SilverStar® zXe headlights – the latest addition to SYLVANIA Automotive Lighting’s High Performance Series headlight line are quite possibly the best innovation in lighting technology that I have seen in the automotive industry in a very long time. The simple fact that changing the headlights in your car as the OEM bulbs wear out and fade over time is as good a reason as any for a new set of bulbs. If that were the only reason it would be enough, but the safety factor that I discovered with the higher visibility alone was enough to convince me that I made a good choice with these replacements.
Lighting the road as well as the much more expensive HID lighting technology, coupled with the ease of installation, the SilverStar® zXe headlights are by far the best change I have made to my daily driver yet.
The Slyvania Silverstar zXe line of aftermarket replacement headlight bulbs attempts to mimic the ultra white light of HID headlamps using a halogen/xenon bulb. This means that these bulbs maintain the DOT approved light pattern for street legality. The zXe line builds on the manufacturer’s Silverstar and Silverstar Ultra lines of replacement bulbs with a new nanotech blue coating that shifts the color temperature of the light closer to pure white without any appreciable drop off in luminance.
Sylvania states that even with this slight luminance compromise, the human eye is more sensitive to the whiter light so night visibility is still enhanced. In the side-by-side tests I performed on my vehicle, the zXe light certainly looked brighter than the Silverstar Ultra, which also looked brighter still than the OEM bulb. If the extreme “zXe” name didn’t tip you off, Sylvania is aiming this new line of bulbs at the tuner crowd. By offering a cheaper solution to the HID and with a look that is every bit as stylish it should take on the market like a storm.
It may take some time for the Tuner crowd that Sylvania is aiming for to warm up to them, but for the savings over an HID kit and not having to wire in a ballast to make the swap, plus the fact that they will work without issue in colder weather than most of the HID’s on the market today, the zXe should make inroads in the market without any trouble.
Taking the new headlights out for a test drive last night was like seeing the world in a whole new light, no pun intended. The extra distance that was visible gave me a bit of added confidence on the dark back country roads I traveled. Couple that with the easier on the eyes light spectrum and I actually enjoyed my ride in teh dark. I usually can not drive long distances in the darkness due to the eye strain causing severe head aches, but I felt non of the usual effects even after driving of more than an hour and a half.
Sylvania has done themselves proud with this product and I would recommend it to anyone who asks, just ask my Mother-in-law how she likes hers. I gave her a brand new pair and installed them this morning. How’s that for a recommendation?