Sylvania Silverstar zXe 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 Sylvania Silverstar zXe’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 Silverstar zXe’s came out at 10% brighter over basic or stock bulbs, which was pretty surprising in our testing, as these are designed mainly for a ‘xenon’ look. Of course there are brighter bulbs, such as the Silverstar Ultra which was 27% brighter over stock, but the point with these is to give you a xenon look, which they don’t disappoint. The whiteness of these tested at 29% whiter over stock bulbs at 3960k. Stock for comparison is around 3000k. If you’re looking for a true xenon look, there are better options like the OSRAM Cool Blue Hyper’s and Sylvania Diamond Vision’s, but those will be much dimmer in terms of overall brightness. For those who want a nice Xenon color and look, without sacrificing light, these are for you. Just keep in mind that these will run you a bit more in terms of cost, at an average cost on Amazon of about $39.

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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