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calendar   Saturday - January 31, 2009

I’m not actually blind

My wife works in an eye doctor’s office. So I tend to hear a lot more about eye diseases and eye problems than the rest of you. There’s this thing called macular degeneration where the eye becomes less efficient with age.

I’ve been having problems driving at night. I just couldn’t seem to see the side of the road as well as I used to. I was having a hard time picking out the stripes on the lanes, especially when they were well worn and a bit glopped over with road salt. Oh gosh, must be getting old, maybe it’s time to get a Buick and a pair of those ultra sunglasses like all the blue haired grannies wear.

Instead I bought a new set of headlights for the car. The last set was about 7 years old. Looking at the blurb on the package, it says headlights get dimmer with age. Really? So I picked up a set of the best and brightest and slapped them in. My car uses the socketed bulbs, so the whole 4 light job took all of 5 minutes. Much easier than changing the old sealed beam lights cars used in my younger days.

And what a difference. Wow. I’m not blind after all.

I did not get a set of those retina burning blue bulbs that some cars have. These are just “regular” bulbs, but the blurb says that they burn at a higher light temperature, 4000K. And that means the light is less yellow. And they are. Nice white light that throws a beam that’s crisp right out to the edge. I’m happy.


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These bulbs cost about $34 a pair, but there is an online coupon good for a $10 rebate that’s good until the end of February. My car uses 2 pair, but you only get one rebate per address.

I did a bit of online research on these, and there are some reviews that say the SilverStar bulbs don’t last. Sylvania says the SilverStar Ultras last 25% longer than the regular SilverStars, which are the red colored package sold in Wal-Mart. For $39. For a lower price, you can get the better bulb online, and still get the rebate. If these last 2-3 years I’ll be happy. Because I can see again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/31/2009 at 04:10 PM   
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