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Old 11-03-2015, 10:57 AM
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Best Replacement Bulbs for Headlights

I was driving and realized my headlight quality on my 2009 JKU was very poor. Without my fog lamps on, my headlights barely lit up the road. What replacement bulbs give the best brightness and distance?

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Old 11-03-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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I believe in the "just bulb swap" category its Philips Oshram.

Brightest and Best (or the other way around)

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Old 11-03-2015, 02:48 PM   #3
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There are a stunning number of threads on this topic. Most universally praised solution is JW Speaker LED headlights at a lofty $720. At the other end, "bang for your buck" is a combination Housing + Bulb + H4 conversion harness. That comes in around $120 (from Amazon). I run the later and I am quite happy. Probably would be ecstatic with the JW Speakers, but I would be $600 lighter.

To answer directly though, I used this bulb: http://goo.gl/Mo2z8Q. As this is a H4 bulb you have to have an adapter harness: http://goo.gl/uMAozw
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I was in the same boat in my 09 2dr. I just bought the Phillips 9008 extreme H13 +100%. They were delivered today so I can report in their effectiveness after I install them. I don't really want to spend big bucks on just headlights. Rather keep the money for more fun stuff. Just hoping a brighter bulb will put out more light. Even from the poor stock housings.
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The stock housings are CRAP... But if you must use them, the Philips X-Treme Power H13 is the best lamp to put in.

Philips H13 9008 x Treme Power Headlight Bulb 2 Pack 12V | eBay

Much better to buy the Cibie housings, the H4 Philips lamp and an H13 to H4 adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/Cibie-082440-L...ywords=cibie+7

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-X-trem...ips+h4+x-treme

http://www.amazon.com/KC-HiLiTES-Hea...RNSPHRCKJKHXHK

I linked the +130's but I haven't used them... I like the +80's just fine.
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I've always had good luck with Sylvania Silverstars.
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Old 11-03-2015, 04:33 PM   #7
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I was in the same boat in my 09 2dr. I just bought the Phillips 9008 extreme H13 +100%. They were delivered today so I can report in their effectiveness after I install them. I don't really want to spend big bucks on just headlights. Rather keep the money for more fun stuff. Just hoping a brighter bulb will put out more light. Even from the poor stock housings.
Here's my post from another thread. Top is stock. Center is the Phillips. Bottom JW Evo.

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I'm not bashing the Philips at all, because they are an upgrade from stock and I liked them. They just were not what I was looking for.
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Like Pressurized, I have the Cibies but with a relay harness added
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I'm running ring ultimate +130's and a crystal clear headlight conversion.
The crystal clears are a landrover defender (sorry guys) unit, but fit fine with a little rubber spacer between the chrome securing ring.
See here: http://www.paddockspares.com/pm995-c...e-and-usa.html

$50 for the pair.

Must say pretty good improvement over stock headlights and bulbs. I can now see the road ahead.
Gives the jeep a bit more of an uptodate look too.

I'm going to fit relays later this month, to give her the full voltage.
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99 cents each, and can somewhat match the color of your Jeep.
50 Lumen brighter than stock.

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99 cents each, and can somewhat match the color of your Jeep.
50 Lumen brighter than stock.

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Has anyone used new shells and used the DDM Tuning HID conversion kit?

If we are swapping housings wouldn't this work?

I used the IPF housing and DDM HID on my TJ and it gave me great results

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