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    Links for good lighting upgrades

    Sube newb here. Just picked up a 2013 WRX Base hatchback and I'm looking for ideas to upgrade the headlights.

    OK so I've done some research. I've searched here and NASIOC. I've read Daniel Stern's site, and looked at the options. At this point, I'm looking for a good plug-and-play headlight bulb swap that requires as little modification as possible. The blue HID look isn't a necessity for me, but if it is a cooler color temperature, that would be a plus. What's the verdict for the best bang-for-your-buck halogen headlight upgrade? The Narva bulbs? HIR's? Does anyone have pics comparing the spread and color rendition of each bulb?

    If you have done a bulb swap and have good pics, post up a picture. Also, if this post is way out of line, and been covered ad infinitum, please kindly smack me on the nose with a newspaper.

    Thanks!
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    I found this list which is helpful for looking around online:

    2011-2013 Subaru WRX Light Bulb Sizing Chart

    Low Beam Headlight Bulb Size: H11
    High Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size: 9005
    Parking Light Bulb Size: 1157A
    Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 1157A
    Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size: 992 (7440A)
    Tail Light Bulb Size: 7443 or LED
    Stop Light Bulb Size: 7443 or LED
    High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size: 7506 or LED
    Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size: 9006
    License Plate Light Bulb Size: 168
    Back Up Light Bulb Size: 7440 or 921
    Cornering Light Bulb Size: 921
    Front Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 1157A
    Rear Side Marker Light Bulb Size: 168 or 7443
    Map Light Bulb Size: DE3175
    Dome Light Bulb Size: DE3175
    Trunk/Cargo Area Light Bulb Size: 2825
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    Second question: BESIDES Daniel Stern, who I'm sure is a nice man, is there a preferred aftermarket vendor for buying replacement bulbs, LED's, etc for any of the above list?
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    Daniel Stern had me buy bulbs that he didn't sell (over ones he did) because he felt they best suited my needs; customer service, at its finest.

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    I went with the H9 conversion and used these bulbs:

    Philips H9 Standard Headlight Bulb, Pack of 1 : Amazon.com : Automotive

    They are definitely brighter, which is what I wanted. All you have to do is file down a tab in the connector. Look around the forum and you will find the procedure with pictures. If you are interested in the conversion it shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes to do. Well worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ257 View Post
    Daniel Stern had me buy bulbs that he didn't sell (over ones he did) because he felt they best suited my needs;
    There's a reason everyone tells you to go to him...
    Same here. He pointed me to a specific model that he didn't carry, and I ended up getting them on Amazon, I believe. I got my interior LEDs from SuperBrightLEDs.com as their website had the most information available for ensuring compatiblity with my car, and prices were reasonable.

    NOTE: If you intend to replace any interior LEDs, I highly recommend looking at the beam dispersion ratings SuperBrightLEDs posts for all their bulbs. When replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs, you can end up with "hotspots" depending on application since incandescents have a wide beam spread and LEDs typically are more of a point light source. Choosing the wide-angle LEDs will help prevent this problem. I don't see any hotspots after my LED conversion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdkflip View Post
    I went with the H9 conversion and used these bulbs:

    Philips H9 Standard Headlight Bulb, Pack of 1 : Amazon.com : Automotive

    They are definitely brighter, which is what I wanted. All you have to do is file down a tab in the connector. Look around the forum and you will find the procedure with pictures. If you are interested in the conversion it shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes to do. Well worth it.
    I saw a DIY on this, to be clear, the modification is done to the connector on the bulb, not the car, right? Looks fairly simple, just shave off that one inner tab on the bulb's connector? (Not the connector on the wiring harness on the car)
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebanker View Post
    I saw a DIY on this, to be clear, the modification is done to the connector on the bulb, not the car, right? Looks fairly simple, just shave off that one inner tab on the bulb's connector? (Not the connector on the wiring harness on the car)
    Correct, modification is done to the connector on the bulb, not your new shinny Rex.. This was my 1st mod. I like it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
    Same here. He pointed me to a specific model that he didn't carry, and I ended up getting them on Amazon, I believe. I got my interior LEDs from SuperBrightLEDs.com as their website had the most information available for ensuring compatiblity with my car, and prices were reasonable.

    NOTE: If you intend to replace any interior LEDs, I highly recommend looking at the beam dispersion ratings SuperBrightLEDs posts for all their bulbs. When replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs, you can end up with "hotspots" depending on application since incandescents have a wide beam spread and LEDs typically are more of a point light source. Choosing the wide-angle LEDs will help prevent this problem. I don't see any hotspots after my LED conversion.
    Thanks, and I don't plan on doing any LED swaps in the interior. The LED look tends to be too harsh, since most interior swaps create a cool white light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodman View Post
    Correct, modification is done to the connector on the bulb, not your new shinny Rex.. This was my 1st mod. I like it
    Ok cool. I'll get my hands on some Philips H9's and check it out.
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    For sure go 9011 HIR for highs (night and day there)

    Fogs I like the Hella Yellow 9006's, but you could go Dan Stern bulb paint.

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    new here who is dan stern.. can someone post a link to his site?
    i was thinking if i buy a white LED for my fog light bulb and put a yellow vinyl on the fog light lens. do they turn yellow when they light up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysti2013 View Post
    new here who is dan stern.. can someone post a link to his site?
    i was thinking if i buy a white LED for my fog light bulb and put a yellow vinyl on the fog light lens. do they turn yellow when they light up?
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