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Hello, I have have been using the OEM headlight bulbs in my 2011 Sonata until last week when one of them went out. I decided to replace both of them with the "SilverStar zXe" as I wanted something brighter and more white. The brightness and color are better (not as much as I hoped) but now I've noticed that the "coverage" is not the same as before.

My understanding is that the drivers side should be filtered slightly so that it does not blind on coming traffic and then the passenger side is more for distance. Here is an illustration of what I think is supposed to be correct:


And here is what my headlights look like now after putting in the new bulbs:


It seems as if things are reversed, and there is a weird vertical bright spot on the passenger side and less coverage in the distance. Since these headlights have projectors, I don't believe there is any kind of adjustments I can make, the only thing I have not tried is swapping the bulbs, but since they aren't directional I don't think that would make any difference.

Here are two more pics of the lights up against a wall:




Does anyone know if this can be adjusted? I'd like to make the passenger side bulb have the same kind of fill as the drivers side.

Thanks,

Scott
 

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Your passenger side beam pattern is completely different to the driver's side. Adjusting the headlamp aim isn't going to change the pattern significantly. All that does is move that aim.

Are you sure you installed the bulb correctly?
 

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vote is for improperly seated bulb

I've gone thru 4-5 different brands and haven't ever had any beam alignment changes

Swap bulbs from left to right and right to left. Sometimes, although rare, the bulb filament is defective.
 

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Verify bulb properly index to socket of lamp...

Quite common for somebody to do with H7 bulb (if indeed H7 equipped),, that flat and tab have a purpose

 

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I will take another look inside the passenger side assembly to confirm the bulb is installed in the right orientation. If it is, I'll swap the bulbs and see if the issue follows to the other side. If it does then I know its the bulb.
Also thanks sbr711 for that clear photo!
 

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
I will take another look inside the passenger side assembly to confirm the bulb is installed in the right orientation. If it is, I'll swap the bulbs and see if the issue follows to the other side. If it does then I know its the bulb.
Also thanks sbr711 for that clear photo!
You don't have the base properly seated. I know. ;-) Last time I replaced em I didn't get em quite right. Pulled out, looked...cussed and pulled back in to redo.

Dealing with getting that base proper and the spring latched with ham hands can be a chore.
 

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Yup, had similar issue the other night switching OEM H7s to Xtreme Vision 130s (MUCH better). Took me 10 mins to finally get the wonky one realigned right. Bulb was seated right but I was putting the holder back in upside down.
 

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Ok, lets all take a moment and laugh how stupid I am. lol



Even with a flashlight its hard to see in there, but taking a picture with the flash really helps.

Now that I turned it the right way, it pushed in further and now it looks great!



Thanks everyone!
 

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Ok, lets all take a moment and laugh how stupid I am. lol



Even with a flashlight its hard to see in there, but taking a picture with the flash really helps.

Now that I turned it the right way, it pushed in further and now it looks great!



Thanks everyone!
Its nice when its a simple fix! :grin2:
 
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