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Hi, i could use a little advise regarding getting new headlight bulbs. They seem dim and I need more light for night time driving. I've been doing internet research but im still confused about the choices. Ideally, I would like them to be somethkng like the newer Toyota Camry headlights as far as brightnes and distance. Should I get new stock or something else? I dont care about fancy. I just want practical.

I have a 2014 Escape Se 1.6.

Any advise / explanation would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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post #2 of 65 Old 01-02-2017, 07:02 AM
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I like the Sylvania Silverstar ZXE bulbs.

I've got them in my other vehicles and plan on putting them in our '16 FE SE....
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I have a '14 Titanium with factory HID's. I put the Sylvania ZXE's in my high beams and are happy with them. I also put them in my wife's 2011 Escape limited. They are definately brighter than stock.

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I've always thought the OEM halogen lights were actually pretty good. /Shrug
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The OEM lights are fine for most folks that live in/drive in well lit areas, we live in a very dark area and need all the light we can get...
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I've always thought the OEM halogen lights were actually pretty good. /Shrug
It's because nowadays I find there seems to be some people who basically want the intense light output you normally get from a $1000 HiD system for their lowbeams and just feel uncomfortable with anything less than that. The reason I say this is because I'm nearing 50, wear glasses, and have badly deteriorated night vision. On top of that I live in a rural area so most of my driving is on pitch dark unlit country highways and roads, with frequent deer crossings. With all that in mind you would think I would be at the top of the list of people uncomfortable with the OEM lights but that's not the case with me. I actually find them to provide decent lighting.

But there's also people with much better vision than me who don't. So I would chalk this up to being a case of people's personal comfort level, and not necessarily a case of whether the OEM lights are sufficient or not. Everyone has differing comfort levels when it comes to night driving. For those types of drivers, I would absolutely recommend they invest in a full-on HiD kit rather than just slightly brighter bulbs because I doubt they'd feel comfortable in anything less than that. Those bulbs only average about a year lifespan and they're expensive so over 5 years you're almost halfway to a much brighter HiD retrofit setup anyway in cost.

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I order a set of Hella H9 bulbs because the lumens are nearly double the stock H11 bulbs but when I plugged them in I got a low Beam bulb fault error. I ended up putting back in my Sylvania Silverstar Ultras back in.
Did have time to switch out the top parking lights to LED, marker lights, cargo light and license plate lights. Have been thinking about running LED's in headlights and fogs.
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It's because nowadays I find there seems to be some people who basically want the intense light output you normally get from a $1000 HiD system for their lowbeams and just feel uncomfortable with anything less than that. The reason I say this is because I'm nearing 50, wear glasses, and have badly deteriorated night vision. On top of that I live in a rural area so most of my driving is on pitch dark unlit country highways and roads, with frequent deer crossings. With all that in mind you would think I would be at the top of the list of people uncomfortable with the OEM lights but that's not the case with me. I actually find them to provide decent lighting.

But there's also people with much better vision than me who don't. So I would chalk this up to being a case of people's personal comfort level, and not necessarily a case of whether the OEM lights are sufficient or not. Everyone has differing comfort levels when it comes to night driving. For those types of drivers, I would absolutely recommend they invest in a full-on HiD kit rather than just slightly brighter bulbs because I doubt they'd feel comfortable in anything less than that. Those bulbs only average about a year lifespan and they're expensive so over 5 years you're almost halfway to a much brighter HiD retrofit setup anyway in cost.
I'm not sure where you got 1000 dollars for a set of HID, On my 2014 I got a set of HID 55watts for 34.00us on EBAY and they lasted until I sold the truck a week ago. The institute for highway safety rates headlights performance an every new cars and rate this car marginal with the halogen and acceptable with HIDs. It's important to note that HID must be installed in "projector" headlights and not reflectors as the beam pattern has no cutoff and will blind on coming cars, but with no ill effet with projector types. With the cost of LED and HID at almost the same as halogens the argument is starting to make less sense. There is an argument for bulb color though which is very important. I'll keep that for later.
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