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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:20 am 
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I am seeking some advice for head light bulbs in my personal vehicle, a 2010 Ford Edge.

When I bought the vehicle in May 2013 I was not pleased with the light output from the head lights, frankly I "couldn't see s***" with the low beams. I bought some HID lights for it and they were great, so much more viability with the low beams. I didn't spend a lot on the HID's as I didn't want to drop $300 on bulbs so I got a middle of the road set of low and high bulbs. I'd read that cold temperatures could affect the lights turning on. Well fast forward to yesterday and my lights would not turn on after work after sitting all day in the cold, it took 45 minutes of driving before they turned on and stayed on. Not a bid deal as it was still daylight but come another month and it'll be dark when I'm off work and need lights.

Last night I put the old bulbs back in but then I'm back to the original reason I replaced them, because they just don't give off enough light.

I'd like to replace the original bulbs with something that lets me see better but doesn't have the cost of an HID. There are a billion options out there. Does anyone have any suggestions on bulbs they use and like that give plenty of nice white light and gives plenty of visibility with the low beams but doesn't blind oncoming drivers?

Any input/suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:26 am 
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Drive the Miata down the road in the dark and you'll greatly appreciate the stock lights in the Edge.

Hey, you said "any" when you asked for input / suggestions..... :D

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:50 am 
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jigou wrote:
Drive the Miata down the road in the dark and you'll greatly appreciate the stock lights in the Edge.

Hey, you said "any" when you asked for input / suggestions..... :D

Jarrod

haha....Thanks Jarrod :lol:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:38 am 
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I found a website that advertises a halogen bulb that they say is brighter than a oem halogen. It has various color/tint choices.

http://www.carid.com/2010-ford-edge-led ... 25349.html

There could be more choices on that website. I am not an expert on headlights. I am comfortable with whatever the vehicle has. I am lucky to have excellent night vision. On the other hand I am easily blinded by sunlight, bright headlights, etc.

My 1990 truck has some unknown aftermarket headlights that cost around $35 a bulb and are very bright. Unfortunately the truck is in the shop and I don't what they are.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:04 am 
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It looks like your low beams use H11 bulbs and your high beams use 9005 bulbs.

I have no experience with H11s. Apparently, the PIAA are solid, but I have no clue.

Regarding 9005 bulbs, you *can* use HIR bulbs, which have the same reflecting pattern as normal halogens (no lens/scatter issues) and are around 75% brighter. 9005 bulbs are exchangeable for 9011 HIR bulbs if you cut a plastic tab (http://shnu.us/HIR%20Trimming%20Stock.htm). Philips make the best bulb, but I'm not sure if the ones on Amazon are still HIR or not. I use the 9006/9012 swap on my Intrepid for low beams and they work great. They aren't HIDs: same bulb socket, same wiring, same power draw.

I don't think that helps too much, since your low beams are the problem! :lol:

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