Yeah silverstars are more of a gimmick, like most coated bulbs, than anything. They may claim 20% more advatnage over stock but truthfully, I never saw it. I saw more "performance" when I went to the MUCH cheaper Sylvania XtraVision. Those seem to actually put out what they claim, a 30% increase in performance. If your actually wanting performance from a halogen bulb, STAY AWAY from the coated bulbs BS. It's nothing more than a way to get you to spend money on something that will never live up to it's hype. You money is better spent elsewhere or on a bulb that will deliver what your looking for.
I will stand by the XtraVisions. I've had both the Xtra's and the Silverstars and compairing both is a joke. If you want a slightly "whiter" hue yet pretty similar "performance" as stock, go with the silverstars. If you don't care for the ricer hue colors and are actually wanting a upgrade in performance, go with the HID Retro (best option) or go with something like the Xtravision (far cheaper alternative).
Also, STAY AWAY from the "high wattage" bulbs UNLESS you decide to upgrade the wiring to them via a relay harness. The stock wiring isn't a good candidate for prolong-abuse of high current spikes/graphs caused from high wattage halogen bulbs. Your stock wiring isn't on par to handle that load over time nor was it ever intended to run that safely. Take the added safety precaution and wire in a relay to make the bulbs be powered directly from a 12V source and not off your exisitng stock wiring schematic.
Last edited by orange juice; 10-30-2006 at 03:15 PM.