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Recently one of my PIAA Ion Crystals blew out so I used it as an opportunity to try out another amber fog bulb. I came across the Osram H3 AllSeason. I was pretty scared of the Osram/Sylvania name since the debacle with the Silverstars but I had read thoughts that the Osrams were produced "better". I don't know about that but what I did know was that those using the Osram Silverstars overseas had better luck than us in the states. That being said, the AllSeason bulbs I got were from overseas.

The packaging took me back a bit because it's so simple compared to the super nice packaging of the PIAA's. But hey, never judge a book..., right?

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So I got them in and the difference is clear. While I wanted a more amber/yellow color output (the PIAA are yellow, but could stand to be yellower), the Osrams are whiter. Don't get me wrong, they are still clearly amber but next to the PIAA's they're whiter. At first glance, I didn't like this, but then I noticed how much more output they had. See for yourself: The left side (passenger) is the Osram AllSeason and the right (driver's side) is the PIAA Ion Crystal.

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I can't really tell any difference yet in driving because, well, it hasn't been foggy. Nothing too noticeable on regular nights because I haven't been driving much lately with the fogs on. I guess this is just out there for people who are fans of amber bulbs and are looking for options.
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Just in case anyone with a sharp eye caught it, I was also testing two different side marker bulbs. You can see this in the two angle pics above. The orange bulb was a nice looking LED by (I know, I know...) APC. I got them because they glow amber but the bulbs are frosty clear.

The white ones I actually got FREE!! with the purchase of the Osram AllSeasons above. The company I ordered from always give a free set with your order. The bulbs are blue but light up very white. I guess I will add them into this post because the bulbs came free with the fogs in question. Comparison:

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The Philips Blue Visions are nice and while I initially didn't like the blue sticking out so much, they actually match how the blue/orange Silverstar turn signals look in the main headlight assembly. I stuck with them. The pics:

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While the APCs are nice looking bulbs, they are also VERY dim LED's. At night, you definitely see the orange glow but you would never see them lit up in any light condition. Pics:

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Nice amber LEDs but you should try these

Refractor LED

I wish that I had some pics but have not yet got around to taking any

I put the amber in both my side marker lights and the hi beam parking lights
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If I'm not mistaken, those are pretty much the same as the matrix LED's everyone picked up, right? The only reason I didn't like them before is because the actual casing of the bulb was colored and I thought I wouldn't like seeing it through the slear sidemarkers. Can you see the colored base of your bulbs?
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Not mine. I have actually bought 2 sets of both the super white and the amber refractors and both a total clear when off and provide great light spread when on.
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Have your old piaas melted your housings at all? Cause ive had them in since i got the car in november, and ive noticed a small spot on both fog lights where the bezel has begun to melt.
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Really, I got PIAA's crystal ions also, in my bumper fogs, and intergrated. And I was gonna change the intergrated fog to HID! I better go down to the garage, and take a look-see

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I'm changing my intergrated fogs to HID too, any idea where i can get some H3 Mccolloch bulbs?
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Not sure about Mccolloch's stuff, I'm running X-tec 6000k in my lows, and plan to use the same in the intergrated fogs. I'm happy with the performance I'm getting from my X-tecs, and I like dealing with Falcontx over at RPM.

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