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Hi, I've got a 2000 Sephia and the headlights are really weak -- not very bright at all. What's available that is more powerful than stock? I'm not looking for fancy colors or anything, just brighter headlights w/o breaking the bank. If anything exists, do you also need replacement wiring? Thanks in advance!

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you can do several things.
first of all check wirings - any rust, or anything, check voltage which is delivered to the bulbs while lights on
then, remove the bulbs and inspect them - are they from 2000? it could be... replace them with any xtravision or smth similar - you will see improvement.
you can go with HID, more expensive, some work required, and the results are questionable.
if the headlight assembly is worn you can replace it with a new one, you can fit retrofit (projectors) into it, or (if it is a case) polish the hedalight cover (mostly these are responsible for poor lights performance)

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you can do several things.
first of all check wirings - any rust, or anything, check voltage which is delivered to the bulbs while lights on
then, remove the bulbs and inspect them - are they from 2000? it could be... replace them with any xtravision or smth similar - you will see improvement.
you can go with HID, more expensive, some work required, and the results are questionable.
if the headlight assembly is worn you can replace it with a new one, you can fit retrofit (projectors) into it, or (if it is a case) polish the hedalight cover (mostly these are responsible for poor lights performance)
I can tell you 1 thing about hids, the results in my case are not questionable. My 10k kit is way brighter than any bulb you can buy. I put my word on it.
If you buy the right kit, there is no work really, its all plug and play.

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Thanks guys -- PLP, I'll do as yu suggest and check out the wiring/connections. I'm pretty sure these bulbs are original (bought the car 4 years ago, and it still had the original battery -- just replaced last week).

The headlight cover itself seems clear to me. I'm pretty sure I want to steer clear of HID kits -- I'm looking to keep the cost under $150 or so for this little project.

I've never bought headlights bulbs before, so I have no idea what it should cost or where is best to get them -- suggestions? Thanks!

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I've never bought headlights bulbs before, so I have no idea what it should cost or where is best to get them -- suggestions? Thanks!

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What kind of headlights do you have? Reflector or projector?
What type of bulb you have in there?

If the lenses are clear (not foggy) than we are talking only about bulb replacement and/or headlight adjustment (aiming).

For the bulbs - if you buy a halogen bulb you can go with xtravision or silverstar (reffer to manufacturer, SYLVANIA)

OSRAM SYLVANIA - Halogen

equivalents are made by PHILIPS also (silver vision and so on).

Are you looking for...

I would not recommend buying "pseudo HID halogens" which are basically blue or very high power (instead of 55W drain 100W). You can melt or burn out the reflector.

This is cost around 50 USD for a pair.

HID starting at 60, where for 80 or so you should get a decent kit.
The only thing about them is that they are not street legal (officially), but if you are equipped with projector type of headlight you should be fine. If you decide to go with HID, do not buy anything more than 6000K (5000K and 4300K are the best) since light will be too blue and will attract everyone, including Police

All mentioned halogen bulbs are fully legal though.

It is your call. Either spending lets say 35-50 on halogen or 80 on HID. In theory HID produces 3 times more light than halogens with (based on my own tests) almost the same power consumption (HID will "eat" 45 W while halogen at 14.2V will need 65 W).
HID will require more work to put on than halogens (you need to find a place for ballast). Rest is just plug and play.
In both cases you HAVE to check the lights aim.

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I can tell you 1 thing about hids, the results in my case are not questionable. My 10k kit is way brighter than any bulb you can buy. I put my word on it.
If you buy the right kit, there is no work really, its all plug and play.
I agree that HID are much brighter than halogens are. No question about it.
But the final output is not clear. you deal with glare (a side effect). This makes all problems since the light distribution (pattern) stay pretty much the same.

Another thing is color temp. 10kK is not really light efficient - no offense, but you would get the same results with Philips blue vision halogen and it would be street legal. Light output at 10000K is about half of 4300K and 10kK is very blue, almost violet. Color is, of course, different for everyone - your perception differs from mine. I would never go with more than 6000, and even 5kK is too blue in my opinion.

I did compare my 5000K kit to OEM hid and found is much more blue even when the other car was equipped with the same color tem lamps.

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Thanks guys -- PLP, I'll do as yu suggest and check out the wiring/connections. I'm pretty sure these bulbs are original (bought the car 4 years ago, and it still had the original battery -- just replaced last week).

The headlight cover itself seems clear to me. I'm pretty sure I want to steer clear of HID kits -- I'm looking to keep the cost under $150 or so for this little project.

I've never bought headlights bulbs before, so I have no idea what it should cost or where is best to get them -- suggestions? Thanks!

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I bought my hid kit for 52.00.

and plp most hid kits are legal, incuding my 10K kit. It has the dot cert # on the ballasts.

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and plp most hid kits are legal, incuding my 10K kit. It has the dot cert # on the ballasts.
No, I am 100% sure NONE of the HID kits (aftermarket, anything else than DxS, where x is 1 to 4) is street legal.
If you do not believe - google it, DOT symbol does not mean anything in this case.

All HID kits are only for showroom or off road.

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The lenses look clear to me -- just looks like a clear enclosure with a silver-ish colored background and bulb. I assume this is the Reflector type? What would Projector look like? Thanks!
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What is the dot cert for then?

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