The Brightest 9005 Halogen Headlight Bulbs

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In this article, we’ll be recommending and reviewing the brightest 9005 halogen headlight bulbs on offer.

Our choices are based on our independent testing and evaluation of each bulb’s performance, durability, and usefulness. Having worked extensively with cars and aftermarket headlights, we feel qualified to make an appropriate recommendation. 

Philips Automotive Lighting’s 9005 X-tremeVision is our #1 pick, offering the best balance of excellent brightness, features, performance, and lifespan of any 9005 headlight bulb. 

Keep reading to learn more about the X-tremeVision and other options for the brightest 9005 halogen headlight bulbs. 


Best Overall
Philips Automotive Lighting 9005 X-tremeVision
Pros
  • Better visibility
  • Cooler white temperature
  • Improved visibility
  • Durable build
  • Longer lasting than stock
  • Easy installation
  • OEM sockets
  • More aesthetic look
  • 12% better brightness
  • 10% whiter; 3400k color 
  • 65W wattage
  • Made in Germany
Cons
  • Halogens can get quite hot over longer periods of use

Best Budget
SYLVANIA 9005 XtraVision Halogen Headlight Bulb
Pros
  • Brighter than stock
  • A bit whiter 
  • Wider field of view
  • Improved nighttime visibility
  • Better peripheral visibility
  • Easy to install
  • One of the cheapest options for high quality halogens
  • Available in different sizes for different vehicles
  • 3% brighter than stock
  • 8% whiter at 3320k
  • Abundance of instructions available online
  • Longer lasting than stock
Cons
  • Not the brightest halogens by any means

Premium Choice
Sylvania SilverStar ZXE Halogen Headlight Bulb
Pros
  • 10% brighter
  • 29% whiter
  • Long lasting
  • Improves downroad visibility
  • Wider field of view
  • Awesome xenon style 
  • Perfectly illuminates longer stretches of road
  • Improves peripheral visibility
Cons
  • Priciest option

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Philips Automotive Lighting 9005 X-tremeVision

Overall Best

Philips X-tremeVision is one of the top 9005 halogens on the market. This bulb features a cooler white tone that greatly improves visibility while also being more visually appealing, which, combined with its longer lifespan, allows it to get our highest recommendation as the overall best 9005 halogen bulb.

Brightness gains are the first improvemnt you’ll notice with this bulb. In testing, our equipment registered a healthy 12% increase in brightness over stock halogens. However, this number doesn’t do the bulb justice. 

In practice, it is significantly brighter than stock, with a wider field of view and farther throw that combine to boost visibility and safety for nighttime driving.

At 3400k, this bulb is far from pure white, but noticeably cooler than stock halogens which had a more yellowish tint. We found a 10% increase in whiteness, but the actual beam feels even cooler. 

It is reasonably better than stock for distinguishing between various obstacles in your path, helping you to react faster in unexpected situations. Not to mention, it adds a bit of style to your car’s front end.

Installing the X-tremeVisions in our headlight assembly was quick and simple. We did not run into any issues with compatibility as the socket shape is identical to stock, enabling OEM fitment. All said and done, it took us less than 20 minutes to get them installed and start using them. 

These bulbs offer great value for money too. As per long term user reports, they are durable and long lasting, even with heavy usage. In our testing, the bulbs were flicker free and generated light with a uniform beam pattern, great for use on wider countryside roads. 

Pros
  • Better visibility
  • Cooler white temperature
  • Improved visibility
  • Durable build
  • Longer lasting than stock
  • Easy installation
  • OEM sockets
  • More aesthetic look
  • 12% better brightness
  • 10% whiter; 3400k color 
  • 65W wattage
  • Made in Germany
Cons
  • Halogens can get quite hot over longer periods of use

SYLVANIA 9005 XtraVision Halogen Headlight Bulb

Best Budget

While it isn’t the brightest bulb on this list, Sylvania’s XtraVision offers the best value for your money with a halogen headlight bulb that is brighter than stock, slightly whiter, and significantly longer lasting. 

Our tests concluded that the XtraVisions are a mere 3% brighter than stock halogens. That said, they did do a somewhat better job of enhancing visibility than what the numbers might suggest, thanks to a wider field of view and slightly longer throw than stock bulbs. And at the end of the day, even a 3% increase in brightness is an improvement that helps you for nighttime driving. 

One area where the improvement is t more easily noticeable however, is in the whiteness of this bulb. At 3320k, it is around 8% brighter than the benchmark stock halogens. 

This is enough to make the beam a little bit cooler, though nowhere near the blue tinged light we see with LEDs. But for what they are, these halogens make it a bit easier to differentiate between various obstacles, pedestrians, and animals. 

Installation was quick and smooth. We found a lot of useful instructional videos online so even folks with little to no experience should be able to figure these out. 

Finally, we think this is definitely one of the highest performing halogens in terms of longevity. Thanks to their lower power consumption, they last for a substantially longer period of time than stock bulbs.

 Furthermore, when you factor in the considerably lower price, you get a package that delivers best in class value for money. 

Pros
  • Brighter than stock
  • A bit whiter 
  • Wider field of view
  • Improved nighttime visibility
  • Better peripheral visibility
  • Easy to install
  • One of the cheapest options for high quality halogens
  • Available in different sizes for different vehicles
  • 3% brighter than stock
  • 8% whiter at 3320k
  • Abundance of instructions available online
  • Longer lasting than stock
Cons
  • Not the brightest halogens by any means

Sylvania SilverStar ZXE Halogen Headlight Bulb

Premium Choice

Sylvania’s second entry on this list, the SilverStar zXe, is their response to demand for a brighter premium halogen bulb that also adds unique Xenon style to your headlights. In fact, this bulb is one of the brightest and whitest we have ever tested in this category. 

Unlike its budget friendly cousin the aforementioned XtraVisions, the zXe brings more lumens to the table and boosts brightness by a respectable 10%, per our testing. 

This is on par with the brightest of the bright in the halogen category and does a good job of lighting up even the darkest of streets and highways. The wider field of view and longer throw are also appreciated. 

You may find a slightly brighter halogen out there, but none with the unique combination of intensity and color temperature that the zXe offers. At 3870k (a whopping 29% increase over stock), this bulb is the whitest halogen ever to be fitted to our test car. 

What the numbers translate to for real world use is that attractive Xenon look that is all the rage these days. We were impressed by how much style this bulb added to our car’s fascia. In fact, if you want a pair of halogens simply for the aesthetic, this bulb is the only one worth considering. 

But the whiteness is functional too. It is great for visibility and helps the driver see road signs, hurdles, and bumps more easily and quickly, improving safety as a result. 

While pricey, the zXe is a longer lasting bulb and will serve you for years to come, helping soften the blow a bit. Moreover, it features a premium, durable build that is well worth the price.  

Pros
  • Improves downroad visibility
  • Wider field of view
  • Awesome xenon style 
  • Perfectly illuminates longer stretches of road
  • Improves peripheral visibility
  • 10% brighter
  • 29% whiter
  • Long lasting
Cons
  • Priciest option


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Richard Nickleson is the author and owner behind Headlight Reviews. He first started the site as a hobby to share his insights on car parts and specifically headlight bulbs, but it soon ballooned and now he writes on all topics surrounding headlights bulbs. If you've got a bulb question, contact Richard here.

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