quote:I'm not making a comparison with your Saab's headlights - I'm sure they're every bit as good as you state they are, but the best headlights I ever encountered were those on my '96 Accord. Nothing fancy, but Honda's people had a pretty good idea how design the reflectors to throw a beam down the road, too. The worst have to be the ones on my '03 Sonata. The Koreans seem incapable (indifferent?) to engineer decent nighttime illumination for some reason - even with projector style headlights. (They've been re-adjusted twice by two different Hyundai dealers. Has not helped a bit.)
Originally posted by JHZR2: The profile of [my Saab's headlight beam amazes me every time I drive the car at night... cant beat it.
quote:Correct in the context of this thread. Many of Sylvania's automotive bulbs now come from China. Although, I have seen several sizes sourced from Europe, and even a couple from the Fatherland. By the same token, I've seen European-market Vision Plus bulbs made in China that performed magnificently. And our present 850 had a bucket of prematurely burned out Japanese and German-made bulbs. This is a very mature industry from a manufacturing perspective. So made in Korea, India and China isn't necessarily the kiss of death. The fundamental performance differences seem to be driven principally by the engineering. Unfortunately, here in the US, color-filtered elements are now "in".
Originally posted by Ray H: Osram is a German electrical products conglomerate based in Munich. What's left in the U.S. of Sylvania manufacturing facilities are owned lock, stock, and barrel by Osram. Any Sylvania consumer electronics products (radios, TVs, boomboxes, etc.) you find at K-mart are brought in by Taiwan-based Funai - and often actually manufactured in mainland China.