HIR. I wouldn't use PIAA bulbs in any car. They're overpriced garbage. See Philips HIR discussion
The Philips HIR2 actually has a Tc of 1400 hours, nearly double that of the Toshiba bulb.Here's the comparison:
High beam stock: 9005, 12.8V, 65W, 1700 lumens, 320 hours High beam ... HIR1(9011), 12.8V, 65W, 2530 lumens, 320 hours
Low beam stock: 9006, 12.8V, 55W, 1006 lumens, 360 hours High beam ... HIR2(9012), 12.8V, 55W, 1875 lumens, 800 hours[/I]
Yes, the HIR are much brighter. Pics don't tell much if anything, though, unless you have a fully manual (read: very expensive) camera and you know how to use it.Yikes! That's one expensive bulb. Low beams are limited to 55w, are these really brighter? Post some pics with them on.
Thanks! I was wondering if that info from Stern's website was relevant to the Toshiba or Philips...definitely a major improvement and warrants only looking at the Philips if considering HIR options.The Philips HIR2 actually has a Tc of 1400 hours, nearly double that of the Toshiba bulb.
Silverstars and other blue tinted bulbs are less bright than the OEM bulbs. If I had the sedan I would upgrade both the lows and highs to HIR.I've had the PIAA extremes in my 96 minivan for a number of years as a way to overcome Chrysler's crummy headlight design in the early 3rd generation minivans. It is a much whiter and brighter light than stock. Yes, quite pricey.
That said, we are very happy with the lighting in the Accord, and other than maybe going to Silverstars (or something like that) when one burns out, I kind of feel like that it isn't broke and it doesn't need fixed for now.
The MTEC bulbs are just more junk with a blue filter. I suppose they're OK if vanity gets the best of you and you value the way your car looks over actual headlight performance and road safety. In the large photo of the bulb on the web site it's clear the filament is improperly located. So, like I said, these bulbs are pure crappola. Then there's the fact that they're 80w bulbs. I wouldn't want to use those in an Accord without a heavy duty relay harness. And you don't really believe these bulbs have the output of 150w bulbs, do you? If you do, I've got a real sharp Ginsu knife that can be yours for the fire-sale price of $400.Ever consider MTEC? http://www.automotivelightingusa.co...e-9006?zenid=491991d4021d9585204085e59ab87455
I heard PIAA's don't last very long. Those MTEC's are 4350k rated.
i'm considering these because they have good reviews and the color is just what I want.
I've been searching for affordable and reliable 4300k HID kits. I've tried DDM tuning, some e*** brand, and XenonDepot.
The DDM's are really a hit and miss, i've ordered numerous kits from them. One DDM kit I have is great and it's been lasting me almost a year, and the other ones just die or go out with discolorment. I refuse to go thru their warranty because it take SO long. it took them almost 3 months to get my bulbs replaced. and if you do E-mail them, don't even bother. They probably won't reply.
But I found VVME kits. They sound pretty good.
Please post up pics/a review if you canOrdered a set of Phillips HIR2's from Candle Power yesterday. The new base design looks like it will fit without filing (but you'll still need to modify the top lock tab.) A bit pricey, but well worth the $$$ in light of MUCH higher luminous output and longer life span.
On that note; I'd like to reiterate the point that it's insanely stupid for Honda not to offer TSX style HID projectors and according ballasts/bulbs as an option.... maybe not even with EX-L ...Navi...Just an Optics Pkg or whatever. Money in the bank and plenty of people would have opt'd for it in the sedan/coupe--And there really are no good HID kits for halogen housings. Non of them put the right amount of light in the right place and they all produce glare for oncoming traffic. It's simple physics. There are good reasons these kits are illegal.