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post #11 of 22 Old 12-29-2016, 01:39 AM
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I'm going to have to take back what I said earlier in this thread. I finally got mine from the dealer today, 2017 with halogen projectors and took it for a 45 min night ride a few hours ago. First let me say I'm almost 50 and I have freaking horrendous night vision which was a real problem with the poor low beams on my last ride because 75% of my driving is on unlit rural 2 lane highways with plenty of deer crossings. Hi beams are fine either way, it's low beams I need to be good because of fairly frequent oncoming traffic.

With that in mind I'm very happy with these headlights and I don't know how you could get much worse than my vision without being revoked from driving lol. And with that being great as it is, throwing the fogs on just makes it even better! So, I'm not going to need any headlight HiD mods, brighter bulbs, etc at all. I know a lot of people just want HiD because it's a trend now and that's totally fine, but if someone with MY vision is finding the factory projectors good, then I'm going to have to chalk this debate up to a want vs need thing.
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post #12 of 22 Old 01-02-2017, 05:44 PM
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I just confirmed.... 2017 SE same issue.... the manual is wrong. 9005 and H9 (not H11)

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I just confirmed.... 2017 SE same issue.... the manual is wrong. 9005 and H9 (not H11)
Thank you. My lows are 9005 HL+ which isn't even listed on the Sylvania site. I'm guessing the HL stands for high/low and is an OEM designation. Just wondering were that falls within their extra vision, silverstar, ultra, and zxe line. Probably in the extra vision range.
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post #14 of 22 Old 01-04-2017, 10:50 AM
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I think you're right the 9005HL+ are probably just OEM XtraVision.

My lows were 9005XV (XtraVision) and my highs were H9 OSRAM (Sylvania).
See the chart here for Sylanvia bulbs

While I would like the "whiter light" (~3200k vs ~4100k) the bulbs are $60 CAD and won't provide that much more light. I'm just going to wait for the XVs to die and replace them with SSUs.
However I did order new H10 yellow fogs. I haven't visually inspected the fog lights on the car, so I hope the manual is right...

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The H10 or 9145 (45 watts) have been in Ford fogs forever. I put 9155 (55 watts) in my 2010 Explorer and they were brighter but didn't last long. Then went to 9005 bulbs (65 watts) which have lasted for 5 years and counting. These are actually brighter than my h13 headlights. 2010 Explorers had the large rectangular fogs which can handle the additional heat, unfortunately the much smaller units in the Escapes probably wouldn't. For the headlights I have decided on the 9011/HIR1 which will fit with a little trim on one locking tab. Color temp is 3450 and lumens are 3000. Sylvania Ultras and Philips Extremes come in around the same color temp but only have lumens around 1800. The 9011 came as OEM on some high end cars before the HID/LED craze took over.
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I'm putting Sylvania SilverStar ZXEs in our '16 FE SE model......

I've got them in our other vehicles and they are GREAT!

I don't have any experiance with LED headlights, and PLEASE, no offense I don't care for the projector headlights......
This weekend I'm going to put the Sylvania SilverStar ZXEs in the fog lights, they are #9145 , which is the exact same bulb that was in the Fogs in out '06 PT Cruiser that I had just put them in......I removed them and will use them in the Escape now.........

Start from the bottom and work my way up!! LOL
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Confirming that my '17 SE also uses 9005HL+ iin the lows and H9's in the highs....Ford needs to update the manual...
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On my "regular" SE with the halogen reflector headlights, the high beams are 9005. Too snowy to try and pull the low beam lamp. Owners manual only seems to have the reflector halogens and HID housings. Really needs to be updated.

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Which LEDs are you considering for the fog light replacement?
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Seems like a possible cheap option I may try out.
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