Bulb Buyers Beware!
There are few regulations/standards regarding the engineering, manufacturing,
marketing and advertising of automotive bulbs - especially HID lamps and upgrade
halogen bulbs such as Xenon halogens. Below is a list of important points to
be aware of when shopping for automotive lighting:
- "Cool" Company and Product Names Do Not Necessarily Equate
To Product Quality & Performance - Look past the "cool"
company and product name and always research the materials and specifications
of the bulbs/lamps.
- "Sleek" Packaging Does Not Necessarily Equate To Product Quality
& Performance - Make sure you're getting a quality product; not just
a quality package. Again, make sure the product is manufactured with quality
materials and look for published specifications.
- Watch Out For "Knockoffs" - There's a difference between
products that are soundly-engineered yet manufactured offshore, verses products
that are simply "offshore knockoffs". Be sure to go with a brand
that invests in research, development and engineering no matter where the
final manufacturing is done.
- Advertising & Marketing Does Not Necessarily Equate To Quality &
Performance - Unfortunately, some of the most highly advertised automotive
lighting companies and products - especially in the HID and Xenon categories
- lack in quality and performance as compared to solidly-engineered, researched
& developed and lesser-advertised automotive lighting products.
- Are The Bulbs/Lamps DOT Approved & Street Legal, Or Are They A Traffic
Ticket Waiting To Happen? - The laws on automotive lighting are fairly
standard across the USA. Some companies do not want to invest the time and
money to receive DOT approval (or they already know they won't pass) - be
sure to look for DOT approval ensuring they are street legal.
- Do The Bulbs/Lamps Meet And/Or Exceed OE Specifications? - Genuine
OE bulbs/lamps are as good or better than the original bulbs/lamps that came
with your vehicle. If you'd like to ensure quality materials, engineering,
manufacturing, performance and service life, be sure to look for bulbs/lamps
that "Meet or Exceed OE Specifications". This is extremely important
with HID Lamps - See our HID -
OE Xenon HID page for more information.
- Be Extra Careful When Shopping/Purchasing "Xenon" Bulbs/Lamps
- Unfortunately, companies who manufacture with only a trace of Xenon
gas can still advertise and market the bulb/lamp as "Xenon". Note
that most Xenon Bulbs/Lamps contain considerably less Xenon gas than the 75%
that our EiKO SWTX Superwhite True Xenon bulbs contain. Trace amounts of Xenon
does little to improve performance and will typically lead to increased failure
and shorter service life - See our Xenon Upgrade
Halogen page for more information.
- If The Price Seems Too Good To Be True; It's Probably Too Good To Be
True - If you are shopping and see some products that are substantially
lower-priced than the others, be sure to go through the list of points above.
Most likely, once you research these oddly-low-priced bulbs/lamps, you'll
either find no information/specifications, or you'll find incongruencies with
many/most of the points above.
We work extremely hard to partner with suppliers whose products are top-quality.
All of our automotive lighting is manufactured by companies with proven track
records. We select companies/products that are committed to research, development,
engineering, and use quality materials, as well as invest the time and money
into DOT Approval. Our Philips Xenon HID, EiKO ClearVision Supreme Solux and
EiKO SWTX Xenon bulbs/lamps all meet or exceed OE specifications. Our suppliers
do not invest in massive amounts of marketing, advertising, or product packaging
- which keeps prices low. They've built their companies and product reputations
on quality and performance, and are trusted by more automotive service repair
shops than any of the highly advertised popular brands. When you purchase from
us, in most cases you're purchasing the same bulbs/lamps service professionals
install at service shops, which gives our customers piece of mind and ensures
the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty.