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Has anyone tried out high output headlights? I can find ones that are 80/100 watts but want to know if anyone else has tried something like that? And will the wires handle the extra watts?
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Or has anyone tired out LED bulbs? Like...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CREE-9008-H1...-/131047840191
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Has anyone tried out high output headlights? I can find ones that are 80/100 watts but want to know if anyone else has tried something like that? And will the wires handle the extra watts?

These will melt your bulb sockets and will eventually kill your TIPM The only way you could use these is by running a wire harness made for them, but I have not seen those in a while, by the time you pickup all you need to run those bulbs safely you might as well get a HID kit made for your truck.


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Or has anyone tired out LED bulbs? Like...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CREE-9008-H1...-/131047840191

These are 11 Watt, just to give you an idea, my Rear Brake lights are 80 watt LED bulbs, how bright do you think 11 watt LED fronts will be?? Don't waste your money, in the long run it will cost you more than getting a HID kit with harness.

go to the lighting section, you can read up about all the stuff I just indicated.
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Thank you Asur for the help. Now what is the best headlight out there for the dodge rams? (Low price, long life, easy to retrofit.)
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Great advice above. Even if you make a harness using heavy gauge wire and a relay, you can actually melt your headlight housing because of the heat cretaed by the higher wattage. I melted my fogs on my car due to this and it's a $$$ lesson.

Watch out for Sylvania "Silver Star" and the like; they overdrive their filaments to produce a little more light for a given wattage, at the expense of lifespan. with how much work it is to replace our bulbs that may be a real factor to you.
I am a big fan of PIAA bulbs. The Extreme Whites put out a gorgeous white light with at least as much output as stock, with great quality.
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Thank you Asur for the help. Now what is the best headlight out there for the dodge rams? (Low price, long life, easy to retrofit.)
Go to the lighting section and read the posts for QUALITY HID lights. For low beam you will want 55 watt ballasts, 5000K bulbs give off the most light. Fog lights use 35 watt ballasts, 3000K to 5000K bulbs.

Make sure you get a WIRING HARNESS with each HID kit. It gets it power directly from the battery and only uses the factory wiring to trigger a relay. Make sure it is made for the Ram truck so you don't have problems getting the lights to work. Test the lights before you install them so you know they work.

You can cheep out and get HID light kits (Ebay cheep kits) with Warning Cancellers/Error corrector that don't have a wiring harness. This will put the load and stress on your factory wiring and the TIPM module.

Google: Dodge TIPM and read the problems if you go with cheep HID kits that use Warning Cancellers/Error Corrector!

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Go to the lighting section and read the posts for QUALITY HID lights. For low beam you will want 55 watt ballasts, 5000K bulbs give off the most light. Fog lights use 35 watt ballasts, 3000K to 5000K bulbs.

Make sure you get a WIRING HARNESS with each HID kit. It gets it power directly from the battery and only uses the factory wiring to trigger a relay. Make sure it is made for the Ram truck so you don't have problems getting the lights to work. Test the lights before you install them so you know they work.

You can cheep out and get HID light kits with Warning Cancellers/Error corrector that don't have a wiring harness. This will put the load and stress on your factory wiring and the TIPM module.

Google: Dodge TIPM and read the problems if you go whith cheep HID kits!

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in the subaru world the forum recommended osram sylvania (european sylvania) bulbs. they are the same wattage but put out more lumens and last longer than stock or especially silverstars. don't confuse them with the stuff we can buy here.
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in the subaru world the forum recommended osram sylvania (european sylvania) bulbs. they are the same wattage but put out more lumens and last longer than stock or especially silverstars. don't confuse them with the stuff we can buy here.
Have you ever noticed that each time they say in there site or adverts something along the lines of "Brightest bulb available" "no other bulb is as bright as our Osram Sylvania Bulbs" They have a * next to the statement, and if you look at the bottom of the advert or the page this is what you see written next to the *

*Compared to worn standard halogen

Any new bulb will be brighter than a worn standard halogen. yes the color is more white, but that's about it.

in case here is a link

http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/produc...ilverstar.aspx

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http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/produc...tar-ultra.aspx

Byh the way, Osram Sylvania Inc. is the North American operation of lighting manufacturer Osram. It was established in January 1993, with the acquisition of GTE’s Sylvania lighting division by Osram GmbH.[1]

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Have you ever noticed that each time they say in there site or adverts something along the lines of "Brightest bulb available" "no other bulb is as bright as our Osram Sylvania Bulbs" They have a * next to the statement, and if you look at the bottom of the advert or the page this is what you see written next to the *

*Compared to worn standard halogen

Any new bulb will be brighter than a worn standard halogen. yes the color is more white, but that's about it.

in case here is a link

http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/produc...ilverstar.aspx

or

http://www.sylvania.com/en-us/produc...tar-ultra.aspx
When you compare any halogen bulb look at the amount of watts the bulb uses.

Almost all halogen headlight bulbs are 55 watt low beam and 65 watt high beam. The watts are an industry standard and I also believe it is a government maximum limit for road use.

Halogen bulbs above those limits are for off road use only. IE: 80/100 watts or 100 watt and higher.

Osram, Sylvania, and Philips ect. are all the same halogen bulbs, only difference is the glass and the filament used to get a different color of light (Kelvin). So they just appear to be brighter compared to a standard halogen bulb.

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