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Summary
  • Phillips CrystalVision Ultra headlight bulbs are tinted blue to create a whiter light that is closer to natural daylight.
  • Installation is simple, but you do need to remove the headlamp assemblies to access the bulbs.
  • They’re a bit pricey for what they offer. While they’re supposed to be an upgrade, they don’t seem much different from the older Sylvania bulbs they replaced in my Ford Explorer.

Key Information

Why You May Need Philips CrystalVision Ultra Headlight Bulbs

I’m hoping to get better lighting without annoying other drivers.

Halogen lights are designed to retain almost 100 percent of their initial brightness over time because the filament’s tungsten particles are recycled while the bulb is illuminated. This kind of bulb is pressurized with halogen gas, which makes the tungsten filament in the bulb brighter by default than the same filament used in old vacuum bulbs. But these factors can affect the brightness of halogen bulbs as they age, and so it’s not a bad idea to change out halogen bulbs in pairs for optimum lighting.

Just make sure to choose a high-quality bulb and, again, always replace headlight bulbs in pairs for an even shine on both sides.

box that the philips headlight bulbs came with
The box that the Philips headlight bulbs came with | Image Source: Richard McCuistian

Product Review

Philips CrystalVision Ultra Headlight Bulbs

Phillips CrystalVision Ultra headlight bulbs are easy to install and produce a whiter light akin to daylight, but depending on the bulbs they’re replacing, they may or may not offer a significant difference in brightness.

Price may change from the time the review is published. This product is also available from other stores.

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Initial Observations

These Phillips headlamp bulbs are tinted blue to create a whiter light that enables the bulb to produce illumination that is closer to natural daylight. The blue coating on the bulb filters out some of the yellow light from the halogen gas inside.

The bulbs in my Explorer were in the headlight assemblies I installed nearly 3 years ago, so it seemed good to install these Phillips bulbs over the existing Sylvania bulbs as an upgrade.

philips headlight bulbs kelvin rating
The Kelvin rating on these headlight bulbs is more of a warm white | Image Source: Richard McCuistian

The Fit

Like any replacement headlamp bulb, these had the same “wings” for removing and installing the bulb from the headlamp assembly and the connectors were a perfect match. And like other halogen bulbs, don’t touch the capsule with bare fingers or the bulb could fail sooner due to skin oil transferred to the bulb. Be careful handling halogen bulbs due to gas pressure inside the bulb.

Installation

Headlight bulb installation varies from vehicle to vehicle but the process was quite simple on the 2006 Ford Explorer. You do have to remove the headlamp assemblies to access the bulbs, but with a 10mm socket and an extension, it’s simply done.

Performance and Overall Quality

testing philips crystalvision ultra headlight bulbs at night
Testing Philips CrystalVision Ultra headlight bulbs at night | Image Source: Richard McCuistian

To be honest, just looking at these lamps in the shade when turned on after replacing just one bulb, there didn’t appear to be much difference in the color or brightness compared to the Sylvania bulbs, which had a white capsule instead of the blue tinted Phillips bulb. This seemed rather surprising. While these headlight assemblies are nearly 3 years old, the lenses aren’t yet smoked up like older yellowed light assemblies that might skew the results.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High quality
  • Long Life (cheaper bulbs tend to burn out sooner)
  • Not so bright that they annoy oncoming drivers like some other bulbs.

Cons

  • Pricey and don’t appear to be much brighter or whiter than the existing headlamp bulbs.

The Verdict

These headlight bulbs were not the upgrade I expected. Again, I was rather surprised that these bulbs were practically the same color and intensity as the Sylvania bulbs that came with the headlamp assemblies.

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About The Author
Reviewed By Technical Reviewer at CarParts.com

Richard McCuistian has worked for nearly 50 years in the automotive field as a professional technician, an instructor, and a freelance automotive writer for Motor Age, ACtion magazine, Power Stroke Registry, and others. Richard is ASE certified for more than 30 years in 10 categories, including L1 Advanced Engine Performance and Light Vehicle Diesel.

Any information provided on this Website is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace consultation with a professional mechanic. The accuracy and timeliness of the information may change from the time of publication.

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