Better headlights lead to better night vision, which leads to safer night driving, and less strain on your eyes. With the available products these days, there is no reason not to have better headlights, whether you're on a tight budget or not.
In less than half an hour, there are three different things you can do to your late-model truck or 4x4's headlights to improve their performance.
Replacing the bulb itself is the easiest way. Why not use the brightest halogen bulb you can, such as the Sylvania's new SilverStar Ultras that install in just minutes?
If your headlights are oxidized and yellow or brown, you can try a restoration and polish kit like Sylvania's Restoration Kit. They state right on the box that the process will take less than 30 minutes.
If those headlights are beyond restoration, try a new headlight housing like the ones we found at Andy's Auto Sport online.
As simple as it is, there is no reason not to have better night vision.
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The first step in getting better headlight performance is to have a clear lens for the light to shine through. If you have bad plastic lenses, light is going to have a hard time penetrating them. Sylvania’s restoration kit polishes the oxidized plastic and brings old headlights back. It didn’t take long—says, “Under 30 minutes,” right on the box—and you can save money otherwise spent on a replacement headlight.
If the old plastic lenses are too far gone, try a set of replacement headlights. Andy’s Auto Sport has a variety of aftermarket headlights available, easily found on the company’s website, but we suggest getting a headlight housing that has a reflector similar to the stock one on your truck. Sometimes the fancier-looking headlights are more for looks than improved lighting performance.
A better light source always helps put out more available light to see with. Sylvania’s new SilverStar Ultra replacement bulbs are the brightest halogen bulbs available on the market. These are DOT-approved (unlike HID retrofits) and stock replacement for almost all trucks and 4x4s.
Sylvania headlight restoration kit, original bulbs
Restored headlights, Sylvania SilverStar Ultra bulbs
Andy’s Autosport replacement headlights, Sylvania SilverStar Ultra bulbs