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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2008, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Low beam headlight bulb

I am looking, not to replace my lights, but to replace the bulbs to give me better visibility during inclement weather (rain, snow).
I have a 2009 Forester, base model and the bulb is 12V-55 watts.
Contacted Daniel Stern, and he recommended the NArva 12 volt 65 watt 2100-lumen H9 bulb (contacts may need to be shaven a little)

Does anyone have experience with this bulb and or going to an H9 bulb, or any recommendations.

Any help would be appreciated. I'm becoming (or became) an old fart and any add'l lighting would help

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-06-2008, 12:42 PM
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I find that Daniel Stern is knowledgeable and has good recommendations.
I've upgraded my light bulbs, but the limiting issue is the poor light control by the lamps themselves.
I don't remember the bulb type I replaced mine with - but the glass bulb is a sphere instead of a sleeve and is coated with a substance that reflects the heat back onto the filament allowing it to burn hotter and brighter with the same amp/wattage. It required trimming one of the three 'ears' that locate it.

I was interested in reducing glare in reflective condidtions and wanted to look distinctive, so I also bought some 'dichroic selective yellow' against Dan's recommmendation and sure enough, they didn't do what I wanted. I've gotten pulled over in the past running genuine French yellow bulbs...

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I have a 2007 and messed around with a couple after market bulbs and for the money your best bet is the Sylvania XtraVision. The are not the brightest out there, but they are brighter then stock and at least seem to last more then 6 months unlike the other bulbs I tried.
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I aimed the beams upwards slightly as well as the fog lamps. Placed the car about 10 feet from a wall on a level spot and did the modification. This made a huge difference in visibility with stock bulbs. I just replaced the low beams with a high output replacement H-11 bulb I purchaed from E-Bay. Great bulb.
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I used these: Osram Night Breaker H11 from Power Bulbs | Free Worldwide Delivery. They have been in for 3 mos and no problems to report. I also got a free set of Philips blue vision bulbs with the order and I used them in the parking light position. All in all brighter and whiter light and no modification required....plug and play.

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I really like how Subaru sealed the low beams with that cap, the one with an O'ring. Water and grease cannot get in and it is easy to change the bulb.
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Originally Posted by Leez View Post
... I have a 2009 Forester, base model and the bulb is 12V-55 watts. Contacted Daniel Stern, and he recommended the NArva 12 volt 65 watt 2100-lumen H9 bulb...
Just double-check with him that the wiring can handle the 10W increase. When I changed my motorcycle headlight from 35W to 45W, the insulation on the wiring softened and puckered.
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