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Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by PFFCO » Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:04 am

Has anyone upgraded their headlight bulbs? I noticed that my headlights are not as bright as I would expect the to be and figured maybe I need to upgrade the bulbs. I don't think it's a low voltage issue, everything else seems ok, the Highbeams are very bright.

Any suggestions on what bulbs to use? This is a 2014 PI Sedan.


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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by klrsmith » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:02 pm

Hi,

The halogen bulbs in the 2013+ PI pretty much suck (as you have noticed). There are a couple of options. One is an HIR2 +30 Bulb. It's a GM(!) part# 23342527. That actual bulb is a VOSLA part# 28432, Made in Germany. I used these for about a year, then decided to upgrade to a HID bulb.

The other is a HID upgrade. I went with the diode dynamics 9012 kit (based on previous experience with them), 2 year warranty, install took about 45 minutes plug and play. Best $150 I ever spent.
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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by PFFCO » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:27 pm

Thanks for this info. Is this the kit that you have?
https://www.diodedynamics.com/hi-lo-bea ... aurus.html

The color choice is nice. I think 5000K would yield a brighter light.

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Post by klrsmith » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:42 pm

That's the one. I went with the 4300K, I've tried other colors on previous vehicles, but for me, that range seems to work best.
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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by DkNgHt » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:18 am

klrsmith wrote:
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:02 pm
Hi,

The halogen bulbs in the 2013+ PI pretty much suck (as you have noticed). There are a couple of options. One is an HIR2 +30 Bulb. It's a GM(!) part# 23342527. That actual bulb is a VOSLA part# 28432, Made in Germany. I used these for about a year, then decided to upgrade to a HID bulb.

The other is a HID upgrade. I went with the diode dynamics 9012 kit (based on previous experience with them), 2 year warranty, install took about 45 minutes plug and play. Best $150 I ever spent.
Have any pictures? I was thinking of going HID but past experience was horrible, but that was in a non projector headlights ... I want to convert to SHO HID but the cost is crazy

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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by klrsmith » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:38 am

Dk,

Sorry, I don't have any pics. I can tell you that while the VOLSA +30 halogen bulbs were a vast improvement over stock, the HID's were literally night and day if that helps. If you have some time to wait, I think DD had either a black Friday or Christmas deal last year that dropped the price down from $150.
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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by DkNgHt » Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:40 pm

klrsmith wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:38 am
Dk,

Sorry, I don't have any pics. I can tell you that while the VOLSA +30 halogen bulbs were a vast improvement over stock, the HID's were literally night and day if that helps. If you have some time to wait, I think DD had either a black Friday or Christmas deal last year that dropped the price down from $150.
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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by MiekK » Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:33 pm

I put these LEDs in. https://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/Sabe ... 006-LED-PR Way better than stock, but you can tell they're not as good as in reflector lenses.
I ordered their Ultra HIDs because they claim they'll be better in the projectors. I have their HIDs or LEDs in all my other vehicles.

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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by PFFCO » Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:55 am

I went and bought the Diode Dynamics bulbs. Question, is there only one bulb in these cars? Looking at it, I thought it was a single bulb, not like some where there is a low and high beam bulb combined. I opened the kit but the weather has been cold up until recently, so now I can attack the install. It does look like you have to move a few things out of the way for the install. I drove the car the other day at night and those stock bulbs suck.

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Post by klrsmith » Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:36 am

Correct - there is only a single bulb per side. High beam is controlled with a shutter in the headlight assembly - The clunking sound you hear when you enable the high beams is the shutter operating.

IIRC, I did have to take out the airbox to get to the driver side lamp.
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Re: Headlight bulbs upgrade? 2014 PI Sedan

Post by PFFCO » Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:47 am

Thanks. I was thinking it was something like that, I do hear the clunk when the car is off, my wife's camaro makes the same noise. I have a ton of front end work to do, taking off the bumper cap is next,so I'll put the bulbs in then. Can't wait to see at night again.

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