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Hello to all, Those of you who are familuar with headlight bulbs give my some schooling..... I have an 01' Durango and since bought new I never had a need to change the bulbs out. Unless it's just me they appear to be a little dim at night and so I was wondering if these OEM bulbs should be changed?????? Are these quartz bulbs or halogen types??? After all these years should I swap them out for a much better version or get/stay with OEM style. Can you guys give me opinions. I'm getting ready for my 90K service anyway and can have them handle the job but don't want to spend money unecessarily AND I getting ready for my annual trip to Arizona and don't want anything bad to happen out in the middle of the desert. Durango
 
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I would change the bulbs, Or at least buy a spare set and throw them in the glove box. There are bulbs out there with better performance than the original bulbs you have.(especially bulbs as old as yours) Like [url=these]http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-9007SU-BP...9161&sr=8-1[/url] Do some research here on bitog, Lots of bulb reviews. Have a safe trip.
 
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Thanks guys I'll be heading over to my local PEP BOYS anyway so I'll look into them at that point. If I'm lucky perhaps they can do it right there for me. Durango
 

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Just came from PEP BOYS regarding light bulb replacements and overall I think I'll just change them out in pairs in about a mont before my trip. Sylvania "Xtra Vision" 9007 is good enough for me. Durango
 
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Originally Posted By: Durango
Just came from PEP BOYS regarding light bulb replacements and overall I think I'll just change them out in pairs in about a mont before my trip. Sylvania "Xtra Vision" 9007 is good enough for me. Durango
Those are good bulbs. You will like them!
 
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I've had them for 2 years in one car, and when I sold the car they still worked great. Stay away from any bulbs with the blue tint or film on them, and you'll be good to go. Long-life bulbs typically last a decent amount longer (hence the name) but put out a little less light. If you'll be driving in the desert, I'd want the brightest bulbs possible, but without compromising too much on bulb life. In my experiences, the XtraVisions are slightly brighter and whiter than factory bulbs, but still give a long life. Compare the XtraVisions to other bulbs on Sylvania's bulb guide to see how they compare as far as bulb life is concerned.
 

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Klutch9, I'm gonna go ahead and do it this coming weekend. The extra visions from Sylvania are the best for my applications cuz I don't want to change bulbs every year as a habit. One of the other issues I'm a little concerned is wether my switch will over load and get hot? That's why I want the "extra visions" cuz it's just one step up and don't want any hassles from the CHP about blue tint bulbs. Anyway let me get this chore done and I'll report back after they get installed. Durango
 
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The XtraVisions (and some of the blue bulbs for that matter) still draw the stock wattage, just like the factory bulbs do. So your wires won't get any hotter than they will with the factory bulbs when you install the XtraVisions. Also, consider upgrading your factory wire harness to a relayed, heavy duty one. Not only will your bulbs be brighter & whiter, because they'll be receiving more wattage, but they'll also last longer, since there is less resistance in the circuit (because of the thicker-gauge wiring).
 
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Originally Posted By: Durango
Hi you all, Just to let you know I had the job done and the bulbs were replaced. Funny though the factories were made by Sylvania. Durango
I think most Fords use Sylvania bulbs from the factory also. Both of my Fords did. Not sure about my wife's Fusion though.
 
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