High beam replacement bulb - 65w?

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Old 01-07-15, 08:55 AM
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High beam replacement bulb - 65w?

I have a high beam headlight bulb out. The owners manual for my 2005 Kia Optima specifies a 65w bulb for the high beam headlights, and 55w for the regular low beam. The auto parts store apparently doesn't have 65w bulbs for this car, and their computer info says for high beam bulbs for this car to use an "H7" bulb, and this same "H7" 55w bulb for the low beam. So, wonder what's up with that. Owners manual wrong? Auto parts store wrong? Doesn't matter just use the 55w?
 
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I searched rock auto & they agree with the H7 55W bulb for both High & Low Beams.
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Good enough for me then. I'll go H7 55W for high beam. Screwy owners manual anyway. Thanks Pulpo.
 
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I would love to see a photo or scan of the 2005 manual where it specifies 65W bulb.
The manual must give a bulb number? What is it?
 
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Old 01-07-15, 07:43 PM
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Sorry but the manual doesn't give a bulb number for you. Here's the other stuff you needed.



 
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What does your Kia dealer say?
 
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Old 01-08-15, 11:01 AM
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What does your Kia dealer say?
I might call and ask. Be interesting to see. I'll post back afterwards.
 
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Check these out. 65 watt high and 55 watt low beam. The big A is out of stock but you can see the make and model and proceed from there.


http://www.amazon.com/Sylvania-H7-ST.../dp/B000COCU84
 
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Old 01-08-15, 01:13 PM
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Hmm. That one in the Amazon link says fits my make/model. Says "dual filament so fits high and low beam". Anyway, Kia dealer says 55w. I'm still rather unclear on the whole business. Oh well.
thanks for all the replies.
 
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Does the burned bulb have wattage & part # on it?
 
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Old 01-08-15, 04:09 PM
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Does the burned bulb have wattage & part # on it?
Will have to check and see. Haven't removed it yet. I can check, and post back.
On a related note, just recently I changed out a burned out low beam bulb (with a 55w replacement), same car. But I didn't pay attention though, before I disposed of it, to whether that burned out bulb had wattage or part # on it.
I was looking over the reviews of those ones from Amazon goldstar linked. Seems like there were a significant amount of reviewers who expressed their dissatisfaction with those particular bulbs for one reason or another. Here's one comment from one reviewer I found kind of noteworthy,and perhaps relevant (copied and pasted below):
"•Dual filament for both low 55 and high 65 watt (THIS IS UNTRUE,THIS LAMP HAS ONLY A SINGLE 55W FILAMENT AS CAN BE SEEN IN THE SECOND IMAGE)"
 
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Old 01-11-15, 11:48 AM
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Does the burned bulb have wattage & part # on it?

Yes. Says 55w and Philips part number is the same as the 55w Philips I ended up replacing it with. Still not sure what's up with the 65w spec in the owners manual. Probably never will know.
 
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