there is one part on just about every 4x4 ever built that needs
upgrading, it's the headlights. Sure, some of the high-buck SUVs
today come with fancy-schmancy Xenon HID (High Intensity Discharge)
lights, but most-likely, you aren't driving one of those on the
trails. We know we sure aren't!
Sylvania released a new line of headlamps, called the SilverStar.
Still based on a Halogen design, the Sylvania claims the SilverStars
are brighter and whiter than run-of-the-mill Halogens and almost
as bright as HIDs. They also meet all US and Canadian requirements
(FMVSS 108 and CMVSS 108), and standards for visibility, color,
Two of our
Jeeps, in particular, were in need of better night-time illumination
- stat. We gave Sylvania a call and got them to send us a set
for each rig for testing. Both rigs are '97 Jeeps - one a Wrangler
and one our Rockbox Cherokee. The Cherokee is what we used for
our main testing and what you see here.
The SilverStar line is available in both sealed-beam
(what our rigs used) and capsules like you'd find in, say, a Grand
Cherokee. The Cherokee used an H6054ST and the Wrangler used an
is very straight-forward. We always joke about some companies
including instructions that merely say "Remove old part.
Install new part." Well, that's pretty much the deal here.
It's a headlight, afterall. On the Cherokee, a Phillips head screwdriver
is the only tool you'll need. For a Wrangler, you'll need a T-15
What is important
to note, though, is that once you are finished installing the
headlights, be sure to adjust them properly so they hit the road
evenly and at the right distance. Too often, four-wheelers lift
their rigs but never aim their headlights back down and end up
blinding everyone that comes toward them. Don't forget this step!
This can be done on an empty, dark road with the help of a Phillips
head screwdriver. You can also pull up to a wall or garage door
to make sure that they are even.
Our test was conducted on a clear night. We installed
one SilverStar on the passenger side of the Cherokee and left
the cleaned Halogen in the driver side. The Halogen was a Wagner,
not a Sylvania. We then headed out to a dark area to see the difference.
In the photos above, you can clearly see the difference. These
photos are untouched. We did not put any filters on them or vary
the lightness, contrast or color.
In both photos it is plain to see the difference
in the headlights. The Halogen looks dimmer and has a yellowish/brownish
tint to it, whereas the SilverStar really did burn brighter and
whiter. We headed to a parking lot and installed the other SilverStar
and headed back out.
What a huge
difference. The SilverStars lit up the road like we had never
seen before in the Cherokee. We could see! The change in illumination
was truly dramatic. We have been running the SilverStars for a
couple months now and we are still amazed at how lame they make
the original Halogens look.
Even in the daytime, the SilverStars burn bright.
According to Sylvania, SilverStars burn at 4000K,
which is nearly as white as standard HIDs which burn at 4100K.
For comparison-sake, standard Halogen bulbs burn at 3200K and
daylight is 5400K.
can run $500-1000 or more to convert a non-equipped vehicle. The
SilverStars we are running in our two Jeeps cost about $50 per
pair, compared to roughly $30-35 for Halogens. When you look at
the cost differences and the huge benefits of the SilverStars,
there's simply no question as to which headlights to buy - the
Note: The following bulb models are coming
soon...H1 H3 880 893 9145 9040 9055
The H3, 9145 and 9055 are all listed as fogs for a variety of
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