull (the drivers side is brighter than the passengers side but trust me its not much). It makes driving on poorly lit roads (especially in the rain) very dangerous. If I can avoid having to get something that requires a whole new assembly that would be ideal. I am really looking for something that is just "plug and play" with what I have now. I have what I need to "de-haze" (for lack of a better term) the front passengers side so that it isn't hazy anymore and will come out like the one that was replaced but I am looking for some suggestions on bulbs that would be brighter but also as "plug and play" as I can get.

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the cheapest/easiest would be to try a brighter sylvania/phillips bulb. if you go to their site and find the auto section you can get parts numbers for your particular year. fruit for thought, the brightest sylvania seems to last about 6 months before they burn out (higher performance means less life in this application with Sylvania). maybe try the step below the top tier and see if those are bright enough for you.
i was running the phillips top tier in my impala before i sold it and liked them (I replaced two sets of sylvania top tiers and got tired of changing bulbs quickly).

one thing to identify as well is are you looking for overall brightness or just a color change from yellow to a bright white/blue.
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one thing to identify as well is are you looking for overall brightness or just a color change from yellow to a bright white/blue.
I think overall I am more concerned with brightness than color although having been in newer cars with the white/blue color in their headlights that seems to help promote more brightness (in my opinion) so I would tn be opposed to something that is white/blue in color either.
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https://www.sylvania-automotive.com/apps/vlrg-us/Vlrg/ for a Sylvania replacement guide and https://www.usa.philips.com/c-m-au/c...-bulbs/halogen for more information on Phillips bulbs.

i think i was finding the silverstar ultra's for around 25-30 per pair on amazon/ebay/rockauto when i was buying them. but those ultras last about 6 months. if you de-haze and slap in bulbs that might be more what you're looking for on a budget. if you wanted aftermarket then i'd check out spyder auto for their ccfl's. they're pricey but a high quality light with great looks. however for ultimate brightness you'll need an HID conversion kit (i used them and they were great for light, but in the stock housing they will make other drivers very unhappy as they should be placed in a projector housing such as the Spyder Auto lights).

i'd expect to pay 20-35 for replacement halogen bulbs. i found the spyders for about 180-300 depending on sales going on.
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^+1. Higher bulb output= shorter bulb life.
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For what it's worth, I changed out my headlight bulbs to LEDs. I absolutely, absolutely love them. I may be lucky in this department, but I've had them for almost one year (first week of May, 2018), and have had zero issues with it. They put out a super bright, white light that I love. Whenever I take my girlfriend's car out at night (I put Sylvania ZXE's in hers) I'm always astounded by how dim they seem in comparison now. These are also plug-n-play, so I didn't have to do anything with rewiring or adding a resistor or any of that. It just goes right on.

Just please, please, please... adjust your headlights so you don't blind others, and make sure you orient the LEDs to face the sides, instead of top and bottom.

These are the ones I have:



I have the stock headlight housings with aftermarket 85mm universal dust covers, because for some reason my dust covers don't fit over the back. Some people have said they do, but mine didn't. If I forced it on, it'd pop the bulb reflector out of the adjuster. If that does happen, by the way, it's super easy to fix. You just snap it back on, no big deal.

I've attached a picture of what my headlights look like at night. Please note, I also have my foglights on for this picture.

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