LAW - Sylvania Silver Star Headlight Class Action
It appears that sometimes you don't get what you pay for. A class action lawsuit in the US against Osram Sylvania over the advertised claims for their Silver Star headlight bulbs was successful. The suit alleged that Sylvania represented that the headlights are brighter, provide a wider beam and allow drivers to see farther down the road than standard halogen headlights. In reality, according to the suit, the company had "rigged the process" and committed consumer fraud.
The quality of vehicle headlights has become a topic of interest for the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS):
- Most small SUV headlights rate poor in IIHS evaluations
- In the dark: New ratings show most headlights need improvement
Consumer Reports found that premium bulbs might be whiter and brighter but did not allow you to see further. According to the article, that’s because distance is determined more by the size and shape of the lamp’s reflector or lens than by the bulb.
Dan Stern Lighting on "Superwhites."
It would appear that your best purchase decision might be to go with an OEM replacement for the lowest price you can find.