Juan Kaler / August 30, 2018

Sylvania Headlight Silverstar VS Xtravision

It is the middle of the night. You are on a dark road, no street lights and trees on either side providing an eerie, unnerving feeling and suddenly your headlight blows out. Has this ever happened to you? No? Then you probably own a good pair of headlights. If you have ever gone through that, then we are so sorry about your experience. Most of the buyers while making the buying decision goes through the comparison part which we have mentioned in this article which is latest updated in 2018.

Headlights are as essential components as a steering wheel in any vehicle. The intensity of the light, as well as the down road visibility, are key aspects when it comes to grading any headlight. One more important factor is the life of the headlight. The headlights should not be too pricey and in case they are, they should live out the particular period of time. Today, there are so many headlight manufacturers in the market and with so many options to choose from, we do get confused. Usually, we go for the low priced ones as we deem headlights as not so important. This is where all of us go wrong. If you are here looking to determine the best headlight then let me tell you that you have taken a step in the right direction. So basically in this article, we will be reviewing which the better headlight is, Sylvania Headlight Silverstar or the Sylvania Headlight Xtravision. We will be doing a careful examination of all the specifications and determine the best buy.


Sylvania manufactures powerful headlights. When it comes to which product to buy from Sylvania, it is a tough choice. The Xtravision from Sylvania is a high-performance halogen headlight. It is a more intense down road headlight when compared to other products. The purpose of headlights enabling more visibility is definitely fulfilled by this product.

The Xtravision carries the following part numbers:

  • 9003/H4, 9004, 9005, 9006, 9007, 9012, H7, H1, H11, H13/9008
  • H4351, H4651, H4656, H4666, H4701, H4703, H5001, H5006, H6024, H6054
Features of Sylvania Xtravision Headlight

It provides greater on-road visibility when compared to Sylvania Basic. The halogen bulbs emit a white light with no glare. Xtravision has a durable filament design and the right gas mixture that enhances visibility many times. Sylvania headlights are 30% brighter referring not to the intensity or lumens, but that the bulb emits light all over that is brighter. Think of it like this, the most intense part of the beam is in the center and decreases as the beam spreads out. The beam may be 30% brighter 2 or 3 feet out or the beam may be 30% brighter at the edge of the road.

  • Part Number:9007XV
  • Weight:0.09lbs
  • Notes:1-packHigh and low beam
  • Amperage Draw:4.3
  • Bulb diamter(In):0.67
  • Bulb Technology:Halogen
  • Color temperature(K):3200
  • Compatible Bulb Number:9007
  • ​DOT / SAE Compliant:Yes
  • Filament Configuration:C-8
  • Headlamp Beam:Low & high beam
  • Headlamp Bulb Base Design:PX29T
  • Headlamp Bulb Configuration:T-45/8
  • High Beam Wattage:65
  • Light Center Length (in):1.75
  • Low Beam Wattage:55
  • Lumens:1000
  • Overall Length (in):3.7
  • Package Contents: 1 Replacement bulb
  • Package Quantity:1
  • Rated Life (hrs):375
  • Vehicle System Voltage:12V
  • Shipping Information:Overnight and Two Day shipping are not available for PO Box, APO/FPO/DPO or US Territory addresses. This product may be shipped directly by the vendor to any eligible US addresses, excluding APO/FPO/DPO or US Territory addresses.
  • Advantages
  • disadvantages
  • Longevity: Longevity is the amount of life your headlight has got. Xtravision headlights extend forward more than OEM, or at least from Oreillys that burn out in less than 4 months. Xtravision lasts for about 850 hours.
  • Intensity: Intensity or Lumen is the brightness that the headlights have. There are specific regulations in place so that one manufacturer can’t blind all the other drivers on the roads. The Xtravision provides very good visibility in its lifetime. It is about 1000 lumens.
  • Colour Temperature: The higher the color temperature, the better the headlights work in the thick air. Xtra-vision has a color temperature of 3200K
  • Quality: Xtravision is a great quality light bulb.
  • Price: They are priced at less than 15$ for a pack of two.
  • Credit: Good overall credit scoring from users.
  • It covers a wider area.
  • Compatibility: Compatible with the following models, 9006, H7, 9007, H4, H13, 9005, H11, 9004, H1 and 9003.


Sylvania Silverstar halogen bulbs are among the highest-quality in the automotive market. They have superior visibility and performance. Silverstar provides greater down road visibility as well as side road visibility with a brighter white colour. This enhances the driver’s sightline and enables him/her to have more clarity of the road during night travels. They improve your peripheral vision by up to 50% and boast a beam that’s twice as bright as a typical halogen bulb. Silverstar uses a bluish tinted filter to make the lamp look whiter.

The silverstar carries the following part numbers:

  • 9003/H4, 9004, 9005, 9006, 9007, H7, H1, H11, H13/9008
Features of Sylvania silverstar Headlight

Sylvania Silverstar headlight integrates highly engineered filament, the right halogen gas mixture, cobalt blue, nano coating technology and triband coating technique to create the brightest down road headlight with whiter light.

  • It offers great night vision with increased clarity.
  • It is DOT approved.
  • Includes replacement bulb
  • Stylish
  • Part Number:9005SU-2
  • Weight:0.22lbs
  • Amperage Draw:5.08
  • Bulb diamter(In):0.5
  • Bulb Technology:Halogen
  • Color temperature(K):4100
  • Compatible Bulb Number:9005
  • ​DOT / SAE Compliant:Yes
  • Filament Configuration:C-8
  • Headlamp Beam:Low & high beam
  • Headlamp Bulb Base Design:P20d
  • Headlamp Bulb Configuration:T-4
  • High Beam Wattage:65
  • Light Center Length (in):1.24
  • Low Beam Wattage:0
  • Lumens:1700
  • Overall Length (in):3.02
  • Package Contents: 2 Replacement bulb
  • Package Quantity:2
  • Rated Life (hrs):100
  • Vehicle System Voltage:12V
  • Shipping Information:Overnight and Two Day shipping are not available for PO Box, APO/FPO/DPO or US Territory addresses. This product may be shipped directly by the vendor to any eligible US addresses, excluding APO/FPO/DPO or US Territory addresses.
  • Advantages
  • disadvantages
  • Cost:Comparatively, the Silverstar Headlights are costly. They cost around 30$ a pair.
  • Longevity:These bulbs last only for around 10 months which is considered a major disadvantage.


Given that both Sylvania Silverstar and Sylvania Xtravision are manufactured by the same company, it is difficult to say that one product will have better quality than the other. In terms of quality, we can rule out the comparison. So deciding factors essentially boil down to the other key aspects. Let us explore them one by one.

Some of the qualities that cannot be ruled in either of the bulb’s favor are:

Installation:The installation of headlights depends on the type of car that you own. Both the headlights, Sylvania Silverstar and Sylvania Xtravision come with easy plug-in and play installation. If you are adept in installing car headlights, then you need not have to go to a car mechanic but do it yourself.

Types of bulbs

Both are halogen bulbs.High-intensity discharge bulbs are considered superior to halogen bulbs. Both SilverStar and Xtravision do not come under the category of high-intensity discharge bulbs. Although this serves as a disadvantage in terms of headlights, you should not be too concerned as it is a comparison between two halogen headlights. Halogen bulbs are the traditional type of filament bulbs. They still work well, and you’re not going to have much trouble with either one of these, but you don’t gain the advantage the new HID styles offer.

Lumen: There are standards that indicate headlights should have only so much amount of intensity. The standards are determined by ECE and SAE. ECE standards are mandatory in almost all industrialized countries except the USA. The SAE standards are mandatory only in the USA. Abiding by the standards of ECE and SAE both Sylvania headlights have only a 1000 lumens.

Dimming: Both lights dim with time, but that is a given for any headlight.

Now we can get to the actual comparison part:

The following factors will clearly show which way to go:

Cost: Xtravision is obviously the winner here. We can buy Xtravision for $20 a pair. Silverstar costs around $30 for two bulbs.

Life:Silverstar is said to lasts for about 650 hours. Xtravision lasts for about 850 hours. The longevity was checked by users who installed Silverstar in one of the headlight and Xtravision in the other. Silverstar blue out 2 months before Xtravision. Xtra-vision is also the winner here.​

Colour Temperature:​Why is color temperature so important? Color temperature in lighting refers to the tone of “white” light that is emitted from a light source. Light of color temperature higher than 6000k would be unpleasant to eyes of drivers and pedestrian. Moreover, under foggy or rainy days, the penetrating power of high color temperature light will be weakened, which is bad for driving safety. When purchasing headlight, you need also pay attention to the color temperature value.The color temperature of Silverstar is 4000k while Xtravision comes little lower at 3200K. This makes Silverstar the better headlight.

User reviews of Xtravision & sylvania headlight

One user said that "The Xtravision lights up a wider area and looks brighter".

  • Another user says, “I put in the brighter XtraVision bulbs from Sylvania. These lights provided more lighting than the Silverstars, however, they don't have that nice WHITE look to them. I will say though, they've been in for about 2.5 years and are still going strong.”
  • Still another:“I had 9006 silver stars in my last truck. They were still going when I sold it and I think they had been in for about 2.5 years. This is a Canadian truck and so they doubled as DRL's, they were on every second the truck was on. I had no complaints.”
  • Another User review:“I've tried Sylvania Silverstars and Sylvania XtraVisions in my 99 Miata. The difference between the Silverstars and the XtraVision is negligible.
  • Though I still have the Silverstars, I keep the XtraVision in the headlights.”
  • Users who have tested out both Silverstar and Xtravision concluded that Silverstar while giving more whiter light costs more than Xtravision. Xtravision lasts longer than Silverstar.

It ultimately comes down to your choice between the life of the headlight, cost and the colour temperature. If you are a person who seldom uses their car at night, then you can probably go for Xtravision. On the other hand, if you are a person who uses the car much during the night then you should go for Silverstar but they wear out and you have to replace the Silverstar headlights more often than you want. But Silverstar gives you more visibility compared to Xtravision which ultimately is more important for safety. Also if you prefer a “whiter” headlight then you should definitely buy Sylvania Silverstar.

Based on the above review, you can make an informed decision as to which headlight to buy.