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FYI: It seems Sylvania finally released the 9145 (H10) in Silver Star (9145 is the DRL bulb for those with HID lights). You can find 9145ST using google and on eBay but oddly they don't show up on Sylvania's website yet <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I have Silverstar DRL's in my S60R (9005XS) and they make a noticeable difference, anyone try 9145ST DRL's in their XC90 yet?<p>LTA<p>
 

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Be careful about changing the bulbs even if the are the same wattage. The problem is the heat they create and start to melt the bulb connector.<br>I unfortunatley, had to purchase 3 headlamp units due to bulbs we (the dealer) installed. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1v8volvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Be careful about changing the bulbs even if the are the same wattage. The problem is the heat they create and start to melt the bulb connector.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Actually, it's the wattage you have to look out for. Higher wattage = brighter light = more heat.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1v8volvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Be careful about changing the bulbs even if the are the same wattage. The problem is the heat they create and start to melt the bulb connector.<br>I unfortunatley, had to purchase 3 headlamp units due to bulbs we (the dealer) installed. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Right on, I've seen it happen with silverstars in the fogs in my old S60 but I think that was a very isolated case. Never got bad enough to stop working and I had planned to complain to Sylvania but never did. I've used Silverstars in many other applications and NEVER had that trouble.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>civster</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Actually, it's the wattage you have to look out for. Higher wattage = brighter light = more heat.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Rigth and Silverstars are the SAME WATTAGE as OEM, so in theory they should not be problem. It's the over-wattage types you find on eBay that are dangerous!<p>LTA<br>
 

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The problem bulbs that I have seen are when a client wants to change out the bulbs to look like xenon. They replace the stock bulbs with blue or white light bulbs that claim to look like xenon and have the same wattage (typically 55 watt). Since this bulbs produces a whiter/brighter light it seems to develop more heat. This heat on the back of the bulb starts to melt the connector and turn on the bulb failure light. Depending on the model, the connector is not available separately and you have to purchase an assembly. <br>As a Service Manager, I have had to deal with this problem from our sales department when a client wants a vehicle with xenon lights and they tell us to put in the xenon look bulbs so they can make the sale. 5 months later I'm buying a headlamp assembly. <br>Bottom line, if you change out your bulbs keep an eye on your connectors before they burn completely out. Hope this note saves someone some $$$$. <p>BTW I have factory bi-xenon's on my V8! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>1v8volvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The problem bulbs that I have seen are when a client wants to change out the bulbs to look like xenon. They replace the stock bulbs with blue or white light bulbs that claim to look like xenon and have the same wattage (typically 55 watt). Since this bulbs produces a whiter/brighter light it seems to develop more heat. This heat on the back of the bulb starts to melt the connector and turn on the bulb failure light. Depending on the model, the connector is not available separately and you have to purchase an assembly. <br>As a Service Manager, I have had to deal with this problem from our sales department when a client wants a vehicle with xenon lights and they tell us to put in the xenon look bulbs so they can make the sale. 5 months later I'm buying a headlamp assembly. <br>Bottom line, if you change out your bulbs keep an eye on your connectors before they burn completely out. Hope this note saves someone some $$$$. <p>BTW I have factory bi-xenon's on my V8! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Dealing with that must be a real PITA! I agree that there's no substitute for real HID lighting. However, Volvo's application of HID in the XC90 and S60R is <B>very week</B> compared with other manufacturers' installation of HID lighting.<p>Regarding the dangers of non-stock bulbs:<p>Here is proof that even the reputable and NON-overwattage Sylvania Silverstar H1ST bulb <I>can</I> melt the housing in a MY02 S60<br><IMG SRC="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v607/field172/IMG_1541_23prcnt.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>This was after about two years of use and I had my H1ST fogs on ALL THE TIME. You can see the brownish-organge plastic around the spade recepticle is melted, luckily I caught it before it got really bad and put the stock bulbs back before I sold that car. <p>I used H7ST's (S60 T5 headlights) and 9005ST (S60 T5 highbeams) for over two years and NEVER had any melting or overheating issues.<p>I've been using H1ST fogs in my XC90 for about 6months so far there's no problem. The H3ST fogs in my R will likely NOT be a problem since the bulb connectors/housing is NOT plastic (metal and ceramic I think).<p>Back to the original topic of the new 9145ST:<p>- I've installed them and they are marginally brighter/whiter and probably NOT worth the expense vs. stock bulbs since Silverstars are rated to last only a fraction of regular bulbs<p>LTA<br>
 
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