Stylin' Trucks Big Bulb Comparison
So Summer is finally over (at least in Ohio it is.) The days are getting shorter and you'll be using your headlights a lot more. So as a service to our awesome customers we want to put together this badass bulb comparison article. We've tested 9 different sets of bulbs for you, so check them out.
A few notes:
Our Showroom Manager, Ken, graciously offered his 2000 Chevy Suburban for the bulb test. Basically, we set up the truck and the camera, then started switching out bulbs. Read below for the nitty-gritty on each bulb.
The difference between most of the bulbs is pretty subtle, but we've tried to put them in order from dimmest to brightest. All of these bulbs are a huge improvement from factory. Also, check the far bottom to see all the pictures stacked neatly so you can really see the difference. (No editing was done to these images, just resizing and cropping. The pictures you see are straight from the camera.)
No surprise. The stock Sylvania brand bulbs that came with the truck look dim and slightly orange. Not much more to say about these.
Hella Optilux Extreme Yellow from $27.99/pair
The Hella Optilux Extreme Yellow headlight bulbs appeared very yellow, and quite dim when compared to the rest of the bulbs. But that's how they were designed. The extreme yellow color is designed for bad weather and motorsports racing applications. The beam isn't as intense and doesn't travel as far as others, but it provides optimal contrast (just like those yellow hunting glasses.) So in extremely snowy, or dark off-road conditions you'll actually be able to see much better than with a white/blue bulb.
Before installing, we noticed that the actual glass of the bulb is tinted yellow, and not just coated with a yellow film like you'd find in cheaper bulbs. These are made by Hella, so we expect good quality from them.
PIAA Super Plasma GTX On sale, starting at $69.00
The PIAA Super Plasma GTX Bulbs are brighter than factory, and whiter, but still with a bit of yellow to them. They are a good factory replacement bulb. The quality is excellent and you'll get more light on the road, plus the slightly factory look of the light won't draw attention from the law.
The build quality of these bulbs is, of course, superb (we'd expect nothing less from PIAA.) The bulb features purple tinted glass with a purple tip. 1-year warranty.
Sylvania SilverStar On sale, from $39.99/pair
The Sylvania SilverStar bulbs are brighter than factory, with whiter light and barely a hint of yellow. These are a great replacement for your factory bulbs (which are probably from Sylvania already.) They are great quality bulbs that will put a lot more light on the road than your stock bulbs, and the slightly, barely yellow color will keep the fuzz looking elsewhere.
Blue/purple tinted glass with a silver tip. Made by Sylvania, so they are a solid bulb that'll likely last a long, long time.
PIAA Intense White On sale, from $51.00/pair
The PIAA Intense White headlight bulbs upgrade your truck to really bright, almost perfectly white light with a tiny bit of factory-yellow to them. They are very bright when compared to factory and are sure to brighten up the road for you. And they still have just a hint of yellow to them, so law enforcement isn't going to give you any problems.
Tinted purple glass with a white tip. Again, these are from PIAA, so the quality is excellent. 1-year warranty.
PIAA Xtreme White Plus On sale from $45.00/pair
The PIAA Xtreme White Plus bulbs were actually the first set we installed. They are very bright when compared to the factory bulbs and definitely put a whole lot more light on the road. You get very bright white light with barely a whisper of blue - no yellow at all.
Blue tinted glass with a dark blue tip. Very excellent quality from PIAA. 1-year warranty.
The Plasmaglow bulbs are the least expensive bulbs we sell and they put out very bright, white light. The beam has a little bit of blue to it, but not much, and absolutely no yellow. These are an inexpensive alternative to some of the more pricey bulbs in this lineup. Truthfully, the quality of these bulbs is not the best, but they are quite inexpensive and backed by a killer warranty, 10-years.
Tinted blue glass with a silver tip.
Sylvania SilverStar Ultra On sale, from $49.99/pair
The Sylvania SilverStar Ultra bulbs put out very, very bright white light with a teensy, tiny slice of yellow. A great replacement bulb from a superb company. The quality of course is excellent and the tiny bit of yellow from the beam keeps the law from noticing how bright they are.
Blue/purple tinted glass with a copper colored coating and a gold tip. Just like your factory bulbs, these are by Sylvania and aren't likely to go bad for a long time.
IPCW Wizard Ultra White On sale, from $20.99/pair
The Wizard Ultra White bulbs from IPCW are crazy bright and almost too intense to look at head on. You get brilliantly bright white light with a nice blue tint. These give off a distinct blue glow when coming at you from around a corner or over a hill.
Blue coated glass with a dark blue tip. Made by In-Pro Car Wear, these lights have good quality and they're pretty inexpensive.
Bulb Comparison Chart:
The difference between most of the bulbs is very subtle, but we've tried to put them in order from dimmest to brightest. Enjoy.