GE Nighthawk Platinum vs OEM / Original Headlight Bulbs

December 9, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Results and recommendations on this page are based on our version 1.0 test bench. For the latest results, please see our test chart and recommendations pages which are results from our version 2.0 testing.

We’ll be comparing the GE Nighthawk Platinum’s to your original headlight bulbs to find out the real differences including brightness, whiteness, and cost, so you can make an informed decision about your replacement upgrade.

First, we’ll start with the brightness. The Nighthawk Platinum’s came out at 17% brighter over basic or stock bulbs, and among the best out of all GE bulbs tested. They ranked 3rd in our testing overall, falling 10% behind the Sylvania Silverstar Ultra’s, and are actually 1% brighter than the GE Nighthawk Xenon’s, at a cheaper price too with an average cost on Amazon of about $36 vs about $52 for the Xenon’s.

Kelvin temperature color was your average 3560k and more specifically 16% whiter over stock, which is about on par with most upgrade kits. They come in plenty of sizes to fit most applications too. If you’re looking for the best GE upgrade kit this is it. If you want the best regardless of brand, check out some other options available.

Check out our videos including the top 3 brightest and the top 3 whitest, whichever interests you most. Be safe out there, and until next time!

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