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Old 01-31-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Class A headlights

Has anyone had experience with Sylvania Silver Star Ultra headlights in their Class A Motorhome.

I have a 08 Dynasty and the headlights on my little CR-V are better than my coach lights. As a matter of fact, it's dangerous to drive my rig at night.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated.

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Old 01-31-2011, 09:35 PM   #2
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I use those Sylvania Silver Star Ultra bulbs in all my cars. I think they are great. The big thing is that they don't draw any more current than the stock headlight bulbs. I put some other Brand X high power lights in my pickup and they melted the wires because of the greater current draw. Those Silver Stars don't do that.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:41 PM   #3
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Hi there and yes i have those bulbs in my coach....... I know the feeling you are having about lights mine flat out sucked when i first got my coach....I had the dealer adjust them and it was some improvement but i was still wasn't happy............ So i bought the silver star ultras and read on how to adjust them and made it way better but i still want it better............. Part of the problem is you sit way higher than the light beam as compared to a car so it seems way different........ I plan on installing some driving lights on mine sometime soon to help with this problem because i love to have a lot of light ...........
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I think this is a concern that has been existed through a lot of years, and it seems that it has not been improved.

I'm very unhappy with the lights on our coach. It just seems like the headlights aren't putting out the really bright light that they should.

I've speculated that there just isn't enough voltage getting to them, possibly the wiring coming up from the back of the coach isn't quite heavy enough? I don't know.

Any suggestions would sure be appreciated.
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I think the problem is we are sitting up so much higher that we see farther then the headlights were designed to iluminate ... Remember, most of our headlight assemblies are from pickup trucks.

Don't believe me? How about a little test... go sit in your car parked on a street... look out and mentally mark how far you can see with the headlights on... now get out and stand on the roof of your car..ok a ladder next to it.. and I bet you see farther then the lights shine... your no longer looking through the light but over it.
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I think the problem is we are sitting up so much higher that we see farther then the headlights were designed to iluminate ... Remember, most of our headlight assemblies are from pickup trucks.

Don't believe me? How about a little test... go sit in your car parked on a street... look out and mentally mark how far you can see with the headlights on... now get out and stand on the roof of your car..ok a ladder next to it.. and I bet you see farther then the lights shine... your no longer looking through the light but over it.

I believe that is a correct assessment. Sitting higher in the MH you are looking over the headlight beam rather than through it. I think additional driving lights are the answer, or at least will improve the situation.
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Look on the back of the package.. you'll see a comparison of the brightness vs bulb life.. the Ultras are the shortest and only lasted about 18-20 months last time I tried them. I have now replaced them with XtraVision bulbs which are brighter than halogen, but less than the Ultras and last almost as long as halogens... I actually like them better 'cause the light is white, not bluish and they cost half as much...
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I believe that is a correct assessment. Sitting higher in the MH you are looking over the headlight beam rather than through it. I think additional driving lights are the answer, or at least will improve the situation.
I agree. I put the Ultras on my Diplomat which helped some. After getting a rock thru one of my fog lights, I changed both fog lights to driving lights. The added light adds a lot more safety to my night driving experience.
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I agree with Jim about the XtraVision bulbs. As bright and last twice as long. I gave up on the Silver Stars cause I could not get a year out of them. The burn out real fast on matter what I installed them in.
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One thing I would like to mention. If you handle the actual glass bulb portion of these lights you will get the grease off your finger on them and in turn that reflects the heat back into the bulb. This increased heat will cause the life of the bulb to be greatly shortened. If you do accidently touch the glass bulb portion then you should clean them off with alcohol.
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The elevation difference between the driver and the headlights is the root of the problem. Mine are at the bottom of the rig can't see a dang thing. I solved my problem of blindness by simply being parked by happy hour.
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Nobody here has mentioned HID headlights. Like new mercedes, bmws lexus have. They put out WAY more light than any conventional bulb. You can get both bulbs and ballasts that are plug and play for under $100.

I'll post some pics when I order mine soon.

They are available in different "colors"

3200 = yellow
4000 = white
6000 = ice white
Stay away from the 8k or any higher temp rating. Lighting suffers dramatically
8000 = blue
10k = purple

The 3200's have the most lumen output followed by the 4k's and getting weaker gradually.
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Nobody here has mentioned HID headlights. Like new mercedes, bmws lexus have. They put out WAY more light than any conventional bulb. You can get both bulbs and ballasts that are plug and play for under $100.

I'll post some pics when I order mine soon.

They are available in different "colors"

3200 = yellow
4000 = white
6000 = ice white
Stay away from the 8k or any higher temp rating. Lighting suffers dramatically
8000 = blue
10k = purple

The 3200's have the most lumen output followed by the 4k's and getting weaker gradually.
If you only paying $100, dont expect them to last long.. both bulbs and ballasts...
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Besides changing out the head lights, also change out your fog or driving lights to Hella driving lights. Amazing. I did that on my 06 Endeaver and mad a major improvement..I ran with the head lights and driving lights on at night and never had an on coming car blink at me. Very easy to adjust the Hella so the beam is where you want it.
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