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Old 04-18-2003, 10:47 AM
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Sylvania Silver Stars Ain't Silver Nomore

Purchased a set of sylvania silver stars last month and noticed that one of them is turning jaundice (yellow) on me
Could it be the bulb?,or power source? or even insufficient ground??? Any experiences with these so-called "upgrade bulbs"?

I'm fixing to switch the bulbs and see if it does the same thing on the other one. If so, it's the power, if not, it's the bulb......hope it's the bulb (fingers crossed)

1978 280 CE silver
1986 560 SL black
1987 300 SDL cream
1994 SL 500 brilliant green
1997 E 300d dessert silver
2005 FORD F250 Superduty Crew cab 4x4

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Old 04-18-2003, 01:04 PM
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I waded through a lot of info on lamps and bulbs, and my conclusion is that bulbs such as these aren't worth any more than standard bulbs, and may have less output even than high-output bulbs with no filtering. It is a myth that bulbs balanced toward blue improve visibility - tests show improved visibility more to the yellow. Lamps assemblies that improve the pattern and uniformity - such as some HID units - will improve visibility, but the color temperature is not the reason.

Check the recent Consumer Reports on auto lighting. Interesting results and useful info. I would use the faded filter on your lamps as an excuse to return them and save some money.

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Old 04-18-2003, 01:15 PM
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Yes, it's ALL in the reflector and lens. That's why euro lights are so popular on older MB's and thank goodness the new ones in the US now have the euro lights.

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