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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Headlight low-beam upgrades

I own a 2007 Exige with one of my low beam lights out. Discovered what I have (albeit no longer working) Philips Xendrive XLD CK G4 CAM-BUS --> aftermarket HID upgrades.

Threads on this are older and scattered...what specific recommendations do people? HID? LED?

Will need to buy something new and appreciate the recommendations.
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Hi,
So, I had a headlight go out on one of my cars. I went on Amazon and bought a pair of GP Thunder 7500k H9B 65W bulbs for $16.99 for the pair (including shipping - lol). I laughed and thought, how good could they be for eight bucks a bulb?

Well, I installed them and they have a very white light. Granted, they aren't the brightest bulbs I have ever seen, but I like the white light much better than the yellowish light from the factory bulbs, so I bought matching bulbs for the other lights (GP Thunder 9005 HB3 8500k 65W) - these were $15.99 including shipping!

At these prices and the white light, it doesn't matter how long they last. I can swap them out pretty fast. Try them. The price is right.
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Nice and for a great price!

I have an aftermarket option that no longer works and can go back to 2007 OEM or hopefully find the best long lasting aftermarket HID/LED
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Nice and for a great price!

I have an aftermarket option that no longer works and can go back to 2007 OEM or hopefully find the best long lasting aftermarket HID/LED
Did you find an H7 LED that fit and doesn’t overheat? I’m also looking.
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If you drive at night stick with HIDs. LEDs are attractive, but they don't throw light as far as HIDs which is what matters driving at 60+ mph.

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I bought whatever higher end bulbs were at the parts store and they work reasonably well . The factory driving lights are a huuuuuge improvement for highway driving
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