THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO HID
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YOUR LIGHTING NEEDS.
to get great illumination without extra heat, wiring upgrades, relays,
transformers, and blue tint? Want to SEE better at night instead of
HEARING a bunch of dubious chatter about xenon-filled, over-wattage,
blue-tinted bling-bling bulbs that are supposedly
"just like HIDs"? Want a bulb where you can have a
simple swap into a 9005 or 9006 socket and maintain the correct filament
placement for a perfect light pattern, instead of causing glare and
scattered, diffused light? Want to save hundreds of dollars over
the cost of retrofitting an illegal, bootleg HID system? Then you want these Halogen Infrared Reflecting bulbs.
HIR bulbs are a unique product, the only bulbs available that use the
research technology that General Electric patented in 2000 (patent number
6,087,775). It was GE's goal to create a bulb that produced 75% of the light output
of HID headlights at 25% of the cost. GE sells HIR bulbs for residential
lighting and specialized projectors, but decided to stay out of the
automotive market and licensed this technology to a division of Toshiba. In
fact, Toshiba and GE are among the few companies in the world with the
expertise to engineer and build this product. These bulbs attain light levels
75% to 110% brighter than stock as a result of an engineering process that
deposits multiple, yet almost invisible, layers of semi-reflective coating on
the surface of a specially shaped quartz bulb. This coating ( a titania/silica, zinc oxide/silica, zirconia/silica, silicon nitride/silica, and titania/magnesium fluoride tantalam/silica
multi-layer dielectric, according to the patent) reflects a
portion of the infrared energy emitted by the filament back onto the
filament, causing it to glow brighter and emit more light from the uncoated
forward portion of the bulb. Although the filament gets hotter, the glass
does not. IT GENERATES NO MORE HEAT THAN A REGULAR HALOGEN BULB, AND IT DRAWS
THE SAME WATTAGE AND AMPERAGE AS THE STOCK 9006 BULB IT REPLACES
to examine the original patent. You can find the original GE
spec sheet info for the prototype bulbs that were discontinued at http://hirheadlights.com/hir%20techsheet.htm,
own informal testing showed the GE spec figures to be conservative. I hooked
up an Osram 9006 bulb to a fully charged battery on
my bench. On my ancient light meter (a GE model from the 1950s -- it's marked
in foot-candles but useful for showing relative light levels), I registered a
light level of 20 at a distance of 18" from the bulb. The HIR 9012 bulb recorded a light
intensity of 35! That's 75% brighter than stock at the same
power draw of 55 watts. The comparison between a 9005 high beam and an
HIR 9011 high beam was even more impressive, 30 versus 65 on the meter,
for a 116% improvement over stock and again with the same wattage (65) as
stock. To view some great comparison information, go online to the website
listed at the bottom of this page.
tests with several aftermarket bulbs had similar results. Two 9005 blue
bulbs, one from a major manufacturer and one a no-name 100 watt unit, both
registered 332 on the light meter, less than half the light of the 9011. In
fact, the 9012 low beam bulbs were brighter than the aftermarket 9005 high
beams! Those bulbs, by the way, came out of a neighbor's Lincoln Mark VIII.
Even though his car is unique in that it comes stock with four 9005 hi-beams,
he realized when he watched me do the bulb test that he had wasted his money
on the other bulbs. The good news is that he now has the light he needs to
allow safer driving.
bulbs produce white light, rated at 3600 Kelvin color temp, slightly whiter
than the 3250K stock halogen bulbs. They do not attempt to imitate the bluish
appearance of HID (High Intensity Discharge, or Xenon) bulbs. The blue halo
of original equipment HIDs comes from the high voltage arc of energy between electrodes, which emits a minor amount of long-wave UV
light. Putting blue coating on a regular bulb actually reduces light output.
Toshiba bulbs are completely DOT compliant as stated, along with the wattage
(55W or 65W) on the base. Since they match OEM stock wattage, there is never
a problem in cars that have computer monitors for the lighting circuits. You won't
get false "headlight failure" messages, which can happen with HIDs.
Again, these bulbs attain their phenomenal luminance through breakthroughs in
research, not from using more energy. If you have any question about legality
of use in your state, I encourage you to call your Motor Vehicle Department
and make sure of the law where you live. You can always keep your old bulbs
on hand if you need to change back for any reason, but it's best to know the
law ahead of time. To the best of my knowledge, they're street legal
everywhere. These bulbs have been sold to BMW owners in many states over the
last year, and no problems have been reported (and there's been 100% positive
your headlights are maintained and aligned properly, there should be no glare
issues with these lights. You get a lot more light,
but it's still aimed where it should be. The position of the filament in the
housing is identical to stock, so the reflectors or projectors work exactly
as they were designed --JUST MUCH BETTER AND BRIGHTER.
I had never thought of great lighting as a performance upgrade like a turbo
or better shocks, until I started using these headlights. The farther you can
see, the faster you can safely go. All the horsepower in the world won't do you
any good if you can't see a deer in the road 100 yards ahead. Now imagine you
can see the deer 250 yards ahead. Likewise, there's no glory in slamming
those new shocks and wheels into the gaping pothole you couldn't see until it
was too late to avoid. You do get spoiled, though. If you use them in one
car, you'll miss them in a car that doesn't have them. Soon, you take
superior night vision for granted, and you really miss the lumens when the
road goes dark. I recently drove cross country using these bulbs, and
they just kept looking better and better. There's nothing like a moonless
night in Montana to make you appreciate the comfort level you get from
are some links of possible interest:
welcome your feedback as you use the bulbs, and hope you enjoy the
performance upgrade as much as I have.
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