I just bought them recently. They do seem a lot brighter, it depends on the brand. I picked up some cheapy ones from SuperCheap auto. They aren't too bad. If you can pick up some Hella globes they'll definately be better. Of course if you're as blind as I am driving at night then you wont mind paying a little bit extra 8-}
I have put in Narva H4 50plus and Narva H3 30plus globes in my headlights. They do seem to do a better job, but only after I adjusted the lights with the knobs on the back. Having the headlights basically pointing straight down at the road really doesn't let them work there magic . Couldn't get the Hella or Phillips globes locally but they are all made by Osram. For the 4 Narva globes it cost me about $50 from memory.
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The globes you all would have bought arent the pure Xenon gas globes, they have a smidgen of the Xenon gas compounded into the light structure. Pure Xenon gas globes are $400. Ask anyone who has R33's or similar import.
We sell those Xenon type globes here at AutoBarn for about $38.
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That's true ViGiLaNtE, the main reason for getting Xenon/Halogen globes would be for the nice 'white' light as opposed to the 'yellow' light produced by halogens. $400 bucks for pure Xenon seems a bit too much for bulbs. I reckon Xenon/Halogen is good enough for $25 a pair.
Those xenon globes you see in auto shops aren't the proper xenon ones. They're just halogen globes with a bit of xenon in them to make them look white. They don't last longer and aren't much brighter, just whiter and more expensive. Don't put 100W globes in because they'll blow. They heat up and can melt your reflector too. The 30 and 50 plus globes are the brightest and best value compared to half xenon globes.
Xenon globes are more expensive because they are still relatively new in the car scene and because they are a more expensive technology. I'm not sure if you have to modify anything else to put in xenon globes, it'd be worth checking out. They are very bright with a fraction of the power usage and last a hell of a lot longer. Which could also be why they're so much more expensive.
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