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I want a light upgrade and don't want to pay for the OEM xenons, what is the best halogen bulb?
 

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sylvania - typo?

IMHO, there's not a huge world of difference between halogens, maybe 15% difference in light. Don't forget that new bulbs tend to be a little cheaper than old bulbs. Try polishing the headlights, there's a writeup in the FAQ on this, if the headlight lenses are cloudy it'll prevent the light from getting out of the headlight.
 

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There is a big difference between different brands, even Sylvania says that their basic halogen is not as bright as their silverstars. Also check your plug and wiring. More watts = brighter light, loose or corroded plugs/wiring = dimmer lights.
 

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Instead of OEM HIDs, check out the ecodes too, they are about $329 / set. Compared to $1000/ set for HIDs, you might like it.
 

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Instead of OEM HIDs, check out the ecodes too, they are about $329 / set. Compared to $1000/ set for HIDs, you might like it.
Where can i find Ecodes? I have been searching around for information but can't seem to find much more than general conversation. I have a 80's benz i put ecodes in from Hella and it was a huge difference and would like to do the same in my 2000 Jetta.

thanks in advance.
 

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E-Codes are the way to go. I've got the OEM HID kit from Europe and its great, but, if I were to do it again I would go with E-codes: cheaper and equally amazing light output even with a halogen bulb.

Also fun to wire the foglights, if you get housings that include them.
 

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I have to add a vote for Ecodes.
I have Jetta Ecodes with a relay harness to get full voltage to the bulbs, this made a big difference. with the use of the harness I felt it was safe to try a higher wattage bulb, I'm running an 80/100w H4, they were $10 each so far so good as far as not overheating goes but it is winter, I'll keep an eye on the housing for signs of heat damage. I will say that the lights are are considerably brighter than 55/60w H4's
 
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