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    Default Philips Xtreme Power H4 VS. Philips Xtreme Vision H4

    What are the performance differences between these two lamps? Philips claims a 20% improvement for the XV. Are they really worth the extra dough, compared to the XP?

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    You know the drill: More light and better beam focus and less lifespan as you move up from long life --> standard --> +30 --> +50 --> +80/90 --> +100 etc.

    I haven't plotted it out or anything. I might pick the Xtreme Vision if I needed to get the maximum possible output and beam focus out of an H4 headlamp, but then again I might pick the Xtreme Power in 9003/HB2 instead, because the 9003/HB2 filament precision specs are tighter than H4, which means beam focus is better with an HB2 than with an H4, in general. But that said, I think the Xtreme Vision might be past the reasonable center section of the cost/benefit curve.

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    Don't discount the Osram Nightbreakers


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    Or the Osram 70/65 watt!

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    Default Re: Philips Xtreme Power H4 VS. Philips Xtreme Vision H4

    Thanks SWM, your answer is what I was thinking...just wanted to hear it from someone else too.

    Sorry, I don't like the Osram NB...it's OK in my book, but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy one.

    I'm currently running with the Osram Rallye 70/65 H4...great lamp if you don't mind spending $22 ea for them and having them last for only 9 months or so.
    Last edited by Lightdoctor; 02-25-2012 at 05:54 PM.

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    You'll get similar lifespan out of the Xtreme Power or Xtreme Vision bulb (or the Night Breaker, for that matter).

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    Default Re: Philips Xtreme Power H4 VS. Philips Xtreme Vision H4

    I know...I can get a set of XP's for about the same price for one of the Osram Rallyes...this seems to be a better value when compared to the other choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightdoctor View Post

    I'm currently running with the Osram Rallye 70/65 H4...great lamp if you don't mind spending $22 ea for them and having them last for only 9 months or so.
    I got 2 years/ 50,000 miles out of my last set of Osram 70/65 bulbs........currently on the 11th month with the Osram 85/80,with a Rallylights harness, so certainly not starving for voltage either.

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    Wow, Qship, that is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy off the right side of the bell curve! How much actual usage do you put on these headlamps? Most people don't get anything like that out of them.

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    If most of your driving is during the day, you get more miles/years out of your headlamps.



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    about 2 hours a week.

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    Default Re: Philips Xtreme Power H4 VS. Philips Xtreme Vision H4

    Quote Originally Posted by Qship1996 View Post
    about 2 hours a week.
    No wonder yours last longer...you hardly ever use them! I have mine on about 2 to 4 hours a day.
    Last edited by Lightdoctor; 02-26-2012 at 04:57 PM.

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    at 2 hours/day, 9 months would be 540 hours, 3 hours/day a total of 810 hours of use, 4 hours/day a total of 1080 hours lifespan.........still VERY,VERY respectable for that level of performance bulb.I dont think you will find a tradeoff of any longer life without seriously compromising the bulbs performance.{like a long life type bulb}

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    Let's do some math. All of the bulbs we're discussing here have a Tc lifespan of between 150 and 250 hours on low beam at 13.2v. Tc is the hour figure at which 63.2% of a test batch have failed. Lifespan changes exponentially to the power -13 (negative 13) with voltage change, and if you have a relay harness you're feeding those bulbs considerably more than 13.2v. You're likely feeding them at least 13.8v, probably closer to 14v.

    13.8v would drop a 200-hour-at-13.2v lifespan down to 112 hours.
    14.0v would take the figure to 93 hours.

    ALL of these lifespan ratings are with zero vibration. Vibration and mechanical shock greatly decrease lifespan.

    2 hours/week means you'd get 100 weeks (about 2 years) out of a 200-hour bulb operated at its rated voltage and subjected to zero vibration. It would mean 50 weeks (just shy of 1 year) at 13.8v, never going above that voltage, and again subjected to zero vibration.

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    So how am I getting 2x that life on the osram 70/65 and Lightdoctor getting WAY more than I ???? Sterns site says rated life is calculated at 14.0 volts, not 13.2 ???? which would be the only explanation I can think of.
    Last edited by Qship1996; 02-26-2012 at 10:16 AM.

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    US bulbs (HB1, HB2, HB3, HB5, 1157, etc.) are mostly rated for output at 12.8v, lifespan at 14.0v. ECE bulbs (and European-made bulbs that don't conform to ECE R37, such as the 70/65w and 85/80w items) are mostly rated for output and lifespan at 13.2v. Your unusually long lifespan is inexplicable so far. What's your bulb operating voltage with the harness?

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    Funny you should ask about voltages,because I was so curious,I just came back from a quick drive with the VOM ! I did not measure voltages at back of bulbs{on my car you have to actually remove the headlamp to get to the connector easily} but I measured voltages directly at the battery- got 14.34 at cold startup and it settled at 13.65- 13.7 after a few miles driving. Not sure whether the 14.34 startup voltage is due to a cold alternator or specifically designed to put out a higher voltage to quickly replenish battery after starter operates?

    PS the alternator is original, and has 286,180 miles on it!
    Last edited by Qship1996; 02-26-2012 at 01:42 PM.

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    Temperature-compensated voltage regulation has been standard on most vehicles for many decades. Internal resistance of a battery is higher at colder temperatures, so charge voltage must be higher. System voltage at the battery looks quite normal, but the answer to your question about bulb life won't be found without a measurement of voltage at the bulbs with the engine running, the headlamps turned on, and both headlamps connected (no pulling the socket off), then a measurement at the same time across the battery.

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    more work than I am willing to do at the moment considering I am happy with the life I am getting out of the bulbs!! Well, we at least know the bulbs are not getting MORE voltage than I measured,and probably a little less due to the extra length of wire & connections in the harness,but the harness is only 1 year old and quite heavy duty{12 & 10 gauge wire, 3 40 amp relays}} so I would not expect a huge drop.

    Still puzzled how Lighdoctor is getting WAY more hours{540-1080 hours} than even I am getting from the same bulbs.....maybe he can easier measure actual voltage at bulb connector and let us know the results!



    ******* DUH, it just dawned on me that when I ran the Osram 70/65 bulbs for 2 years, it was on the factory wiring- I installed the Rallylights harness 11 months ago when I installed the Osram 85/80 watt bulbs********
    Last edited by Qship1996; 02-26-2012 at 04:12 PM.

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    What's the sigma for bulb life?

    IE: What's the potential RANGE of life you'd project?

    There are sometimes salients/outliers in a batch, that are just at the long or short ends of the typical bell curve...

    ..and, is it possible that 2 hrs a week is easier on a bulb than 2 hrs a night, or that one drive uses high or low beams more than the other?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightdoctor View Post
    No wonder...I have mine on about 2 to 4 hours a day.
    Are you using a harness, or just the stock wiring? could you measure the voltage as Schein described in his above post and report findings? Shocked you are getting 9 months life at this rate of use.What kind of car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qship1996 View Post
    Still puzzled how Lighdoctor is getting WAY more hours{540-1080 hours}
    Me too!

    Quote Originally Posted by TEEJ View Post
    What's the potential RANGE of life you'd project?
    Nowhere near as right-skewed as we're talking about in this thread.

    is it possible that 2 hrs a week is easier on a bulb than 2 hrs a night
    Not really, no.

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    whats up with all the double posting today schein??????

    funny Lightdoctor is UNHAPPY with the life he is getting on top of it !!!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Philips Xtreme Power H4 VS. Philips Xtreme Vision H4

    Qship...it looks like you're not understanding my point. I have very short lifespan with the Osrams on a relayed harness. The voltage at the lamps varies between 13.8 and 14.0 and they are on 2 to 4 hours a day depending on the season. They last between 6 to 9 months (a sylvania silverstar lasts longer than the Osram rallyes...ugh). You're getting a much longer life span due to your lack of real use...2 hours a week is vertually nothing compared to the average daily driver.

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    yeah,but 2-4 hous/day X 6-9 months equals 360-1080 HOURS of actual use......a respectable figure for any performance bulb especially when operated at those voltages due to the harness. Only way to get even more hours use{lifespan} would be to ditch the harness, lowering the voltage{and lumens} or go to a specific long life bulb which would also cost you lumens. Hours wise,you are doing quite well with these. lifespan is rated in hours burned,not months since installation....so you do NOT have "a very short lifespan with these" quite the opposite.
    Last edited by Qship1996; 02-26-2012 at 06:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qship1996 View Post
    whats up with all the double posting today schein???????
    Donno. I'm just a moderator, not an administrator; I can't fix the board's software problems. But I bet you can fix all that spurious punctuation that keeps showing up in your posts, don't you?(????????????????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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    Blame it on the coffee.

    Blame it on the coffee.

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    Default Re: Philips Xtreme Power H4 VS. Philips Xtreme Vision H4

    I have a car with H4 lamps, I recently replaced a set of burnt out Osram Rallye 70/65 with an extra set of Xtreme Power in my car. Very subjectively, I would say the Osrams are brighter but the the focus is not significantly better. I just got a set of Xtreme Vision and put it in two days ago. Drove it last night, it works well, the light cast right under the cut off in a distance works a lot better. In other words the purported better focus seems to be there, again completely subjective. I need to take the car to a place with beam setter to get it aligned right but so far it's promising

    I don't drive at night as much as I did last year so I might just stick to the XV for now.
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    I got well over a year out of my first set of Osram Rallye's, and actually replaced them before they burnt out. They were noticeably dimmer than they used to be and we were headed on a long winter trip so I traded them out (had another set laying around). Probably continue to use them until they fail.

    However, my driving is inconsistent so it would not be possible to give a SWAG at operating hours.

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